What have I been up to?

June 23, 2017

Hello lovelies,

Just checking in with you all to fill you in on what I have been up to. It's been a while since I've had anything significant to tell you all about!

So, for those that don't already know I'm in my second year of my children's nursing degree. For the past two weeks I have been on placement at the local dental hospital. I was on their one day unit, where people come for minor operations such as teeth extractions etc. At first my anxiety really played up, but once I got into it I absolutely LOVED it. Unfortunately I had to work with adult patients, which is not my thing, but when we had children coming in I was in my element. The staff were lovely, I've honestly never felt more welcomed and included in a team before on placement. I also got to wear scrubs all day (see picture above) it was bliss!

They gave me a lot of responsibility, they taught me to manage an airway when people were asleep in theatre, they let me scrub up and watch operations it was amazing! Sadly though, I have finished placement here because it was only a two week short experience placement. I will now be starting placement at the children's hospital on their day case unit which I've heard mixed reviews about. I've heard the staff are lovely, but the ward in general is very boring with loads of paperwork, not a lot of time to bond with the children and not a lot of chances to learn new skills. So who knows, we'll have to see how it goes!

New Job
My course is full time, but I can barely make ends meet with my loan and bursary, my parents always offer to give me money but I feel guilty taking so much from them. So, to earn a bit of extra cash to be able to go out and treat myself I have started a part time job. I am a care support worker for the NHS. I did two shifts this weekend, one on children's cardiac surgery where I basically stocked the ward making sure there was milk in for all the babies etc. My second shift was on children's neuro surgery where I met a gorgeous little boy. He's been in hospital for 6 months now following a stroke and I had the pleasure of looking after him all day.

He was such a little cutie, my job is very flexible too I can do long days, short days, earlies, lates or nights.  It's perfect to fit in alongside my studies. Plus it helps me get a bit more experience which will help me in my course so it's a win-win really isn't it?

Moving House
I'll be moving house soon from this rubbish 5 bed house to a gorgeous one bed flat. I'm both dreading it and looking forward to it at the same time. I don't speak to my housemates but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the background noise they give me, this is something I will miss when I live alone! But, it's my last year and I need quiet to focus and the flat is a lot prettier than this house now so I think the positives outweigh my fear of it being too quiet and lonely. Over the past few days I have been off and managed to start packing boxes, I can't wait for moving day to finally arrive because I'm sick of tripping over boxes!

Exams and homesickness
I've had a couple of exams recently which have been the hardest ones yet! I'm very hopeful that I will have done well but they didn't half stress me out. Also, as weird as it sounds, I'm almost at the end of my second year (past the half way mark) and homesickness has hit me - HARD! I've had a couple of days where I have none stop cried, wanting to go home... This often happens after holidays but never in the middle of term... So I told my mum (finally as I have never told her before) and my family have been none stop ringing me, I've kept myself busy with placement and work, alternating the two... On my days off I have been trying to go out.

It's a bit hard because most of my friends are on opposite shift patterns to me so we struggle to meet or make plans. My days off are quite hard at the moment, I try to keep distracted by going out on my own or watching Netflix and doing assignments but it's sometimes hard as I'm starting to get bored and fed up. I'm gradually getting better though! Plus it will soon be the holidays so I'm just going to keep my head down!

What have you been up to recently? Thank you for reading,  Lauren x

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  1. Good luck with your job, placement and exams it's quite a lot ! I am starting a placement as well in July let's hope is going to be good !

  2. Congratulations and good luck with everything Lauren!

    xx Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  3. Hope you're feeling more settled soon, your job/studying sounds so interesting and it's lovely to hear of the interesting people you're meeting too. You also really suit the scrubs.

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  4. Good luck with your move, hun! It's always quite challenging, but once you settle down it'll all be good! Thanks for sharing, hope you're having a lovely weekend! xoxo


  5. I also went to live by myself the last year of my degree and I was a bit worried that I would feel lonely, but honestly it was the best thing I could have done. I felt more at easy, comfortable and cozy living by myself. I also adopted a cat and that made everything even better.

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

    1. That's really good to know, I'm not sure I'm allowed animals or I would have brought my cat with me x

  6. Good luck with the move, I'm coming to the last year of my degree too so will definitely need to focus more too. Your placement sounded great! x
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  7. It is so nice to have a catch up and learn more about what you are up to!
    I know what you can mean with homesickness, I was the same when I was at university and it was so hard!

    Danielle xx

    1. Aw thank you, yeah it's tough and it's hit me so late into my time here! x

  8. Hang in there and best of luck with everything!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

  9. Moving house is such a battle hey!! But good luck with it :D

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

    1. I'm living out of boxes at the moment it's a nightmare! x

  10. Working shifts can make you quite lonely. I have worked shifts for many, many years and never realized how lonely it made me until I stopped. But if you are working in a job you love it is worth it.
    And hang in there, the move will be over too. No more boxes!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. I can't wait to finally move tomorrow!

  11. Wow, it sounds like you have loads going on! I'm so glad your anxiety didn't hold you back on your dental hospital placement, and I hope that your next one isn't too dull!
    Your job sounds really varied and interesting, and that's awesome it's so flexible. Plus, the fact it counts as experience is wonderful!
    Good luck with your move - it's so stressful but I'm sure it'll be worth it when you're settled.
    And I hope your exams go well, and that your homesickness isn't too severe. I really struggled with that when I was at uni but it's great your family are trying to support you.
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

    1. Thank you so much Beth!!! My new placement is wonderful x