Happy new Year to everyone! Wow what a year it was last year. I started the year not knowing where the next chapter of my life would take me, and even if I would get into medical school. I got into one of the best medical schools in the country (only the Lord knows how), and pursued my dream to be a physician by moving to Rochester, Minnesota.
When they say it's cold in Rochester, it's really not a joke. Today was -15 degrees and the high was -3. The windchill is what really does you in, as it was -35 today, and it really burns!!! The moment I go outside and the wind hits my face, I feel my frontal sinuses freeze. But good thing I only live a block and a half to the entrance of the Mayo "Subway" or system of underground tunnels.
We are currently in Pathology and Immunology at school. It's a lot of great fun, and it's kind of the point where we start to actually feel like Doctors in Training. We are busy every morning learning different cases and pathological slides, and in the afternoons we are learning and practicing our physical exam. Soon we will get to do it on a real patient (but it's graded......)! As I sit here drinking the best hot cocoa in the world (from Aldi - sea salted caramel), I am quite reflective on how much I have learned since entering medical school. If it is any sign of how much I will learn in the years to come, I am so insanely excited and scared. How will my brain be able to fit all that knowledge in!?!?!?
Tomorrow, MLK DAY we have off, but don't worry. I have a packed schedule. I have to go to the chiropractor (oh yeah. I broke my head...more later), work on some differential diagnoses, and go to a facilitative selective training (more on that later too).
So. Right. I was playing soccer.....which was probably a bad idea in the first place given my history of traumatic brain injury.....and I got CREAMED by this 18 year old kid. He toppled over me and the back of my skull bounced off the concrete. It was not a pretty sight. I immediately had visual changes (black dots, little vision in my right eye, and blurriness), so I asked my classmate Kevin to drive me to the ER. I think he initially did it so he could drive my new car! ;) (Just kidding, Kevin).
My teammates/classmates stayed with me in the ER for most of the night. It was so nice of them!! They ended up just giving me heavy duty pain killers and sending me home to sleep. So I slept for a good four days, but my head remains painful, and I am still getting over the nausea, vomiting, and dizziness a week later that comes with severe concussions. I think the worst part about this time (thankfully not as bad as my TBI) is probably the visual changes. It's not reassuring to have wavy vision, rainbows, auras, etc. I hope it eventually goes away.
The only other excitement here (which, I don't really need excitement)...was that I got a giant whiteboard!!! Now I can write all kinds of things on it. I prefer to study at home with Purkinje, especially because my bedtime is around 8:30pm and I get up around 4:30-5:30am, so it's a lot easier for me to study at home. I have really been enjoying using the different colored markers and playing around while doing my differential diagnoses.
Here's a snapshot of it:
I hope you have a great week! Anything you want to hear about? Let me know here.
I have had some requests about ways to study in med school, so that will be coming up!!
I'm also finishing up some really awesome chairs! So I'll have them up and their transformation soon!
M3 at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine