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Mini term flew by and it's funny to think that I've already been home for over a week. With only three classes, the finals for the mini term were much less stressful than our finals at semester. I think the most difficult part of the mini term was the heat! I'm still not used to 100-degree days. Coming back to Northern Michigan for the summer won't help me adjust to Memphis weather either. My family teased me when I first got back because I was cold on the "hot" days in Michigan.
I'm enjoying a break from schoolwork, but I've been very busy too. I left Memphis after a Tuesday final around noon. My brain was thoroughly exhausted after a 39 page-reading packet for the Evidence Based Medicine Exam, but I was very excited to be on the road. I drove for 11 hours to Grand Rapids Michigan, where I stayed with an aunt before going another 2 and a half hours north on Wednesday morning.
My family runs a small farm market and bakery, so it is a very busy time in the summer at my house. I started working on Thursday and haven't had a day off yet. My hometown is the Cherry Capitol of the world, and every year hosts the National Cherry Festival for a week. Lots of tourists flock to the area for the beaches, events and cherries. I enjoy the first few days, but by the end I'm exhausted of the same questions over and over again. "Yes, cherries have pits." and "No, a tree won't grow if you spit the bit on the ground." I think it's good practice for when I get into clinic and have to repeat myself about the importance of certain eye care practices.
It's great fun being at home and attempting to answer the eye questions of my friends and family. I don't think I could count on both hands how many times I've explained what an astigmatism is. It's so interesting to hear how people interpret their own eye condition too. They know they can't wear contact lenses but they don't know why. I've also been told about many pairs of glasses people have purchased on recommendation of their doctor but that they don't wear. It really makes me want to do my best to explain the reasons behind prescriptions and attempt to inform patients as best as I possibly can when I get the chance.
Okay, I'm off. It's too nice to be inside on the computer. Time for a swim. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer in Memphis and elsewhere.