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Summer session is in full effect and I am officially a 3rd year student. No more summers off, so I took full advantage of the one week break after spring semester came to an end. My family and I packed up our bags, hit the road, and went to the great land of DISNEY WORLD!! My son had an absolute blast as we visited the Magic Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, and Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Studios was a must because my son is absolutely fascinated with Toy Story and even more so with Lightning McQueen. As we walked into Magic Kingdom, I couldn’t help but have flashbacks when I was his age seeing Mickey Mouse and company for the first time. Disney is truly one of the only places in the world where one feels like a kid again. I may have had more fun than my son, and am so glad we were able to make the trip.
Now back to the real world. I am seeing patients!!! I can’t even put to words the amount of anxiety I had before calling the name of MY first patient to come into MY exam room, and sit in MY chair. The only thing that kept coming to mind were all of the speeches Dr. Newman gave us first year. He warned us that this day would come, and low and behold it did! Lucky for us students, all of our professors did a fine job teaching the material. Now it was my turn to flick on the light bulb in my head and get to work. I was confident in what I was doing, but learned very quickly that things will not always make sense like it does when working with your classmates (another lesson preached by Dr. Newman). That is truly the beauty of this profession, and as a student doctor you have to live and learn from each of your experiences with patients. All of my patients so far have had either hypertension, diabetes, glaucoma, or a combination of them all. So to all of the prospective students wondering if the pamphlets are telling the truth in the amount of disease you will see, I can personally testify that you are being told the 100% truth!!
This semester will be an interesting one, and I’m confident things will get better, but it will be a struggle I’m sure. One good thing about this semester is that I have great staff doctors to bounce my thoughts off of, and they both are more than willing to sit down and explain in detail everything that is going on whether it be particular test results, or how to chart your findings. Do I know everything? Definitely not, and for right now they are very understanding of that. Hopefully, one day I will be able to impress.
Well I’m off to lab. I’m hoping everyone is having a good start to their summer. I’ll end this blog with a quote:
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
– Walt Disney
Until next time… Later~