A post from Kelli–
As you know, I’m in my last semester of nursing school and to say it’s a little bit stressful is a complete understatement. One of the things that makes this class difficult is the extensive clinicals that are required. I love that our school includes clinicals within all of our classes, but the clinicals for this class are a bit more involved than the other classes.
Because we live in a rural area, we often have to travel quite long distances to clinicals. Our school also does an awesome job at giving us experiences that we might not normally get. One of our opportunities is to go to Des Moines (about 3 hours away) for three days to do clinicals at a large hospital there. We also get to do a one day rotation in home health, OR/ER, and various simulations in our simulation lab. Otherwise, twice a week, we are in our assigned clinical location. Mine just happened to be about an hour and 15 minutes from my house, which isn’t horrible, but it’s the farthest location that I could have been assigned to. We also have to be there ready to go on the floor at 6:00 in the morning, which means that I have to leave my house no later than 4:30 to be there, which makes for some pretty early mornings. Lucky for me though, one of my best friends was assigned the same location so we have been able to carpool together which has made the drive considerably more tolerable.
Yesterday was our last day of clinic for this semester. While I have enjoyed clinicals and learning more about my profession, I was really glad to be done and be able to focus on the classroom part of this semester. When I woke up, it was pretty foggy so after picking my friend up, I decided to take a little different course becasue the roads we would be on would be more straight.
In Iowa, the deer are in rut–meaning that it is their mating season, so they are out everywhere! I regularly see 2 or 3 on my way to school, but since I was 16, I’ve been lucky enough not to hit any. Yesterday morning, my luck apparently ran out. On our way to clinic, about 45 minutes from my house, I saw a deer and the minute I saw it, I knew I was going to hit it–And I was right!
After I hit it, I was extremely surprised that my car kept going with no apparent injuries to the car that impaired it’s driveability. I knew I was okay and could see that my friend was as well..except the minor heart attack we both may have had. We pulled over after a few miles or driving in shock to a well lit area to check out the damage. I also called the sherrif’s office and my insurance company to report it.
In the light, I could see the damage a little better–
A while back, when working at a job I didn’t enjoy, mom told me that I needed to turn everything into a learning opportunity…I guess this is no different–I now will know how to file an insurance claim!
I got a call from the adjustor today and have to try and get it into an autobody place for an estimate and will eventually get it fixed. As crappy as it is, this is what insurance is for. And as long as no one got hurt, that’s the important thing!