Today is not thrilling. I finished all the questions for my required board module while I was in Adelaide. It might not have been all that much fun for Kath to be sitting there, quietly knitting while I swore at the laptop, but it worked. Following the tricky multiple guess questions – none of which are the old easy to do five element format of my University Days – comes this patient simulation module.
After eight years of sweating through them – I finally had the procedure down. It might not be fun but I understood how they worked. Well, guess what? They changed the simulation module which I refused to believe till I was partway into it and realized that not only had the rules changed on me, but I didn’t have a clue as to what they wanted. Ok, take the deep breath and back out. I was about to run it again when Helen got home and I had my excuse for stopping. What I noticed also at the last minute was that you have SEVEN days in which to finish. If you don’t finish, it resets and you have to go again.
Now, given the rules change, I don’t know if I would get the same patient again or if it would be a completely different patient/disease/simulation. Since the absolute worst for me would be to have to start something completely new and strange, I am sure that is what it is going to be. So that was the 14th. Since I didn’t deal with it at all (ran out of time in Melbourne) I wasn’t paying attention to the calendar. 14+7=21 and today is the 18th. But I don’t think it works that way. It could be seven days starting with the 14th which would mean my final chance before reset would be the 20th. 24 hour clock? So would I have to estimate about noon just to safe side it? Or is it calendar days? Including the 14th? Which time zone? For that matter, since I am on the other side of the International Dateline from Kansas (who in their right mind would have their office in ….. – never mind) do they think I started this particular module late on the 13th? I think Adelaide is about UTC +9.5 while Kansas is UTC – 6. Too many hours or not enough. In either case it can give me a head ache.
So I am going to use up the last of my free internet Package to just go on-line and do it. Procrastination has its own costs. Today we are at sea. Tomorrow we sail through the Sounds before heading around the southern tip of New Zealand. On the 20th we are in Dunedin where I am planning on traveling the Taieri Gorge Railway. I really don’t want this exam hanging over my head.
I’ll let you know tomorrow should I manage to finish.