Archive | June, 2010

Congenital Heart Diseases & Prosthetic Heart Valves

11 Jun

Well I am so glad this week is winding down.  I had a test this week on congenital heart diseases and prosthetic heart valves.  And guess what? I got 101%  Did you know that when they do a heart transplant they leave part of the old heart? Who knew!

I’ve learned in my schooling that surgery is a lot like construction.  Somethings broken…put some tape on it, stick a screw in it, or connect that artery to this pipe…  Even some of the terms are the same as construction.  Yikes!  Like struts, and conduit.  I’d appreciate if they just made a new word that didn’t have  a relation to a sweaty man bending over to pick up a hammer while exposing his backside!  I mean they have like 20 terms for every other word and function of the heart, did they really get lazy and miss these two words?

Well I’m not out of the woods just yet!  2 more weeks of class in which I have 3 more tests…Big tests!

I can do it! I can do it!  I will keep you posted!


Hello World!

2 Jun


A new beginning

My name is Britney!  I am a 30 year old single mother of a beautiful 2 year old girl who can say, “cardiomyopathy”.

I am writing this blog as an effort to document my progress as I venture into the working world as an echo tech.  An echo tech is a person that takes an ultrasound of the heart.  WHen most people think of ultrasound they think of pregnant women and babies, but truth be told, ultrasounds can be done on many other body parts including the heart.  That’s what I am studying to be, an echo tech, a pediatric echo tech to be exact.

As of now I am still in school and about to begin my externship.  I was recently given a beautiful opportunity as to the destination of my externship.  However, the downside is that it will be longer than once expected (double the time)!  And while I am appreciative for the extensive training that awaits me,  I am fearful that I won’t be able to eat if I don’t come up with some cleaver ways to earn some money (since its unpaid work for 6 months working 40+ hours a week)!  So I am trying to think “outside of the box” as to new ways to help support my education, and to give me the wings I need to succeed in my new chosen career.  I need to raise $8000.  I have a few tricks up my sleeve to earn the money.

I appreciate any words of encouragement, suggestions as to scholarships, ways to earn extra cash, or how to be more marketable.

Please follow me on my journey and see where it takes me!