Well, from my last post, things are beginning to settle down. No new news, except that we believe we have found a sitter to watch T1. We’re interviewing tonight, but get this: She also has a first grade (girl!) who goes to T1’s same school, T1 can ride the bus to her house after school because she lives within our school district (she has a few kids already who do this, age range K-2nd grade), she is LITERALLY across the street from Shorty’s work, AND she’s only going to charge us $120 a month. Holy affordable babysitting, batman! So we’re meeting with her tonight and assuming everything is in order, her kids are happy and she doesn’t have horns sticking out of her head, T1 will start there on Friday. Woot!
ALSO (and this is the news I was going to include last time before I got too
pissy tired to continue the post…).. so you all have heard me complain about dicuss how much I hate my Ph.D. program. I believe I started publicly complaining about discussing it in May, but I’d been thinking about it and Shorty and I had been having convos about it for much longer than that. Thus far though, I really haven’t taken too many steps to DO anything about it. There was the nursing thing, and then there wasn’t. There was the I’m getting out of here NOW thing, and then there wasn’t. I think, truth be told, I’ve been a little lost. I didn’t know where exactly I wanted to go or what exactly I wanted to do. There were things that sort of felt right (like nursing) until I thought more about it and something was just off. I have been trying and trying and trying to come up with a viable option to get me out of this program… I have literally explored via Google and my imagination almost every single interest I have that could possibly turn into a career. In the last year or so, I’ve imagined myself as a firefighter, a meteorologist (love weather!), a doctor, a nurse, a Public Health specialist, a GLBT advocate, a stay at home mom, a teacher (and yes, occasionally, I thought about just staying put and being a Ph.D.). But not too many of them stuck. However, it became clear to me that the careers that drew me the most were I tied to medicine. I came to realize, I want to be in the medical field. I’m pretty damn convinced that what is lacking for me from this whole research experience is patient contact. I talk to my nursing friends and I’m jealous that they get to help take care of patients. I talk to my friend in 3rd year medical school about her rotations and I’m jealous of all the medical knowledge and patient contact she’s getting. I want to be in MEDICINE.
But what kind of medicine? Not nursing- although that initially called to me, somehow, it just doesn’t seem like the right fit. And no way in hell am I putting myself through 4 years of hell and 4 more years of post-hell drudgery in order to go to medical school (besides not having the academic stamina for it anymore, there’s also the whole matter of wanting to have kids and SOON, and oh yeah med school is expensive).
However, I’m pretty damn sure I hit on the perfect career back in June. The idea has been sitting with me ever since, percolating, and I’m finally ready to put it into action. I want to go to PA school and become a Physician Assistant. Ta-da! It feels right- basically, I’ll be as close as I can get to being a doctor without actually BEING a doctor. I’ll have direct patient interaction every day. I’ll get to diagnose and assist in surgeries and help people make decisions about their health. I’ll get to HELP people, in a field that truly interests me, and I’ll get immediate gratification from being able to see the difference I’m making in patients’ lives (none of this mansy-pansy publishing-research-in-journals-and-waiting-for-the-world-to-read-it crap! 😉 ). I’m ready. This is it, I’m sure of it. Let’s jump…. over the hurdles I need to get through in order to be ready for PA school.
First off, there’s classes- I have two prereq classes I need to take in order to be a PA (human anatomy and human physiology, both with lab, if you’re curious). The rest of the prereq’s I’ve got covered thanks to my biology background. Second- there’s the patient experience. Unlike med school which requires the MCATS, PA school does not require MCATS but it does require direct patient care experience… and lots of it. Volunteering does not count, shadowing does not count, my research does not count. So this is where the ch-ch-ch-changes comes in. I have signed myself up- wait for it- to BECOME AN EMT by December!!! I’m taking an evening class taught by local paramedics to become certified as an EMT (EMT-B). It starts September 8th and goes until December 12th. After that, I take an exam to become nationally certified, and after that- I get the hell out of here and go start my medical career.
Iamsoexcited!!!! Just ask Shorty, my Mom, my best friend… it’s all I’ve been talking about. I can’t wait to start that class. It feels like I’m finally on the right path. It feels exciting. It feels good to BE excited about something again!
This won’t be a quick process- I’ll become an EMT, get an EMT job hopefully Dec/Jan, and then start shadowing PA’s (looks good on your application) in the spring. I’ll also take one of my prereq classes this spring, and one next summer. Applications for PA school are open June- December, so I’ll be applying next June 2012- for admission to fall 2013. Assuming (hoping, praying) I get in, that would mean working as an EMT for about 2 years before heading to school- a two year lull, if you will (which Shorty and I believe is as perfect time as any to make babies, more on that later). And then the program itself is two years long- first year classes, second year clinicals. So we’re looking at Summer 2015 before all is said and done. HOWEVER- I believe that it will all be worth it, for a lifetime working in a field I actually like and for the permanent stability this will bring to my family.
So that’s le plan. What do you think? Know anyone who’s a PA? 😉