Saturday, July 17, 2010

The End

Week 10 is here and it's come sooo fast. I'm glad the term is almost over, but I will miss this class.


To answer the question, what would I tell someone who is going to write their first research paper. I would tell them to read the handbook and ask questions. Don't be afraid to post things on the discussion board and ask for help. The best help I got was from my classmates and the professor too. Writing a research paper takes time for research, time to develop the arguments, and time to write the paper. But, I think the best advice I can give is to go to seminar and don't be afraid to speak up and ask questions. You can write any paper if you pay attention and ask questions.


To my fellow classmates I will say farewell. I enjoyed seminar and learning with and from you. Hope you meet your expectations for this class and any other that you take. Thanks for everything.



Friday, July 9, 2010

Unit 9

This week is the biggest week of the term. All the final projects are due by the end of this week and the term is coming to a close. Most of us are scrambling to finish the projects. That doesn't mean that we have been slacking the other 8 weeks. In my case, I have been having increasing problems with my breathing and my pulse Ox has been dropping, especially with movement. I know other people who have been trying to move, working longer than normal hours, pregnant and getting ready to deliver; so we've all had issues to handle. So I need to buckle down finish my papers and then deal with my problems. I know it won't be easy, but if other people can do it so can I.


I talk to you all next week on our last blogs.


Friday, July 2, 2010

Unit 8

The last 6 weeks have been the longest since I been back in school. I think the main problem was that I set out to accomplish too many things and ended up crunching everything together. I don't feel like I had control of anything. So this week I am trying to space things out better and hopefully accomplish want I need to accomplish.


The end of June is hard for me anyway. My parents are both dead but their anniversary was on the 25th and they would have been married 60 years. Even before they died they beat me in the marriage race. Anyway, 2 years ago in June I buried my mother. My Dad died 15 years ago and I've never really gotten use to that. He was my superman and he was never supposed to die. But now that they're both dead I can't even go to the cemetery because all I do is cry.


Well this blog went downhill in a hurry. I guess I should have used one of the professor's suggestions.


Hope everyone has a great 4th of July.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Unit 7

It's been a bad week and I imagine that many of you feel this way. It's been humid and my asthma acts up in the humidity. I don't seem to have any energy and I'm not sure if it's my breathing or what but I feel like I'm lagging behind and it's made it hard to do school work . Well enough complaining…


Week 7 is here and I have 2 papers to finish over the next two weeks. The first one is the research paper for comp II. I should be able to finish this one by the end of next week which will give me a week to write the a&p II paper. In some ways this has been the hardest term for me. I have struggled more this term with my breathing and how I am feeling overall than any other term.


I'm actually looking forward to the end of the term because I'm taking vacation. I am going to my son's in KC for a long weekend. I'm not sure what we are doing, but he's planning something and I will go along with whatever it is.


Hope you have a nice weekend.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Unit 7 – A Deck of Cards

I received this email and felt that this needed to be posted – Please read and comment if you wish – the author is unknown

It was quiet that day, the guns and the mortars, and land mines for some reason hadn't been heard.

The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week.

As he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk.

Just then an army sergeant came in and said, 'Why aren't you with the rest of the platoon?'

The soldier replied, 'I thought I would stay behind and spend some time with the Lord.'

The sergeant said, 'Looks to me like you're going to play cards.'

The soldier said, 'No, sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country,

I've decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards.'

The sergeant asked in disbelief, 'How will you do that?'

'You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God.

The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments

The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.

The Four stands for the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John .

The Five is for the five virgins there were ten but only five of them were glorified.

The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.

The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation.

The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives -- the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the Earth.

The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.

The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.

The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God's first angels, but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker of eternal hell.

The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.

The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.

When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year..

There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week - 52 weeks in a year.

The four suits represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

Each suit has thirteen cards -- there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter.

So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for.'

The sergeant just stood there. After a minute, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, he said, 'Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?'

Monday, June 21, 2010

Unit 6

Last week was one of the hardest weeks for me. The humidity is up and my breathing is down. One top of the humidity, I think I've caught a chest cold and my cough is really unproductive. I'm wheezing bad and it is really hard to read or study when your breathing is so noisy. Oh well it's what I have to live with and I guess it's better than the alternative.


Morris, I may have a partial answer for you. There is a study being conduct at the University of Wisconsin right now that is looking at SIDS and sleep apnea. To qualify as a SIDS death the autopsy must reveal nothing as a cause of death. Sleep apnea and SIDS in premature infants seems to be linked. If the infant stops breathing and the brain in incapable of waking the infant up, to restart the breathing than death would occur. There would be no trauma; the infant just didn't wake up to restart the breathing. Sometime this year they are supposed to have another progress report published.


Have a good week everyone.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Unit 5

This week we are suppose to choose one of the topics to write about. So I'm choosing "How is school influencing your life at or up to this point?"

Right now school is about the only positive I have in my life.

I've been unemployed for 18 months and the last time I was on an interview was November. I've worked in the accounting field for 27 years and for most of the companies think I have too much experience. When I try for the more experienced positions, I get the letter or email that they have chosen someone more fit for the position. Because of how the asthma affects my breathing, I can't walk very fast and I have trouble getting my breath, when I do interview I can see the negative reaction my breathing causes in their face. I always knew that my weight was a strike against me, but now my breathing is a bigger strike and seems to me harder to overcome.

So why is school so positive? I've always thought that I could be a professional student and just keep on learning. I enjoy learning and expanding my potential. I'm also learning something that will give me the opportunity to stay home and earn a living by becoming a medical transcriptionist. My plan is to get my training and find work then try to work for a company while I stay home or start my own company. Either way school right now is helping me to stay positive. Oh I get down and it's hard to find a bright spot but my schooling really is helping me to achieve my goal.

Hope you all have a good week.