Today, I’m ready to begin.

It feels like I just finished final exams, but my classmates and I are back at it again, this time as second-year students. The courses and expectations are less confusing, more demanding, and I am just as overwhelmed.

My plans to enjoy the last weekend of summer were interrupted by a sudden illness on Saturday night, and I spent a day in the hospital. Since I was on the upswing and school was starting, the doctors allowed me to leave on Sunday night, but I’ve been going back for IV antibiotics and checkups every day between classes. All of it has left me exhausted, and only today have I gotten all my syllabi, lectures, exam topic lists printed out and organized. Now, to open a textbook …

I’m a little worried about managing my time and juggling physiology, anatomy, and biochemistry this year.

The only way out is through; today, I’m finally feeling readier to go at it.

Coffee sleeve from Joe Van Gogh, my favorite café on campus.

Coffee sleeve courtesy of Joe Van Gogh, my favorite café  when the -arkies and I lived on campus.

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Thursday thoughts

It’s an average Thursday, but it feels like a holiday now that the anatomy midterm is over, the sun is shining, there’s only one lecture today (which I’m not attending …), and we have a week or so before the next exam!

Yesterday started with anatomy lecture at 8:45 – we’re on the urogenital system now which is intriguing it its architecture. Plus, it lends itself to funny moments, such as during a visual demonstration of the spermatic cord yesterday, when the professor proclaimed, “I am the testis!” After that was our exam, which was as pleasant as those things can be. Since Monday, we’d been hearing how difficult the examiners/underprepared the students were, but all in all, our group seems to be quite strong.

After that, we had our Professions class with a tour in the Ob/Gyn clinic this week, including a visit to the NICU! Those tiny babies! So delicate. I have been a bit surprised to learn that many residencies here are 5 years, but then I realized, that’s par for the course anywhere (hey Markie, look, a golf reference).

Next, we practiced delivering bad news in Communications class. We had a visiting professor who played the role of a difficult patient receiving bad news from the physician – namely, one of us. It’s a testament to her acting and the challenge of the task that even in this contrived and safe environment, my hands were sweaty and I was tripping over my words as I told her about her “recurrent tumor”. Whew.

Then, Rina and I had one more class and we headed to Menza for a group dinner! – the first of the semester, since this was one of our few free nights. It was fun, but we were all exhausted, and towards the end, I started to feel very ill, and had to leave quite abruptly 😦 Rina came with me and escorted me all the way home … oh it was so unpleasant. I can’t be sure, but I think it was food poisoning from the goat cheese salad.
BUT, I’m all recovered this morning and enjoying the day 🙂 I hope you do, too!

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