Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Yeah RT Blogs!

Wow. I didn't see this coming. My humble, tiny, little blog, that I write mostly to remind myself of my progress as to not become discouraged, has been noticed by the writer of one of my favorite RT blogs and given the distinction of being listed amongst the "Top 21 Respiratory Therapy Blogs of 2008"!

It is included amongst a list of some really cool blogs, blogs that I check up on pretty much everyday to stay motivated and that were instrumental in inspiring me to start writing my own!

Super cool.

To check out the list go to

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I'm ready for round 2...

I'm all registered for next semester. I'm going to be taking "Human Anatomy & Physiology II", "Microbiology of Health & Disease", and "Medical Law & Ethics". I went and bought my books, and was able to get them all used and in great condition with unopened complimentary software. Well, except for the Anatomy lab manual, but that was only like $3.00.

Well, I'm going to try to keep myself busy over the next few weeks that I'm out of class. It shouldn't be very hard with the holidays and all the shop work that I need to finish. As a matter of fact, I'm heading out to the gym now, then to the shop to work on restringing a grand piano that I've been working on for what seems like an eternity. Nonetheless, when school starts I'm ready to get back into the academic ring and start swinging!

Monday, December 15, 2008

I have won this battle...

I took my final "final" exam this morning. It was in Medical Terminology. I had an hour to finish it, and I needed 66% to get an A in the class and thus ensuring my 4.0 GPA for the semester. It took me 13 minutes (I was the first one done). I know for sure that I aced it. So that's it then. 4.0 for the semester!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

2 down 1 to go...

I just finished taking my final exam in "Human Anatomy & Physiology I" resulting in an A. Grand total for the class's final grade is (drum-roll please) 103%! Woot!

Combined with the A achieved earlier from the dumb computer class I took, I am pullin' a 4 point for the semester. Woot!

One final left in Medical Terminology and I'm done until January 15th 09! (Except for prepping for the COMPASS math exam, but whatever...)

Also I found out that the teacher that I've enjoyed taking A&P I from was hired by the college full-time and will likely be teaching A&P II next semester, that means I might try to switch around my registered classes to get in his class.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Meme

One of the RT blogs that I enjoy reading, Respiratory Therapy 101: Just Keep Breathing posted this and suggested that others fill it out too. So here it goes. You are supposed to boldface the answers to the questions that you have done.

1. Started your own blog. You're looking at it.
2. Slept under the stars.
3. Played in a band. I've played piano in many, had a jazz trio up unitll this summer.
4. Visited Hawaii.
5. Watched a meteor shower. Yep.
6. Given more than you can afford to charity.
7. Been to Disneyland.
8. Climbed a mountain. To the top of Annyohamidashte (sp?) in Japan
9. Held a praying mantis.
10. Sang a solo. Revolution by the Beatles in 8th grade was my first and not my last.
11. Bungee jumped.
12. Visited Paris.
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea. I was in a lightning storm at sea with a jerk named Dick Clark.
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch. Piano Tuning
15. Adopted a child.
16. Had food poisoning. On my honeymoon LOL.
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty.
18. Grown your own vegetables.
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France.
20. Slept on an overnight train.
21. Had a pillow fight. All the time as a kid.
22. Hitch hiked.
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill.
24. Built a snow fort. Michigan winters provide good materials.
25. Held a lamb.
26. Gone skinny dipping. I consider it being one with nature...
27. Run a Marathon.
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice.
29. Seen a total eclipse. Yep
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset. One of my wife's favorite activities.
31. Hit a home run. Literaly and figuratively
32. Been on a cruise. A day cruise through the Greek Isles.
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person. Family vacation as a kid.
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors. Jolly old England.
35. Seen an Amish community.
36. Taught yourself a new language.
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied.
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person.
39. Gone rock (wall) climbing.
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David.
41. Sung karaoke. Doobie Brothers anyone?
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt.
44. Visited Africa.
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight. With my wife when we were on our first trip together.
46. Been transported in an ambulance.
47. Had your portrait painted drawn. As a baby.
48. Gone deep sea fishing. Yep, puked my brains out.
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person.
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling. I've done quite a bit of snorkeling in my day.
52. Kissed in the rain. Yeah
53. Played in the mud. I was a football player in H.S.
54. Gone to a drive-in theater. Quite a few times as a kid.
55. Been in a movie.
56. Visited the Great Wall of China.
57. Started a business. Still running it.
58. Taken a martial arts class. I'm a black-belt 4 times over.
59. Visited Russia.
60. Served at a soup kitchen.
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies. Boy Scout Popcorn…
62. Gone whale watching.
63. Got flowers for no reason.
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma. Yep the person comforting me passed out.
65. Gone sky diving.
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp.
67. Bounced a check. As a chain reaction to someone else bouncing one. errgh.
68. Flown in a helicopter.
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial.
71. Eaten Caviar. Yep, my friends as a kid servied it up a t lunch.
72. Pieced a quilt.
73. Stood in Times Square. My aunt actually lives there.
74. Toured the Everglades. Not only toured but pushed a malfunctioning cart around them.
75. Been fired from a job. Once when I was in H.S.
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London. Yep
77. Broken a bone. Not mine...
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle. Yep and I flew right off it and hurt myself about 10 seconds in.
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person. Only from the window of a plane.
80. Published a book.
81. Visited the Vatican.
82. Bought a brand new car. I've leased them, but never owned outright.
83. Walked in Jerusalem. Yep a couple times.
84. Had your picture in the newspaper. Yep a couple times.
85. Read the entire Bible.
86. Visited the White House.
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
88. Had chickenpox. I was small. It sucked.
89. Saved someone’s life.
90. Sat on a jury.
91. Met someone famous. Sure, but we're not friends or anything.
92. Joined a book club.
93. Lost a loved one. Who hasn't?
94. Had a baby. My wife has had my baby, does that count?
95. Seen the Alamo in person.
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake.
97. Been involved in a law suit. Yerp.
98. Owned a cell phone. Yerp
99. Been stung by a bee. Nope
100. Read an entire book in one day. Yerp

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I think I can see the finish line in the distance, oops that's just a rest area...

Well this school week is cut short due to the "Turkey Day" festivities. I have once again managed to continue my unbroken streak of "A's" for the semester, of which there are less than 3 weeks left.

I stayed up until 2am this morning in order to accidentally over-study for today's AP quiz on the CNS by about half a chapter. Oh well, it won't hurt in the long run I guess.

My final homework project in Medical Terminology is due on Monday. We are supposed to do the same thing as last time, find a medical journal article pertaining to our field of interest, then define a bunch of terms from it. I found the article online today, but will have to wait to print it out until tomorrow as my blasted printer has run out of ink.

Also, the "Group Project" for Medical Terminology is due in two weeks. I was forced to take the reigns of the group, and subsequently I need to get cracking on the project to ensure it's completion. If anything will blow my "A" streak, it will be having to rely on these guys. Well, I definitely hope this is not the case.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

One of the cardinal rules...

This week I took an Anatomy lab exam on the skeletal muscles. I studied pretty hard for this one (as usual) and ended up getting an A. But, I could have done even better if I wouldn't have broken one of my cardinal rules... "Never change an answer once it is written." I did, and I switched two answers thinking to myself, "I shouldn't be doing this." Well turns out in that regard that I was right. I had it correct originally! I should have stuck to my guns.

I guess I shouldn't beat myself up too bad seeing that I still got an A. But still...