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Okay. I admit I have overextended myself. I am currently attempting three courses: Romance Writing, Medical Terminology, and Medical Keyboarding. At the moment, I am doing a half-assed job on all of them. I can flub my way through the Romance Writing because I only need to pass with 50%. I only have to do the assignments in the Keyboarding course because I already have the words per minute required to pass the course. The Medical Terminology course is proving more work than I anticipated. It is taking me about fifteen hours a week and I do not feel confident of my memorization ability. 

I debated whether to drop a course or just keep going as well as I can. If I drop a course, which one? The medical courses are toward a certificate that could earn me extra income (very badly needed). The writing course will finish my Certificate in Creative Writing so I can try to publish a novel (very desirable). I have already passed the withdrawal date for a partial refund on the courses (and money is scarce). I have another month before any withdrawal will show as an incomplete or a failure. I think I will continue to soldier on and hope things improve.

My difficulty may stem from being sick with some sort of parasitic lung infection that is making me sleep all the time. If I can get rid of that, I should have the time to devote to the courses. Note to self: call the doctor again.


I have to say that I'd be seriously stressed out myself with that kind of course load, especially if I were sick at the same time. :-( I think you would be wise to call your doctor again and get an appointment. Life would be a lot easier if you could get rid of whatever's ailing you.

If I were in your shoes, I think I'd be tempted to soldier on. Maybe things will get better once you're feeling better. I hope you get well soon and get through those courses okay. :-)
I called the doctor and have an appointment for Thursday afternoon.

I decided to soldier on and do what I can. I mean, the worst I can do is have to take one of the courses again.
I agree: getting well is the first priority here.

I've extreme difficulties stopping with courses myself, so I may not be a good impartial counselor here.

In all practicality, after having seen a doctor, I would do three things before I would skip a course:

1. contact fellow MedTerm students and see what tricks they use to master the stuff in say 8 hours/week.

2. Try to let go of perfectionism, only for 2 months. That way you will require less hours on MedTerm (going for 100% now are you not?). TRuly accept 50% for the Writing class is enough.
Perfectionism is now shooting you in the foot.
Mantra of the day: Better a low grade than no grade.
After two months you are allowed all perfectionism that you love, again.

3. See what happens when you plan the thing, with 1 and 2 in mind.
(Sometimes when I am ill, things seem more ominous than when I am okay. Planning can be sort of a reality check against too dark clouds. Maybe that works for you too)

Hope you get well soon.
Emma! You know me so well.

I have accepted aiming for a lower percentage on the writing course (about 75%).

Perfectionism is really hampering me on the medical terminology course. I know I can't remember all the terms, but it bothers me that I can't remember more. It also bothers me that if I'm having trouble and I'm only 20% into the course how will the rest of it go?

I have emailed the instructor for more study tips. I got new glasses. That should speed things up a bit. Mostly, I just need to get well. I have a doctor's appointment on Thursday afternoon. I've already been on two sets of antibiotics, so I'm waiting to see what's next.

You're absolutely right. Things do look more ominous when I'm sick.

I have just one question for you: Are you my twin? lol

April 2015



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