And She Lived…

{November 11, 2008}   Secret Mission: accomplished

I have been working on this for awhile now but I finally got it all taken care of. I am nervous and excited about it. I know, I know… you’re wondering what the heck I’m talking about.

I enrolled in school!  Cool, eh?

It’s just one of those tech schools. But I don’t care. I am still excited. I never went to college or anything. I hated high school and was convinced I would hate college too. Of course I was just being stupid because all the things I hated about high school totally wouldn’t have been a factor in college. So it was kind of a dumb choice.

Still…. if I had gone to college right out of high school my life would have turned out very differently. I certainly never would have even met Mr. Wrong and that would have been a shame. Seriously. It would have. Cause as much as I don’t like him, I love Shy and Bucky to the end of the universe and back. And without Mr. Wrong there would be no Shy and Bucky. So I am thankful my life has taken the turns it has, even if they’ve been some tough turns to take.

Anyway….  I never had the whole college experience and I’m ok with that. What I am not ok with is the fact that not having a degree has kept me from advancement and raises at previous jobs. I may have been better at my job than a coworker, but without that little piece of paper my efforts weren’t worth as much when it came to paychecks.

Money isn’t the real reason (or at least not the only reason) that I am going to school. I just want to do it. I want to prove that I can. I want to prove it to myself.  And I want to prove it to my kids. I am really pretty excited about going. I start in January.

When I first looked into it, I had planned to start in November. Last week actually. But then I realized how much time I was going to spend taking Meechi for all his evals and testing and dr appointments. Well, it just kind of made November not an option. Meechi starts preschool in January. That’s another bit of good news. (well there is some bad news and some frustration mixed in there as well but that’s another story that you can read about here) But the real point is that he starts preschool in January which gives me time to go to school myself while he is in school.

I will go Mon-Thur from 8am to 12:30. I still get my afternoons with Meech and all day Friday. Well, I will actually have Friday mornings to myself since he will be in preschool. How awesome does that sound?!? Time to myself. Wow! I NEVER get that.

okay, so are you wondering what I am going to school for? Of course you are. Well, for anyone who doesn’t know or doesn’t remember, I used to work in a medical office in the records department. I kept the files and scanned records into electronic charts and I was in charge of doing all the release of records stuff. So I am familiar with working in a medical office and I am very familiar with medical terminology and laws and regulations. blah, blah, blah. You get it. I really did enjoy the work even if I didn’t enjoy some of the actual people I worked for. Because of that I want to stick with the medical field. I don’t like one on one contact with the patients though. Not my thing at all. I don’t want to give shots or take blood pressures or any of that. Yuck! So the oh so popular medical assistant program that all the tech schools are pushing right now are totally out for me. Ok, ok…. I’ll get to the point and tell ya already. I am going to take the medical billing and coding program.

The first quarter of the program is going over medical office procedures and terminology. Gee, that ought to be tough. heehee! Even the lady in the enrollment office was like, “this part should be easy for you. probably more of a review of what you already know”. Ya, kind of what I was thinking. It will get tougher though. The second and third quarters will focus more on the actual coding and trying to learn all those codes will certainly require tons of study time. I am still excited though. I am looking forward to actually having to learn something. It’s been too long.

I finished up my enrollment yesterday. So it’s official now. I am going to school!!!


Congratulations! You could also do “communications” and do well! You are very talented, glad you get to show it off!

Sounds like a great decision!

Chel says:

Congratulations! That is a wonderful thing!

Robin says:

Hey! I don’t know where you are located in the US — or actually how to communicate w/ you other than this blog but I would so like to ‘get to know you’ — I could probably write something about every one of your blog posts just simply b/c we sound alike in so many ways! I have a degree in education and taught school for about 10 years until I remarried — he is a MEdical Doctor and so I am the Office Manager– I haven’t exactly figured out the meaning to that term yet— but I am am responsible for all the medical coding and billing — I have been doing this for about 3 years— what a everyday challenge it is!!! If you find the time or would like to contact me through my email — …. Can’t wait to possibly hear from you!!!


Sheila says:

Congratulations! I too never went to college – I hated school, did not have the money and was married at the age of 20. I still think about it sometimes though.

Best Wishes!

Jen E says:

You GO girl!!! I’m so proud of you! I know you will do great at this. Go Kimmy, Go Kimmy!!

kimmie says:

Yay!!!!!! I’ve often thought about going back. I have a degree in accounting and haven’t had a job in 10 years. Probably need a little review.

I’ve learned to really regret not paying attention in those core classes when I was in college right out of high school. It’s amazing what I DON’T know about US History and Literature.

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