Friday, January 8, 2010
Day #5 - January 8, 2010 - Now listening to...
I bought the new Carrie Underwood CD yesterday and have been listening to it all day at work. I have been a fan of hers since she started her American Idol journey and this CD is just as good as the others she has done. I can almost always find relations to my life in her songs which makes the music so much more enjoyable to sing along to in the car! :)
My new favorite song from this CD that is on the radio here as well is "Temporary Home." The first 2 verses remind me a lot of the kids I deal with every day at work. I can't say alot about my job because of HIPAA and FERPA, but I am a school nurse for a very underprivelaged school. It's located in the 5th Ward of Houston and I really want to just close my eyes some days driving down the streets to get to work. It's an alternative school consisting of 6th-12th graders who are at risk for dropping out of school. People say I'm crazy for working at an alternative school, but these aren't the "bad" kids. They aren't the ones who are getting kicked out of school for fighting or drugs, etc; these are the kids who need a little extra TLC, the ones who need a little 1 on 1 in the classroom. All of the kids here are uninsured, on the free lunch program, and most don't have anyone at home to care for them, have CPS involved in some way, are living with foster parents and some even homeless. The majority of my job deals with the pregnant teens, which is probably 75% of the student population. Yes, I have 11-19 year olds here who are pregnant or who are teen moms. We have a daycare on site so they can bring their babies and even send out teachers to their house for 4-6 weeks after they deliver so they don't miss any of their education. I just can't imagine ever going through some of the things these students have to deal with in their every day life. But this is why I love my job; I get to help these kids!! Every day I hear something new and I think to myself, "How in the heck am I going to fix this one??" And, I figure it out. I make WIC appointments, I get them the information for medicaid, I call doctor's offices to make their prenatal appointments, I get them food/formula/diapers, and most of all, I'm here to listen. My heart strings are pulled on every day and some days I go home crying because I know some are still going home to bad situations and home lives. But, when they bring in their sonogram pictures or come in the clinic just to say hi, it makes my day! I know then that I have truly mad a difference in these kids lives. And, I always remember every single day to be extremely grateful for the things I have in my life, even the smallest things that we take for granted like food and a roof over our head, because some people just aren't that lucky.