Temperature outside finally made it over 5 degrees – check.
Got some sick new kicks – check.
Ran in aforementioned kicks faster and longer than I have in a year – check.
Hit my 3-year anniversary on WordPress – check.
Rocked the resuscitation simulation with my stellar teammates today – check.
Tickling my creative brain with writing for the med school skit show – check.
Oh yeah. And I matched to rural family medicine.
It’s AWESOOOOME, woot woot. I’m unbelievably stoked. Thanks for the support and love, y’all.
I must confess I didn’t really like writing this post. Reminds me of how much I’ve enjoyed this past month in Bow Island and how very sorry I’ll be to journey into the unknown realm of obs/gyne on Monday. Bow Island is familiar now; I know most of the people who work in the clinic and hospital, I know I get along with the docs and the staff, I know most of the repeat patients… and now I’ve got to ditch all that in favour of 26-hour shifts and catching babies.
That sounded rather grim. Let me rephrase.
Bow Island was awesome. I’m about to tell you why. Then tomorrow I get to try something totally different and (possibly) equally awesome.
Looking at the title I’ve just written, it looks an awful lot like a typo. Or just bad grammar.
But syntax aside, I have had a few firsts this week. Wanted to share. Because it’s a blog and I just like sharing my innermost thoughts and feelings for the entire universe to observe and criticize. I’m a med student and a writer. The need for encouragement, praise, and approval is near-pathological, honestly.
Anyway – my three firsts.
And there it goes. The very first rotation of clerkship, gone in a flash. I’m excited to be moving on and trying something different… but at the same time, I’m rather bummed. I mean, I just recently became accustomed to the odd schedule (2:30pm to 10:00pm followed by 7:00am to 2:30pm? Ouch.), never mind getting used to the clinic routine, the computer system, the GP’s approach to medicine, my preceptor… it’s all ending so quickly. There’s just such a huge variety of stuff to see in family med, you can’t possibly cover it all, never mind become proficient at any one thing. Well, except maybe upper respiratory tract infections. And cough. I am the cough queen. Post-nasaldripAsthmaGERDDrugs. It’s all one to me, like TBSyphilisSarcoid.
So. Time to dish.
I’m now officially halfway through my urban family medicine rotation, which is odd to see written down. It’s been a wild two weeks, hard to believe it went by so fast. In that time, my computer has been dead, raised from said dead status, cleaned out, transferred, and dumped unceremoniously on my couch. My tablet and I have resumed our love/hate relationship. I’ve considered applying for a loyalty program with Samsung now that I own one of their phones, tablets, and laptops. I’ve worn shorts one day and warm trench coats the next. I’ve seen two very excellent episodes of Doctor Who. I’ve geeked out over receiving the September issue of Empire in the mail (oooh, the Hobbity glory of it).
Oh. And I think I learned some stuff in there, too.
Let’s talk about that.
Awww, so cute, a rural-themed pop bottle!
So I’ve made a decision. (Shocking for an indecisive person, I realize.) From here on through 4th year, I’m going to write up each of the rotations as I finish them. Well, that’s the plan, anyway. I have been known to let my laziness get the better of me. [Points to unfinished neurology notes] A nod to Mind on Medicine, where I got the idea.Please note, these are slightly selfish posts. As in, for my benefit and never mind my handful of readers. Because in a large number of months, I have to decide what I’d like to do for the rest of my life, and a quick overview of the clinical years might come in handy. Hell, maybe it’ll even be useful to my med school contemporaries.
It’s nearly summer! Officially, anyway. I’ve always considered it summery if I see sun, blue sky, and a weather report of at least 20 degrees. I make no presumptions about snow or hail. It’s Alberta. Stuff happens.
Anyway, I’m doing an elective in a family doc’s office this week and next in my hometown. There are a few things that need gushing about and a few things that need rants. So let’s do the over-enthusiasm and keenness this week and worry about the cynicism and pessimistic stuff another day, kapeesh?