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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
And because we are training to be a professional radiographer and health worker, discipline in the field is a must. Hence, the uniform.
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).
One of the main highlights of my London trip is experiencing the Lunar New Year in Chinatown. This is special to me because it was my very first time to visit a Chinatown in Europe.
My friend and I got there by foot from Primark store at Oxford Street on the western side. I think, we walked for around 15 minutes. When we arrived, the dragon dance just started.
We had a plan of eating at one the restaurants there, but because it was Chinese New Year, all of the restaurants were packed of people! People had to fall in line and wait. We did not wait because we’re starving and running out of energy, luckily we found a small place that sells steamed rice buns. So the main lesson here: “The early bird catches the worm”. However, we’re still grateful though because the steamed buns are good.
Moving on, a tour to the Chinatown is not complete without visiting a tea shop or a Chinese pharmacy. As a tea lover, I made sure that I would not miss the chance of getting myself at least a pack Chinese tea.
The tea shop’s name is Beijing Tong Ren Tang and is located at Shaftsbury Avenue. I only found the tea shop accidentally on our way out of the China Town.
So, what to find inside? Well, of course lots of teas and teawares! They got everything, from dragon tea, oolong, pur erh and you name it. I got myself a pack of pu erh, a pack of black tea, a clay teapot and a gaiwan (will write a separate post later).
Huge tea cannisters!
The teashop’s fasade.
Gaiwans in the display.
Anyway, I can say that I had fun at Chinatown. I’ll definitely come back here again on my next trip to London.
It is already mid October and the weather is surprisingly lovely in most parts of the country for almost two weeks now. I am not complaining though. The weather is just perfect for hikes, road/boat trips, picnics and you name it but do not let the sunshine and the blue skies fool you because it is absolutely cold.
A week ago we visited my partner’s family and while the bf was busy with his father’s garage I took our dog and the dog of his sister out for a walk. My plan was to go to Vardetangen but had to change course because I suddenly got a problem with one of the dogs. So I followed the sign to Fonnes kai(quay) instead and tada, a beautiful scenery welcomed us.
Times like this should be spent wisely, especially here in Norway because you never know what the next days gonna be when it comes to weather. For some reasons it is not easy to predict the weather anymore.
Another tea has been added to my collection. Genmaicha is a Japanese green tea with roasted brown rice. This type of tea is also known as the popcorn tea because you can hear a popping sound during the steep. I’ve been ordering this type of tea from my Japanese friend every time she travels to her motherland.
I did a bit of a research (Google-ling) about this tea. The brand is Seiyu Acknowledged by Everyone. Sounds a bit weird to me, but at least it is acknowledged not only by the Japanese folks but everyone… Lol. But seriously, that is the brand name. Google does not have enough information about the brand. Maybe the Japanese Google has more?
Anyways, personally I find this tea mild in taste compared to sencha and matcha. It has also a sweet and nutty taste. I think genmaicha would be the perfect tea for the first time green tea drinkers because of the subtle taste of tea.
This pack of tea comes in 20 teabags perfect for people like me who are always on the go or for those who does not have teapots. Brewing time is just 30 seconds in 84 degrees C water. You can find this on Ebay too, I think. If not ask the store owners who sells Japanese products. If you are living in Norway, you can find genmaicha in the tea shops.
I never thought that a time would come that I would fear for my life. This was a new phenomenon to me. Should I seek help from the people around me or just pretend that I’m a brave woman?
Deep inside I was shouting for help. I thought that I’d drown in my own thoughts. Thank goodness it’s just in the mind. However, it has already taken my energy, a portion of my sanity and it has already left an invisible scar on me.
Sometimes I succeed in concealing my fears but most of the time I get caught by people close to me and when I tell them what is making me anxious or what is making me tremble, they would answer me with “why is that?” and laugh at the same time. Some told me that it’s only a product of overthinking and imagination.
As days went by, I started to isolate myself from the world. I hated the things that triggered my panic attacks. One of which is taking the express bus. I know it sounds ridiculous. Fear of taking the bus? Actually it’s not the bus that is the issue, but it is the thought that I don’t have control over the bus. Whenever I sat on the bus, it feels like I was sitting on a roller coaster.
My confidence went from a 100% to a 10%. I didn’t trust myself anymore and I started thinking that emotions made me weak. My health condition was not good either. The gastrointestinal problem that I had before came back because I was stressed by the thought of my panic attacks coming back. I was anxious about being afraid and what would happen if I lost control over something.
I went to a therapist because I wanted to put an end to this nightmare. I was sick and tired of negativity. To make the story short I got better. The therapist told me that my anxiousness was a phase in my life. My mind was on its defence mode because of the sad happenings that I experienced in my life lately and stress from work made it worse. So her advice is to go out and never allow fear and depression stop you from living your life. Being afraid is normal because it is our body’s way of warning us of dangers but it is up to us on how we are going to respond to the situation.
If you’re going to ask me how am I today, I’m absolutely better. I still have some of the irrational fears but I don’t get panic attacks anymore. I guess that my healthier lifestyle (which includes a balance diet, exercise, water and proper supplements) today is helping my mind to cope better with the negativity coming into my life. I also learned something from myself too that no matter how intimidating or nerve-racking the situation is, quiting is not in my vocabulary.