Thursday, January 26, 2012

Life as we know it!

My life is really blessed. I have three amazing boys, a awesome, loving husband and great friends and family surrounding me. Today, I was sitting at work (MSSU Health Center), thinking how great my life is, and how coming to Joplin gave me a career change that changed my life.
We recently moved here 2 years ago and I was currently a stay at home mom with my own daycare. But moving to Joplin, was giving my husband a career change and me with nothing. I started looking for a job, and was obnoxiously agitated because I did not know what I wanted to do. Like a little kid wandering in the park with out my parents. But one day I met up with some old friends that had moved here just a few earlier. She was quitting her job for a more full time position and offered it to me. This position was at the Health Center. I was very hesitant of taking it because I really never worked in the medical field. But I had no choice had great hours and I thought it might be a great opportunity.
The health center gave me a great deal of passion for helping people. I was working there for about 7mths and decided, I had found my career change. I had wanted to go back to school but did not have the guts to do so. I knew this is what I wanted to do.
Then May 22, 2011, we had a F5 tornado hit the heart of Joplin. My family was very fortunate and was not effected by the tornado. We had friends and my sons daycare that was effected. But with me working at the college we were the disaster center, where everyone would come to us for shelter food and any kind of help. I was working the shelter part where the people were hurt and needed medical attention. It hit me hard when seeing elderly people with no homes and disoriented, a father and two year old son that was hurt severely and he had no idea if his wife was even alive. That is when it hit me hard, that my career choice was being a RN, to help those in needed of help mentally and medically gave me a since of pride, that I could help make a difference in their life.
Overall, I wrote this blog to give you an idea, why I chose my career path and why I am in school. Giving life to someone is the best feeling ever. I hope you are just as passionate as your career choice as mine!

Monday, January 23, 2012


Today I am ranting and raving about the school system. My middle son is in the first grade this year. We attended the Joplin school district last year at the time. Absolutely loved the school he attended and loved his teachers. But the school system itself not so much. I believe someone should look into the attendance situation a more bit detailed.
Last October my son became VERY ill, was diagnosed with pneumonia with possible abscess in his lungs and was asked to stay home for two days from school and was to return to school after seeing his personal physician. (With a note) We then proceeded to do this and went and see his pediatrician, but we were informed it had gotten worse and they were shipping him to the Cox Hospital in Springfield. We were in the hospital for over a week and then was commanded to stay home for another week because of his immunity to catch something was VERY high with being around other children at school. At the end of the second week we went to his doctor got a note and returned to school that following Monday. 
Now, after keeping the school up to date every other day, and providing notes from all of his doctors, one would think that this would be a excused absence, right? Nope! Not at all. Any child that misses five or more days with or without a note is put on a list as "problem" child,(well in my words at least.) I have lived in Kansas all of my life and this was a HUGE shock to me. The parent was always contacted I think atleast of eight days, just by the school and was warned of the issue. But at Joplin? Nope, again we were contacted out of the blue by a SRS representative and was told there needed to be a meeting, as soon as possible about our childs well being of missing school. How does this make me feel as a mother? Horrible. I started crying at work and was very upset and hurt. I provided EVERYTHING possible to the school and was hit in the face with a ball bat. My husband went to the school because he was upset that I was upset, and after going to the school to see if he could get more information out of this, and wanted to know why we weren't contacted by the school before hand to give us some kind of heads up. And there response was protocols. Well Joplin school district your protocol SUCKS. Yes, I said it, sucks.  I understand that the system was brought up to help students that were abusing the system, or parents abusing the system. But what about the people that don't? And provide the right information but still get stabbed? How is this right?
I am sorry if anyone feels as this is hurtful, but I am hurt. All my asking is that we look into this a little more detailed and see what we could change for those students that have done no wrong, and not make them feel so bad about being parents!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My life began on the day I met my husband, my sophomore year of high school in 2000. Gosh, that seems like forever ago! We have been high school sweet hearts ever since. Married for 8 years now and 3 boys later, I am wore the heck out. Not really, but some days I do feel like digging myself a hole in my back yard and hiding in it. But what mother doesn't? I absolutely love my life. My boys have taken me on a amusement ride I have never been on but everyday I cant wait to jump off and get on to the next roller coaster. Digging for worms, I NEVER thought I would touch,( I have two sisters, I am used to barbies and lipstick), playing monster trucks in the mud outside, humorous nose picking and stinky tennis shoes!

I will formally introduce myself  my name is Megan Hanna. I am from Chanute, Kansas but recently has moved to Carl Junction, Mo. My husband Matt and I have three boys; Britin 8, Gage 6 and Durk 4. I work two jobs, one is at the Health Center at MSSU and the other is at Victoria Secret. My ultimate goal is to get my degree as a Nurse.

This blog is to give you a realistic journey of the life of a Hanna! I hope you enjoy it and get some love, tears and smiles out of it!