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Lately...

I apologize for the lack of posts lately.

Life has been kinda hectic for me. A lot of it I can't go into for one reason or another, but just know that I've been stressed to the max most days.

Yep, that's right. To quote my best friend, "I'm fried." Crispy, even. It's a feeling I never really understood until I experienced it myself.

School is kicking my butt. As we're nearing the end of the semester, it's a little less challenging, but finals are coming up soon, and I fully intend on rocking them. It's just going to take a little work.

So what's been going on this semester? Well, as I posted a while back, it's the start of my second year of RT school. It's been pretty busy. We're building on concepts we learned first year, and learning a lot of interesting things.

Here are the classes that have been occupying my time:

1. Pulmonary Diagnostics
More than you could ever want to know about sleep studies, capnography, flow-volume loops, pulmonary function studies, bronchoscopies, lung/chest imaging techniques, and the like. Interesting stuff, folks. I'm slowly finding out that next to good assessment skils, diagnostic skills are key.

2. Advanced Respiratory Care Patient Assessment
By far, my favorite class. I may or may not have talked before about how much I enjoy using my assessment skills to troubleshoot and treat my patients. Without these skills, there wouldn't really be a need for respiratory therapists. It's this particular class that helps me realize that we truly are specialists in the health care field and that we have a lot of good knowledge we should put to use. EKG interpretation, analysis of serum and urine chemistry, auscultation of heart sounds, and so on and so forth. Fun times.

3. Mechanical Ventilation
VC/AC, PC/AC, SIMV, PRVC, bilevel, APRV, VC+...say whaaaa? That's right. Homeboy knows his way around a vent now. This was, without a doubt, the most difficult class I have ever taken in my entire college experience. And believe me, coming from the guy who didn't know what he wanted to do with his life and has all the pre-requisites finished for four different degrees, that speaks volumes (Volumes? Yeah, I guess I still have ventilators on my brain). I remember when we first started working with vented patients and I was so intimidated, but now I have the confidence I need to be able to perform my job well.

As far as reading material goes?


Waugh, et al. Rapid Interpretation of Ventilator Waveforms, 2nd Ed.



Ruppel, Manual of Pulmonary Function Testing, 9th Ed.



Cairo and Pillbeam, Mosby's Respiratory Care Equipment, 7th Ed.



Wilkins, et al. Egan's Fundamentals of Respiratory Care, 9th Ed.



Chang, Clinical Applications of Mechanical Ventilation, 3rd Ed.


So, there you have it. Add a precious three-year-old into the mix and such has been my life for the past 4-5 months.

I promise I'm working on a few posts that I have saved in my drafts folder. Bare with me as I get through this (I *can* get through this, right?), and I promise great things will be coming soon.

How's your life been lately?

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