Oh, did I tell you - yes, I am in a hospital bed at home. That means I have a lot of time on my hands and can do a lot of studying at Coursera (Coursera is a MOOC, a Massive Open Online Course). And I have. I take a lot of courses. I do not finish them all. Some I take one look at and decide not to go back. Some I attempt and after the first week, I give up or it gets put farther behind in choices of classes to complete. And some I finish, easily, but just as often kicking and screaming to try and make deadlines. It is a challenge to keep up with classes in this position, I can tell you!
But this blog is about me, just a little personal history. And if you are an employer or potential employer, stop reading, because it contains medical data that you should not be privy to without my permission (yeah, like that's going to work - this is the world wide web, the internet, the cloud). Well, how about if I ask you out of professional courtesy to respect my professional persona? THANKS!
Okay. Yes, I am in a hospital bed and have been since a neck fusion in August of 2011. My doctor allowed me to keep the bed because I sometimes have excruciating pain from severe scoliosis. I was recovering, and attending a pain clinic to get a grip on my pain and then just after Christmas last year (2012), I was in a car accident. Then, less than two months later, I suffered another car accident. Neither were my fault. Both have increased my pain tremendously, decreased my ability to walk, and have made a shambles of my quality of life (a medical term depicting how someone functions in their life and how it affects them). I do not really want to go into too many details, for several reasons, but mostly because if I focus on the pain, instead of focusing elsewhere, then I seem to have more pain. That is not exactly true, and the pain has been increasing lately with new symptoms occurring down both my legs, but let's not go there.
I just wanted to share this little tidbit with you so you will understand why I have so much time to take classes at Coursera. You can say I am a Coursera guinea pig, though they don't know it (yet). So, let me be your MOOC guide and I will share about some classes I have taken, successfully and not so successfully, and maybe you will join me in the MOOC world? See you there! Oh, the link:
COURSERA - FREE ONLINE CLASSES