It was awesome working with primates!! They are really stinky and nasty though, and ours were extremely well cared for.
I could have written what you wrote. I grad. in 2002 also, then just went to work in a lab while I decided what I wanted to do, because I no longer had the drive for Med school either. I need sleep too much for that, LOL. I settled on nursing school too, because it seemed like it wouldn't be very hard given my background, then we decided to have a baby. After he was born I never cared anymore about a career. Still don't. I suppose someday it will bite me, but I know I'll never regret the decision to SAH.
So what courses did you take that made you major Neuro apart from a bio degree? (Ummm OT much? )
Since behavioural neuroscience is the "science of behaviour", I had to take a lot more science courses than a regular psychology degree (which is the faculty behavioural neuroscience falls under). So, math, stats, physics, chemistry, biology, etc.... Silly me took phys chem my last year as a science elective and failed it (along with 70 % of the rest of the class...retook it my last semester and got a 75% and was able to graduate in time!) The main behavioural neuroscience courses were called "behavioural neuroscience" and "physiological psychology." We also had to do a selected topics course in behavioural neuroscience. Mine was on PTSD. And I'm still traumatized! I also did a lot of psych courses.
I'm SO glad those years are done and over with!
OK, so I've done a little digging around on the sticking points in my birth preferences. One of the main issues is the IM oxytocin injection on the birth of the anterior shoulder. Dr. D thinks that holding off to see if it is truly needed is risky, because it could take too long to work if I'm already hemorhaging (why I can't spell that word, I have no idea). Anyways, the SOGC clearly recommends IM oxytocin within a minute of birth to prevent PPH. According to them, 22 people will receive the med unnecessarily in order to prevent one case of PPH. Also, according to them, it takes only 2-3 minutes to kick in. That seems fairly quick to me, considering most other meds I've given IM (as a nurse) usually take about 10-20 minutes to start working. I'm not sure how accurate that is, but if it is accurate, it's a good thing. I'm so confused! I obviously need to do some more digging around and probably check out the references the SOGC used.
I just wish I had more time to be doing all this. Seriously, I finished up work TWO WEEKS ago, but I've still been busy, busy, busy! Time is getting SO short, and I still have so much to do. At this point, I'm HOPING to go past my EDD. How often does anyone ever say that!
I don't even know where to begin.
First, I'm having trouble getting my record of employment (ROE) from work, and I need that to file for mat leave EI. The employee services department of HR is in upheaval right now, moving locations. I've called the ROE guy 3 days in a row now, and he has not returned a single call. I actually called his supervisor, and she clearly didn't comprehend the problem. I've never filed for EI before, so I didn't know the whole drill, and the HR consultant I was speaking to at work gave me shoddy instructions. She told me to request my ROE and apply for mat leave EI when my 5 weeks of annual leave are over. Good thing I was speaking with a Canada Services worker last week who told me I had to apply within 4 weeks of my LAST DAY OF ACTUAL WORK. So now I have to apply by the end of the week, or my EI application will be considered late, and my payments will end up being delayed. Which I REALLY can't afford.
Second, we moved out of our rental October 21st, and everything of ours was totally out by October 30th (the date we gave our landlord on our written notice). It is now December, and we're STILL waiting to receive our damage deposit back, along with reimbursements for a lawnmower and gardening supplies that we bought for the property on his request. The total is $723, which is not exactly chump change to us. We need that money to finish paying for baby stuff and pay off our credit cards so we can go into this with no credit card debt at all. He was supposed to be out at the rental property yesterday and DH was going to drop off the mower and get the cheque from him. Turns out, he wasn't even there, and didn't even call us to let us know (he lives out of town). Then, he told us he's come by our place today to pick up the lawnmower and give us our cheque, but it's after 5 PM and he still hasn't shown. He's been pulling this **** for over a month now, and I'm almost at the point of filing for a formal hearing with the Residential Tenancies Board...which I really don't have time for.
Third, we're having major neighbour issues. We live in a duplex. Our attached neighbours are 3 or 4 university students (all girls) who all have cars and boyfriend with cars....and ONE parking space. So they've taken to parking on our lawn...which now looks like a mud pit. Oh, and they've also taken to shoveling snow out into the street RIGHT BEHIND OUR VEHICLES. I called the police last night, and they said it was a city matter, so I called the city, and they said it was a personal matter. So today I looked up the city by-laws, and it IS a city matter, and I sent a formal complaint to them, quoting the exact by-laws in my letter. They're "looking into the matter." Oh, and as far as I know, destruction of personal property is a criminal code violation. I'm just so frustrated with it all. We only bought this place 2 months ago, and now it looks like absolute crap because of the lawn.
Fourth...my bum issues have returned with a vengeance. I've had a total of 3 hours sleep the past 2 nights because of the pain (and that's WITH pain meds).
Anywho, sorry for the whiny negative post. I'm just at the end of my rope with all of this.
Oh dear. I'm sorry you're having such a tough time right now Amber. It sounds like you're doing your best to stay on top of things, not just letting things slide or people get away with stuff... that's great. I hope everything starts going your way.
Desana 12/22/07, Freya 01/21/10
Hopefully in a few days all these bureaucracy hassles will just be fond memories. Till then, at least you got us.
As for the 'roids ... omg. I would slice my own *** off. Seriously. It's not like the butt is a super-appreciated body part under the best of circumstances, but yours has really turned traitor. I'm sorry.
DS Henry 3/23/06
DD June 2/11/08
DH J 5/11/02
Congrats on your lodge!!!
Sorry that so many things are going crazy right now. Hopefully your old landlord will get your money to you and things with your neighbors get worked out. Hope you feel better soon.
Had my 3rd prenatal class tonight. The first one DH could come to. Again, I don't even know why I'm going to these. Probably just hoping I'll learn something I didn't already know. I find them so frustrating, because the nurse that teaches them knows *how birth goes* here at the hospital, but quite frankly, she knows very little about the reasoning behind most of it, or the risks or benefits of the different interventions. DH kept whispering in my ear "that won't be us" or "that's not right, is it?" the whole time. (I had him read The Thinking Woman's Guide while he was away, and he's doing the Hypnobabies course with me.) I don't think he needs much convincing that natural is the best way to go...