Now with my trip to Nationals booked, it was a good night's rest before our next morning's Medical Assisting Competition. Pam, Danielle, and I planned to dress in identical Grey's Anatomy scrubs in the color Cabernet for States, but Pam got a pair of pants too big and couldn't order another pair before States, and Danielle got ones too small and couldn't order another set on time either. So Pam was in her shirt and brown pants from school and Danielle wore her tan and brown scrubs from school, while I was the only one in a complete Cabernet outfit. Oh well. We were just happy to be competing in the final events which was hands on stuff and would determine our placement in Nationals should we qualify.
So Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., we gathered at Fiesta Ballroom area of the hotel and waited to be led into the room for our competition one at a time. We had to report at 6 minute intervals and compete. Pam was nervous and Danielle and I were telling her to breathe. I was getting nervous too, and was running to the bathroom every couple of minutes with nervous bladder. I could have used some deep breathing. Pam went first, followed, by me, then Danielle and then our three other competitors. I went in to competition and got points for being prepared and then went on to compete in taking medical histories from patients and prescription refills over the phone. My nerves got the best of me, and I didn't feel I did a great job but I was proud I made it that far. I was happy it was all over and went back to the room and got into my bathing suit and went to the hot tub to soak my worries away, took a long walk around the resort, had an early dinner, then went back to the room and got back into the monkey suit for the Grand Awards Ceremony at 7:30. This was just for us college folk and it would be less crowded in the Coronado Ballroom.
After taking pictures and having fun with our PSC classmates, we got into the ballroom for the Awards Ceremony. Our category came soon, and we held our breath. We vowed before Orlando to place at least one of us in the top three for Nationals, and that is what happened. Danielle finished 4th, I was 5th, and Pam, who was more nervous than we were finished 2nd. We were really happy for her, and Pam later celebrated her victory with a big piece of chocolate cake from the Rix Cafe. Pensacola State College won a lot of medals and ribbons that night, and about 20 of us are going to Nationals in June. We just had our first meeting about the trip to Nationals last Wednesday, and we are so excited to be taking another trip. This time it's a longer bus ride, but we will have more room to stretch out! I was on Cloud 9 for days after the States, and now I have started another countdown: 66 days til Nashville!