Archive for March, 2008

you don’t even KNOW

Posted in medicine on March 28, 2008 by whenispark


’tis over.  i am now able to joyfully sit at my desk, eating skittles for dinner and relax knowing i never have to do that again.

the test went well, i think.  i hesitate even saying that just because of how i felt walking out of psych and seeing how that turned out.  nevertheless, i felt okay walking out of the test, feeling like the test could have gone either way.  afterward, i immediately got to work doing the things a third year medical student should be doing – applying for away electives, putting together my fourth year schedule, working on my cv – which, by the way, if anyone of my family is an ace at microsoft word, i would totally pay someone to format that stupid thing.  i hate computers, and i especially hate doing complicated things on a computer.  like making a word document. 

i worked for several hours but eventually crashed and burned because i couldn’t manage to get the spacing to line up between two columns because, you see, one had bullets, and the other one didn’t but i need the one column to have them, but the other column describes the dates of the first column, and now you see why i hate this.  unfortunately, i want to do this right because i will have to make changes to it for the rest of my life, and i hate redoing things.  so like i said – help me.

after the aforementioned crashing and burning took place, i got a call from meggers the preggers to go to gabe’s.  if you don’t know what gabes is… then i am sorry.  it is a mecca of cheap, oftentimes damaged clothing.  you walk into a department size store that smells funny, grab a cart, and if you’re a pro, you wander around there for about 4 hours and head to a dressing room with a cart that is loaded approximately 2 feet above the top of the cart.   i probably managed to try on 40 articles of clothing – i walked away with ~6-8.   this is pretty typical.  oh, and go on fridays – that’s shipment day.  (rach – tons of ann taylor loft.)

by the end of this 4-5 hour shopping spree, meg and i were so hungry, i was starting to get symptoms of hypoglycemia.  and how do two medical students feed themselves post-exam?  why, chipotle of course.  and how do two medical students converse over said meal? why, about the test of course.  this makes us pretty major nerds, as though we weren’t already, because our conversation at some point went something like this:

“oh and what about that question about the guy with the hard liver and the anemia but negative hemoccult?”

“oh i said c-scope”

“yeah, i said colonoscopy, but at first i was gonna say CEA, but then i was like, but what about the anemia.  so i thought about doing the hemoccult.”

“see, i was all like, eff the hemoccult.  scope this guy, cause he needs it anyway.  he’s 62 and hasn’t been to the doctor in 15 years.”

or how about this one…

“oh and what about the one with the xray – what antibiotic would you have given?”

“ah, no, that was the steeple sign – i said bronchodilator.”

“the steeple sign”

“yeah it’s with croup, which is viral, so i didn’t give an antibiotic.  besides, epiglottitis usually has drooling.”

“he was sort of drooling.  he keep spitting.”

“well whatever, croup has drooling too.  it’s just more classic with epiglottitis.”

and while we’re doing this, i’m just thinking in the background of my brain how happy i am that chipotle always plays really loud music. 



Posted in tangential/circumferential on March 27, 2008 by whenispark

i mentioned a mandatory listening to the song ‘femininity’ by disney, but knowing most wouldn’t venture there themselves…

 all this time… i have been doing it all wrong.

adios hyperlipidemia

Posted in medicine, tangential/circumferential, the home life on March 26, 2008 by whenispark

as i sit in my office typing this, i am in a mini state of bliss – the sun is still shining, my window is open, and birds are chirping.   From my vantage point, i can see the buds forming on the elms across the street…the beginnings of spring. 

i still remember my decision to start paying attention to spring.  when i was younger, as in a teenage, one day there would leaves on the trees.  i was oblivious up until that point and it bugged me that i had missed all that time in between.  Now, at least once a week, i take a moment to eval the trees and make a mental note of their progress.

i am still waiting for that period of time where we don’t have rain.  then i rake the leaves from last fall and make chewkie clean up all the dog poo he has neglected for so long. 

 why else is today glorious? why, today was my last day of fp.  it was short and sweet, and i didn’t have to do clinic today after all…i couldn’t ask for more.  and i basically wrote my own evaluation, so i already know what it will say.  if i honor this test, i’ll honor the rotation, but trust me, this one isn’t getting her hopes up.

although, psych wasn’t a total loss.  sure, i didn’t do well on the test, which is completely not what i expected (again SAD, that bastard).  despite doing bleh on the test, the course director wrote some great comments on my eval and gave me some great marks – it made me feel better knowing that my work on the floors hadn’t gone unnoticed.

 that’s all… i am taking a nap now.

eth eth arr eyeth

Posted in medicine, random rants on March 24, 2008 by whenispark

this post immediately reminds me back to my sister’s post of thupplieths and thervitheths, or however she spelled it.   unlike rachie, i do not have a lisp, and despite her apparently having one for all 23 years i have been around, i still can’t even notice it (which sometimes makes me worry i have one and i don’t even know it.)  i rest assured in the fact that someone would have told me by now if i did.   to the point, though. 

 today was another terribly boring day of fp.  i still can’t even explain the torture to it’s fullest.  what is worse, however, is going back to the med school to hear the other students’ “practice based learning” presentations aka pbl.  it consists of “asking a clinical question” and then looking up a journal article that answers it, then you eval the article.  what ends up happening is we just pick an article and make up a question because it saves a whole heck of a lot of time.

 we do this for each rotation, and let me tell you how peeved i was when my least fav med student strolls up there and basically reuses his presentation from psych (lazy lazy lazy).  he is currently the only med student i fear becoming a doctor.  which brings me to my title – how bright can someone be when they have the lisp of the damn century (co-morbid with the thickest indian accent i have heard yet) and they choose to spend an entire presentation using ‘s’ words.  ssris, tcas, depression.  i mean…really?  this is an example of a time when i wish it was socially acceptable to hit people, or at least throw things at them.

 otherwise, life on fp is [thankfully] winding down with the shelf due this friday.  i can’t wait for this stupid rotation to be over.  i cannot believe sometimes that people choose this as a profession.

match day

Posted in medicine on March 20, 2008 by whenispark

365 days from now, i’ll be there, and boy am i not looking forward to it.  i wasn’t even in the match but just from the anticipation of my best friend matching, i was nervous.  however, all went well and hannah matched at her first choice, osu. it was awesome watching her up there. 

match day is rough…basically 400 other people find out 10 seconds after you when and where you matched.  you don’t even have time to adjust yourself to where you matched. thus it can either be super awesome or really awkward, and both are always there.

i can’t wait to know where i’ll be for the next several years, but boy am i not ready for that stress.  crazy to think that in 1 year or so, i’ll be taking care of patients.


Posted in tangential/circumferential on March 19, 2008 by whenispark

i require that you, by whatever means necessary, download the song “femininity” by disney.  i listened to it, and just started screaming and laughing hysterically.

 i think i spelled femininity right.

just a thought

Posted in medicine, tangential/circumferential on March 17, 2008 by whenispark

so as i was studying gout, i was reading about the risk factors about saw one of them was increase of purines in the diet.  this lead to the remembering that purines are in high protein diets aka meat and that for some ungodly reason made me think of purina dog chow.  and i wondered if they named purina after purines, cause if their dog food has lots of meat/protein, how appropriate to name it after purines…purina.  sounds good to me.

also, i haven’t written in awhile because family medicine is so boring i want to die.  i can’t believe i still have two more weeks of clinic.  kill me now.  there is just something not fun about doing the exactsame thing, day in, day out.  i know that happens in any job, but for some reason it’s just more boring in fp.  i can’t even make up topics to write.  the patients are not interesting.  the only time i had something interesting happening was when i was back in the hospital, and all i can think is TAKE ME BACK.  thank goodness i know i love the hospital.  i am one sick puppy.