Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas?

This post is going to be a little more personal, but it's relevant to the blog. It's that time of year after all. The following is a story and it's not a good one; it's actually really sad.

My personal life is nonexistent right now and I think this story sums up exactly where I'm at.

A couple months ago I was counting down the days until my benefits from my new job would kick in so I could get new glasses. I haven't had new glasses in at least 6 years and my old frames were practically falling apart. Simple enough. I wait for my vision insurance to be active and schedule an appointment at Lens Crafters as soon as possible. A few days later, I go in for my appointment and notice that the optometrist was really young. It's hard to tell exactly how old she was, but I would guess that she had only graduated optometry school only a few years ago. And she was flirting with me the entire time.

I've already talked about this on this blog, but I've been single for forever and I don't really date. Reasons for this have changed over the years, but right now I'm not happy at all in my current situation. I put my life on hold for so long while I was stuck in school and unfortunately, my plans didn't work out. Now I'm just stuck with a lot of debt without that much to show for it. I feel like I know a lot and I'm a hard worker, but I just don't have the licenses or degrees to do any of the things I want to do. As of today, I'm still doing my best to get my life back on track and change it into something I can be proud of while making enough money to be able to pay all my bills. Until then, I don't feel like I deserve to be in a relationship with anybody.

When people ask, I always say something like this, "I'm not married and I don't have kids. I don't have a girlfriend and I'm not even looking."

All of that is true and it sucks. So what do you do with a cute optometrist is flirting with you before, during, and after you eye exam?

I'm usually really dense when it comes to girls and if they're interested. So when even I can pick it up, it would probably be completely obvious to anyone else in the room. She already knew a little about me from the patient information sheet you fill in and we actually had a few things in common. I made her laugh a couple times, she was telling some jokes, and her hands were all over my face during the exam itself.

Before I left, I could have asked for her number and she would have given it.

But I didn't do that.

Instead, I picked out some frames and completed the rest of the exam with one of the technicians. I then paid for everything and left.

And that kind of sums up my personal life. I didn't ask for her number not because I was too shy or I wasn't interested or anything like that. I didn't do it because my life situation is embarrassing right now. And it sucks. I wish I had the life where I had the means to do all the things I would like to do, but I don't.

All I'm doing right now is working, saving money, and filling out applications.

Hopefully, I'll be able to continue to turn it around in 2015 and eventually get to a place (mentally & financially) where asking for the number of cute optometrists who are flirting with you is even an option.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"I'm currently facing a similar (not equal) situtation..." and Work/School Update

mddreams writes:
Hi, I'm currently facing a similar (not equal) situtation...So I'm currently evaluating caribbean medschools...Did you only apply to Ross ? or did you also apply to SGU, AUC or any other?By reading part of your I tried to find an answer ....So i was wondering if you went to Ross b/c it was the only Carib School that accepted you b/c OR b/c you only applied to Ross?? If you could clarify this, it would be really helpful. B/c I read you considered to apply to AUC after you failed, but never did. I heard AUC standards are one of the most strict ones...
Hi mddreams,

I haven't been checking my blogs lately, so I'm a little late to respond. I had the application materials for both SGU and AUC at the time I was looking for a school, but Ross responded first and quickly accepted me. I technically did not apply to any of the other schools, but I would have if I had to. I contacted 3-4 other schools days after I learned I had failed -- 100% convinced (at the time) that I was going to try again at another school. One of the schools I contact was AUC and they straight up said that they do not accept any former SGU or Ross students. I had heard otherwise at the time, but I was mistaken. Other medical schools, like American University of Antigua (AUA), were ready to accept my application, but in the end, I decided not to go for it. (I'm sure you can go back to my old posts and see how on the fence I was about the whole thing. Literally every other post I was flip flopping on my decision.)

From what I understand, SGU, Ross, AUC, and Saba are basically equal in terms of restrictions. I would just apply to all 4 if you are serious considering going to the Caribbean for your medical education.

Hope that helps.

Work/School Update

For those wondering, I'm currently working full-time as a cardiac technician. I currently have 2 EKG certifications: NCCT and CCT. NCCT is the one recommended by the class I was taking. It is generally considered to be an easier test and less comprehensive, but anything helps. CCT is more widely accepted as the most sought after EKG certification and more commonly cited as a requirement for employment. At my work, I basically receive, interpret, and triage hundreds of incoming ambulatory EKG transmissions per day. I also talk to patients over the phone to address concerns, confirm electrodes are connected properly, and/or determine if a medical emergency is currently taking place. Time goes pretty quick, so it's not so bad.

I'm also finishing up a night class in Physiology for requirement at my local community college. For those who don't remember, earlier this year, when I went to apply for respiratory therapy programs, I was actually missing the Human Physiology requirement. Even though I've learnt he material for the class at least 3-4 times, requirements are requirements -- no exceptions.

After I finish the class next month, I plan on looking for a 2nd job.

The plan is the work hard now to make enough money to pay my student loans while saving money to continue paying my students loans while in the program. My loans are now in full repayment and even working 40 hours a week, currently 65% of my income is going straight towards my loans and I never see any of it. I've been writing emails to try and try and get the repayment lowered or further deferred, but no luck so far.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Veggies Over Rice (Healthy)

Here's another healthy recipe, this time from "Laura in the Kitchen." She's one of a few people whom I'm subscribed to on Youtube who constantly pump out recipes.

I like her channel a lot because I love Italian food. It's my weakness. It's easy for me to resist temptation when it comes to sweats like pastries, donuts, candy, chocolate, soda, or ice cream. But it's the pasta and spaghetti that really gets to me when I'm craving. So I took her recipe, removed the parmesan cheese, and served it over brown rice instead of mixing with pasta and I think it turned out great. Definitely going to be cooking this again:

It's pretty simple and it's completely vegetarian and all you're doing is sautéing some fruits/vegetables together.

I've cooked it twice already and mine was slightly different. First, I started off with a little extra virgin olive oil, a red bell pepper, and 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms. Let that cook for a few minutes. Then, I spread it out like she did, put in another tablespoon of oil and dumped in 6 cloves of garlic, a handful of chopped asparagus, and a chopped cucumber. Add salt & pepper, mix well, and let that cook off for 10 minutes, tossing occasionally. Finally, dump in 2 diced tomatoes and a couple handfuls of leafy greens. I used mix of spinach and arugala, coarsely cut. Drop in 2 tablespoons of butter, let the butter melt and the leafy greens wilt down, and it's done.

I think the mushrooms and bell pepper are a must. But the thing that that really brings the dish together is the combination of the tomatoes, cucumber, and butter which all combine into a sauce. (Laura used zucchini in her video and I used cucumber and I think you could replace it with any fruit/veggie that has a high water content.)

And like I said above, I used brown rice instead of pasta and I think it works.