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I love to organize things. Sometimes I organize things so well that I cannot remember what I did with something. At one point in our relationship, this might have been a slight problem for Mike and I because I use to move things and then not remember what I did with them. These things might have been things such as: car keys, bottle openers, sunglasses, hats, just about anything little that could be laying somewhere that I didn’t think it should be for any moment in time.

Well this past weekend I got to help do one of my favorite things: Organize the garage and yes I used the big shop broom to sweep the garage out too! I know it sounds a little strange, but I like to put things into an orderly fashion. We bought shelves, a cork board, screws, boards, all sorts of wonderful things to organize with. So after almost a year of living in our house Mike can finally use the garage, the laundry part of the garage is in an orderly fashion, the floor is clean, and you can find anything that you would want to find that should belong in a garage.

It is beautiful isn’t it? Now I need to organize, well maybe reorganize the office. Then over the past year on our breaks from school we will have cleaned out every closet in our house, bookshelves, the garage, and every drawer in the house as well.

What a super productive Sunday we had, it was quite enjoyable even though we were doing work.

There will be nobody calling us “Hoarders” around our house!

How important are grades to you?

How important are grades to you?.

This is a very interesting concept that I didn’t get until I made it to medical school. I was not going to class in high school or in undergraduate to learn something, I was going to class to hear what I needed to know to take a test and then to pass the class with an excellent grade so that in the end it would get me into medical school. Now sitting at the end of my first year, I have had to learn how to study material to learn it, appreciate, hold on to it, and know it. These classes are for more than just a grade now, in the end they will give me a doctorate of osteopathic medicine, but the information that I am learning as a medical student is going to be the basis of information that I expand on throughout my career as a clinician.  High grades are great if I can make them, passing is a great feeling, and in the end it is going to be the information that I know and know how to apply that matters in the end, not if I was first in my class or last in my class, they will still call me doctor.

Strive for the greatest, expect nothing less, but if thats what I get I am sure I will turn out to be a great doctor. I bet there is not one person that has ever walked into a doctors office and said, “Before you evaluate what could be wrong with me can I please see your medical transcript and I need a few letters of recommendation.”

Just saying.

Loud family dinners

Owen named us perfectly “The Loud Family”. Dinner was great! Thank you Rick and Carolyn, I am super glad you have taken the four of us girls in as part of your family. I don’t know what I’d do without these ladies. We have only been out of school for a couple of weeks and I can’t believe how much time we actually spent together during the semester. Lots of fun, lots of good times ahead of the Loud Family for the summer of 2011!

Slacker’s Guide to Getting out the Door to Run

Slacker’s Guide to Getting out the Door to Run.

After a year of medical school and going from working out 30-40 hours per week, with my summer I have decided I need to find this person again. The person who loves to run, who loves to bike, who loves to sweat! I know she is in there somewhere. 5 am workouts I know I can do you, I know that I like you, and I know that I like the way I feel after I am done with you! I want to feel like I can actually call myself a runner and a cyclist again.  Besides achieving more knowledge this summer, I need to achieve some feelings of self worth and being beautiful again.


It is time to celebrate, it is time to relax, it is time to sit and visit with friends. It is the time of year that I am assuming all first year medical students look forward to: summer. Yesterday was our last two finals of the first year of medical school. Then getting to sit in the outfield of our wonderful little baseball field, watch two hilarious baseball games, in which the OMS-1 team dominated. Good food, good drinks, and good friends finished the night. “Mike I am not setting and alarm, well actually making sure they are all turned off, so I can just wake up when I wake-up.”  Goodbye first year of medical school, it was not as big of an emotional outlet as I thought it was going to be, it was more of well I don’t have anything to study for, what do I do now!?!?

It was 10:30 a.m. when I woke up this morning, it was nice, really nice.

well it all boils down to this

In less than 12 hours I will officially be done with all of my first year medical school lectures. There are 3 days until the first day of finals. Then the week and half of finals will begin on Monday morning. A semester of hard work. I didn’t know how this semester was going to pan out. There have been so many more long nights of studying and learning, pots of coffee, many short breaks for dinner and a hello to the husband, numerous hours spent in my study carrel, my office, and in lecture. Thank goodness I do not smell like the anatomy lab everyday of the week this semester. This semester something finally clicked.

In 12 short hours OMS-I class is over. The weekend before finals has begun, the final countdown of the first year of medical school. How did I get here? How did these past 10 months go by so fast. First year its been real, you have been an eye opener, being a doctor is going to be well worth it.

Hours of parasites, mycology, endocrinology, neuroanatomy, clinical skill, OMM, clinical epidemiology, labs, and then May 17th I will be able to get an entire night of sleep. Less than 2 weeks left of first year! Here goes!

What? it’s only Thursday!

Life has brought many things my way. This week was a test of how much endurance I had left in me to get through the last test of the semester of first year, well that is if you don’t count finals.  At lunch when we ran to get coffee before the microbiology test, I felt that this was a sign of how the rest of my day was going to go. What a perfect shape, in a perfect drink, to a day that needed some sunshine added to it.

After sitting in a lecture hall for two and half hours taking a test, then sitting in a computer lab with some wonderful friends talking about how this semester has been a whirlwind of ups, downs, hopes, dreams, anger, and extreme mental and emotional exhaustion, we decided to go shopping and have a happy hour drink. Happy hour is a big deal to us medical students, because when do we ever leave the school in time to make it to a restaurant, let along a bar before happy hour is over. This was a beautiful and tasty drink that made me pretty happy and talkative.

Charts, graphs, and flow charts is all I have in my mind as images of what this week has been. Even after the week of neuroanatomy and physiology, test that cause extreme anxiety, this was the class and test to make or break my semester. Medical school takes late nights, early dinner, lots of coffee, understanding spouses, and amazing friends to get you through the day. Gram negative, Gram positive, catalase positive or negative, I ask myself how much do these things matter. What disease does this cause? What are going to be the signs and symptoms? What scientist postulated this? How did he prove this? How does this antibiotic work and when should you prescribe it? These are all the things that I have spent the last week trying to figure out. Last night something clicked.

Even though I felt like this during the week and my friends felt like this during the week, somehow we managed to survive. I wanted to run kicking and screaming when I woke up this morning that I wasn’t sure if anything I had spent the last six days studying every extra minute and during my scheduled studies hours that I could. Yet success has happened. It is true if I can make it through finals week in a few weeks, I will be one of the second years next year laying on the floor this time of year studying for my pathology test. Thank you second year class for being super supportive, understanding, and motivating.

When the last test grades are posted before finals week…. It is time to figure out the grade that you need to get the grade that you want in the class. No matter what your measure of success is, C, B, or A all that you need to know is what you need to get that grade. It is a good thing sometimes that your friends are there to help you figure out how to do math, because your brain is fried!

Oh! and did I mention to start this week off I survived performing my first male genital exam and prostate exam. This was a rather interesting situation, that I knew one day was going to happen and thank god it had to happen in a standardized setting. I am so glad that I am not one of those future physicians that this encounter did not happen until I was an intern or with another one of my fellow students, talk about awkward! The instruments for the male exam are sure a lot more simpler than those used in the female genital exam, pap smear, and bimanual exam.

It is only Thursday of this week and so much has happened. My mental and emotional states have been tested. My faith has been tested and I truly believe this is where  I am meant to be and all the abilities that I have been given are truly a blessing.