too much

2 Sep

There is simply too much that I want to write about.  Med school is the best, everyone should do it!

In all seriousness, I think this is the first time in my life I’ve felt incredibly overwhelmed, but really not stressed.  Somehow, I believe the higher-ups when they say that we’ll all get through, and I’m just trying to ingest what I can.  It really is like drinking out of a fire hose.

The cool happenings for today:

  • Awesome nerve lab (okay, a little tedious, but who doesn’t appreciate a good dorsal root ganglion…I know I do).
  • My FIRST presentation in med school with part of my learning team…it was in Biochem on the Pentose Shunt, and I didn’t look like a total idiot.  Rad.
  • A class meeting to discuss possible certificate programs; they’re like concentrations (MD with a certificate in Global Health; MD with a certificate in Community Health…you get the point).  I didn’t think I would be interested (because, as I said before, I’m feeling a tad overwhelmed), and I can’t really explain it, but I think I would like to do a certificate in Women’s Health…more on that another time.
  • We had a case presentation on Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, complete with a video-chat with a little boy who recently got his sight back following treatment.  This doctor is giving kids (and dogs) their vision back by using gene therapy.
  • Absolutely incredible presentation by a revolutionary in fetal surgery–I still can’t believe I get to learn from physicians at CHOP (an unfortunate acronym for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia).
  • Got together a group of phenomenal women for Anatomy!
  • And then I ran ten miles…it was painful, but it had to be done.  For reasons beyond my understanding I signed up for the Philly Half-Marathon back in May…the race is in two weeks and I have not been training.  The 19th will be a day of pain.

My day “ended” with a wonderful phone date with Ben, a quick trip to Trader Joe’s for some study goodies, a long-distance kiss goodnight with my main squeeze…and now I’m trying to catch up on cell bio…sigh.

Excuses in advance for the radio silence this weekend.  I’m making a quick dash to NYC to visit good friends and give Caitlin and Chris my hugs and best wishes as they take off for Ireland to be married!  So excited for you two!  I love New York and hate New York because it’s so jam-packed with favorite people, and I can’t see everyone in 36 hours :/  Will report back.

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