I feel like I haven’t just sat down and talk to you guys in a long time, so that’s what we’re doing today.
We have our “Applied Clinical Skills” day, aka mental health day, today. We get one every 8 weeks, and after a quick lecture and small group in the morning we are free all day. It’s amazing! Today’s lecture was actually really good — it compared acting to “acting” like a doctor and all of the necessary skills needed to perform well — what’s the plot, what are the roles, and how does our body language, tone of voice, listening etc influence the situation. Really interesting!
After that I quick workout and then some birthday shopping. There are lots of birthdays coming up for friends and family, one of which is my roommate, whom I love dearly, but is struggling with turning the big 2-5. She gets minimal sympathy from me, of course 😉 Lots of my classmates turn 25 this year and have asked me how I handled it way back when. Apparently, “I quit my job and decided to go to med school” isn’t the response they are looking for!
My bodyweight workout this morning was the first in almost a week and a half due to a nasty cold I’ve been fighting. I’m on day 8 of it and am still congested and exhausted – what’s up with that? I get the whole “colds last around a week” thing, but most of mine in the past have really just been 3-4 days and then a quick recovery. This thing is lingering! I’m sure being in hospitals all day doesn’t help. I have let myself rest a lot the past few days but am eager to start feeling more energetic. I miss sweaty workouts!
Other than the cold, the past few weeks have been a ton of fun. Between our weekend off between clerkships, then the Florida wedding, then 4th of July, we have definitely been soaking up the summer sun and not feeling like busy med students! It’s been wonderful, but I think we’re all realizing we gotta crack down and start studying again now. That’s what I’ll be doing all afternoon today. I start Family Medicine tomorrow and need to read a bunch to prepare. I’m using this book.
4th of July pool party
My two week elective at the beginning of this Family Medicine clerkship was in Emergency Medicine and I am kind of confused as to how much I loved it. It’s pretty much the opposite of the longitudinal relationships and holistic view of health that I think I’m going to love about primary care! I think it may just be that I had a wonderful physician to work with, and that it was my first exposure to lots of the different conditions and procedures. I got to ultrasound, suture, drain abscesses, read ECGs, etc etc. Every day was so different and it was incredibly beneficial to get to help manage all kinds of conditions before going into my family medicine and then internal medicine rotations. But who knows, maybe I’ll end up an emergency doc?
I’m actually actually trying to kick my crazy sugar monster habit right now. When it’s dessert after every meal and requiring chocolate for the pick me up every day, it’s time to nip it. I am not about sacrifice and turning down all kinds of fun though, so I’ve been waiting for a good time. Right now I have a solid 4 week stretch with no weddings or travel, so I’m doing my best to stick to just fruit for my sweet tooth for a bit. I’m not good at moderation so I really have to do all or nothing to reset and get back to a place where desserts are a treat and not an every meal thing. (Please know I am NOT at all saying you shouldn’t have dessert. Chocolate is life! I just know that, personally, was at a place where I needed to take a step back a little. And that’s ok.) I’m really hoping it will help with my energy levels more than anything! I’m only on day 4 of no sweets and already dreaming of chocolate chip cookies.
Finally, how did I not know that I could get 25% off at Lululemon as a yoga teacher? Not that 25% makes the clothes affordable, but at least it stings a teeny bit less? I wish I could use it on gifts for other people since I very rarely buy anything for myself there, but now I’m going to be so tempted to splurge.
Alright, time to study!