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Bailey Poolman - Girl on Fire

News and textbooks have been my life

The past 10 months have been a whirlwind.

Ever since I decided to actually continue my education beyond my emergency medical technician (EMT) certification, it feels like everything I do now is eat, sleep, work and study.

It seems surreal I’ve only got about two months left in my paramedic program at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.

Recently, we’ve covered OB and special populations, and will soon start pre-hospital trauma. It feels like the next two months will go even faster than the past months have, and around the corner will be the moment my 12 classmates and I take our final exam and discover if we pass or fail.

I haven’t really been thinking about what I want to do after I’m done; I’ve been so focused on just passing my quizzes and exams it’s just been sitting on the back burner. However, I’m sure I’ll have to start really thinking about my life, where I want to be in the next few years, what I want to be doing and how I’m going to get there.

But, until then, all my energy will be devoted to the books and the computer.

Here at the office, like Scott has said previously, Carter Eckl and Alex Felker have both been huge reliefs for us. Now that the blistering sun is out all the time (even when it feels it should be below the horizon), the July Fourth event and county fairs will be incomparably easier with both of them.

I know it’s been awhile since writing to you all. It feels so good having the opportunity again to write something more low-key, less newsy, more fun for the newspaper, and now that I have the time to do it, I plan to be more consistent and give various updates on life and the world more thoroughly than I have in (jeez!) the past six months.

Here are a few more updates:

• I’ve been running again, and plan to participate in the IMT half marathon in October. My sister and her boyfriend are running it together, and I’m hoping my boyfriend, Chris Clark, will be joining me. If I feel ready for it, I will also participate in a July Fourth running event.

• I haven’t been as active with the fire department as I wish I was. I know I’ve been slacking in that area of my life. But, we’ve got some new faces coming on, and some familiar ones in new positions there also. We’ve also lost friends, both in retirement and death. It has been a roller-coaster year for us all.

• It’s only June, and I’m already missing the wonderful ladies of the Ladies Literary Circle. The annual luncheon was in May, but it’s not the same spending every Friday afternoon away from the literary minds of these Union County women. Come September, I’m going to be whooping in happiness.

I hope everyone keeps an eye out for more updates from me, and I hope to hear what everyone else has been up to.


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Twitter – @iowafiregirl13

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