A Day In The Life Of A College Student Stuck In The Hospital

A Day In The Life Of A College Kid Stuck In The Hospital

Which is where I'm currently writing from.

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Most people would talk about how the first week of their spring semester was either a blast because they got to see their friends again or that it was just tiring all around because we are back in school and on a whole new schedule. Well, that is not the case for me with this spring semester. After the first day of classes for the spring semester, I ended up in a place where I did not think I would end up.

The hospital.

The Monday of the first day of classes, I woke up in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in my chest. It felt like something was being weighted down on it. I eventually threw up, and the pain subsided so I went about my day normally.

That is, until my last class of the day.

After my last class had finished, I went to stand up and the pain came back. Not as bad as it was in the morning, but it was still pretty bad. It took me a little under an hour to call my mom, tell her the situation, and walk to the student clinic. Now, I have a history with heart problems as when I was only two I had open heart surgery. So the chest pains gave me a scare that it could be related to something like that. When I got to the clinic, I was told that I had to go to the ER since there wasn't much that they can do.

That's how I was transported via ambulance to the Wood County Hospital Emergency Room.

My chest and heart were all cleared, but they found out that I had an iron deficiency anemia and something was up in my stomach. With tests already being done on my chest that night and they couldn't do much, I was admitted overnight. In fact, I'm already on my second going onto my third night now with finally having figured out the solution to my problem. That I will not say, but I can say that Coca Cola, "it's the real thing."

The current hardest part that I feel right now is that how am I going to get stuff done when I am currently restricted to a hospital room, an IV, and my room.

My parents are already making a great sacrifice for me with driving over from out of town. Another hard thing because I'm in a hospital where I know no one and I am unfamiliar with the location and building.

I only got lucky with missing one class during this week with classes being canceled by the University on Wednesday and Thursday due to the cold temperatures. But as Wednesday came on, I got worried about how I will be able to get some of the stuff done with doctors coming in and out throughout the day to take my vitals, change my IV bag, give me iron, give me my meals, and many other things.

As I finish up this article, I would first like to say thank you so much to the doctors and nurses at the Wood County Hospital for helping us out through all of this. Another thank you to the EMT for transporting me and the people at the Falcon Health Center for being the kick starter for this long, tiring, and audacious process.

Now, can I have this IV out of my arm now?

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To The Nursing Major During The Hardest Week Of The Year

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

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To the Nursing Major During Finals Week,

I know you're tired, I know you're stressed, and I know you feel like you can't go on. I know that no part of this seems fair, and I know you are by far the biggest critic of yourself. I know that you've thought about giving up. I know that you feel alone. I know that you wonder why in the world you chose one of the hardest college majors, especially on the days it leaves you feeling empty and broken.

But, I also know that you love nursing school. I know your eyes light up when you're with patients, and I know your heart races when you think of graduation. I know that you love the people that you're in school with, like truly, we're-all-in-this-together, family type of love. I know that you look at the older nurses with admiration, just hoping and praying that you will remain that calm and composed one day. I know that every time someone asks what your college major is that you beam with pride as you tell them it's nursing, and I know that your heart skips a beat knowing that you are making a difference.

I know that no grade can possibly prove what kind of nurse you will be. I know that no assignment will showcase your compassion. I know that a failed class doesn't mean you aren't meant to do this. I know that a 'C' on a test that you studied so. dang. hard. for does not mean that you are not intelligent. I know that no amount of bad days will ever take away the empathy inside of you that makes you an exceptional nurse.

I know that nursing school isn't fair. I know you wish it was easier. I know that some days you can't remember why it's worth it. I know you want to go out and have fun. I know that staying up until 1:00 A.M. doing paperwork, only to have to be up and at clinicals before the sun rises is not fair. I know that studying this much only to be failing the class is hard. I know you wish your friends and family understood. I know that this is difficult.

Nursing school isn't glamorous, with the white lab coat and stethoscope. Nursing school is crying, randomly and a lot. Nursing school is exhaustion. Nursing school is drinking so much coffee that you lose track. Nursing school is being so stressed that you can't eat. Nursing school is four cumulative finals jam-packed into one week that is enough to make you go insane.

But, nursing school is worth it. I know that when these assignments are turned in and finals are over, that you will find the motivation to keep going. I know that one good day of making a difference in a patient's life is worth a hundred bad days of nursing school.

Keep hanging in there, nursing majors. It'll all be worth it— this I know, for sure.

So, if you have a nursing major in your life, hug them and tell them that you're proud of them. Nursing school is tough, nursing school is scary, and nursing school is overwhelming; but a simple 'thank-you' from someone we love is all we need to keep going.

Sincerely,

A third-year nursing student who knows

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Being Sick In College Is A Real Struggle

Being sick in college is definitely not as fun as having a sick day in middle school or high school.

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Something that I have had to deal with multiple times these past two semesters is being sick while in school. It can be a real pain especially depending on what type of sickness it is. I have had tonsillitis, mono, and I'm pretty sure I also had the flu.

Being at school and away from home can make being sick worse because there is nobody to take of you such as your parents. Another thing is having to make the decision to get the rest that your body needs in order to feel better or staying on top of your assignments to avoid falling behind. My parents will always tell me to get a good night's sleep so my body can feel better the next day. However, sometimes I will feel more stress if my work isn't getting done and I feel like I'm falling behind and leaving things to get done in the last minute.

Currently, I am sick now and the past few days haven't been easy, but I still attended all my classes so I wouldn't miss any material or assignments that were given. I usually end up feeling the worst at night when trying to fall asleep, and by that time the doctors are not present at the student health center. Even though my health is important I usually don't like taking too much time out of my day to go to the health center to see a doctor. Some days I don't really have much free time before the evening.

I don't believe I have been over-exerting myself, but I don't want to just stay in my bed all day and sleep, even though that may be what is best for me. Most professors will be understanding if I email them and provide them a doctor's note as well, but I also just got back from a conference where I had to miss two days of classes next week.

I have been trying to keep hydrated so that way my body can fight the sickness. Also, I have been told if you stay hydrated you can flush the virus out of your body quicker.

Eating can also be a pain when you have a sore throat, for the past couple of days I have tried to have some soup in order to help. Most meals I would have to force myself to eat something of substance in order to give my body some type of energy in order to get through the day. It's also never fun not being able to breathe out of your nostrils. If it wasn't my nose being stuffed, then it would be constantly runny so there was no winning that battle.

Looking back, I probably should have done a bit more work over spring break in order to get ahead in the case that something like this would happen. I wanted my break to be exactly that, a break. After not being home for a few months I just wanted some time off to relax.

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