Sunday, June 5, 2016

Block 4 Week 7: We have already succeeded.

Buttercup: We'll never succeed. We may as well die here.
Westley: No, no. We have already succeeded. I mean, what are the three terrors of the Fire Swamp? One, the flame spurt - no problem. There's a popping sound preceding each; we can avoid that. Two, the lightning sand, which you were clever enough to discover what that looks like, so in the future we can avoid that too.
Buttercup: Westley, what about the R.O.U.S.'s?
Westley: Rodents Of Unusual Size? I don't think they exist.

I felt like the gif needed some dialogue to go with. If you didn't realize by now, The Princess Bride is one of my very favorite movies. TPB has definitely some of the best movie lines ever to be written (and quoted). I can always throw out a line from this movie that is relevant to whatever is going on at the moment.

Medical school is rather like the fire swamp. As you go through, you find the potholes and learn how to get around them. Of course, there is always an ROUS lurking somewhere to jump out and bite you in the butt. You can't avoid them, you just learn to deal with them. And your technique gets better as you go through. There have been several instances during this first year where I really thought it had beaten me. But somehow it tends to work itself out. I used to think stressing about it and losing sleep had something to do with that, but now I know that it just makes it that much harder. I have found that it's very easy to get caught up in whatever exam or skill or lab is looming on the horizon and forget the big picture. Every test I pass or skill I check off is one step closer to being a doctor, which is kind of scary when you think of it. I think about how many more exams are between me and the big goal. At first it seems like a lot. But then I think, is that enough to make me a good doctor? I sure hope so.

This week has been quite a ride. I had an exam on Friday that I absolutely had to get a certain grade on. See, the first two exams have not gone well for me, and I was afraid I might not pass the class. I worked my tail off all week, and I was really worried that I might not be able to pull it off. Thankfully, I did well on the exam, and I actually made a couple of points higher than I had to. We have one more exam in this class, and I'm hoping I'll be able to keep the momentum going. I also proved to myself that I could do better if I worked a lot harder. I don't mind working hard, it's just sometimes the balance between studying and all the other things going on can get skewed. It's one of those things you just have to keep adjusting in order to keep it all balanced.

So we took the kids camping on Friday night. We didn't even have a tent. We bought these hammocks on Woot that have the mosquito netting, and decided it would be fun to try them out this weekend. I rather felt like a giant burrito on a string for whatever wild creature happened upon us, but thankfully we survived the night with no attacks. John took the kids swimming and fishing on Saturday, while I came home and zonked out for a few hours. I was supposed to be studying, but hanging in a bag in a tree thinking about bears all night makes a girl powerful sleepy. So I'm catching up today on some reading and stuff before the week gets going again. Four more weeks left in this block! Can you believe first year is almost DONE?!?! YAY!

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