Monday, August 29, 2005

God Bless Armand

I can't believe that the fall semester for Rick and I begins in exactly one week from today. It is complete madness. Im excited to get it started though, I have a good feeling about the semester to come! Im taking NUR 101 - Foundations of Nursing, and English 2... wooo. Everyones like, you are only taking two classes? But, NUR 101 is 9 credits.. so its going to be one hell of a hard class. I've already started to read a novel that we need to read for the english class.. Im starting early I tell you!!!

Lets see whats been going on. Last weekend Tyler, Alicia, Jen, Josh, Rick, Matt, and I went to Nashua New Hampshire. We went to Hooters and the mall. It was an okay day, nothing amazing though. In the restaurant everyone was like chain smoking and it made me sooooooooooo sick to my stomach. After that, my day wasnt too pleasant but what can you do? I guess Im just not used to people smoking like that!

I've been working a lot... and last week Kirstans grandmother passed away. She was at the nursing home that I worked at. The day she passed I spent about 2 or so hours with her in her room just talking and whatnot.. I made sure she ate a little something. The next morning at 6:30 when I got into work I saw that she had passed the prior night at 9:30. I sat with her the day she passed. It was a bit eerie at first but then I thought about it. This is one of my best friends grandmothers, and she deserves a bit of time with someone. She was nothing but pleasant and was talking to me very coherantly. It was an honor to spend some of her last hours with her. Today Courtney and I met up with Bethany at her funeral. It was a nice service. I was doing alright through the whole thing but then I saw Armand, Kirstans grandfather, and I broke out. I could not hold it in. He is probably one of the sweetest men I have ever met, he cares about so many people.. and it was hard to see him in pain like this. Him and Polly had been married for 57 years.... it is a remarkable love story that one can only wish comes true.... We followed the family to the cemetary and when I walked in Armand saw me for the first time and he grabbed my hand and hes like " Theres my Jill, theres my Jill" I started crying... but it warmed my heart because everytime I saw him at the nursing home I would always tell him how she was doing and that I was spending lots of one on one time with her. God Bless Armand.. and his whole family. Kirstan and Tawnia.... I love you both and I know that its difficult.. but I am here whenever you may need me. Rest in peace Polly.

Other than that.. not to much is going on. I am now a CNA :) Woo. I go from getting paid 6.35 to 8.54! Thank God.. about friggin time! I start my orientation tomorrow, so Im hoping it goes well!!

Thats all for now!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

summers coming to a close

Its been almost a month, where has time gone I swear? Let me do some updating about what has been going on.

July 23-31 Rick, Jen, Josh, Joel, Jake, Tyler, Alicia, Erica, Luc, Nharra, and myself all went camping in Bar Harbor for the annual camping trip. Thank God we had nice weather. For the past 2 years we always run into a complete day of rain, which blows, but this year we didnt! Rock on, very happy about that. We played mini golf, barbequed at all hours of the night... went to Cadillac mountain... thats one of my favorite pics from the trip.. me with my two fav boys, Rick and Joel. It was a good trip. We had fun. Its odd to see how fast Joel has grown up. I love him. Hes looking at colleges this summer, and I want him to stay closer to home so we can see him more often, selfish as that is, but if he wants to go to NYU or whatnot, then I fully support that as well.

What else has been going on... well the girl at Charlies that I work with in reception has been taking complete advantage of me, which pisses me off. I emailed the head of the office though and I think things are beginning to straighten out, which is good. I havent seen her since shit hit the fan, so it will be quite interesting seeing her on Saturday. Oh well. I wasnt doing anything wrong let me tell you!

I have been working both jobs still, and Im anxiously awaiting for the semester to begin so I can have some life other than working. I dont mind at all having homework and having to do case studies. Id almost rather do that than work at the nursing home 32 hours a week. Dont get me wrong, I have fallen in love with many of the residents and I enjoy it there, but I keep coming down with things because they have barely any circulation and its just a festering site for infection. Tuesday I went in not feeling well at all. When I left the apartment that morning I cried in the bedroom for about 10 minutes not wanting to go, but I did. I ended up talking to my teacher, and she told me to go to the ER or my doctor. I got into my doctors at 9 that morning, and she told me I had some viral infection that I most likely caught at the nursing home, and that I should not work for 72 hours to let it pass. I begged her to let me go back in today, so she wrote me a note to be out of work for 48 hours. Well.. let me tell you.. today when I woke up I felt horrible.. but I still went into work but when I was bending down alot and coming back up I became sooo dizzy and lightheaded.. and on break when I drank my gingerale to calm my stomach.. it didnt set too well, lets just say that.

Other than that not much else has been going on.. Oh yes!! Courtney and I finished our pop concert repetoire by going to see the BSB :) It was wonderful. Great show great great great!!!! :) We're dorks, but hey, its okay!