Louise's World
Thursday, May 30, 2002
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This week is going incredibly slow. It feels like the weekend will never come and that’s what I want, the weekend. On Friday night I am going out to my friends 21st party, on Saturday night I am going to an old skool rave at the Institute in Coventry [Long awaited], on Sunday I am recovering from the mass rave-age, on Sunday afternoon I am going home, On Monday 3rd June it is my 21st Birthday!!!!, Monday night is a family get together, Tuesday back to Coventry, Wednesday night is Ikon for my birthday party with mates. Hence why I wish this week would hurry.

In other news......
I have almost finished my social context of health essay, then that is all the coursework finished for this session. I want to finish this essay by Friday, then I will print out all my assignments and get them ready to hand in. ALL ASSIGNMENTS DUE IN ON 10TH JUNE.

I have been offered an elective placement at Jimmy's hospital in Leeds! So come 05/01/2003 to 05/02/2003 I will be broadcasting my blog from Leeds for one month. I am looking forward to it because it will be a good experience. But Leeds is a long way from friends and family. I'm sure I will have a fantastic time. All I need to do is find some accommodation, hopefully at the hospital.

My sister has entered a writing competition with the Daily Express called 'Pen idol'. She is in this weeks final four and in the Daily Express paper today! It’s a really good article on keeping school out of courts. There is currently a voting system, where the one with the most votes goes into the final, the winner gets a regular column in the paper, something I know my sister would love. So why don't you buy a copy of the Daily Express and if you like my sister's article vote for her. Just call this number: 0901 566 5083 its only 10p a call. :-)

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Wednesday, May 22, 2002

I am in Coventry university library. Yep, I'm up to one of my 'late night' work sessions burning the midnight oil. I felt wide-awake, so why waste this work time when I have work to do. The sooner it's all finished the better. Just incase any of my family are concerned about me walking round Coventry at this time, well fear not, I have an escort to walk me to and from the library, plus there is library security on the library doors during opening times. The library closes at 12 midnight, so I'm off fairly soon.

This evening I have been working on my thousand word reflective essay. I have reflected on an experience at placement. All I need to do to research references to back up my statements, put that into the content and then type the whole thing up. After which I only have one more essay to do for this session.


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Tuesday, May 21, 2002

I have just finished my three day's of placement. From now for 15 weeks I will only be doing a maximum of two days. My placement changes to Tuesday and Wednesday as of the 11th June. My last Sunday is 24th May, after which I have two weeks off placement. Hurray! Weekends are free and my own once again. :-)

I am a bit tired. Could do with an hours sleep I think, but I would like to avoid that if I can, I have work to do. I have just been working on a reflective essay while seriously pigging out on pringles. Why did they have to be so morish?

My plan for tonight is do a bit more work and then take it easy. I am quite looking forward to catching up on a bit of reading, something I haven't had the chance to do in ages due to the mass work I have had on the go.

NEWSFLASH: My 21st Birthday is 3rd June! hehe :-)
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Sunday, May 19, 2002

I was up at 6am this morning for placement. [Much too early to be out of bed for a Sunday]. Placement was very busy, as we had a full house, every bed on the ward was taken! This is the first time I have seen this on placement. No wonder the day went fast, I was too busy to stop.

I got home later on only to realise I have taken the Playcupboard keys home with me. Doh, so after a quick bath and a bite to eat I had to go all the way back to placement :-(.

This evening I have been to see Star Wars Ep.2. It was a very good film. Had all the right action scenes and there was loads of computer aminated filming. As trilogies go the middle one is always the bit in the middle, where for everything to completely make sense you need to see the third part. There are SO many lose end to tie up. Still, a must see, 8/10.
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Friday, May 17, 2002

Must update blog more often! As planned a week last Friday I went to Manchester. I had a good journey up there, which flew by and had a fantastic time in Manchester. I got to see the city centre, drink good hot chocolate at Nero’s in the triangle, and looked round all the expensive designer clothes shops.

On the Friday night I went to the local pub. On Saturday I went to Sheffield to see Riverdance at Sheffield arena. The show was fantastic; I have wanted to see Riverdance for ages. The music, dance and singing were great! I even got some yummy Ice cream in the break.

On the Saturday night I celebrated my boyfriends 21st Birthday by going for a meal with his family. I have taken loads of pictures [Some of which I can use for blackmail I’m sure – hehe – not]. It was a real laugh. J

I had to leave really early on Sunday morning [An eight O’Clock train] back to Coventry. I had placement 1-9 on the afternoon, so not rest for the wicked. Placement went extremely slow on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. It was just a quiet week. I expect it will be busy next week.

Question: You are a first year student on placement. On one particular shift there is also a second year student on your ward for the same university. You see her do something wrong i.e. walking up the ward with a sharp in her hand. Do you risk sounding like a know-it-all first year and take her aside and explain that she needs to take a sharp box with her, so next time the sharp can go straight into the box. Or do you leave it and risk her being caught by a staff nurse and risking injury to herself and others?

Well what could I do? I had to do the first. I figure it would be better coming from a fellow student than from a staff nurse, so that’s what I did. I’m sure she thought I was being a know it all, but it was health and safety risk. Surely it’s my duty to help maintain a safe environment?

This weekend I am back in Tamworth, going back Saturday night though [Early shift on Sunday]. I have done a bit of work, but I am basically using the two days I am here to rest up a bit and catch up on some reading, lets face it back to work Sunday.

Coursework wise, I only have two more essays to write, 1000 words each. One is on Medicalisation and the other is a reflective essay.

I have finally been offered a placement for my elective In Leeds, just for one month of it. Now all I need to do is find a placement for three weeks before Christmas. Fingers crossed. The whole elective is seven weeks long.

Blogger out.

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Friday, May 10, 2002

Why can't I pack light? I have just finished packing my mini suitcase for a weekend up in Manchester. I am sure I only pack what I need, and do sacrifice some items of clothing but still the bag is always incredibly heavy. Maybe it’s a girl thing. My boyfriend only takes a backpack - I wish I could get away with a backpack.

I have to make the 15minute work to the train station while rolling my mini suitcase behind me, not really looking forward to that, I have never seen anyone walking round the city centre with a suitcase, how embarrassing! hehe. At least I won't be alone.

I am catching a 12ish train direct to Manchester, should get in at about 3.20pm. Two and a half hour journey. Never fear I have packed sandwiches, cake and bottled water. I am staying in Manchester for two nights and then coming back early on Sunday morning. I have a late shift on placement on Sunday afternoon 1-9pm. I am really looking forward to my trip to Manchester; especially as last time I was there I was ill. The plan this time is to see loads of the place, I hope as last time I didn't get a chance. Should be good fun!

The F1 is on tomorrow, my boyfriend is a huge fan, and thus I have found myself picking up things about the Grand prix. For example I can now name all the F1 teams off by heart: -

How sads that? hehe

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Monday, May 06, 2002

I'm having another late evening working session. I seem to be working quite well between the hours of 7pm and 10pm. I think it has something to do with it being quiet at this time. I certainly have enough work on the go and placement to keep be occupied. At the moment I am doing a bit of planning and researching any useful texts on the library database. Thats all I can do because until tomorrow the library is closed. Once I have finished that I have loads of reading to catch up on.

Tomorrow I am on an early shift at placement, up at 6am.

I am really looking forward to the weekend. I am going up to Manchester with my boyfriend from Friday Lunch time til Sunday Morning. Should be great fun. I really like to travel and it will be a nice break from work. I plan to get loads of work done and out the way before Friday. That way I will enjoy the weekend more.

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Friday, May 03, 2002

Ekk, I really have fallen behind with updating this blog. Life has been pretty busy lately. Sunday to Tuesday I have been working early's or lates on placement and thus been knackered by the end of it. Wednesday through Friday I have been working really hard. I have got loads of assignment work to get done and I have been spending all of my spare time doing that.I have even been going to the library between 7 and 10pm to work! I'm getting there bit by bit. All I have left to do is one learning need, four reflections, one reflective essay and an essay for Social context of health module. All asssignments are due in on June 10th.

Its not long now until my 21st Birthday! [3rd June]. 21 doesn't seem a scary age to me, I'm quite looking forward to it. I think I would like to go to New Orleans with my mates and then Jumpin Jakks afterwards. Then I'd like to go out for a meal with my family when I go home.

I have just finished getting ready to go out. Tonight I am off out to the Students Union, aims of the night (1) Get merry drunk, (2) Dance LOADS and (3) Have a fantastic time. :-)
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