So the beginning of this week was extremely intense, actually scratch that these last months were quite intense. I applied to 13 hospitals for child life internships. School required 14-15 and that is what seems to be the overall recommendation. Although there are a lot of hospitals out there, many do not offer child life internships. I went through the intensity of applying for 14 but one of the hospitals decided to pull out of doing an internship, to revamp. This happened for one of the hospitals I applied to for practicum! It was so crazy that they did that so close to the application deadline. In any case, I feel there is a reason for everything and it was for the best. So typically internship sites have only 1 spot! That alone makes it quite stressful as it is extremely competitive. Tuesday morning was sheer anxiety- no matter how you slice it, I was nervous!!!!
I am so beyond grateful to say I got into a wonderful internship!!!!!
A WORD OF ADVICE: Always call to confirm your email was received! I accepted the offer in response to the offer email, also on Tuesday. However, on Wednesday I didn’t hear anything. I waited until 3 pm to call and confirm that they received my email. When I got home I received an email stating they were so happy to get my voice mail because the email didn’t make its way to their mailbox! I was surprised that that happened since it said it was sent on my end! However, it taught me never to wholeheartedly rely on technology for these important instances!!
It feels so validating that I got an internship, as I am even more motivated to complete the last three classes I am currently enduring!!! I am graduating on time with my class 2017! Come January I will be closer to the end of grad school= closer to certification!!!!
**To anyone and everyone out there: Do Not Give Up if you are passionate about it. Even though it is hard, it is worth the fight with yourself to push through!!!!!!
Today I started by creating a banner congratulating a teenage boy who received a heart transplant! Unfortunately I didn’t get to see him as he was sleeping all day, but its exciting news! Afterwards I worked with an organization who does monthly visits dressed as a character. Last month a woman dressed up as super Mario. Today a man dressed up as a ninja turtle. I escorted the woman and ninja to patient’s rooms as we presented the children with gifts and blew bubbles for them. Its such a pleasure to see the patients enjoy this! One of the patients we visited was receiving therapy in rehab. This teenager is non communicative as he had a stroke and his body needs a lot of support. However he responded to the ninja turtle. Everyone was gathered around watching as he was smiling and flexing his muscles at the turtle. It was such an awesome thing to see. I then spent time with my 9month old patient Khaleesie. I came at the perfect time as the nurse needed assistance while bathing her. I then stayed and played with her. I was very happy to spend more time with her. Afterwards I helped host the golf activity. Every Tuesday an instructor comes and we recruit patients to join. Its pretty awesome how they adapt as needed for each patient and they children really enjoy themselves. It was a nice day. I am looking forward to seeing and doing more tomorrow.
So I have been juggling grad school and a practicum. Looking back it might have been best to do the practicum while not in school. With that being said, school is moving along! 🙂 I have one more summer class and then in the fall I have 3 more classes. In the spring I intend on doing an internship and my masters project. I have been brainstorming ideas for my masters project, which hopefully will come to a final decision soon. I am almost done!!!!
I just found out about a training workshop in September for working with children in disaster relief. I also might have an opportunity to get certified training in infant massage instruction, which I had planned on doing! If it is possible I will do both!
However, I do have to keep in mind that I have a lot on my plate already, so if it is not in the cards right away, I will do it down the line.
I am so excited to keep learning!
So this will be week 6 in FL for my child life practicum. I am in an infant toddler program working with the children in the PICU, IMCU, CVCU. The patients come from all over the hospital. I have the opportunity to see my supervisor in action introducing services, providing support, charting, planning calendar activities, easing anxiety during a PICC line, bereavement support. I am planning and implementing therapeutic play activities, providing comfort and distraction to patients, applying developmental theory, writing a case study, and creating a special project for the population. My supervisor says, this practicum will prepare me for the internship. This is so exciting! In the past weeks I made good luck banners to celebrate children who went home. I made a volcano with a patient. It was such a wonderful experience, the patient really enjoyed himself. He was thirteen but developmentally between ten and eleven years. The patient expressed the need for company. It was so great to be there for him. One of my supervisor’s responsibilities is planning all of the events during the week. I have helped host and recruited patients to come to the activities. I used one of my therapeutic play activities of making play dough with a patient. This past week I spent time with a precious 9month old girl who I have decided to do my case study on. I had the opportunity to plan and host ice breakers and self-esteem activities for an off-site cranio facial symposium for children ages 6-12. I also got to assist a 9 year old patient, as she walked 2 laps around the unit. I drove her pole close behind as I cheered her on along with a nurse and a child life supervisor. This weekend I completed my special project, which I will be showing my supervisor this week. I plan to try it out with my 9month old patient. We’ll see how it goes 🙂 I am trying to absorb as much as I can as this is truly a whirlwind that I am so excited to embark upon.
Hello virtual ones!
I know it has been a decade and a half since I have been here last. I miss writing here but I haven’t really had the time. :0
I finished my first term just before Christmas and did pretty well-YAY! I learned more about child life, and of course reconfirmed my desire towards pursuing my certification.
I’m not going to lie it was a ton of work. It was difficult at times to not get stressed. While doing school full time and working 5 days a week, I was also applying for practicums. Needless to say there was a lot of juggling going on in the last weeks of the term.
Though, as they say hard work pays off. In 3 more days I begin my spring term in grad school. I’m ready to learn more about Child Life and strengthen my foundation. I have already learned so much and I am super excited to continue my journey!
I am starting to apply for internships in March, however, I have started some of the applications so that will make things a little more manageable during school.
A few of the application deadlines have arrived for some of the hospitals I applied to for practicum. Friday was the application deadline for a few of the others I applied to. Hopefully this means I will hear from those soon-
I am sending out good thoughts to the universe!
I have some news. Yesterday I had a followup appointment with my pain management doctor. It went well. This is a visit that I went without that gnawing feeling in my stomach, and for good reason! My doctor used the word gone! He thinks my RSD might be gone!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been weaning off my medicine and I have some symptoms but they don’t last longterm. I’m still working hard and still need my physical therapy but he is very happy with what he sees.
I am so frekin lucky its scary! I am so grateful! I still need to push more with exercising and working through pain, and on wearing other shoes but I will not stop!
I thank God!
And I am thankful to my amazing family and friends for the amazing support, thoughts, and prayers!