Saturday, October 31, 2009

Another Halloween spent in the library

Me to my friend N at 9:15pm in the library: "You have two things of coffee and a coke."

N: "I thought that was normal."

Gotta love cumulative finals.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Last year I remember a term (don't ask which one, they all blend together) when we had 7 finals in a span of 14 days. Not. Fun. By the last one we were so loopy we could barely stop giggling long enough to take the exam, and we really didn't care how we did.

Looking back I don't know how I got through that with my sanity intact (okay, maybe not totally intact).

And then I realized that next week we start a stretch of 10 days in which we have 7 finals. Oh joy.

So Mom, Dad, don't get pissed if I don't return calls or emails right away, okay?

Thursday, October 22, 2009


So it actually rains quite a bit here. Or maybe it just seems that way because it is pouring out right now. Plus, you get really wet. Way wetter than in the Pacific NW, probably because it's so windy here, too. So you can imagine my surprise when the other week, on a particularly chilly and drizzly day, before making a trip to the local amusement park to ride some coasters, everyone seemed baffled that I was bringing rain pants. "Rain pants? What are rain pants?" they asked. No one from the area had ever heard of waterproof pants before. Which boggles my mind because when you're outside and its raining, you get drenched. Most of the time umbrellas just don't cut it here because the rain kind of comes at you sideways.

So is this unusual? Are rain pants something only used in the Northwest?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I saw a cervix!

For reals! Today was the first day of my preceptorship. Over the course of the year I'll spend 7 (well 6 now) afternoons with a physician, shadowing him, talking with patients, and hopefully getting to do some HPIs (history of present illness for you non-medical folk) and some physicals. Well, that is what I'm supposed to do. But I'm working with an OB/Gyn doc, so I really don't know how much of the physicals stuff I'll be doing. But whatevs. I will have to learn how to do a pelvic exam in the spring so maybe the doc will let me jump in then. Hmm. Probably still no.

Anyhoo, I was really nervous today, but it was really interesting. I have to say, I think I learn much better when there is an actual person involved. It makes everything so much more real. And yes, I did see a cervix. I witnessed my first annual exam. Kind of gross, but also interesting from this end. Now I'll be able to picture exactly what is going on when I get mine!

Okay, off to read up on endometriosis, fibroids, and PID, oh my!