National PA Week! <3

 

Every year, starting on October 6th through October 12th, is National PA week! Before it was a weeklong event, National PA Day was celebrated every year on October 6th, 1987 in honor of the 20th anniversary of the first graduating class of PAs. October 6th is also the birthday of the profession’s founder, Eugene A. Stead Jr., M.D.

As I’m sure many of you know, I am attending college at Grand Valley State University, enrolled in their Pre-P.A. program, studying to become a Physician Assistant! I also am working at a hospital as a Patient Care Tech, experiencing different medical situations everyday, all while helping and caring for people, and their medical needs. Even though I love helping and caring for people, working at the hospital is helping me get patient-contact hours for when I apply to PA school. It’s so nice to be able to have the education I’m receiving at Grand Valley, while working hands-on and practicing what I am learning.

Physician Assistant’s are very, very hardworking medical professionals and every year, PA week has a theme and this year’s theme is “PAs are essential.” This is so true, especially for what is happening all around us in the world today. So, make sure to thank all medical professionals and healthcare workers, especially PAs!

Never too late to get out into your community and lend a helping hand!

I think most people would agree 2020 and Covid-19 have had a hard impact on so many people, families, businesses, and life in general. Don’t forget someone always has it a little bit harder and just lending a helping hand can change someone’s world! It’s been hard getting out into the community to help with all that is going on in the world, but this past Tuesday reminded me how amazing people are when they come together for a good cause! The ARIS Foundation is helping people all over AZ and to be a part of that change feels amazing! Spread love in anyway you can, it will make a difference to someone💕!

Down Syndrome Awareness

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. As an individual with Down Syndrome. I would like to share some Facts about Down Syndrome

Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. This additional genetic material alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome

There are three types of Down syndrome: trisomy 21 (nondisjunction) accounts for 95% of cases, translocation accounts for about 4%, and mosaicism accounts for about 1%

Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. Approximately one in every 700 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome – about 6,000 each year

Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels

The incidence of births of children with Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother. But due to higher fertility rates in younger women, 80% of children with Down syndrome are born to women under 35 years of age

People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for certain medical conditions such as congenital heart defects, respiratory and hearing problems, Alzheimer’s disease, childhood leukemia and thyroid conditions. Many of these conditions are now treatable, so most people with Down syndrome lead healthy lives

A few of the common physical traits of Down syndrome are: low muscle tone, small stature, an upward slant to the eyes, and a single deep crease across the center of the palm. Every person with Down syndrome is a unique individual and may possess these characteristics to different degrees or not at all

Life expectancy for people with Down syndrome has increased dramatically in recent decades – from 25 in 1983 to 60 today

People with Down syndrome attend school, work, participate in decisions that affect them, have meaningful relationships, vote and contribute to society in many wonderful ways

All people with Down syndrome experience cognitive delays, but the effect is usually mild to moderate and is not indicative of the many strengths and talents that each individual possesses

Quality educational programs, a stimulating home environment, good health care and positive support from family, friends and the community enable people with Down syndrome to lead fulfilling and productive lives

Spreading Cheer

Hi everyone! I hope this post finds you all well.

After the year we have all had I know many are looking to end the year on a good note with some positivity. I recently joined an exchange group on Facebook to do just that. There are almost 900 members all over the world exchanging Christmas cards!

I loved the idea but to be extra cautious I went to a different town and opened up a PO Box and then got started on cards. So far I have sent out near 100 cards all over the world and begun receiving them as well. I am putting mine in a basket to open on Christmas Eve as a fun birthday thing for myself.

It seems like such a simple thing to do but the happiness and excitement it is bringing others and myself to send and receive makes it every bit worth it.

Hobby Lobby employees are going to start recognizing me as the card lady soon haha.

Christmas cards Cards

An Attitude of Gratitude

Hello ACP Family,

This year has been difficult and stressful for many people. It may be hard for some to stay grounded during these trying times. Recently, the West Coast had been hit by many fires which caused a lot of destruction and poor air quality for those residents. Being located in Washington myself, there were fires happening all around me, causing the air to become dangerously toxic. I had to miss many days of work in order to stay safe. However, despite the situation, I managed to find things to be grateful for and wrote them all inside my gratitude journal. Some of the things I am grateful for include:

My family, my friends, my cat, my home, my job, my car, my coworkers, my health, my safety, the fact that it finally started raining, the fire departments who have been working very hard to put out the fires, the essential workers who have been giving it their all through this tough year, my school (GO GATORS!!), my fellow students, my instructors and other school staff who have been a tremendous help to the student body, and of course, my sister queens who make the American Coronet Pageant system what it is today.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude can help anyone feel better when times are tough and can really help people focus on the good things the have going on in their lives.

What are you grateful for today?

I wish you all a wonderful week!

Much love,

Cherie Poolsiri

Ms. American Coronet

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Kindergarten

This past week was my first week of Kindergarten. For most people being at home for school is something new but for me it’s the only way I know. Due to my health restrictions I am unable to attend a public school setting. So I have had Itinerant teaching the past three years for preschool. The change for me this year is instead of my teachers and therapies being able to come to my home I see them virtually. 

Helping to Save Lives Everyday 🏥

 

Hello everyone and happy Sunday! I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and hanging in there!

Things in my life have been completely crazy with school and life changing ever since I accepted my position with Metro Health. I always try to stay balanced in life with work, school and taking time for myself, but with the world as it is, that can be harder some days over others. My University just happened to put a “stay home” order in place as the cases have been increasing rapidly at the main campus, so adjusting back to a complete online format again for the next two weeks has been a bit challenging. Being thrown those “change” obstacles has been a new normal for everyone though, right?!

People that know me and know that I have a new position with the hospital have been asking me how things have been going and I say to them, “It is the most wonderful, yet stressful job I have ever experienced.” They tend to laugh, but health care workers now and always, have been true superheros. Working as a Patient Care Tech, you get to spend the most time with your patients, compared to nurses, practitioners or doctors. You answer their call lights, help them with daily living, and get to know them and a little about their lives. Last week, I had a patient and I had her the past two nights I worked and being able to spend so much time with someone, you get to know them quite a bit over those continuous 12 hour shifts. This last night, I just knew something was off when I took her vitals at the start of the shift. I went back to check on her not too long after that and she asked if she could use the bathroom. I noticed more aspects of what she was doing wasn’t the same from the previous nights, so when I got her back to bed, she was in so much pain, she could barely lay down. I tried all I could to make her comfortable, but after I left, I went straight to her nurse. PCT’s are nursing assistants so it’s our job to tell nurses if we observe something not normal with any of our patients. When she went in there herself to check on her, I stood back by the door, just to be there if my nurse or patient needed anything. After examining her, we ending up calling an RRT, which is a Rapid Response Team, due to my patient having severe abdominal pain. After going down for an emergency CT scan, the conclusion was that she had a severe abdominal obstruction and ended up going in for emergency surgery.

Working in the medical field can definitely be very difficult sometimes, but the feeling you get of knowing that you did something to help save someone’s life is forever life changing. I never know how the night is going to go when I walk into the hospital and I always pray before I go in, but I do know that these life changing moments for me, are life changing moments for my patients. Whether it’s getting them a fresh ice water, a warm blanket or helping them with any other need, nothing is better than being able to save someone’s life.

I hope everyone has a blessed and beautiful week! Much love to everyone 💕

Never forget!

Today was a day in history that the world will never forget. Even though I was not around to experience 911 my family lived in NY and it hit our family hard. We lost friends and loved ones and it reminded the world of what is important. Thank you to all of those that risk their lives to keep us all free and to those who lost their lives we will never forget you!

Suicide Prevention Week

Today is the first day of September’s Suicide Prevention Week. In honor of this, I wanted to remind each and every one of you that YOU MATTER.

The world can be harsh. Sometimes when we fall, we do not feel the strength we need to get back up. Whether this relates back to finances, self-image, or even fear, we have all felt some sort of hopelessness at some point. You are not alone.

I never want you to lose someone to suicide.

I never want to lose someone to suicide again.

No one should ever have to feel helpless, If you ever feel in need of help, please reach out to me. If you see someone who could you use an understanding ear, please lend that to them.

Thank you for reading. Together, let’s take steps towards ending suicide.

I love you all.

A Day of Remembrance

On this date 19 years ago the world as everyone knew it changed forever. 343 firefighters, 8 EMS Personal, 71 Law Enforcement officers, and 2,135 Civilians never made it home that night and many other have passed since due to illness linked to that day. We’ve learned to take each moment for the special time that it is. You learn to love your family and love ones like it’s your last time because life changes in a since moment. Take this time to remember those who passed and love those who are still here like there is no tomorrow.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention month. An interesting fact about me is that I am an Ambassador for Live Out Loud Charity, which is an International Charity that educates the general public about Suicide prevention. I am trained to recognize signs and to intervene to help those in need. In these tough times today, mental health issues are rising. Please be aware of those who speak about being extremely sad and wanting to isolate and harm themselves. Those who make statements that life is not worth living or that others would be better off without them. Don’t be afraid to be straight forward with them, and don’t be afraid to call for help.

The National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Someone is available 24/7 and they can help anyone.

What does being a beauty queen mean to you?

Hello ACP Family,

Today I propose an important question:

What does it truly mean to be a beauty queen?

In my opinion, there is more to being a beauty queen than just looking great in an evening gown or photograph. A beauty queen has many qualities that make her a great leader and inspiration to those in her community. A beauty queen is kind, gracious, as well as generous. She utilizes her talents, skills, as well as her time as a way to help others and make the world around her a better place to be. She is also intelligent as well as disciplined, and works hard to set and achieve her goals. A beauty queen is strong, and courageous, and loves to stand up for what she believes in, and also encourages others to do the same. A beauty queen has confidence that radiates from within and helps bring out the best in others. A beauty queen also has a heart of gold and a giving spirit. She supports others in their endeavors and loves to cheer people on. In addition, no matter what title she holds, a beauty queen always represents her title with utmost respect and pride.

What do you think? What qualities do you consider important for a beauty queen to have? Who or what inspires you to be the best beauty queen you can be? Every beauty queen is unique and has special gifts to share with her community. Feel free to share your thoughts below.

Thank you so much, have a wonderful week!

Much Love,

Cherie

Ms. American Coronet

Flexible Leadership

Good Evening!

This past summer I had the opportunity to represent Kentucky at the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference (HOBY), and further develop my skills as a leader within my school and community. We listened to several keynote speakers, including Carla Hall and Rainn Wilson!

Despite the many amazing friendships I took away from the conference, the most impactful thing I learned would have to of been the idea of flexible leadership. While an extremely simple concept to grasp, the idea has never occurred to me before. Before I attended HOBY, I took charge as a leader, making most of the decisions while accepting only my favorite ideas from others. I now recognize that I was doing it all wrong.

If you place yourself in another individual’s shoes, no one wants to share their ideas when they feel that they will be shot down, or told that they are incorrect. That is why some students do not raise their hands in class! It is just an instinct to fear failure. Flexible leadership teaches us that we must incorporate every idea being given in a discussion, no matter how unfavorable when compared to other pitched ideas, in order to maintain a safe energy in the discussion space. If negative remarks are made towards ANY ideas, then that safety barrier is broken, and you are no longer leading with your full potential. After all, you will have lost input from many individuals.

To all the empowering leaders out there, please keep flexible leadership in mind! If we can create safe spaces within our discussions as we lead, then the ideas will be much richer and far more abundant!