The Newest Member of the Family

Let me introduce Molly. A Norwegian forest cat from Odda Norway. My sister adopted her a couple of months ago. She’s a very shy cat and cautious at first, but once she sees that you’re not a threat, she’ll try her best to catch your attention. 🙂

 

 

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“Can’t I get some privacy hooman?”

 

 

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Molly is an indoor cat. She doesn’t want to go outside.

 

 

 

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A Norwegian forest cat and a Norwegian fjord on the background = Perfect composition!

 

 

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Pus in Boots eyes 

 

Past 2 A.M. Thoughts

Even though I am on a holiday vacation, I still feel a bit guilty of staying up this late. I guess it is because that I am a time freak now. Yes, adulthood. You got it right.

I cannot sleep for this reason, a t.v. program about polar bears in Svalbard is bothering me. I forgot the name of the program but I feel bad about the fate of the polar bears not only because they are endangered species but because of the hard life that they have to go through because of our negligence and greed. I cannot also believe how can people actually think that climate change is unreal and not happening despite the evidences. In my opinion, you do not have to be a scientist to notice the changes in our environment and climate. The extreme storms in the north/west, tsunami in Asia and extreme drought in Africa- these are just some examples of the effects of climate change.

 

 

Bergen julemarked

Christmas feels is here! I’m so happy to have finally visited the Christmas Market in Bergen. It’s very beautiful because of the lights, decors and the people who are having a good time at the market with their love ones. This Christmas market is not that big compared to other Christmas markets in other parts of Europe (or the world) but you can find good stuff and good food here. There are also tivoli rides for the young ones and for the young at hearts.

And because I got busy with food, I only took few shots.

Here you go. Enjoy!

 

I Killed my Patient

This is an update on my post about the exam that I had on drug dosage calculation. Since this is just an exam, we are allowed to try again if we fail to get a score of 100% . I failed on my first attempt because I have an error on the last part of the exam which was to find the initial dosage of the concentrate. That task is an easy one compared to the other ones. I was actually surprised when I found out that my calculations on the hardest part of the exam is flawless and I failed on an easy one. I got frustrated because of that small error.

Fortunately, the patient is just an exam. However, I really felt bad for the failure not because I had to retake the exam again but because I was thinking what if this exam was a real person.

So what did I learn from the exam? Well, I learned how to keep my head cool under time pressure. Yes, pressure and stress can arise but it should not let it affect my task because we all know that working in the health sector can be very busy. In the exam, we’re given 2 hours and we had to solve for 6 exercises. 6 doesn’t sound a lot but the cases are long, therefore it needs time. Second, read the exercises/tasks twice (or more if needed!). Know what it is asking for. Is it asking for the volume or the dosage? Third, don’t use a scratch paper. Because it is time consuming. And lastly, treat your exam as a patient. Be serious and sincere in solving the cases because once you’re done with the studies, you’ll be dealing with real people who would be needing your services. Their lives is in your hands.

 

 

 

No Room for Error

Last Friday, I had an exam in drug dosage calculation and I can say that it’s the most demanding and stressfull exam this semester because we can’t have any mistakes. I understand why the program requires us to master and to feel secure in our math because lives are at stake when we start working in the hospital. Just a single wrong unit or any wrong calculations can cost a patient’s life. In real life, this is just one of the tasks at work. Thus, we should be confident in what we do.

 

 

 

Radiography

Whenever I’m not at work, home and travelling, I’m definitely busy with my studies. Yes, I’m studying again. This time, it is relevant to my job experience (in health sector) and I can say that I’m thriving in this program. Thriving because when people ask me why I chose to take this course, I cannot help but talk about it with enthusiasm. Also, as I’ve mentioned above, this is relevant to my work as an assistant at the home nursing job that I have.

I’m studying Bachelor of Science Major in Radiography at the University College of Bergen (Høgskolen på Vestlandet). I just started this fall and I’m so glad that I’ve chosen this program.

Before I continue, let me tell you what a radiographer is, because most of the people I know thought that I’m going to be a spesialist in X ray imaging or AKA radiologist.

A radiographer is someone who takes X ray images of patients. In addition to that, they also perform CT scan examination and MRI examinations to diagnose for example, an injury. Depending on what country the radiographer is working at, the scope of work task is different. Like for example, here in Norway, the radiographers are very hands on to their patients and they administer medicines and etc. Unlike in the other countries, the radiographer’s only task is to take X rays and report to the radiologist.

A radiologist on the other hand is a medical doctor (a physician) and is a specialist in using medical images to diagnose and treat a disease. 

 

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In order to be a good radiographer, it is important that you know your anatomy, radiological physics and radiographic positioning. The photo above, is a photo of Bontrager’s handbook.

 

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Røntgen lab

 

This is the school’s X ray lab. I love how we can come here anytime to practice what we’ve learned in the classroom and to master the art of conventional X ray. Don’t worry, we only practice on phantoms and not on each other!

 

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Wearing my oversized scrubs

And because we are training to be a professional radiographer and health worker, discipline in the field is a must. Hence, the uniform.

 

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The human skeletton

 

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The school’s X-ray machine from Siemens

 

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Medio lateral X ray of right knee. Took by me.

Some of the reasons why I chose to study radiography is that the idea that I’ll get to work with high-tech equipments, work with patients and work with research. A radiographer is not limited by x ray/CT/MRI machine alone, but he/she also do research. Because the health sector is constantly changing.

The Bachelor program at the University College of Vestlandet is 3 years to complete and has 180 units. On the job training is included. All of the lectures and exams are in Norwegian, except for one of the subjects in the last semester (I think).

For more information about the program, kindly check this HVL’s website: https://www.hvl.no/studier/studieprogram/2017h/grr/ .

 

 

Changing Course

Working in the health sector has helped me see life from another perspective. We, as employees are expected to show compassion and empathy towards our “clients” while we take care of their needs. What I mean by the term clients is a group of people who are in need of our services. The other term that we use is “patient” but I prefer to address them as clients.

When I enrolled for the accounting course a couple of years ago, I have already been seeking for that thing that I would love to work with for the rest of my life even though I was uncertain of the choice of course that I made, I was hopeful that my skills will serve a purpose and that it would somehow make me rich. I was doing well in my first semesters at the university until it hit me that I do not actually like and enjoy what I was doing. I woke up one day feeling numb and wondering what in the world did I get myself into. Balancing sheets became a burden all of a sudden, numbers became like a corn of sand to my eyes and that’s how I realized that I didn’t want to be an accountant or an economist. However, it was too late to drop out because I was near to finishing the program and besides I did not want to disappoint my parents and show everyone that I backed out. I did not want them to think that I am dumb.

During my sophomore year at the university, I applied for a part-time job as a personal assistant in the health sector. I got the job and I felt that my mood got better whenever I get to work despite my hectic schedule. A friend of mine told me that maybe my calling is not on being an accountant/economist but maybe as a social worker, health worker such as a nurse, physical therapist or a psychologist to name a few.

I finished the degree but deep inside I feel that I’m not complete. Then the hunt for the good paying job started. All I thought of that time was just any jobs in the economic sector as long as it is connected to my degree and of course, it should be a high paying job because that was my goal. To earn a lot of money. Who wouldn’t want to have a good amount of money in their account?

To make the story short, in the end, I got a good paying job where I could somehow apply what I learned from economy studies but with a cost which is happiness and satisfaction. I wasn’t happy at work even though I was working with very nice colleagues. After a couple of months, I submit my resignation letter and went back to the part-time job that I have which this time is as a home nurse assistant.

I received mixed reactions from friends and family upon telling them what I did and what I was going through. Some of them told me that maybe I was just bored and it’s normal in an office type of work and that I should have given it more time. Others told me that I just wasted 4 years in the university for a course that didn’t give any good results. – Oh well yes, I’m guilty of it. But for me, my happiness weighs more than any gold in this world.

As I’ve said earlier in this post, working in the health sector has shown me life from another angle. It showed me how important it is to take care of others without thinking too much of my own interests. At the same time, it has shown me what I really want to be- a person that works not just to earn money but also to serve others without losing my identity. A type of person who is professional but at the same time a people-oriented kind of person and to be that kind of person, I should follow my heart and pursue the right career for me.

What I have learned in this journey is that things happen to us because we do not know where we are heading. Just like my past choices before. We make mistakes and we always get a chance of correcting them and learning from them.

So to those in my circle who criticized me, I am changing course not because I failed, but because I am sure this time that the other path is for me and something good awaits me there.