Friday, June 09, 2006

Let's recap what's transpired in the action-packed weeks since I was regularly blogging:

-- I went to NYC during Fleet Week, which is the best possible time for a single woman to be in the city, no matter what your politics on the war are. Because men in uniform? HOT. Especially in large numbers.

-- I "graduated" from my Research Fellowship in a ceremony/barbecue they had for us at the benefactor's farm in New Jersey. I basically do even more nothing now than I used to now, barring one final presentation to my division this coming Friday. Prepare to be dazzled.

-- Jagdish left for Roanoke, Virginia, where he scrambled into transitional year. This is the first time anyone in my immediate family has left the Midwest, and I'm a little sad knowing that he's now in a different time zone and more than just a couple hours away.

-- My palm tree fell over in the family room one day while I was at work, crushing some leaves and spilling dirt everywhere. Reflux responded to the situation by pissing in the dirt, rolling around in the urine/dirt paste for a while, then taking a nap in his own piss.

-- My own original medical school class graduated. My friends are doctors! This is exciting and happy but totally scares the shit out of me too.

-- I had a birthday. Am now 24! I shy away from celebrating birthdays though, first of all because I'm usually younger than everyone around me and always have some explaining to do, and secondly because as my dad always says, "Now you're just one year closer to your DEATH."

-- It suddenly hit me that this is my last week in Iowa. I was starting to pack some stuff up yesterday [er...well, I moved some boxes up from the garage into my apartment, then had some wine and watched TV and forgot all about putting the boxes back together] and that's when it became real to me all of a sudden -- I am leaving Iowa! My year here is over. I remember at the beginning of the year thinking it would never end and being v. sad about leaving Chicago, etc, but I have grown v. fond of Iowa. And....NOOOOOOO!! I love it here!! Please don't make me go!! *sniffle* I love the program here and I love the people and I enjoyed my research and I made a few really, really awesome, great, lovely friends and now I think I want to come back here for my residency. I am sad, ya'll. [Part of it is also that I really fucking hate packing and moving. I hate heavy lifting. Moving is one of the few occasions where I wish I wasn't single.] IOWAAAA!! It grew on me. Like a fungus.

-- In the midst of all the pre-separation anxiety, I also had a mini-panic attack when I realized I'll be back on the floors in a matter of several days. My first rotation is ER, and not only could I not remember any first-line therapeutic modalities for common emergency medical situations, the only common emergency medical situation I could even think of was "heart attack." But ha ha! I know how to treat those: MONA. Morphine, Oxygen, Nitroglycerine, and, Aspirin. Which Liz had to tell me once, and then I had to look up myself again just now.

-- World Cup 2006 started. I don't know much about sports in general, but soccer holds my attention pretty nicely. And the last World Cup was 4 years ago right at the end of my senior year of college which brings back some nice memories.

-- My younger brother Shanmugam is graduating from college this Friday and will be starting medical school at my school this fall (!!). And this means ... he's going to be my roommate next year. I know, ya'll. If I keep the blog going I'll keep you updated on this crisis.

Additionally, I was going over a paper with two of the attendings here in the division yesterday and attempting to be professional and knowledgeable-seeming, when my paper cup I was drinking water out of came apart in my mouth. Bits of paper were swirling around in my mouth and water was dribbling down the front of my shirt and I could not think of a polite way to disengage from the conversation so I just ate the paper cup bits.

And ... now that I'm resuming medical school I'm considering taking this blog down. I'll have a bit less time to keep it updated, and likely less exciting stuff happening, but this is mostly because so many ridiculous things happen on the wards that I would be tempted to share these stories with you, Internet, but that's like, unethical, or something. So, and this is a problem many medical students face, if I wasn't allowed to talk about school, I pretty much have nothing to talk about. Maybe I'll keep it up for a few weeks and see how it goes. In the meantime, wish me luck! I'm packing. And drinking.


sparkydoom said...

HAHAHA! You at the paper cup bits. Ahhh.. you're awesome. And I still think you should keep the blog up. You always have the greatest stories. If you change the names and tweak some of the facts, I'm sure there could be nothing wrong with posting anecdotes. Plus, I love reading your blog. It's great, seriously.

ads said...

I agree. Your blog is hilarious. I guess writing about work can be dicey, but maybe you could still write about other things, like blind dates and Reflux's wierd vaginal problems.

Anyway, good luck with your move!

BidiSmoker said...

Good to see you're still alive. Three doctors in the family huh? Pretty impressive. Though having a little brother as a roommate should put some salt in your game for sure. Oh and happy belated birthday, I celebrated my 23rd in MYC during Fleet Week as well. You shouldn't take down the blog. It's pretty hilarious.

Colleen said...

I agree...yours is one of the few blogs that I read besides my friend's. And believe me, you will have a ton to talk about during 4th year in Chi-town. If I can keep a blog as an intern, you can keep one as a big bad 4th year.

Chick Pea said...

have fun moving.. i hope to see you and meet this brown woman in a few weeks...

i sometimes put patient stories in my blog..and sort of mask true identities.. it's possible... and not un HIPPA 'ish...

also, the 3rd year stories are like SCRUBS adventures.. fun as anything.. trust me.. they are memorable..

your blog will still be alive (if you have the time..)

take care chica-the bean

oodles said...

Don't leave! I agree with ads, blind dates and Reflux stories are always a fun read!

doctorsquared said...

NOOOO! Don't take it down! :) Overnight calls are so the best time to blog :).

trAcy said...

i would miss your voice if it were gone, but being a med student is consuming.

ethics. hmm. hippa is quite strong, but do people who go to hospitals really believe their situations and circumstances won't be repeated sans name/identifier?

don't doctors write books? do they have to have signed permission releases from everyone they happen to encounter?

journalism is different. you are pretty upfront that "anything you say or do is what i'm going to write that you said or did," but blogging is kind of a secret deal. . . you never know who is listening in.

and real names are never used (supposedly).

anyway, are you off to big giant california school?

square peg said...

Nope, not yet, just going back to regular school in Chicago. BFUWCH will hopefully be in September.