never gets old

30 Apr

Today was easier than yesterday in that my patients were less critical.  One teenager with ADHD suffered from hypersomnolence…hadn’t seen that one before.

But the day was long and the ending was a rather rough awakening.  We had a review session with the director of the neurology clerkship, an adorably, brilliant, slightly eccentric woman who reminds me fiercely of Professor McGonagall.  (To present a small sliver of her personality, she always keeps a huge bowl filled with chocolate candies in her office and, with it, displays a graph showing the correlation between chocolate consumption per capita per country and the number of nobel prizes won by country.  She apparently always buys her candy from the same place, and always many, many bags at a time.  As they rung her up recently, looking at her skeptically, it occurred to her, “They must think I’m crazy.”  Adorable.)  Considering that most (all?) nights I come home, hang with my daughter, eat dinner with our family, put her to bed, then pass out before I’ve gotten through one clinical vignette, I shouldn’t be surprised by how poorly prepared I am.

The brain.  It’s pretty vital.  I should learn more about it.

Feeling defeated, I got on the train, which smelled like cigarettes, to go home.  John texted me asking for an ETA since I was cutting it close to dinner time.  I gave him a better estimate when my second train departed.  Only after I handed the driver my transfer ticket and stumbled off the train did I see them waiting for me on the platform.

I’m sure you’re bored with all the recent baby pictures and videos, but try to make it to second 19.  Best homecoming!


6 Responses to “never gets old”

  1. John Panarelli April 30, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Hi Anna! I’ve really enjoyed your stories whether in the country or not. Loved your comment about the brain. I love the brain. It was my raison d’être in college. Neuropsych was so great, I ended up being the TA the next year! It was taught by Professor Daniel Robinson who co-authored with Sir John Eccles a little mind -body stuff. “No matter, no mind. No mind, doesn’t matter.” I’m not a mind type myself, purely brain behaviorist, but Neuropsych was a blast! Chase it down as your interest leads you. Try not to get bogged down. Can’t wait to see all three of you! (94 days, but who’s counting). Love, John

  2. phantomdiver April 30, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    Those giggles! They are the BEST! My smile muscles are hurting. 🙂

  3. Kristen April 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    I adore you all. But holy moly especially Ari — that smile and those giggles!!! Good luck with neuro studying. xo

  4. jackiejoan May 1, 2013 at 12:55 am #

    Made my day seeing that beautiful, smiling, giggling daughter!

  5. lawilson0 May 1, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    You are adorable and I love you!

  6. ChristineZ May 1, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    zomg, your daughter is Super Super Adorable!!!

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