Cleveland: Intern Orientation

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Hi everyone!

It has been a crazzzzy couple weeks of orientation. All of us are going through a rollercoaster of emotions before setting our feet on the wards as official doctors: anxiety, panic, excitement, confusion, and happiness all rolled into one. We have spent a lot of time getting comfortable with the huge hospital campus, learning a new EMR, and listening to many lectures regarding our new transition. Getting to know Cleveland has been an adventure, and I have been pleasantly surprised by the many niches all around the city. I cannot wait to see more! Cleveland is still buzzing with excitement because of the amazing Cavs championship last week. It was boisterous here - I am so lucky I don't live downtown or else I would have never gotten home after work during the parade! I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful summer weather, and you've spent a bit more time outside getting some vitamin D (with sunscreen of course!), and lots of exercise.

Tomorrow I don the long white coat, and introduce myself as "Doctor C" - wish me luck!


Life Lately: On Death and New Beginnings

Monday, June 20, 2016

Hi lovelies,

For those of you who follow me on social media (instagram), you may know that as I was finishing my last week of MS4 rotations, I received the devastating news that my grandmother passed away. I had never felt so sad and terrible before in my life. I was very close to my grandmother; her and my grandfather were like second parents throughout my childhood and adolescence. They are some of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters on my path to becoming a doctor. I'm the only grandchild, and their absolute pride and joy.
   Throughout this time, I learned just how important family and friends are during periods of great sadness. My family and I supported each other heavily throughout the multiple wakes, excruciatingly long flights to and from Portugal, her funeral, and all our sudden outbursts of crying. It was an emotionally and physically exhausting time. Throughout all of this I also had to travel back and forth to Cleveland, Toronto and Chicago - unfortunately, reality stops for no one. Luckily, my new angel has been making sure everything run smoothly, and none of us have gotten sick. The highlight of this month has been my graduation from medical school. It was bittersweet, since my grandmother was counting down the days for me to bring my medical degree home to show her, but I believe she was watching me walk across that stage on June 3rd. Tomorrow, I jump in the car again (with mom and dad), and eventually bid them farewell as I embark on a new journey into residency.

    Before I leave you, I thought I would share a few lessons I learned through this ordeal:
1. Don't take life too seriously. Your problems are rarely as severe as you think they are.
2. Appreciate every moment you have with someone, be they young or old. You never know when it will be your last time seeing their face and hearing their voice. Make it memorable, make it happy.
3. You're stronger than you think you are. 

Hope you're all doing well!