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    Quote Originally Posted by brimm View Post
    Thank you everyone. Leisylou, thank you for taking the time to post your message. I read it and re-read it, it certainly made me think about everything.

    I'm a bit in limbo at the moment and unsure what to do. I am drained and exhausted. I am dreading going to work tomorrow too. It's going to be a long day tomorrow!

    I know this sounds like a clique but try and take each day as it comes.

    You've been given some great advice with peoples back stories and it is a lit to take in.

    You don't need to make any decisions now, but you can at least start planning your next moves as you get your mental and physical strength back little by little.

    Don't rush yourself or you will feel too overwhelmed to be able to make a clear and logical decision about your future.

    Can you get away for the weekend in your own to relax and clear your head?

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    Maybe you guys can help me (completely off topic for a bit) trying to distract my brain. I am considering going back to University to study something I have been very passionate about and that's sports injuries.

    I've looked into two fields: Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine.

    Physiotherapy is a 3 year degree (as I have already graduated from another course), but then requires 3 more years post graduate certificate study, then you can do your masters in sports physiotherapy). So all up I am looking at roughly 9 years + to become a sports physiotherapist specialising in sporting injuries.

    The other option is sports medicine. This requires a 4 year medical degree followed by 2 year post graduate clinical practice, plus 1 year internship, plus residency then you can enter a fellowship program in Sports Medicine to become a sports physician. So around 9+ as well.

    Difference is the available salary of a Physiotherapist is 55,000-100,00 while the salary of a Sports physician is roughly 150-350,000. Not that salary is the reason to look into this position but if I am going to study for that long having already done a 6 year double degree then you would want it to be worth it.

    I'm also considering perhaps holding off and doing this after I've had kids as I've read you can't actually defer once in the course due to the high demand for places.

    I know this is completely off track just trying to set my mind on something to distract me from the emotions I am currently feeling (I'll deal with those at counselling I think!)

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    What a fantastic idea Brimm. One consideration I would give is what will each job be like by way of working hours, flexibility? What option will give you the best work/life balance.

    Also what are the job opportunities like?

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    I'd study before kids wherever possible! Not saying it cant be done with kids, it is just a lot more difficult to manage.

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    I agree with Kitik, I would do most of the study before kids.

    It's very hard to plan what your life will be after kids or even during pregnancy. You might be sick or have a child with special needs that will take a lot of your time etc.

    However, my SIL started a 3yrs degree, the hardest degree in our country (think 100 people gets in every year in a country with 60M people), after having her son that has Down syndrome.
    She also stopped for a year during her studies to have baby #2. And pregnancy is very hard on her, she can barely walk from 8wks on...!
    Well she did it and finished second of her class!!!

    So it is doable. What made a world of difference though is her partner (my brother) was there every step of the way, looking after the kids, taking my nephew to his weekly/fortnightly
    medical appointments in the middle of the day, taking time off work when he was sick and could not attend childcare etc.
    You need A ROCK of a partner to make studying work after having children.

    ETA She was also doing parts of her study in another city for weeks at a time as the campus was there. So she was away from her partner and two kids for a while. It must have been really hard but it was so worth it in the end!!
    However she was 32yo when she started her studies. I bet she would have waited to have kids if she had been younger.
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    My SIL had a baby recently and did a medical degree beforehand - but she hasn't started a specialty yet so is applying at the moment. It's really hard, she has a lot of family support but following a very difficult pregnancy and birth and the realities of having a child to look after, her priorities have changed a lot.

    I can't remember how old you said you were, but if I was in your situation and still young (in my 20s) I'd study now before kids. I'm in my 30s now, about to have baby #2 and studying by distance - I can only do 1 subject at a time, I can't imagine doing a full-on on-campus degree with young kids. I know it can be done but it's not an easy road.

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    I had a lovely surprise this morning, I have been experiencing alot of pain and understand why. I woke up to what I can imagine was the end of my pregnancy, it was pretty 'wow' moment, I kind of didn't know what to say, feel or think. I feel horrible for those who have to go through this later on in the pregnancy, this was traumatic to see and I was only 4 weeks.

    In terms of University: career wise I am looking to be able to work with predominately 'elite' athletes (AFL, Gymnastics, Dancers etc) and Physiotherapy/Sports Medicine both allows for that but in slightly different ways. A physiotherapist works under a sports medicine doctor, but ideally they both want to ensure they get the best out of the athletes and ensure athletes return from injury in the safest but fastest manner. Sports Medicine enables us to administer injections, refer to surgery etc. Physiotherapy is very hand's on approach which I have read can take a bit of a toll on your body within the future.

    Think I like about Physiotherapy is it opens the doors to animal physiotherapy (an option) and many options.

    I am not entirely sure about under-going a medical degree I am not yay on blood and guts, but apparently lots of doctors aren't when they begin.

    Not sure!

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    I'm sorry to hear about the morning's ordeal Brimm.

    Re. studying, what would your husband say about it? Will he allow you to stop working to study?

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    Book in to see a dr at some point just in case - when I had a natural miscarriage they wanted to keep doing bloods until my hcg had gone down to less than 5 to make sure it was a 'complete' miscarriage. Hugs, it's no fun at all.

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    I'm sorry for the pain you are going through with this loss. It might sound strange but my natural miscarriage had a faster grieving process than my D&C for a missed miscarriage. I think because through that pain you get to scream and cry and release a lot of the emotions.

    As for the study, do you have any practical experience in this area? You might want to look into a course in massage that could get you opportunities with a local football club. Even if you start off volunteering, it might help you to work out exactly which path will suit you. I have a couple of friends who do this for metro and country VFL teams on training night and on Saturdays.

    I'm not sure how your husband will feel about this though (as he sounds quite controlling) as you will be massaging the legs (upper legs ) of some pretty buff guys!


 

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