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CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY


Friday, January 10, 2014

The craziness of a new semester in school has officially started. I am currently in the Health Information Management/Medical Coding degree program at college. I don't mind the material, but it has a horrible amount of homework--it's just insane. It is four years of information crammed into two years. Note the lovely books for these 4 months of torture:


So last semester, I got off track. I was working 2 hours a day at school, in class for 4-5 hours, coming home and doing a couple hours of homework, then would go to work for 4-5 hours cleaning businesses, come home and do homework until 1 or 2 AM every night (or until I could no longer keep my eyes open) the entire week. My week homework consisted of studying for massive med term tests, anatomy tests-I averaged having about 16 tests a month in six classes. Then, during the weekend, I would have to sit and do about 15-20 hours worth of homework to catch up. I had absolutely no down time. None. The week before finals, I literally hit a wall of both physical and mental exhaustion. I have never felt like that before, and hope to never feel that way again. I had 8 tests in four days during finals week, some of those being 400-500 points. emoticon emoticon emoticon

I decided that I needed to make some changes.
1. As much as I need the money, I had to leave my night job. It was great exercise-janitorial work for 5 hours a night, (and hours were getting added) but apparently the amount of homework is doubling this semester, so I needed to let go of it. I am still going to work at the school, but things are going to get tight.
2. I had to get back on the treadmill and start watching what I eat. When I was doing janitorial work, I could never get enough food. Unfortunately, now I am still eating whatever I want, and a week after leaving my job, I am gaining weight-so I need to watch myself as I am not burning all those calories anymore.
3. I need to take time for myself. If it is the difference between getting an A or a B, then I guess I'll get that B. Everyone needs some downtime. EVERYONE. My family and friends were afraid to ask things of me because I was so busy, and it made me feel horrible. It's not happening this semester.

So wish me luck. My profs are making our program start almost a week before everybody else because we have so much homework. I'm really dreading this semester and am second-guessing my decision to be in this program on a daily basis. If you don't see me much on here, it is not because I have left or forgotten, but that I probably only have time to track my fitness; but I will be around.
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NATURALLYME126 1/11/2014 8:51PM

    Whew!! I got tired just reading all you were doing! So glad you are making changes. Kuddos to you my friend. :)

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ASDOBBER 1/10/2014 2:16PM

    Good luck to you on your new semester. I did an accelerated program too and it is not for the faint of heart. Just remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel and every day you make it through is one day closer to the end. emoticon

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