I ain’t even mad

I consulted neurology for a patient this past week. I have to admit I’m still pretty nervous talking to a specialist, acting like I know what I’m talking about. Switchboard told me I’d have to go through their answering service, where you leave a message with basic info about the patient, how you can be … Continue reading

Med student plague

I need more discipline. I don’t have the structure in my daily life that I think a medical student needs. And before anyone starts to think that I’m being hard on myself, about how all med students think they’re inadequate but they’re just being anal–trust me, you don’t understand. I am doing very, very little in … Continue reading

Expectations

Yesterday’s call shift was an example of getting my hopes a little too high for a patient, and being quite disappointed, and things going from bad to worse, and then watching them overnight and just praying they don’t crash. It’s hard to believe how easily I had put so much faith into this patient, who I … Continue reading

First week, still alive

The first week of internal medicine is complete. I didn’t think it went too badly, and I didn’t think I was very tired, until I laid in bed for a while with the plan to get up to workout soon, and ended up laying there past 9pm without any dinner, simply because I couldn’t get … Continue reading

Changes

There is a world of difference between the family medicine I was learning two weeks ago, and the family medicine I’m practicing now. Here, I take a full history, perform a physical exam, often including a pap, provide my assessment to the preceptor, offer a plan for investigation, offer guidelines on how far apart these … Continue reading

Treating the whole person

For the most part, family medicine has been a lot what I expected it to be. Of course, rural medicine has its own natural flavour–each encounter begins with, “How’s the family? Getting ready for harvest? Oh, how was your trip to ___? How’s little ___ enjoying the second grade?” Everyone is intimately acquainted with every … Continue reading

Baby-docs

I should have written something at the start of link block two weeks ago, because the feeling then and the feeling now are completely different. The past two weeks in and of themselves have been quite a challenge. I failed my first exam–woooo! Fortunately I was in good company as I think there were 26 … Continue reading

Intifada

We are in the last few days of Ramadan. Incredible and disheartening how quickly it flew by. I think I would be one of many, many Muslims who would say that I feel this Ramadan has been robbed from me. Unless you’re purposely shunning out any world news, you’ll know that there is a genocide … Continue reading

Skipping lunch

It’s Ramadan! For those who don’t know, Ramadan is a month of Muslim calendar in which we fast from food, drink (yes even water), and sexual relations from dawn to dusk for 30 days. The idea is that by abstaining from things that God has made lawful, and even good and beneficial, after the month … Continue reading

One month of life

I can’t believe it’s been a full month since I’ve written here–it feels like so recently I was writing my exams, and here I am fully engaged in summer mode. Too many things to recap:  I passed my exams! Yay! Even the dreaded anatomy bellringer. I was actually quite in shock about that one, as … Continue reading