Ups & Downs : April 2017

April 30, 2017

UPS

  • I finished up my second year of medical school. WHAT A WILD RIDE. I'll be writing an honest, in depth post about the first two years soon! I'm SO happy I made it. And I'm incredibly proud of myself. I'm quick to downplay things that I do, but these past two years have been the hardest so far. I'm seriously thrilled to say I made it through successfully! 
  • My blog got a new make over. I've been thinking about a new theme for my blog for quite some time, and this weekend, I finally got to do it! I used this blog theme from Etsy, and I can't recommend it enough! Eve (the Etsy owner) even offers a free installation of the theme. She was incredibly easy to work with and she helped me with everything I needed! 


DOWNS

  • The last three weeks of second year. WOOF. It was a lot of work finishing up all of my classes! BUT, I adore my classmates and great friends. Somehow we all got through it. 


IN PROGRESS 

  • Board prep. Time to finalize all the details of my study plan and start knocking out my studies! 


WHAT I HOPE TO REMEMBER

  • Even when you think you can't make it through the tough times, you just do. Sometimes you get through rough patches quite gracefully, and other times it's a struggle. Either way, I hope to remember that hard work and determination can get me through a lot. I remember starting medical school and not having a clue how I would ever get through it :) But you just do. 


FUN THINGS ON THE INTERNET

Breakfast Quinoa

This is such a simple recipe! Make it at the beginning of the week and have your breakfast ready for the week.

Breakfast Quinoa
Rinse 1 cup of quinoa & strain
Add rinsed quinoa to crockpot
Add 2 cups of water
Add 1 can of coconut milk (full fat)
Add some spices (cinnamon or nutmeg are my fave choices)
Add a dash of salt

Turn crockpot on low for about 3 hours

When it's done, put all your quinoa in tupperware to eat throughout the week!
I like to add a splash of almond milk when I reheat it & then add some honey, fruit & walnuts.

Get creative- you can add any kind of toppings you like! Enjoy!


Terrible, (Thanks For Asking)

April 21, 2017

I had several hours of psychiatry lectures at school today. All very uplifting - ADHD, mood disorders, schizophrenia, suicide. You know, all the things we all love talking about as a society.

I left school thinking about one of my favorite podcasts that I discovered this year. It's called Terrible, (Thanks For Asking) and it is hosted by Nora McInerny. She brings people on the show to talk about awful, terrible, crazy life situations that make people uncomfortable to talk about... but yet, so many of us go through. 


Every time I tell someone about this podcast, they immediately look at me like my whole world is crumbling. "You listen to what?!" I get it. It's weird to admit that I enjoy listening to a podcast about terrible things people experience. But I enjoy it because it's real. It's genuine. And it's so incredible human. 

My life experiences, along with studying psychiatry, have made me realize that we tend to tip-toe around things that make us uncomfortable. Death makes people squeamish. Eating disorders cause people to whisper and change subjects. Depression and bipolar disorders are stigmatized and looked down upon. 

Can you imagine how uncomfortable it would make someone if you responded to their "how are you" with a "Terrible, thanks for asking... followed by whatever horrible, dark feelings you actually had!?".  No one actually wants to know. So we cover it all up with a "I'm good, how are you!?"

But here's what I believe. 

Some people don't want to know the truth. Some people really don't want to deal with the dark, twisty turns in life. And that's ok, I forgive them. 

But there are many of us who DO what to know the truth. We are interested in how other people are doing. We genuinely care. But what we lack is the ability to know how to respond to what they say. There's a fear of not knowing what to do with the information. 

My challenge to you is this: just listen. Listen to your friends, family members, and colleagues. Just sit still and listen. Embrace the silence. Realize that your words probably can't fix it anyway. Be a human and be there. 

If life hasn't slapped you in the face yet, it will. And if it has already, chances are it will again. Life is hard, guys. We need to stop pretending it isn't. There are incredibly beautiful moments and chapters in life, don't get me wrong. But I think it's wild that as a society, we prefer to neglect and ignore the hard parts. 

I think we need to start talking about the hard parts. We need to normalize problems people encounter. If someone is really not doing well, you're giving them a huge gift by just listening. 

Mental health issues exist all around us. Tough life stuff happens to all of us.
Isolating people and the issues they face certainly can't be the answer. 
Let's re-write our response to some of the ugly situations in life.

Ups & Downs : March 2017

April 5, 2017




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UPS

  • Spring break!!! I actually planned to do nothing. And it was amazing. I'm usually great at planning too much, so it was a welcomed relief to get some rest, watch some movies, ski, and see some people I love.
  • AAO Convocation 2017! I went to the American Academy of Osteopathy Convocation this year, held in Colorado Springs. There were workshops and lectures for students and physicians to help us further our knowledge and osteopathic skills. It was a great opportunity to network and see how other D.O.'s are using osteopathic medicine with their patients. I'm planning to (eventually) write a whole post about my experience at convo because I have so much I want to share about it! 
  • I attended Ultrafest at my school to learn more about ultrasound. Check out a quick photo and description of the day here. 

DOWNS


  • I had one interaction in the month of March that really left me feeling down and unprepared for rotations. Looking back now, it's clear to me that situations like that motivate me to try harder and do better than before. Easier said than done, but try not let the words of one person get in the way of your dreams and confidence to succeed! 

IN PROGRESS


  • I have officially submitted my lottery list for rotation sites. I should find out on April 3 where I'll be for the next year on clinical rotations. I'm anxious to find out! 

WHAT I HOPE TO REMEMBER FROM MARCH 2017


  • Taking time to slow down is so important! Our society glorifies being busy, and truly, sometimes that's just not what we need. If at all possible, take some time each day to help yourself recenter, refocus, and refresh! 
  • M is incredible. I feel like I write that every month, but his support and encouragement continues to amaze me. 


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