Well, I've got my flight booked and will be arriving the Thursday morning before the exam starts on Friday afternoon. I'm still not sure where I am going to stay, although I tried to get a reservation at the (very pricey) hotel where the school holds a block of rooms) and actually provided my MC info, but when I called to get my stay extended through Sunday night (no flights out late enough on Sunday so gotta leave Monday morning), they "didn't have a reservation" listed for me. So who knows.
I may rent a car and stay at a Motel 6. Driving around doesn't bother me, in fact I enjoy it. (It's Racine, for pete's sake! How much traffic can there be? I'm used to Dallas......) And I'm thinking, I may just want to be alone to prepare and rest up, etc., rather than join in a group head game about what's coming up and the inevitable "tell me what you learned in the three day workshop." Now is a good time for me to set reasonable limits and practice saying very nicely, "no." I mean, I wouldn't actively undermine anybody, and I don't mind reviewing together, but if I'm busy helping somebody else get caught up or whatever, then I am not as prepared as I
need to be and my anxiety level goes up. It could cost me a PCS. That would suck.
I'm feeling very good about my level of preparedness--I've got my first two days of refresher taken care of, feeling very good about care plans
and PCS's in general. Today is the skills part, and one of my classmates who is scheduled for early July has invited me to review a couple hours after we are done today, so I'll probably do that as well.
And all the affirmations I received from my clinical instructors is coming back--they thought I was pretty good. I'll be OK.
If I will just remember to keep breathing....