Joules Rainboots - A Review

Hiya everyone!

I thought I'd pop in here and tell you about a product I received last month to test out in the winter. They're my rubber booties from England, and they're quite charming. I had the opportunity to wear them out on a few chilly days, and some snowy ones. I'd definitely err on the side of chilly and rainy, as the material doesn't lend itself as well to retaining heat when trudging through snow. I'm also worried about the design getting ruined with all the salt we have on the streets. Speaking of design, there are some fabulous ones to choose from on their website (check it out here joulesusa.com). They change every season, and each one is cuter than the next. For those of you who have scrawny little legs, like moi, the leg opening of the boot is quite large. I still haven't found leg warmers that I feel compliment the boot, but they would help take up some of the gaping space. Nevertheless, they are beautiful!

The skinny leg struggle is real...



Friday Faves

Hi everyone!

I'm now finishing my second week on surgery, and boy is it tough. Nevertheless, I'm doing lots of learning, and getting my monthly reality check on how vast a repertoire of knowledge I need to become a good doctor. After brutal pimping sessions, I tell myself "Rome wasn't built in a day" and hit the books for as many hours as possible before bed. This 4:15am wake up time is not my cup of tea, but many have it worse. I can't wait to see what stories I collect by the end of the 8 weeks!! (Aside - I will be posting my Pediatrics Rotation in Review once my marks go up, which won't be for another month.)

Here are my weekly favorites

My new agenda (link here)
  It is small enough to carry in my purse, there's just enough space for daily reminders and a collection of memories/quotes, and most of all it's freaking gorgeous. The images throughout the planner are stunning and Parisian. Flipping through it makes me happy. Take a look at more pictures by clicking the link above :D

Cat cuddles
  Hanz took a nap with me a few days ago white my bf watched the MMA fight; it was purrfect.

Fleece lined tights
  I now have three pairs, and they've been lifesavers!!! Thanks H!

Vanilla Caramel Creamer - it's seriously delicious.

Getting to spend a day with the anesthesiologist during surgeries. I have a whole new appreciation for the field. If anyone is interested in some of the cool procedures they do, check out ultrasound guided nerve blocks and pentobarbitol coma.
   That's all for now! What have you been loving this week, and what are your plans for le weekend?


Rotation in Review: Family Medicine

*Disclaimer: My experience on every rotation I post is very site-specific. It may not necessarily apply to your clerkships. I hope you enjoy it nonetheless.

My Family Medicine rotation was quite a blast. I had the opportunity to work in a private practice, and hence accumulated a lot of participation on a variety of patient cases. The doctor was also very keen on getting me to interact and exam people; getting my hands dirty. By the second day I was removing staples, irrigating ears, and giving everyone their flu or Prevnar shot. I got to see all the patients on my own, and on Thursdays I was sent to the Rheumatology clinic to work with another physician (and a second patient population - all suffering from different autoimmune diseases).

What I Liked:
- Meeting entire families and being the go-to-doc for everyone
- Official collector of information and making test results and diseases more understandable for patients
- Everyone had a different medical issue, so it was not monotonous
- There was a mixture of touching patients (physical exams, shots, etc) versus listening (depression follow-ups, ADHD med adjustments, etc)
- Seeing a 9-day-old followed by a 90-year-old!
- Brushing up on a wide array of medications
- Learning about autoimmune diseases, presentations and meds.
- Being with amazing staff, and one of the best doctor's I've ever worked with.
- Nice hours; having a life is great.
- For many of these patients, you are more than just a doctor, you are extended family!

What I Disliked
- When patients get very sick, or pass away, a family doc is much more emotionally attached to that patient.
- Not being able to see the follow-ups of the interesting cases because the get referred.
- I wish I had more knowledge to do the above.
- It got tedious when there was a ton of physicals for healthy people. Unfortunately, for medical students, healthy people are le boring. (I feel terrible saying that. However, they are such a huge inspiration, especially if they got to the level they did due to major changes in diet, exercise and medication compliance. It really keeps you going, nice and optimistic).

How I Studied
We had the FMCases final exam, not an NBME.
- I did all 40 cases, and then wrote notes on the pdf summary files. I put them in sheet protectors and only took a few with me at a time to study with during breaks. It was great for keeping liquids off my notes.
- The day before the exam I completed all the assessment questions for each case (~200Q's)
- Throughout the rotation I read all of the Case Files for Family Medicine textbook
- In my pocket notebook where I take notes on my patients, I also wrote tons of information and taped several drug lists. This was great for the exam!

Coke is the best for keeping me awake while studying. Coffee is hit or miss!

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Giving Thanks On Thanksgiving

This is my 4th year celebrating American Thanksgiving, and I'm still in awe at how quickly time has flown. I haven't lived in Canada, specifically my lovely city of Toronto, for what seems like ages. It is painstakingly obvious that I've missed tremendous milestones of family and friends during this period, so I could pursue my dream of becoming a doctor. In order to keep my mind off of this predicament, I thought I'd share a list of the many aspects of my life I am truly grateful for:

+ Being healthy and in one piece. 
(This one comes from being in hospitals and seeing very sick, depressed patients.)

+ Having a great family, and a super-loving & self-sacrificing one to boot!

+ Friends that don't forget about me, especially when I hibernate. Thanks guys! *little hand wave*

+ Being in a relationship with someone who is accommodating, open-minded, and supportive.

+ The opportunity to study medicine & all the trials and tribulations that come with it.

+ Having a roof over my head, heat in the winter, and access to water & great food (be it the grocery store or restaurants).

+ Mentors

+ Great doctors who love teaching.

+ Review books for shelf exams.

+ French Vanilla Creamer

+ Netflix

+ My online friends!!! *.*

+ Great stationary, with cute designs and nice paper quality.

+ Blue pens that write smoothly and don't skip.

+ Fleece lined leggings and gloves. Oooh babyyy....

+ Information highway, aka The Internet.

Tell me friends, what's on your list?!
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