Monday, November 13, 2017

Paramedic School... Finished

       It's a bittersweet moment. After hours of studying textbooks and listening to lectures, hours of practicing skills and running through scenarios, hours of riding on the ambulance and treating real patients, I am finished. I have completed the paramedic program. If you told me two years ago that I would be where I am today, I would have laughed at you and said, "No way." Going into EMS was not in my plan for my life. But it was in God's plan. Everything He's had me do has been done for a reason. I don't know what He has for me to ultimately do, but I'm taking the next step.
       Paramedic school was so much fun and a great challenge. I've made some great friends that I know I will have for the rest of my life. We spent a third of that year together, pushing each other to learn more. I had great instructors that would go out of their way to help me understand a concept I was struggling with.
       My field internship has been crazy. It took a few calls to get used to just walking into a complete stranger's house. It took a few more calls to get used to talking to strangers. Overcoming shyness is hard! When I started I was severely lacking in self-confidence. My preceptor would tell me that I knew what to do and I just had to do it. I knew that but somehow it was hard to do! I was so frustrated! But I pulled through. I learned and I did.  I would ask myself, "How badly do you want to do this?" The EMT was my cheerleader. I knew she was rooting for me whatever I was doing and it helped to know that. The paramedic was there to make sure I didn't drown and prompt me if I was forgetting something.  There were times I panicked and other times where I was focused and did my job. All part of the learning process. My crew believed I could do it, even when I didn't think I could. And gradually I gained that confidence that I needed.
       Then as quickly as it started, it ended. The papers were signed. You're ready. You're an entry-level paramedic.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.    Philippians 4:13






Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Interregnum

“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” ― Alan Cohen
     I am enjoying my short respite from paramedic school. :) I can hardly believe it's already half over! I have been lazing around these past few days because I had my wisdom teeth removed. The weather has been beautiful, despite being a little warm. But, hey, it's Florida and lots of people would love to be here right now. I took a walk earlier this afternoon with my camera. It's amazing the little things you can find in a yard you've lived in for years. My overall mood for the day is content.




As far as paramedic school goes, I absolutely love it! The meet interesting people every time I have a clinical and I try not to take lightly the impact I have on their lives. The first time I poked a real person with a needle I was really nervous, but now it's one of my favorite things to do. (!!!) I try not to be too creepy about it.
     I have been struggling a bit in my walk with the Lord. I am thankful for my friends who push me toward Him when the world starts creeping in. I am so grateful that Jesus never gives up on me. I fail so often and I am truly a work in progress. I find that those days when I make time to spend with Him are the better days. I can read a passage in the Bible a thousand times and God still shows me something I hadn't seen before!
   I am excited to have somewhat of a social life before I get back to school and I am excited to get back to school! I am 2/3 through my classroom time for paramedic school. The end is in sight! Take what the Lord gives you and run with it!     Leigha


Thursday, March 02, 2017

Land of Milk and Honey

     For a person my age I am pretty well travelled. I have been to a handful of countries as well as several states. I'm glad I have had all of those experiences. I don't quite remember how long ago, but it must have been 6 or 7 years ago that I decided that I wanted to visit Israel. I wanted to walk where Jesus walked, see the places where He taught, look over a piece of land and think, "This is where it happened." I put it on my prayer list and asked the Lord if He would let me go. There was a group from my church going in February. I asked a friend for more information. The way the timing worked out I could pay for the trip, but it was one day too long. I would have to miss too much school to go. Thankfully I found out there was a misunderstanding and that the trip was one day shorter. :) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.
   

Mount of Beatitudes

Capernaum, the headquarters of the ministry of Jesus

Overlooking Jerusalem

The Valley of Elah, where God used David to conquer Goliath
 It was an incredible trip. The Lord worked in my life in so many ways. I looked over these places and more than once was choked up with emotions as I thought of what happened. How the same problems those people in the Bible had, I had in my life. They had Jesus with them in person then. I have the Holy Spirit with me all the time.
     If you have not been to Israel, I would definitely say you should go. It will change the way you think and read the Bible.