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I am home.  nobody else is.  it's nice to have my old blanket and a bedroom door to close. and to be able to sleep in the dark. it's not nice that apparently a few days away from neem oil baths means the scabies went to town and I now look like I've fallen down the stairs a few times, with large red/grey blotches all over my body.  oddly enough they don't so much itch as just ache and make me profoundly uncomfortable.  maybe I just have leprosy or something.  fun times.  I have a doctor here, though, so assuming it is scabies and not plague or something, I should be fine in a few days.

also, I'm definitely intrigued by the radiologic imaging sciences program at UAMS.  I've always thought MRIs and things were pretty cool, and it occurs to me now (having talked to an egyptology major) that anthropology totally uses this technology all the time now.

I really just want to finish something and feel like an independent, respectable, accomplished adult.  rad tech would be no longer than nursing, just as secure (if the bureau of labour statistics knows what it's talking about), slightly better paid, and without the piss shit and blood factor that sort of terrified me/brought me to the verge of fainting.  it helps people, and its kind of wicked awesome (I tried to resize this to be an LJ icon for a while but failed), so I guess the last question is whether or not I would like it at all.
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amp23
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Time:2009-10-25 01:14 pm (UTC)
from my experience, the real fun and adult feelings don't come until the third decade. the twenties is all about laying foundation and learning as much about yourself and the world as you can.

don't sweat the doubt and confusion and going in all directions. it's where most people your age are at that age.
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amp23
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Time:2009-10-25 01:16 pm (UTC)
in fact, i'd say if anything you seem to be well ahead of the curve compared to where I was at 21/22 (mired in unproductive melancholy and spoiled thrashing about).
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kibbles
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Time:2009-10-25 09:45 pm (UTC)
There would be some blood, piss, shit as a possibility. Think MVAs and such. And would your rad tech program include MRIs or no? SOme don't have as much as you may think. Some are xray only. So make sure its a good program!
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jesuisgringoire
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Time:2009-10-25 10:31 pm (UTC)
I hear ya on the grossness potential. see, I'm still in the mindset from nursing school that I could overcome my aversion, but it wouldn't be bad if I didn't have to too often, ya know?

the program has two tracks, AS and BS, and the BS wants you to pick one or two areas to specialize in, from mammography, MRI, CT, and vascular studies, so if I wanted I could be familiar with both CT and MRI by the time I finished. I'm assuming I'd want those since I'm guessing they're more frequently used, mammography seems extremely specific and without any particular interest in it I'm not sure why I'd want to specialize there, and I don't know what the vascular imaging stuff entails.

UAMS is the only medical school in the state but I've never heard anything bad about it and their nursing program would probably also be stronger than the one I was doing at UALR. (though it's BS not AS, so it would take longer) I'm also looking at their med tech program - they do paramedic training and respiratory therapy and all the rest, but med tech and rad tech look the most interesting to me.

I wish there was an allnurses.com for the general allied health community! I've found nurses to be very active and supportive of each other online...finding rad tech forums was rather more difficult, and they weren't nearly so active. *shrug*
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kibbles
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Time:2009-10-25 10:45 pm (UTC)
The vascular stuff would be a lot of angioplasties, and looking for clots (brain, legs, lungs). Post stroke patients, stuff like that. I *think* liver and gall bladder stuff may use the same specialist/techniques. Probably the stuff with upper and lower GI series, too.

You'd do as much (more?) lifting than nurses. I remember being bounced around when I broke my legs.

Mammographies are common, since they are routine. And they seem annoying to do (I let a student assist with mine). And an extra level of dealing with people who may feel shame or embarassment when it comes to them -- still dealing with older people who aren't comfy with their bodies (or even people who are uncomfy with the aging of their bodies), and may be terrified if it isn't routine. Whereas the other stuff is more varied and may not be as scary, patient-wise. (Meaning the patients arent as scared/upset. But can be more so, if it is accident related or sudden whatever.)

We have it at our school, rad tech as well as the nursing. We also have surgical tech, and respiratory therapy (more involved than I realized). Oh, and paramedicine. I think that's what we have. Another rad tech thing you may get in those programs is nuclear medicine. PET scans, and doing any sort of nuclear medical treatments (radiation for cancer patients, usually).
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qilora
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Time:2009-10-26 02:55 am (UTC)
"maybe I just have leprosy or something"

hey! *i'm* "מִרְיָם"... *i'm* the one supposed to get all leprous...

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jesuisgringoire
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Time:2009-10-26 02:57 am (UTC)
aw, hopefully not! you guys should be sure to give the area I was in some space for long enough the little buggers can't cross infect you. hopefully it was just once I was away from the neem and stuck on the train that they went to town.
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qilora
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Time:2009-10-26 03:16 am (UTC)
wish we'd thought of it, would have reminded you to take that bottle home with you :-/
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jesuisgringoire
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Time:2009-10-26 03:28 am (UTC)
well, when the clinic opens tomorrow morning I'll so be there. living with parents does have a few perks, haha.
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