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Trial by fire

DSCN4615Hey all.

Apologies, I’ve had a lot of other Life Things going on at the moment – graduating in 2 days, moving in 6, trying to get all my residency stuff in order, editing the 1100+ pictures I brought back with me from Europe…

The silver lining: I found two bottles of wine sitting in my cupboard, woop woop!

But yes.

Back to the blogging.

The blog’s been blowing up today, for reasons I can’t explain, so I’m just gonna run with it.  Got a story to tell you.  About the slightly insane trip to Europe.

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Things you learn… on vacation

As any med student knows, vacay is just as essential to our training as the blocks of learning we do.  Without a break here and there, your brain just… kinda melts.

Seriously, though, down time is important to mental well-being and how you perceive your education as a whole. (Part of the reason why I preferred a 4-year to a 3-year program.) A soft reset once in a while helps bring up your energy, your mood, and helps you reconnect with friends and family.  Plus this time I had a bit of extra thinking space to get my CaRMS rank list together.  (shudder)  My beautiful spreadsheet is glorious.

I was fortunate enough to spend the last 2 weeks in Maui, one of my favourite places in the whole world.  And while we did have a couple of pretty slow days, I still did a lot of learning.  Do read on.

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Things you learn

 It’s been a busy two weeks in Halifax so far.  Physiatry isn’t general surgery, in terms of sheer volume, but it has a tendency to keep you late, writing long notes on complicated patients.

It’s been vastly helpful, though, in terms of my MSK and neuro skills, as well as getting me more comfortable with those scary drugs they like to use (BACLOFEN, DUN DUN DUNNNN).  Plus the patients all have remarkable stories; we deal with a lot of spinal cord injury patients, as well as stroke rehab and treatment of other neuromuscular disorders like Guillain-Barré and ALS.

I’ve learned a lot.  Not only about medicine, but also about the coast and the lovely city of Halifax.  Here are the highlights, for your viewing pleasure:

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When driving from the Halifax airport to the city itself, you follow a stretch of green, red, and orange forest until the city doesn’t so much come into view as burst in on your senses.  The last of the day’s light on the quiet bay, the city’s lights beginning to dance on it, the sky an opalescent mauve.

This is what welcomed me to Nova Scotia today.

It’s a remarkable place with classic architecture and timeless neighborhoods.  I could hardly believe that the other three 20-somethings I shared the bus with were absorbed in their phones instead of their lovely surroundings.

And now, finally fed and watered after a hell of a long flight, I’m excited to do a bit of exploring and see what else this city can surprise me with.

 – Atalanta

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HEY INTERWEBZ: If you’re listening… (UPDATED)

UPDATE: I tried my absolute bestest, but not a single car rental place in Cambridge would loan me an automatic car.  Not even the little local ones.  Thanks for all the help and crossed fingers, hope those who are lucky enough to go enjoy the show!

(Original post with the whole story HERE: )


FIgured I’d give this one last shot.  It’s quite literally down to the wire and I’m still hanging onto hope that there are going to be returns sooner rather than later… though I must admit, it wanes a little bit every day I don’t get that call.

I’m currently in the UK, huzzah!  My friend and I just got back from Les Miserables at the beautiful Queen’s Theatre, absolutely loved our time here (with the exception of  the weather, blehhh) and can’t wait to see Cambridge for the first time tomorrow.  Hopefully, the day after that, we’ll be enjoying some Debussy and Ravel to words inspired by the years and lives spent during  WWI.But only with your help!  Please share, like, do what you must to get the message out.  Because you never know which of your friends or friends’ friends plans on ditching two tickets…

Thanks so much, all, hopefully I’ll report back in a few days with an excellent story!

– Atalanta

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2nd year hurts me + new vlog!

So we’re now officially halfway through GI block (gastrointestinal, for the uninitiated).  And ouch.  11 hours of testable material in the first 4 days?  Up to 13 hours mandatory stuff on top of that?  Running the med choir?  Trying to come to grips with the fact that this is only the beginning?

For my med folks, this isn’t earth-shattering stuff.  This is a regular week.  So I apologize if I’ve bored you already. Continue reading

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