Friday, June 17, 2016

Block 4 Week 9: I have great insight. I'd use it on myself only I don't have any problems.

Well if you don't read this blog to keep up with what is going on with me at medical school, but only for movie recommendations, you should have enough for a marathon about now. This week I'm quoting Music and Lyrics. It has Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore, and it's quite hilarious. You should definitely check it out. I've just sat here for about a minute watching that gif up there and singing "Pop Goes My Heart" through a few times. Yeah, good movie.

Anyway, so this week. Well, let's see. I passed a couple of exams. We had our OMM practical, which actually was fun. I still haven't heard back about the Cell Bio exam from last Friday. I'm kind of just numb about that now. I guess that's the feeling that shows up after pins and needles, right? Yeah. I was kind of in a funk about the upcoming three weeks of school because they shove so much stuff in there and I feel like I'm in a tizzy just trying to keep up. But somewhere along the way I decided to try to enjoy it as much as possible. I don't usually love the OMM practical, the standardized patient, or any of those extra unpredictable things that show up around now. I don't know why I have a stinky attitude about it. It probably has to do with the utter lack of control I have over the situation. I rather like to be in the driver's seat. It's very unpredictable. But the OMM practical was actually fun, so I've decided to greet the rest of the block with a better mindset.

Update on HB: He's had to have a lot of tests run lately to check on how his insides are recovering from pancreatitis, and apparently the news was not great. We've bounced back and forth about whether his spleen gets to stay or has to go. It has finally been decided it has to go, along with his gallbladder. He had some irregularities on the last scan, so the surgeon told us it was his opinion that surgery was the best option for him. We are both kinda tired of going back and forth on it. While he is starting to have more good days, the bad days are still pretty bad, so we've decided to jump on the surgery train. He will be having it on July 20, so please be thinking about him and remembering him in your prayers if you can. I am hopeful that he will be back to normal reasonably soon. 

There are only two more weeks left in block 4, and our first year of medical school. It's so weird that it has almost been a full year. In just a few weeks, we'll be back on campus as the second years, and then the first years will be starting. It will be really weird having two classes on campus. It seems crowded sometimes with just the 150+ in my class. I can't imagine what it will be like with 300+. I suppose we'll manage. With as fast as the first year flew by, I feel like I am justified in feeling a little panicky about boards coming up. We will be doing Step 1 at the end of our second year. *YIKES* Sometimes it feels like this drags on and on, and then I look back at how it actually flew by rather quickly. It's pretty weird. I remember the first exam that I did really poorly on, I was sure they were going to kick me out of the program that very day. Now that I have the perspective of bombing a few more, I know that there is a lot of support in place to help get me back on track if I need it. 

I'm a little afraid to say that I'm looking forward to the upcoming break, because I'm pretty sure I will be spending part of it remediating cell bio. But if that's the case, I'll work my heinie off and get it right and be ready to tackle Block 5. But there will probably be a little whining. Because summer.

Til next week! Ciao!

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