Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I'm alive!

WOW! It has been a LONG time since I last posted! I'm an MS3 now! I've survived step 1! I've even survived my surgery rotation! And I'm married!

I figure no one reads this but me, but I read a few old posts and thought wow! I didn't remember that! So maybe it turns out this is a good way to remember how exactly I felt during medical school.

So far I've finished my neurology rotation, family medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and right now i'm in my first of three months of internal medicine. Neurology was fun, I enjoyed out patient pedi and especially the mito clinic with Dr. Koenig. All the genetics is really interesting. And some of the biochem is interesting too :) Family medicine was bearable only because of the few children I saw. Also my 2nd attending was sick for about a week. Woo study time! Pedi was a really great rotation. I really enjoyed working with the kids and it was hard being done, knowing I had nothing else to look forward too. Surgery was surprisingly fun. Never want to do it again, but I'm glad I did it. My attending at Hermann is being deployed again to Afghanistan, and I wish him all the luck, all the protection, and all the power of healing I can. He is doing God's work taking care of those soldiers (whether he knows it or not). I also learned I cannot deal with open, infected, malodorous wounds, as evidenced by my excellent vasovagal response. And the knot on my head (no worries, it is gone now).

Surgery was also a good rotation because it opened me up to a specialty I never thought I'd want to do.... radiology. I've always enjoyed looking at imaging, I'm a very visual person. But on neurosurgery, we had a neuroimaging conference, and I was awestruck. The radiologist was able to diagnose the tumor just with imaging!!!!! IMAGING! PICTURES! TECHNOLOGY! All without having to cut into the patient once. Also it helps that MRIs of the brain are one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. So now I am seriously contemplating pursuing radiology for my career. Wow, who would have thought! I was supposed to meet with the residency program director today to talk about if I'm even competitive for such a specialty, but real life intervened and she was needed to keep reading in the chest room. Hopefully I'll get to meet with her soon. It is really hard to give up the idea of being a pediatrician since I've wanted to do it for so long, but I've realized just because something is comfortable doesn't mean it is the best thing. I like it fine, but do I LOVE it? I don't know. Talking with patients all day makes me really emotionally exhausted, and I don't know if I want to come home to my family every day not having any energy to give them. Family is important too. Cause I'm married! wooo! But we still don't live together. Freaking post office not letting people transfer into Houston. But oh well, we survive and move on. We will be together one day.

So....if anyone out there is reading this, let me know what you think about radiology! Woooooo!!!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Lies! All Lies!

Funny story. I guess you can believe some of the things you see on TV.

Your tongue will stick

Chesterton -- Two fourth-grade boys mimicking a scene from the movie "A Christmas Story" wound up with their tongues stuck for a while to a frozen flagpole in bitterly cold weather Friday morning.
Gavin Dempsey and James Alexander were serving on flag duty at Jackson Elementary School and decided to see whether their tongues really would stick to the cold metal.
"I decided to try it because I thought all of the TV shows were lies, but turns out I was wrong," said Gavin, who celebrated his 10th birthday Friday.
--- Star news services

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Study Just In!

A non-randomized study with sample size N=1 has shown that it takes two days for jalapeño juice to leave the hands enough to prevent extreme stinging and burning pain when removing contact lenses, even with numerous hand-washing attempts. Researchers say that extreme caution must be taken when cutting up jalapeños for a cuban style black bean soup.

Critics say that all the blame should not be placed on the jalapeños because the study also included cutting large amounts of onion.

Hopefully, a second study will not be undertaken.

I had to be silly for a while. But I really did this. I made soup, cut up onions and jalapeños and that night, even after much handwashing, when I went to take my contacts out I felt EXTREME pain in my eye. Luckily it only lasted a few seconds. And the next night. SAME THING! But tonight it was all better. Thank goodness.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


I'm alive. I really do care. I'm sorry I don't write. But I'm the only one that reads so it really isn't a problem :)

I survived the 2.5 weeks of exams. It all went well. YAY for being done. My break was great. Well except for losing the Alamo Bowl, but I really didn't have anything to do with that. I went to Sea World and saw the Belugas. They are cute. And squishy. And they have a melon. Who knew.

I also got and AMAZING Kitchenaid stand mixer.
It is GREEEEEENNN. Greener than the pic. I LOVE IT. and I got a kick bootie food processor from my step mom for my birthday, and today I just went shopping and got a rolling kitchen island storage thingie and this duvet cover that I've really wanted from Ikea. So everything from break up until this point has been great! YAY! And I really don't mind being back in school. I seem to like this learning thing :)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Done and done!

I FINISHED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm now an MS 1.5. WHOOP! freakin freakin WHOOP! If I could put how excited I was this afternoon into words I would. But I can't. Just know I was practically jumping out of my skin afterwards! YAY YAY YAY!

Oh, and I'd really like to say thank you to all the family and friends that came to serve us stressed out students at Burn Out dinners. It was incredibly sweet and generous of all of you that came, and all of you that donated. We med students REALLY appreciate it! This is just another one of the reasons that I love this family atmosphere at UTH. WHOOP!

Thanks and gig 'em.

(but not thanks for scheduling classes to start at EIGHT AM on th 7th. Yeah... they last til 5pm too. HISS!!!)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

it would only be better if he was petting a puppy :)

Sunday, November 25, 2007