Monday, June 27, 2011

alive, i promise

i don't have internets at my apartment yet. therefore, lack of posts. also therefore, extreme frustration at the inability to do ANYTHING online. and all my curriculum is online. boo!

co-interns are cool. it's really easy to pick out everyone in their specialties...the emergency folks are like hyper little puppies, the medicine folks talk all nerdy, and us surgeons are the grumpy ones in the back row trying not to fall asleep...ha!

doing ACLS right now. have to do a critical care medicine course at the end of the week, which means i will be doing a lot of reading this week. i took a nap after i got home from work today because i had been up since the buttcrack of dawn driving to the airport and back, but it was worth it for H! i'm going to have to train my family to stop phone bombing me's hard to take naps that way.

i found out my call schedule for this month...first day on call is fourth of july. how patriotic. hopefully i don't screw up too badly.

more updates as i get more interwebs...landlord says "maybe this week". boo.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

farmers markets!

today i took a trip to a market to see what all the hubbub was about...and left with tons of lovely produce for CHEAP! quite exciting. $2 for 6 orange and red bell peppers. $1 for 5 guavas (my splurge, ha!). $1 for 4 lovely limes. $2 for 6 huge apricots. 50 cents for a huge chunk of ginger root. $7 for 2 pounds of local cherries (ok, my second splurge!) and then of course i had to get some danish (already devoured) and a sticky bun (for tomorrow). my fridge looks absolutely fantastical. then i found a korean restaurant about 15 minutes away from my apartment! and i ate there! i had squid! it was GLORIOUS!!! so yeah, things are looking a bit better these days.

so far i've unpacked my kitchen and my bathroom. everything else is pretty much still boxed, but i've arranged everything to where it doesn't seem so train-wrecky. i bought some plants to decorate my kitchen...lemon balm, rosemary, and basil. i also got a serrano pepper plant and a bell pepper plant for the outside. and now i have to make myself not buy any more plants.

tonight i have plans to go to the ymca for a yoga class. i went and got my own yoga mat today too, because i checked out the mats they had and they were kind of grody. plus then i can do some good yoga at home without sliding around on the tile floor.

still learning about IV fluids. i'm getting a bit nervous about starting everything...i start off doing a general surgery month for the underinsured, yay! but i'm the only intern who hasn't done a prelim year, so i just feel so far behind. it will work out of course, and i'm going to be studying and learning. but still, aaaack!

and i can read my own ppd now because i'm a DOCTOR. isn't that crazy?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

trying to get settled

so i'm in my new place. it's going to be nice...i say "going to be" because all my crap is everywhere, i am having to clean like crazy (the former tenant had a cat and a dog and apparently their powers combined allow hair to go EVERYWHERE. i mean, cat hair in the FREEZER. FREEZER! how the hell does hair of animal get into the damn freezer?) and i haven't been able to unpack everything yet. insert other aggravating things that will be resolved on monday, alas. in the end though, it's a beautiful place and i'm going to enjoy living there. *crosses fingers*

today i checked out the local ymca, and now i'm at a starbucks to access the interwebz. (internet still needs to be hooked up at la casa.) i've already gotten a shopper's card for the local grocery store and made 2 trips to lowe's in the same day. i hope to have my kitchen in order tonight so that tomorrow i can make something a bit more fancy than "variation on fried rice" or "fried egg" or "cereal".

also, i learned that driving through dc/baltimore during any time of the day is inherently stupid. i had decided to split up the 16-ish hour drive from my beloved home state into 2 parts. so i visited my lovely friend K in her new state to visit her new house and other things. when it was time to leave, i just punched in my new address in the trusty gps and set off, not looking to see the exact route. apparently, that was the mistake. instead of going up the trusty i-81 and going to the KOREAN RESTAURANT, i proceeded the way of death and destruction and sat on the interstate going 2 miles in literally ONE HOUR. how the hell do people live there? i guess you just live in the city and take public transit, because how do you live when your whole day is spent just sitting in a car in the 100 degree weather on the interstate with NO ESCAPE. alas.

i am happy because H has booked his tickets to come visit me at the end of this month! yay! and K and Z are coming next weekend (OR ELSE) to visit! and then some other people are to visit at the end of july, but that's a long way from now. i guess i won't be crawling out of my skin when i start working and have things unpacked, but ugh, i am getting annoyed/discouraged/irritated by all the cleaning i am having to do just to feel comfortable putting my things away. damn animal hair!

also, apparently, i am undergoing a bit of culture shock. everything is so much closer together than it is down south. people talk weird, but i'm sure i talk weird to them. the grocery store is weird, but i think i will learn to love it...they have a robust hispanic section with all the juices that i love! yay guava! i am communicating with all my friends that are scattered about the nation now, but i just feel so lonely too. it seems that nobody else going to my hospital has made it into town yet (at least the ones i've met on so there really isn't any opportunity to meet people yet. i think i'm going to join the y here, so maybe some potential there, but probably not. i don't want to be THAT GIRL that walks up to strangers on the treadmill and chats them up. and i don't want people to think i'm hitting on them, because when i spent a summer in upstate new york apparently saying "hello" to strangers means you are flirting with them, when that is completely and utterly NORMAL in the motherland. i know it's normal to feel a bit of culture shock when going anywhere, but why is it that i am feeling more of it now while still in the good ol' USA, where when i'm traveling to peru or bolivia or whatever i don't really experience it at all? that's the zillion dollar question, readers.

alright, i guess i will stop being a bum and do a section on IV fluids. blah. i am starting to hate on some sodium and potassium and must everyone always get D5 1/2 NS + 20KCl? just kidding, just trying to inject some FUN into this post!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

epic update time!

i am FINALLY an MD!!! five years, lots of headache, some wonderful times, cussing like a sailor, etc etc etc...

it feels good. it really does. strangely, i don't feel THAT different after prancing around in my graduation robes and receiving my diploma, but ask me again in a month. i'm sure i'll feel quite different then!

i hope to start updating more regularly. let me just tell you about my last week...i'm still not quite recovered!

wed: picked up my rental truck. loaded some stuff, H and i drive to my parents' house 45 min away. unload truck, repack truck (yay for swapping furniture!), drive to granddad's house 30 min away from parents house (and 25 min from mine). unload truck. dad is quite happy he was able to use my truck for "free", even if we were unloading ALL NIGHT LONG. ugh!

thurs: load up truck with my things. frantically. white coat ceremony that night. it was nice! i got my long white coat! with my name on it! and it says SURGERY because i'm going to be a SURGEON. yay!!!

fri: GRADUATION!!! it was so wonderful to see everyone walk! (and i must say, my school does stuff fast. they graduated 650-some odd students in less than 2 hours.) ate lunch, hopped in the truck, and H and i sped off to the great northeast.

sat: arrived to new apartment around 10pm. took 1 1/2 days of intensive driving through mountains, and i must say moving trucks don't like going up mountains! my dad, brother, and H started unloading the truck and i started cleaning like a madwoman. didn't go to bed till around 3am or so...

sun: finished up some things, replaced door locks, toured the new town for my family. no point in staying longer than we had to, so we hit the road at 3pm to come back south.

mon: arrive at my "old" apartment at 7:30am. driving all night long is tiring! commenced cleaning my old apartment.

tues: old apartment cleaned and i'm 100% outta there!

TODAY: catching up on all my interwebbing and about to get some lunch!

so there you first post as a real bona fide MD!!!