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September Round-up

December 2, 2009

The first week of September, Josh went back out to Denver to visit his friends and generally piss me off bc I couldn't go haha. Here is our old upstairs neighbor Aaron. Josh took this pic at Red Rocks, where they went exploring. He had a great time, but his trip had to be cut short, so we are gonna go back TOGETHER in March. Aww I loved Denver so much. The year we spend there during 3rd year rotations will go down as one of the best years of my life.

The first weekend in September, Theresa, a fellow 4th yr and future psychiatrist, came out to visit the new Kirksville Pranic Healing Center. There are a handful of pranic healers here in town and one was kind enough to donate an apartment to practice in. That weekend, we needed to get alot of cleaning and painting done, including painting the main healing room the perfect shade of orange, or rather, I should say ORANGE! Here is a pic of the place with Theresa, Chris and Mike. It wasn't all work either. Theresa, Chris, Katie, Josh, and I went to Manhattan's for dinner (pesto is baked onto their bread mmm!) and then we went out dancing at WrongDaddy's. No one was dancing except us and the sound system was off but we didn't care, especially after the Long Islands. It was so great to finally hang out with Chris and to have Theresa stay at my place. I'll never forget our road trip to Denver, she has been my soul sister ever since!

Josh turned 32 on Sept 10th and he got a new hunting bow and a firepit. To celebrate we had a marshmellow roast to make smores on his new firepit. Nothing like a cool evening next to a fire, and chocolate! At least until BB ran through the house with a marshmellow stick stuck to her butt! And bow does he love that boy, I wish I had a pic.

This is my new computer background. Plus my Dad goes into withdrawal without grandpuppy pics. The rest of September was fairly uneventful. I did 2 weeks of Pulmonology and 2 weeks of Pathology. Both were lighter rotations, so I got to do alot of work on the Pranic Healing center. Specifically, I painted and decorated the bathroom, then threw a painting party for the kitchen. I'll eventually post the after pics. Anyway, though the rotations were lighter, I really got alot out of them. CT scans and Pulmonary Function Tests were totally over my head before Pulm. And working for the pulmonologist was a trip bc I used to babysit her daughter when she was 5 and I was a junior in college. Now she is 11! WHOA. And I was really worried about Path. Anytime we have tumor board and the pathologist points out cells, saying how they are clearly dysplastic or whatever, I was always like, oh ya, CLEARLY, uh huh. It was a total foreign language to me. By the end of it though, I felt pretty darn adept at it. I could grade a pap smear like a pro and the doc said I was one of the better students they've ever had. If I'd have known either pulm or path were gonna be so enjoyable, I would have done each for a whole month! And so... that was my September. Sorry I'm a ho and took so long to get it up... that's what she said.

A preview of October... the last 3 days of September and the first 2 weeks of October I was in Springfield MO with old OMM fellow and best friend Bethany! Oh she's pregnant. And newlywed. And was trying to decorate her house. So as you can see they were happy to have me there! No really they were. I am delightful! And do laundry.

August Round-up

September 25, 2009
At the very end of July, I was commissioned by the Army in Kansas City. I joined the Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) so that I could do the psych residency in Hawaii. The only other place I could end up would be Washington DC so... think Hawaiian thoughts!!

At the very end of July, I was commissioned by the Army in Kansas City. I joined the Health Professional Scholarship Program (HPSP) so that I could do the psych residency in Hawaii. The only other place I could end up would be Washington DC so... think Hawaiian thoughts!!

The first weekend in August, we went back to visit Dad. I had missed Father's Day so I got my Dad some authentic Hawaiian shirts while in Honolulu. But when I returned, I went straight from the airport to Kirksville, so I needed to go back to give him his gifts. It was alot of travelling but thats OK, BB drove most of the way this time.

The first weekend in August, we went back to visit Dad. I had missed Father's Day so I got my Dad some authentic Hawaiian shirts while in Honolulu. But when I returned, I went straight from the airport to Kirksville, so I needed to go back to give him his gifts. It was alot of travelling but thats OK, BB drove most of the way this time.

For the month of August, I was on a Family Practice rotation here in Kirksville. At the end of my 1st week, the hospital held a luau by the local pool. Oh such cruelty to tease someone who is missing Hawaii with a luau that consists hamburgers, hotdogs and giant pineapple decorations. I think that reads pretty well on my face here, that Josh felt the dying need to capture. We had a nice day though. I got to wear my new sarong and we chilled at the pool.

For the month of August, I was on a Family Practice rotation here in Kirksville. At the end of my 1st week, the hospital held a luau by the local pool. Oh such cruelty to tease someone who is missing Hawaii with a luau that consists hamburgers, hotdogs and giant pineapple decorations. I think that reads pretty well on my face here, that Josh felt the dying need to capture. We had a nice day though. I got to wear my new sarong and we chilled at the pool.

So for most of the month I didn't do much else interesting. Josh and I redecorated a bit. I kept chugging along in the FP rotation. Did my first night of real call. No big whoop. I did however, find out my friend and other previous OMM fellow Bethany is pregnant, and my friend and previous OMM secretary Richelle had this little guy: Jacob Preston. I went to visit him at 3 weeks. He is much more handsome than the picture implies but I was very pleased with how the bunny on my shirt is staring at him ominously and he's totally trying to avoid eye contact. Great, give him a complex about the pink bunny with evil red eyes.

So for most of the month I didn't do much else interesting. Josh and I redecorated a bit. I kept chugging along in the FP rotation. Did my first night of real call. No big whoop. I did however, find out my friend and other previous OMM fellow Bethany is pregnant, and my friend and previous OMM secretary Richelle had this little guy: Jacob Preston. I went to visit him at 3 weeks. He is much more handsome than the picture implies but I was very pleased with how the bunny on my shirt is staring at him ominously and he's totally trying to avoid eye contact. Great, give him a complex about the pink bunny with evil red eyes.

I didn't do much exciting this month because I was very stressed out (and poor!). Hawaii was expensive and the Army was less than quick about paying me, so I spent alot of nights sitting in a corner, rocking. Not really, but I was stressed! And I missed Hawaii! What helped was meditation, just picturing me sitting atop Koko Head, calm, everything having worked out. Which I did. I eventually got paid, finished with FP and moved onto Pulmonology & Pathology in September. Doesn't that sound more exciting already?

I didn't do much exciting this month because I was very stressed out (and poor!). Hawaii was expensive and the Army was less than quick about paying me, so I spent alot of nights sitting in a corner, rocking. Not really, but I was stressed! And I missed Hawaii! What helped was meditation, just picturing me sitting atop Koko Head, calm, everything having worked out. Which I did. I eventually got paid, finished with FP and moved onto Pulmonology & Pathology in September. Doesn't that sound more exciting already?

‘Basterds’ disappoints

September 20, 2009

Basterd

Because my father relies on me for such advice….

I have to say Inglourious Basterds was a big disappointment. Everyone else seemed to love it, including Rotten Tomatoes, but hoorah! I found a handful of people who are not unconditionally enamored with Quentin as the rest of the world seems to be. Don’t get me wrong. I have LOVED his work up until Death Proof. That movie marked his decent into becoming Grandpa Simpson

“We can’t scalp NATzis* like we used to, but we have our ways. One trick is to tell ‘em stories that don’t go anywhere—like the time I caught the ferry over to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe, so, I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em. ‘Give me five bees for a quarter,’ you’d say. Now where were we? Oh yeah—the important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn’t have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones…”

This critic explained it perfectly…

“So why is “Basterds’’ such a colossal disappointment? It’s mostly because Tarantino indulges all of his worst impulses as a filmmaker and ignores what he does best. The film, clocking in at two-and-a-half hours, moves at the pace of a snail, has way too much talk and not nearly enough action, and spends the bulk of its running time building towards payoffs that either never come or disappoint when they do.

But perhaps worst of all is that we’ve been sold a false bill of goods. The film’s ad campaign makes it look like a breezy, super-violent, anti-Nazi revenge fantasy for Jews — call it “Munich,” without the guilt. We’re led to believe that Brad Pitt leads a colorful team of Jewish characters in a violent rampage across Europe, sort of the climactic “House of Blue Leaves” segment in “Kill Bill Vol. 1” spread out to feature length. But that’s not “Inglourious Basterds,” except for one 15-minute scene early on. Instead, most of it consists of long, long scenes in which people sit around and talk, sometimes building up to something worthwhile but usually not. Especially in his recent work, Tarantino has become addicted to dialogue scenes that seem to last forever.”

Or maybe my expectations are too high. But when a movie steals 3 hours of my time and $25 (tickets & popcorn)… I expect it to be damn entertaining.

*Brad Pitt (and his accent!) was the shining glory of the film. Wish Quentin had just stuck to the Basterd storyline and done hacked him up some NATTzis, Kill Bill style.

On a beach in a Hawaii

September 13, 2009

I know its a pretty nice day in Missouri actually, but my spirit is low. I know exactly what would make me feel better. I need a run around Koko Marina, a spicy ahi bowl, and a couple hours chillin’ at Waimanalo.

Instead, I will lounge on the deck and listen to this:

PS I posted more Hawaii pics on Flickr

July Round-up

September 1, 2009
So for the rest of the month in Hawaii, I stayed with a Navy spouse I met on Craigslist, Nicole. She lived in Hawaii Kai, on the eastern side of the island, only half an hour from work. This was the view from the yard of Koko Head!

So for the rest of the month in Hawaii, I stayed with a Navy spouse I met on Craigslist, Nicole. She lived in Hawaii Kai, on the eastern side of the island, only half an hour from work. This was the view from the yard of Koko Head!

I did my psychiatry rotation here, at Tripler AMC, a big pink hospital set atop a mountain.

I did my psychiatry rotation here, at Tripler AMC, a big pink hospital set atop a mountain.

The first weekend of my rotation was a 4 day weekend due to 4th of July! I went to Nicole's friend Kai's house for their luau. See their cute little BBQ with a view! There was teriyaki chicken, short ribs, poke (raw fish) and lots of salad and fresh fruit. SO YUMMY! I made a strawberry shortcake, they had loved it, but had never seen such a thing! Afterward, we went to another friends house in the mountains to watch the fireworks, then back to Kai's to set off fireworks in the streets. Drunken fireworks? I felt at home!!

The first weekend of my rotation was a 4 day weekend due to 4th of July! I went to Nicole's friend Kai's house for their luau. See their cute little BBQ with a view! There was teriyaki chicken, short ribs, poke (raw fish) and lots of salad and fresh fruit. SO YUMMY! I made a strawberry shortcake, they had loved it, but had never seen such a thing! Afterward, we went to another friends house in the mountains to watch the fireworks, then back to Kai's to set off fireworks in the streets. Drunken fireworks? I felt at home!!

The holiday weekend I was able to do a little exploring. I made it out to Halona Blowhole Lookout. It looks like these dudes need to lookout, bc people would walk out on the jagged rock right in front of where the blowhole goes off. Unfortunately I didn't get a very good shot of it going off, or anyone eating it.

The holiday weekend I was able to do a little exploring. I made it out to Halona Blowhole Lookout. It looks like these dudes need to lookout, bc people would walk out on the jagged rock right in front of where the blowhole goes off. Unfortunately I didn't get a very good shot of it going off, or anyone eating it.

Josh and I wandered along this coast line when we went to Sea Life Park. See the black rocks on the little peninsula? That's where I took Josh's pic before. We had noticed a lighthouse on top of a mountain, but didn't have time to make the trek up. I decided in my 2nd weekend to try to climb up to it. I got attacked by cacti so I couldn't go that way, but I made it up the mountain pretty damn high.

Josh and I wandered along this coast line when we went to Sea Life Park. See the black rocks on the little peninsula? That's where I took Josh's pic before. We had noticed a lighthouse on top of a mountain, but didn't have time to make the trek up. I decided in my 2nd weekend to try to climb up to it. I got attacked by cacti so I couldn't go that way, but I made it up the mountain pretty damn high.

I knew my last weekend would be short so I had to get in as much exploring as possible on my 3rd weekend. My first stop was Hanauma Bay! I didn't pay to get in but the park area was beautiful and I got a nice view of the beach. Plus I saw a mongoose!

I knew my last weekend would be short so I had to get in as much exploring as possible on my 3rd weekend. My first stop was Hanauma Bay! I didn't pay to get in but the park area was beautiful and I got a nice view of the beach. Plus I saw a mongoose!

After Hanauma Bay, I took the actual trail up to the top of the mountain from the previous week. I know why I didn't do it last time, it added like an extra 2 miles onto the hike! But wow, you could really see down the coast line from the top!!

After Hanauma Bay, I took the actual trail up to the top of the mountain from the previous week. I know why I didn't do it last time, it added like an extra 2 miles onto the hike! But wow, you could really see down the coast line from the top!!

I finished off the my 3rd weekend with my favorite food, Spicy Ahi, at the lookout point above Hawaii Kai. You could see the whole town surrounded by the ocean and mountains!

I finished off the my 3rd weekend with my favorite food, Spicy Ahi, at the lookout point above Hawaii Kai. You could see the whole town surrounded by the ocean and mountains!

I took this on my last day of my rotation, which was mostly spent doing outprocessing. Its the view from the hospital's lanai. Them were some tall palm trees! And it was such a gorgeous view of the ocean. I was so sad to leave!

I took this on my last day of my rotation, which was mostly spent doing outprocessing. Its the view from the hospital's lanai. Them were some tall palm trees! And it was such a gorgeous view of the ocean. I was so sad to leave!

I spent Friday afternoon of my last day off buying souvenirs at Hilo Hatties, having dinner with Nicole at the Kona Brewery, and relaxing on my favorite beach, Waimanalo. It was so peaceful there! I spent Saturday with my favorite newlyweds, Bethany and Brandon, taking the long drive through the center of the island. The roads were lined with giant, ancient looking trees. We then skirted the eastern coast, where the road is one foot off the water practically, stopping in at Chinaman's Hat before making our way to the North Shore. I wish I had pictures, but I honestly forgot my camera. DOH! I'll post some once Bethany sends me some of hers. It was such a lovely yet sad day... fun with my friends in Hawaii, but I was heartbroken having to leave!

I spent Friday afternoon of my last day off buying souvenirs at Hilo Hatties, having dinner with Nicole at the Kona Brewery, and relaxing on my favorite beach, Waimanalo. It was so peaceful there! I spent Saturday with my favorite newlyweds, Bethany and Brandon, taking the long drive through the center of the island. The roads were lined with giant, ancient looking trees. We then skirted the eastern coast, where the road is one foot off the water practically, stopping in at Chinaman's Hat before making our way to the North Shore. I wish I had pictures, but I honestly forgot my camera. DOH! I'll post some once Bethany sends me some of hers. It was such a lovely yet sad day... fun with my friends in Hawaii, but I was heartbroken having to leave!

The plane took off at 9pm in Hawaii and landed at noon in STL. OY! Upon landing in STL, totally sleep deprived and desheveled, who do I run into? Cora and Mr. Brown!! I didn't want my pic taken, I knew I looked terrible, but they kept saying, little white girl, why are your hands shaking? So yay! Embarassed myself in front of the Browns. OMG... at least it wasn't in front of TYLER!

The plane took off at 9pm in Hawaii and landed at noon in STL. OY! Upon landing in STL, totally sleep deprived and desheveled, who do I run into? Cora and Mr. Brown!! I didn't want my pic taken, I knew I looked terrible, but they kept saying, little white girl, why are your hands shaking? So yay! Embarassed myself in front of the Browns. OMG... at least it wasn't in front of TYLER!

Josh surprised me by picking me up at the airport! He drove all the way down, took me to lunch at Olive Garden, then drove all the way back, with me napping the WHOLE way. What a trooper! When I got back, I was surprised again with a super clean house, and cake and ice cream! I guess someone missed me" title="Josh surprised me by picking me up at the airport! He drove all the way down, took me to lunch at Olive Garden, then drove all the way back, with me napping the WHOLE way. What a trooper! When I got back, I was surprised again with a super clean house, and cake and ice cream! I guess someone missed me

Josh surprised me by picking me up at the airport! He drove all the way down, took me to lunch at Olive Garden, then drove all the way back, with me napping the WHOLE way. What a trooper! When I got back, I was surprised again with a super clean house, and cake and ice cream! I guess someone missed me\

I missed him too... and even these knuckleheads. Can you believe how big BB got while I was gone?!

I missed him too... and even these knuckleheads. Can you believe how big BB got while I was gone?!

Don’t tell people you want to do Psychiatry

September 1, 2009

They’ll either…
1) Say “Thank God! Here, you can take all my crayzee patients!”
(Translate: take ALL of their patients)

OR

2) Start talking very slowly and question whether you can do the most basic of skills-
“Are you… ok… talking… to the… patient… alone?”

Apparently psychiatrists are the blondes of medicine.

What I learned from COPD’ers my first day of Pulmonology

August 31, 2009

1) Smoking is never the cause of their bad lungs-
“I know I’ve smoked 2 packs a day for 60 years but that has nothing to do with my bad lungs… I was a farmer!”

2) If they don’t have a cigarette in their mouth, then they have quit-
Do you smoke? “No I quit!” When? “2 hours ago!”

3) Anything less than 1/2 a pack a day doesn’t count as smoking-
Do you smoke? “No I quit… I only smoke like 4 a day now!”

4) They are not addicted, they smoke “just cuz”-
“Doc, it is the darndest thing! I can go 3 weeks without a cigarette, no problem at all, then I just decide, hey, a cigarette sure sounds good… and I pick it up again!”

5) Their meds are too expensive, they can’t hardly afford their cigarettes!

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