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Well I’m done; I’m finished, that’s it, that’s all, well, just about it.

School is over; actually it was over at the end of February.

Then I had a month of fun at CHEO, and now I’m looking for work.

I finished all of my class room work and exams at the end of February; that was fun.

I haven’t done exams like that, ever. I wasn’t the best student in high school, perhaps it was the fact that I NEVER did home work and I think I may have studies for one or two tests. Yep I was one lazy boy.

Well that sure changed!

So I passed my writhen exam no problem the practical that was a different matter.

Well lets just say that Murphy’s Law was in full force that day, trust me it was a bit of a cluster frack, but we got through it, my lab partner and I were quite relived to have finished and even more relived to have passed.

So then it was out in to the real world! 150 hours of practicum to get or feet wet in the real world and to see if we actually learned any thing.

So I had the honor of going to CHEO, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

That was an amazing experience, I did have a few eye popping moments, like when I was in the blood lab and a kid fainted on me. Yep poor kid passed out cold after getting a blood sample taken, I thought I had done something horribly wrong, but my instructor laughed at me a said “this sort of thing happens all the time! You’ll get used to it!”

Five minuets later another kid fainted, and I had nothing to do with it, felt better after that.

I also got to see the sad part of the hospital, I saw an autopsy on a young child. I won’t go into any details, there not needed.

But even in death something can be learned.

In histology we would prepare tissue samples and slides for the pathologist to exam so that they may learn something about what went wrong.

I got to see and experience a lot in the month I was there, including getting a “supper bug” that knocked me on my ass for three days, haven’t been that sick in a while.

One thing about working in a hospital is if you are sick, they want you to stay home!

Gee go figure if you’re sick, stay at home and get better so you don’t spread it around! What a novel idea!  A few places I used to work could learn from that.

CHEO was fun and a fantastic experience, I hope some day to work there, I can’t say enough about the staff and every thing that they did for me, they are a great group of people.

If you want to read my thank you note that was published in the Ottawa Citizen you can see it here.

I have to get a job, and right now , there’s not a lot of hireling going on, got figure, 8 months ago there were lots of job in my field out there, now not too much and there are a whole whack of us students looking for the same  jobs, lots of competition .

So that’s were I stand right now, looking for work, sending out lots and lots or resumes and waiting, I hate waiting.

I have to; hopefully I won’t have to wait too much longer and I’ll land that big job!

Or any job, need to pay bills at least that will make the bill collector happy!

Oh well back at it  time to see what out there for me!