View Poll Results: Which best describes you while you were in CRNA school?

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  • I was single and had NO kids prior to crna school

    142 22.87%
  • I was single and had kids prior to starting crna school

    36 5.80%
  • I was married and had NO kids in crna school

    117 18.84%
  • I was married and had kids prior starting crna school

    313 50.40%
  • I had my first child while in crna school

    20 3.22%
  • I lost a child in crna school

    3 0.48%
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Thread: KIDS & CRNA school

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    Default KIDS & CRNA school

    Wanted to do this poll for a long time. Would LOVE to hear about everyone's kids and any stories that you would like to share.

    I had to study in complete silence. I would often get distracted and frustrated when I could hear my kids yelling, playing, fighting or what-have-you whenever I was struggling with the material I was studying. Several times a day, I would barge out of my room and get onto my kids for being so loud. It got to a point where everytime I would open the door, I could hear my kids get suddenly quiet, even if I was just coming out to spend a little time with them. I realized they were scared I was gonna yell, and it broke my heart that it came to these types of reactions from the ones I loved the most.

    It was a very hard road for me, even past the didactic phase on into the clinical phase.

    Yesterday, as I was leaving to go take my boards, I asked my 8 year old, Logan to pray for me. He was still asleep in bed, trying hard to wake up, but at this moment, he said the most comforting prayer I think I had ever heard. In fact, I took all my "last second" study material, stuff I was gonna look at in the parking lot before I walked in, and put it back into my room, and went on my way with just my identification required to get into the testing center. I've never felt calmer. I walked into the center, sat down, and each question seemed relatively easier than what I was accustomed to in school.

    I got the preliminary pass results soon after. When I got home, my 4 year old girl, Mallory asked, "Daddy, did you pass your test?"

    I said, "Yes I did."

    She started waving her fists in the air, jumping up and down, doing a cheer, and in one of the most excited voices I've ever heard her say, "YEAH, YOU PASSED!! MY DADDY PASSED!! NOW HE CAN PLAY BARBIE WITH ME!!"

    Yesterday, made all the heartache totally worth it!

    So, I am curious, how many people had kids going in, single/married, etc. I have read lots of posts from people asking if they can do it (single parents) and I hope I made a post that will reveal something to those who have similar questions about pursuing crna school.
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    Default Re: KIDS & CRNA school

    Quote Originally Posted by bettermj
    Wanted to do this poll for a long time. Would LOVE to hear about everyone's kids and any stories that you would like to share.
    perhaps I put this in the wrong spot on this site? Not sure how to fix that, but was hoping other potential crna students could see. Thanks for reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bettermj
    perhaps I put this in the wrong spot on this site? Not sure how to fix that, but was hoping other potential crna students could see. Thanks for reading.

    Moved it to "passing gas" so everyone could see it, as you wish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RAYMAN
    Moved it to "passing gas" so everyone could see it, as you wish.
    Thank you
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    Well, I voted that I was single and no kids before CRNA school....but actually I planned my wedding and got married during CRNA school....my PD thought I was crazy! I got pregnant about 3 months AFTER I graduated. I could not imagine going through CRNA school with small children....it's hard enough working full-time with a little one, I couldn't imagine the stress of trying to study, get good grades and deal with the stress of clinicals while having a little one running around. Being a parent is super difficult, but you always find ways to cope....so I guess if I had had children, I would have found a way to make it work.....but man oh man, I'm glad I didn't have to. Hats off to all of you parents who are in CRNA school now!!
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    I have a three and a half year old and I am married. School has definitely made things harder with both of them. My daughter got so used to not seeing me that when I would pick her up from daycare she would cry for her poppy (her grandfather) because he would usually pick her up. We would go home after I picked her up and I would spend the next two hours in front of my computer doing care plans for the next day while I tried to occupy her with cartoons. I know this sounds terrible but I thought that being in the same room with her was better than nothing. It breaks my heart now to think of all the times she would bring me a tea cup and say "mommy, lets have a tea party" and I would absently put the cup to my lips and halfway pretend to play with her while still typing away. Things are better now as I am in my last year, but I am trying to play catch up and repair what has been done for the first 18 months.
    I make an effort to pick her up every day now as long as I am done with clinicals and on Tuesday we go the chik fil a and I let her play and we eat nuggets. On saturdays I try to take her to a local tea room and we have a "real" tea party. She loves drinking from the real glass cups...and she has to have the cubed sugar in her already sweet tea. They often bring her cold tea out in its own little tea pot so she can feel like a big girl.
    My husband has been easier to deal with. He is a big boy and knew what we were getting ourselves into. He was difficult at first when I would bring books home because he would complain that I spent enough time studying away from home and said I shouldn't do it anymore once I got home. I started not coming home much until late and he changed his tune. He thought that because I have never studied for any of my previous degrees and mostly made straight A's that this would be no different. HA.
    Overall it is not so terrible and it will be worth it in the end. I am thankful and lucky to have the love and support I needed throughout this journey.....it could always be much, much worse.

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    I agree with turtle. I could not imagine what all you parents out there going through CRNA school have to deal with. I was married about 6 years before going to CRNA school and my wife and I made a plan to not have children until I got finished with school. Thank god I got into school sooner than later.

    I tell the new students in my clinical rotation when they start to pick out a fellow classmate that they know has way more hardships and life issues than them. When they start to feel overwhelmed with the stress of school they need to just think about that person and how much better they have it than that person.

    Mine is a guy with five kids (three of whom are triplets that turned 2yo when we were 5 months in to the program). I call him all the time to talk about something and hear kids screaming and fighting and crying and whatever else they do to distract from the conversation, and he just keeps on with the conversation like there is nothing there. Meanwhile I can hardly concentrate on the conversation from all the ruckus.

    I cant wait to be done though b/c me and my wife want to get started growing a family together.

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    Married with two boys, but my kids are older. My oldest son is in college (so the only issue there is the cost!). My youngest son is a freshman in high school. Fortunately, there's not much that teenagers "need" from mom, other than money and an occasional ride somewhere.

    I can honestly say that I have never spent so much time with my family as I do now that I'm in school. Since graduating nursing school, I have worked usually more than one job, as well as taking classes and finishing my BSN. I quit both of my jobs for CRNA school and I'm home every day by 3pm (could be home by noon most days, but I stay at school to study). I may be studying at home too, but that's not too much different than what my family is used to anyway. The difference is that now I'm not walking in the door at 8pm after a 12-hour shift and having to stay up studying until 2am before going to work again...four or five times a week. I'm so much LESS exhausted now!

    I can't imagine trying this with little kiddos though - kudos to all of you that manage it!
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    Well, I'm starting school in August...I am married and will have a 5 yr old and an almost 2 yr old. I have read the prior posts, and rollergirl and bettermj you both brought tears to my eyes. My husband and I both know that this is going to be extremely difficult...and I have wondered about what will happen to my relationship with my children. I will actually be staying in the town where my clinical site is (about 1 1/2 hrs away from home) Mon-Fri mid day, then coming home on the weekends, at least for the first year (didactics). I am hoping to study my a** off during the week, and have at least half days Fri, Sat, and Sun with my husband and kiddos, with the other half spent studying. Bettermj, I can so relate to the frustrations behind closed doors while you are studying and the kids are...well...being kids. I have found myself in that same situation already and have not even started CRNA school yet. I am hoping to alleviate some of that by having Mon-Thurs by myself. And rollergirl, I have also caught myself only paying half (or less) attention to my son when he has wanted something from me... I hate it, and I just hope that being aware of this before I even start will maybe be beneficial. I have to keep looking at this as a small sacrifice in the grand scheme of things...even though I'm sure it will FEEL like a huge sacrifice at the time.

    Bettermj, CONGRATULATIONS for making it through, and PASSING YOUR BOARDS!! That's awesome, and I'm so happy that you can now play Barbies with your daughter. I look so forward to that day.

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    Better,
    First of all, congratulations!!! Secondly, that was the most thoughtful post you've ever contributed. I appreciate it very much and have folded it up and put it into my mind to open when I begin. I kept my babies while in nursing school and will remember this post when I start school.
    Thanks for that.
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