Category Archives: On My Soapbox

Of Metacarpals and Men

“Whoever named it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.”

~ Groucho Marx

Hopefully I will be a better judge of anatomy! 😉

Back in July I reported that I was going back to school.  Now I have some details for you…

As you can likely tell from this picture of my textbooks, this semester I am taking Anatomy and Physiology 1 and its lab.  It is a lot of work, and a lot of memorization (I ended the first week of class with over 200 flashcards!), but really very interesting!  Also, my teacher reminds me so much of my dad that I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if I found out that he was some sort of long-lost uncle. 😉

This class is actually the last prerequisite class that I have to take before I can apply for admission to the Radiation Therapy and/or Radiography programs at the local community college.  They are limited access programs, and the competition will be tough, so I am really hoping to do well this semester!

I am also considering taking physics and maybe even chemistry next semester.  Taking those classes would allow me to apply for admission to the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Technology and Nuclear Medicine Technology programs, which I am also interested in.

Are you wondering what peaked my interest in these health care, technical training programs?  It actually all started with researching my personality type and reading a book called “Do What You Are” by Paul D. Tieger.  I actually don’t have much to say on the content of the book, but it was very interesting to me.  The chapter on the ISTP personality type helped to confirm that I am, in fact, an ISTP.  At the end of the chapter it listed many popular occupations for ISTPs, grouped by career type.  Mr. Tieger suggests that, in the field of health care, jobs such as EEG Technologist, Radiological Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, and Surgical Technician would be particularly satisfying to ISTPs because of their highly technical nature.

“ISTPs will often find satisfaction in technical careers because they are interested in how and why things work.  They tend to be good in mechanical areas because they possess great observational powers and a capacity to remember and use important facts and details.  They usually enjoy working with their hands and like work that provides them with a constant source of sensory information.  Their logical analysis is best used when based upon solid facts that they themselves gather through their five senses.”

To make a long story short, I did some soul-searching, and concluded that I would like a career that not only suits my personality type, but also gives me the chance to do something meaningful; something that I can be proud of.  I had never really considered a career in health care before because I am not exactly a “people person,” but after doing the research, I am pretty convinced that something like Radiation Therapy would actually suit me quite well!

As a Radiation Therapist, Radiology Tech, Nuclear Medicine Tech, or even Sonography Tech, I would be helping people and making a difference, but my focus would be on the medical equipment more so than the patient, and that seems like a winning combination to me!

Now I just have to apply my self to getting the education that will get me where I want to be.

Wish me luck! 🙂

Liberty & Justice For All

In light of recent events, I have spent a fair amount of time thinking about our justice system, the news media, the federal government, and even the Constitution.  I admit that my research was pretty casual but nonetheless, I have come to the conclusion that everyone seems to have forgotten some of the most important concepts embodied in the Constitution! (I also lay much of the blame on the news media and their frenzied reporters and talk show hosts, but that is a whole other can of worms.)

Our founding fathers drafted the Constitution to protect our most basic rights.  We have the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty; we have the right to remain silent; we have the right to a trial by jury.  Case and point:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

~ Amendment 5

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

~ Amendment 6

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United State, than according to the rules of the common law.

~ Amendment 7

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.  No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

~ Amendment 14, Section 1

These are the things that you should remember before you judge and harass the men and women who sacrificed six weeks of their lives in service to our justice system and the Constitution.  Only those twelve individuals know what it was like to sit across from the accused for six weeks, knowing that her life was in their hands.  Whether you agree with their judgment or not, they should be thanked for their service and sacrifice, not threatened and disparaged.

There is a quote from former President John Adams that I would urge everyone to consider as it puts everything into perspective:

It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, “whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,” and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.

I still have faith in our justice system and in the Constitution.  I still think that in the majority of cases it works as it should.  With many regrets, it is my faith in my fellow citizens that has been shaken.