I hope you’ve recovered from eating too much turkey! Thanksgiving break always seems like a tease. After enjoying time off, all of the sudden I’m back and it’s time to get back into a serious routine. It’s December and that means I also have finals to look forward to! But knowing that Christmas Break is just around the corner helps me see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The fact that I am now very close to becoming a radiology technologist is becoming very clear. Today, our class received the official practice book for the national radiology tech registry exam. I was overjoyed and thankful. Everyone’s goal is to get this national certification. It is very valuable out there in the real world.
Many people dread going to their jobs every day. For many reasons they just are not fond of the word “WORK”. However, starting work and earning a salary as a radiography tech will be a huge milestone for me. I feel as though I have accomplished something huge. I have been going to school for several years, not knowing what I wanted to do. I am so thrilled I finally figured it out and I am almost there.
I’ve dealt with many personal issues along this educational journey, different from many students, but also very much alike many friends I know; marriage and children first, then school and working full time while going to school fulltime. We’ve had no health insurance. We’ve taken out student loans, not owned a house that feels like a home. One of the things I miss most of all over the past two years is being unable to come home and just BE with my family.
These next couple of months will be difficult, the classes extremely tough. But I’m confident I can make. Every time I attend clinical I’m now trying my hardest to get down a routine of what I will soon be doing as an employee and a health professional. I’m especially learning from other techs, picking up different styles and approaches to patient care and taking radiographs. Some days are tougher than others, but I have never left clinical, or classes thinking this is not the right profession. That 100% knowledge breeds confidence that I will love my job.
My training is seldom boring. Just on those days when it feels a little slow, presto, I’m learning a little more about administering c-t’s or MRI’s. I think it is this challenge that I love the most about the medical field.
What I hope you understand is that dreams can come true and when they do you feel like you are on top of the world. Keep plugging along. The view is worth the effort. Take my word for it: when you accomplish your goals any stress just melts away.
I’ll pick back up on my crazy adventures of becoming a radiology tech in January, until then, I hope everyone enjoys the holidays as I know I will.