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Like It or Not, Life Happens

Published September 18, 2013 4:31 PM by Linda Pierce
As the end of this semester was clearly in sight, I was feeling really good about the grades I had and the pace of approaching the finish line. Then out of left field, life entered my school life. 

Often, as students, we get so involved in deadlines for assignments, studying for tests and getting things organized into our schedules that we fail to remember that there are more people in our lives than our instructors. 

As I write this month's blog, my husband is recovering in a rehab center from having a stroke two weeks ago. In the early morning, when I was studying hard for one of the last few test of the semester, his stroke hit.

Quickly, my life went into chaos. After all, how could this happen? I am not supposed to be the patient's wife, I am supposed to be the person's nurse. Becoming "the family" truly humbled me. I realized that even when we think school life is under control, it only takes one person to start a wave in our ponds.

As a student, I was taught a valuable lesson. My instructor and counselor at Frontier University were there to help. Deadlines for exams and assignments are not so set that we can't ask for help. This lesson didn't come easily for me. I felt at first I had to submit the due items. After all I am a student, right?

Long sleepless hours in ICU are not very conducive for study. After a horrible grade on a case study, my instructor told me to take time for the next test and to know they can help arrange extensions for assignments. They are there to help. 

A huge lesson as this semester rounds to a close on Friday: be prepared for whatever life throws. Just being a student doesn't excuse me from the added stressors of life. 

Just in case you are wondering, the next test was a 90 and I will finish this semester on Friday. Then a long break ... of 1 1/2 weeks. 


Linda: I hope your husband is doing well and getting better every day. You also have a real chance to become a better clinician because of the lemonaide life gave you. Learn all you can about strokes and why they happen? Learn about treatment and rehab. I guarantee you will always feel for patients who have strokes differently now, and may have an affinity to treating people with them. You will be surprised.

Sounds like your program has been great.

Again, we can all pray your husband gets a bit better every day.


Dave Mittman September 26, 2013 1:34 PM

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