Goodness, it’s been two and a half months since I last posted! I hadn’t quite realised it had been such a long time.
What have I been doing? Well, I had a four-week placement on a nursing ward which was very interesting and, as it was just a pass/fail grade, just what I needed to ease me back into the swing of things after a fairly difficult month. It felt like that placement would be the make or break for me, and thankfully it turned out to be a positive experience. I’ll admit, I had been looking at job adverts, but I’ve made it through and now I’m over half way through the degree!
I also had a birthday, which I celebrated in a fairly low-key way. My mum came to stay, and we had a birthday tea with the boys I nanny before tackling the fabric I bought at Christmas to make into a duvet cover. It’s only about a quarter done, and is still sitting in my mending basket waiting to be machine-sewed together, but we got all the cutting and measuring out of the way.
February had a lot of assignment deadlines, so I spent most of my time working on those. For some reason, despite my immense love for my office nook I find it easier to work either in my armchair or at the kitchen table. I suspect it could be due to lack of lighting in the nook (because of the sloped ceiling, it’s the darkest place in the flat) but I haven’t found the right office chair yet either, which doesn’t help. Never mind, the main thing is that the work gets done.
I’m now in my final week of my labour placement, and have caught a few more babies. I’m rather worryingly behind in terms of numbers; preferably I’d have caught ten in the first year, and fifteen in each of second and third years, and at the moment my total sits at nine. It’s not for lack of trying! But for whatever reason, a lot of the women I’ve cared for have wound up going to theatre either for the baby’s birth, or because of a retained placenta. I’ll get there eventually, but my lack of progress has become a slightly panicked standing joke.
Outside my degree? Well, to be honest I haven’t been doing a whole lot! Between placement, assignments and looking after the boys, I haven’t got much time left. I have started going to a weekly house group made up of people around my age, from various different churches. We have dinner together, have a short liturgy of some kind, and then sit around and chat or play board games. Fair warning: I take Camel Up very seriously.
Upcoming excitement: I’m going on a cruise next month! An unanticipated cheque from a family member and a serendipitous congruence of dates means I’ll be fulfilling a long-term dream just after Easter, visiting the Canary Islands and Morocco on a luxury boat. I had to reluctantly admit that visiting Marrakech probably wasn’t feasible this time – it’s on my bucket list, but the day excursion to the city involved so much travel time that I’d not really be able to make the most of the trip, so I’m staying in the port city instead. Still, Morocco! I have wanted to go to Morocco for years. Time to brush up my French and frantically learn some more Arabic.
Paigecat is doing well, and greatly enjoying her cardboard-box-and-Christmas-blanket bed in front of the radiator. She’ll be staying with my dad and Gill while I’m on the cruise, and I’m not sure how I’ll cope being away from her for the longest period of time so far! She’s met dad’s dog Tunny, and they have reached a cautious agreement that she will not scratch his nose if he doesn’t loom over her and wag his tail frantically. That’s better than I was expecting, to be honest.
Spring is finally on the way, and I am so looking forward to going for evening walks in the last of the sunshine. Not long now!