Monthly Archives: February 2012

what’s next?

There is nothing like the day that you interview for medical school. Then there is nothing like the day that you get into medical school. You survive first year and continue to second year. What is the next big thing that happens? Well it apparently happened today in my class. 3rd and 4th year ROTATIONS schedule. This can be exciting, frustrating, and a little intimidating at the same time. Login to your E-value account, click this tab, fill in this button, and hope that your schedule appears.  Since I am a Rural Medical Track student I had a little better idea of what my rotations schedule was going to look like than most of my classmates, but it was still made my heart flutter as I read my schedule on one little piece of paper that is my life in 4 week blocks, 2 mini-internships, 2 vacations, and step 2 board review all in 20 lines.

Tulsa, Enid, Clinton, OKC, Talihina, and wherever the wind may take me for my selectives and electives.

17 days until Spring Break

70 days until 2nd year is over

104 days until COMLEX 1

123 days until rotations.

We can do this. I can do this. “NO MORE classroom!” that’s the thought that will get me through.

thank you Mike, for supporting me through all of this.

This is what is exciting (for the moment) in a 2nd year medical students life. I am sure it won’t be very long until I am wondering what the next exciting moment of life will be. Guess we can plan a vacation now.


Nice surprise to the husband when he got home: I wasn’t studying I was making dinner.  We had yams, apples, and butterfly pork-chops. These sounded like a really odd combination of foods to me when I first saw the recipe, but turned out to be just the right mixture of sweet and pepper.

Most productive study break I ha ve had today.

Oh, and I am already over you pharmacology. The endocrine drugs suck.




Sometimes it is fun to pretend that I could be an aerial photographer. Tulsa is so pretty at night.  Maybe next time I should take my Cannon instead of just my little iPhone.







Great lunch

So for the next 37 days, minus a date night each week, I am not eating out or eating any sweets. I love sweets and vegetables so I guess I will replace my sweets with more vegetables.
Yesterday instead of grabbing lunch somewhere on my way home from school, I came home for a Friday afternoon lunch. Mike had cleaned the kitchen and was trying to figure out what to make for lunch with what we had in our cabinets, refrigerator, and freezer.
Chicken Alfredo! That sounds really good. Then we had to look up how to make Alfredo sauce. We found this recipe: better than olive garden Alfredo sauce
I would have to 100% agree with the name. Found out that you can substitute butter and evaporated milk for heavy whipping cream and you don’t necessarily have use as much cream cheese as it calls for, but it was pretty delicious.

This was a fantastic lunch! Accompanied by some good tea.

Great way to start my Friday afternoon off! We don’t need restaurants to have delicious food at our house.


Whether it is hitting the pavement in my running shoes or on my bicycle I love it!  I love to spend 30 minutes to an hour, just my ipod, my running shoes, the beautiful outdoors, and me!  I am glad that I live in a city that there are trails all over it, and I just happen to live one block off of them. Is it really spring? My allergies say it is. Weather, please keep getting warmer so that I can workout outside. I hate the Dreadmill. I need to get my daily amount of Vitamin D. I love the sun.









HI! I’m student doctor Duroy and I will be examining you today.

Writing my first H&P:  what is an H&P? How long is this going to take? How many questions do I have to ask? What all do I have to examine?  what does that word mean? Oh, good thing this is just on a family member.

Second year H&P 3 week of fall semester: oh! I think I remember that I did one of these at some point during the spring semester. I have an hour and a half, that’s a really long time! Surely I won’t need to use it all. Well that was a wrong assumption to make.  Maybe I should practice with this stuff a little more.

Second year H&P spring semester: I know what word means. Maxwell’s is my friend. Scunt Monkey is pretty cool.

CC:HPI:PHM:PSH:Allergies:Social Hx: Meds: ROS: does this need to be focused or all-inclusive? Physical exam: Did I forget anything? Oh, I even did some extra test. These patients aren’t as scary as I remember them being. I am not sweating as much as I remember. I know how to use these tools.

Dang it, I knew I forgot something. Definitely need more practice. Let’s see what I can come up with.

Maybe one day this will come as second nature?

Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday, a traditional way to eat on Fat Tuesday is to have pancakes for dinner. This was/is a Christian practice for those who are planning on fasting for the Lent season. I will not be fasting for Lent, but our household is giving up going out to eat (except for our date night once a week) and adding working out each day to both of our routines.

I am also following the Season of Lent devotional from Disciples Home Missions.

Parents send their LOVE with sweets

Parents always find amusing ways to say I love you. Valentine’s Days gifts from them are full of chocolate, sugar cookies, and of course a pedicure gift certificate.

Love shown with sweets:

There may or may not have been a few more cookies and a box of turtles. Good thing I have decided to give these things up for 40 days starting tomorrow. Guess all these sweets now belong to Mike, or I could see if I could eat all of them tonight….. That’s probably not a good idea!

My card! Nice and Sweet.

Mike’s card:

Got to love our parents.

the big cut

I haven’t really had a good haircut in quite some time now. I keep it trimmed, I get rid of dead ends, and Mike usually cuts my bangs. Well, I have always wanted to have long enough hair that I could cut it off and donate it to Locks of Love. I measured my hair about 3 times this week to see if it was 10 inches from the bottom of my chin to the bottom of the last layers. Sure enough it was. I had not completely decided to chop it off until I sat down at the beauty salon yesterday. I asked Wanda to measure my hair one more time to make sure it was long enough. She asked me two or three times, before she cut it, and in a matter of seconds my hair was 10 inches shorter!











Once the hair was gone, I was glad that my wonderful friends had already helped me pick out a haircut that we could aim towards!











I think Wanda did a pretty great job of coming close to the haircut I showed her.











No more ponytails, buns, or tangled hair after a run! I love my new haircut! I think I might grow my hair out every year to donate it.

I have clicked through their gallery recently and just fell even more in love with their mission. These beautiful children have so many other things to worry about in their lives and their hair should not be one of them. The ability to help someone get a beautiful wig to wear while they go through probably one of the toughest times in their lives was very exciting to me. It takes 6-10 ponytails to make a hairpiece!