*knocks* Anyone there?

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How long has it been? *counts with her fingers* oh. Two years. I haven’t written here in TWO YEARS???

(also what in the world is happening with the post editor? I have no idea what I’m do– *inhales, exhales* Okay. I can handle this.*)

What is this post even about? I have no idea but we’ll figure it out on the run. If you follow this blog you’re probably a twitter follower so you probably know what’s up. (Who am I kidding? No one reads this anymore lol)

However, I wanted to give an update. I feel like I forgot about this blog for years and it’s not fair to me and what I wanted to do, which was to document?? my journey to wherever I am going?


I’m a (licensed) pharmacist!

… or I have been, since October 2021.

Where did I leave you? *thinks* Oh. It’s been a while. I was just starting my APPEs (in case you forgot, this stands for Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences). Most of them ended up being remote, but I had two experiences in community which ended up useful to find a job, which means, (spoiler) yes. I ended up in retail. (But the biggest surprise is that I did land a job!)

I survived, graduated, passed my NAPLEX (waiting for my results took way too long but whatever) and now I am licensed.

I did apply for a residency, but it didn’t work, cried a little but I’m okay now 🙂

Anywho, I got an internship on a community setting, worked as a licensed pharmacist there for 7 months, and now I am about to be a *breathes* pharmacy manager. (Who am I? I always said I wouldn’t ever do this, but I’m kind of excited to take this challenge. And to finally wear scrubs again!) I took a bit of a vacation time which means I have time to talk to you *insert Joe Goldberg gif HERE*.

So… There’s the professional update! Obviously that took literal two years so if you have any questions about applying for the NAPLEX or whatever, I’m here.


Reading?

*shakes head already* To be fair, not much. I have been rereading the Throne of Glass books because it’s been a while and I wanted to remember what it felt to read those plot twists, and I miss all of these characters. Sadly, I’m on Book #1 and I want to see Rowan again. This will take a while.

I didn’t have time to read much (or do much? to be fair) at my former job because of my schedule, so I’m looking forward to being able to read more.


Watching?

hm. So I’ve been watching Spy x Family because I haven’t had an original thought in my life.

I made my mom and my best friend start watching and get obsessed with it and it has been one of the best experiences ever. None of them are habitual anime watchers but somehow this story appeals to them. (I’m also up to date with the manga translation but I keep getting surprised with the anime. I love this story will all my heart <3)

I’ve also been watching Westworld because of my love for Ben Barnes (this was a short lived affair) and because of my bestie ❤ (Okay, the story is also great, but he was my main motivation)

As for Kdramas, I haven’t been watching much! (help, who am I?) except for Again My Life, and I’m anxiously waiting for ADAMAS. (Remember my love for Ji Sung?)


Hi, if somehow you’re here, I’m glad. This was basically an exercise to see if I could somehow still do this. And I think I can? (And of course, now that I’ll have time to myself, perhaps I’ll even post about movies/books/tv shows/music again)

I don’t know if anyone is reading, but this somehow feels like a new season in my life. New characters and plot, and yet, I haven’t felt more like myself. Let’s hope I can finally find the life I always wanted to live ❤

This somehow also felt like an answer to my first ever post.

I want to keep track of what I’m becoming, and to have a record I can visit when I’m doubtful of my choices and my future.

hello, world.– my first ever blog post

Thank you for reading, let’s see each other again;

Nat ^.^

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Hospital IPPEs!

Hi, dear followers!

I’ve wanted to write about my hospital IPPE for a while.

(IPPE stands for Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience, by the way)

I do not have many followers who study pharmacy or are interested on this field, but let’s be honest, it’s as much a part of me as books or k-drama, so bear with me just this once!

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I started my practice experience 2 days after I got arrived from a 9-day-long trip with my friends, which totally meant I needed some rest, which… I did not get. Anyhow, I was scared to death, as I felt like I forgot every single drug on the phase of the Earth. At least, on my first day, my preceptor assigned someone to give me a tour and teach me the ropes, and I got the chance to get my flu shot *cough*. During my second day, she gave me this whole pamphlet full of policy and rules. Believe me, reading everything is on your best interest, but it took me hours. Once I finished it, I was able to look for an actual function at the pharmacy.

During this IPPE, we were assigned a case presentation, where we examine a patient’s hospital stay and analyze what could be done, what was right and what was not okay. It felt incredible, because if you think about it, you always work on these cases during class, but seeing all of it unfold in real life was something else. In the end, the patient was transferred to another hospital, so I wasn’t able to oversee much else, but they remained on my thoughts. There are other patients whose names will be always on my mind as I’ll forever wonder if their health improved.

I believe I enjoyed this practice more because it was more clinical than a community setting. I was able to interact with so many other healthcare professionals and visit other facilities. I was also able to study different disease states that are not as covered in community practice.

Sadly, there is a huge con to this practice, especially if you appreciate patient interaction above all else: You’re at a computer, searching for papers, guidelines or mistakes on orders most of the time, and protocols are followed directly with the physicians/nurses. Hospital pharmacists, at least on my practice setting (and my classmates’), rarely interact with patients.

To close this post, some things I learned during my hospital IPPE:

  1. Do not ignore the guidelines during class. You may have the PowerPoints there, but you MUST know where to look when you are asked a clinical question.
  2. Learn your medication brands. At least on my practice site, medications were organized having in mind BRANDS, not generics, and it was a hassle until I got the hang of it. (GBR helps. A LOT)
  3. I’m praying that they let you wear sneakers. You’ll need comfortable shoes. Your feet WILL hurt. (this also happened on community pharmacy but *shrugs*)
  4. Do not worry about being annoying. ASK as much as you can. You’re there to learn, and honestly? They know that. Besides, having someone knowledgeable about how the pharmacy works is beneficial to them.

I, sadly, did not get any pictures during my practice except for this one (although this is certainly a quality picture):

I hope you enjoyed this post!

-Nat ❤

Bye, bye, 2018. (Part 1: Life!)

Hello, my dearies! It’s me, and I’m back one last time (this year). 

I just realized I did not post anything on New Year’s Eve last year -understandable, I still had no electricity –therefore, no WiFi — and I was basically wallowing and watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. (Fun, right? Actually I loved it!)

I do not know exactly what I’ll be doing, although… who am I kidding? I’ll be crying watching the reputation Stadium Tour on Netflix. (And remembering those happy times :D)

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So, let’s start with a recap of what happened this year, shall we?

I. Actually. Started. Driving.

I needed a push (a $10 5-minute Uber ride, to be exact. Don’t. Ask.) to take my car to uni and become more independent. Watching To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before also helped, if I’m honest. Lara Jean described my issues with driving perfectly, and if she could get over them, drive to her prince charming and get the happy ending she deserved, then I could, too, for crying out loud! except for the prince charming part I’m still single as heck

photo_2018-12-28_18-45-12So, I started driving. And of course I’ve had the classic road rage, the frustrations with driving daily. But I still love the freedom it has given me. I can finally go places without needing eternal help (except for my laziness sometimes… and the fact that I dislike driving at night) I wouldn’t ever go back.

This semester was HELL. And I survived.

When people told me the first semester of my P2 year would be awful I kind of thought they were exaggerating. Honestly? I am proud of myself for surviving and sticking through the end. I’m proud of my classmates who all passed Microbiology (aka the worst of the worst!) 2 exams a week since October is something I did not think I could handle until now.

I finally got my immunization certification.

If I’m scared of anything, it is to have to stick a needle to someone else. My coordination is non-existent. Somehow, though, I learned how to do this without hurting someone else. Huh.

The reputation Stadium Tour.

I mentioned this on an earlier blog post, but of course I had to mention it again. It was a life changing experience to get to travel and see my favorite artist. I shall never forget it, and now that there will be a Netflix event, I will be able to watch my favorite parts over and over again. Is this what happiness feels like?

Home Updates

Still working on it –hoping next year’s the year we actually move in. Selfish reasons aside, I want my family to rest already 😦 Some obstacles still need to be overcome, though. Wish us luck!

Goals

To finally reach the 50% PharmD milestone this summer. To eat healthier. To stop eating junk food. To be more organized. Wish me luck, I guess 🙂


How was YOUR year? Did you get to achieve some of your goals? Do you have any goals for 2019? 

PS: Part 2: TV Shows and Part 3: Books are coming up!

 

 

A new update: IPPEs and Taylor Swift

Hello, my dear followers who I haven’t really spoken to in a while O.o (!!!)

How are you? How are you doing? -you probably will not answer these in the comments, it’s fine. *cue the crying*

My second year of pharmacy school is about to begin -I know. Shocking- and I wanted to catch you up with what’s happening in my life.


IPPE Community (aka my first practice experience)

How can I say this? I learned so much during my three weeks practice experience. I don’t think anyone truly knows what happens behind a pharmacy counter, except for the ones working there. Honestly? I couldn’t have been more blessed with my placement.

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They were so nice and patient with my questions and my inexperience. They were willing to teach me, and I wish they knew how much I appreciate this. My preceptor, the technicians and the other pharmacists working there: I love you, and I want you to know I had lots of fun and that I hope that my future site of work has a similar environment.

rep tour!

If you follow me anywhere, in any social media -Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (@fearlesslynat) -you’ll know that THIS HAPPENED.

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Somehow, thanks to a friend who lives there (Shoutout to Ashley!!) I was able to attend the reputation tour. Even as I’m writing this, I keep believing it was a beautiful dream. I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t see the wristband, my t-shirt and the pictures on my phone.

Honestly, if a few months ago you had told me that I would travel on my own to see my favorite artist on her biggest tour to date, I would have said you were joking. I’d been wanting to see her for 9 years, and I had stopped hoping for a while.

Still- it happened, and I have the evidence to prove it. ❤

My current obsessions:

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: You’ve probably heard about it already, but it’s amazing! I’ve been reading the books and I’m literally in love with Peter K. But shh, watch the movie on Netflix, or even better, do what I didn’t and READ THE BOOK FIRST. You won’t regret it!

Meteor Garden: It’s basically a Chinese Boys over Flowers remake, but I’m LIVING for Daoming Si and Shancai’s story. It’s on Netflix (US) and honestly, I’m obsessed.

My ID is Gangnam Beauty: I’m both watching the kdrama (It’s really cute) and reading the webtoon translation. They both cover important topics such as the idea of beauty and how much it could either improve your life, or consume you. I would say it’s a must watch.

Other ramblings

As for my home, it’s still under construction. I’ll most certainly post when it’s done. I can’t wait to have space for my books and my things!

I’m starting my P2 year, and I’m really scared, but I’m HOPING no hurricanes arrive this season. I do not think I would be able to handle it again (and people here haven’t really recovered from the damage yet. Let’s hope we get some rest and a normal pharmacy year (haHA like these words could ever be included in the same sentence!)


Whoa, two posts the same week! Is this what they call a miracle? Still- thanks for reading and I hope to see you all soon!

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