New Year 2019

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great and awesome 2018! Mine was meaningful because of the birth of my baby. 🙂 I have no new year resolutions because it doesn’t work out for me but I always do my best to be a better version of myself every year.

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A Foggy Beginning

My life these past few months can be describe as a hazy bubble. I thought that I know everything, but the truth is I only knew the top of the whole thing. I was on the verge of giving up. I cried and wept every day, I ignored some close people around me, and every thing was just stressing me out, because all of a sudden things did not go according to plan and the anticipation once I had turned into a nightmare.

Almost three months from now, I became a mom for the first time. (Hence the long absence from the blog world.)
Who would have thought that life after pregnancy is just a start of a hard journey? I thought that the birth experience itself is the most painful thing, but I was wrong. Almost 95 percent of my family and friends has told me that having a baby is a bliss. Yes, having and meeting my baby is a bliss. Yet, it is also hard because I have to be strong and give my little one her needs even if it means sacrificing my time, energy and happiness.

Anyway, things are better now though I am still adjusting to my new routine. I am enjoying being a mom and I am grateful for this new chapter in my life.

Gray it is.

According to our interior designer, shades of gray is in today. The darker (and warmer), the better it is for the price of the house/flat. At first I did not like the idea because for me white looks neater and cleaner. Not to forget that it is easier to find furnitures and decors that would match the colour of the walls. But the hubby insisted of listening to the designer’s advice which is to go for gray. However, he opted for lighter shades of gray than what the designer suggested. The flat is around 60-70 sqm. Not that big so a very dark paint colour would make the flat appear smaller than its size. The only dark gray in the flat is the main door.

The renovation of the flat takes time. There are still lots of things to do, like installing laminate flooring, cleaning the terrace and etc. Kuddos to my hubby for doing the carpentry by himself.

 

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The hallway

Moving Process

First of all, happy new year! It is good to be back here in the blog world. I have been busy with lots of stuff and is still busy at the moment because my partner and I are packing our stuff and renovating the flat because we are soon moving out from here. The pressure is on as we have to sell this flat as soon as possible. However, I am glad because things are falling into place and I cannot wait to move into a bigger place. A bigger place means that I can have my family and friends over for a night or two and we can finally host a big dinner party finally! 🙂

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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.

 

 

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/ .