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The everyday life of a psychiatry resident (who was born on a Thursday).

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Turkey Success!

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My turkey turned out well yesterday! A never frozen bird, a bit more expensive than the other two I’ve cooked in the past, but quite tasty, and I appreciated skipping the hassle of thawing (since I inevitably buy my Turkey the day before Thanksgiving).

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November 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Posted in Cooking, Making Things

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I admit I think it’s a bit of an odd holiday, but I can’t complain about an excuse to get two days off from my rotation (we get Thursday & Friday off, but many of us are working Saturday or Sunday, if not both days), and to gather with people I’m fond of and love and cook a huge meal.  Also, online sales.

So I’m baking a Turkey, the neck and giblets are stewing as a base for gravy, and I’ve got stuffing and a sweet potato casserole ready in the fridge and waiting to be baked once the Turkey is done. Once the Turkey’s done, I’m heading over to a classmate’s apartment and celebrating with my boyfriend, Ahmet, who’s in town, and with a few other classmates+significant others.

I wanted to do a longer post, because I’ve got a lot to be thankful for in my life right now, but I’m a bit busy living that life and really should get back to it. =)

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November 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm

My day? Made.

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My Psychiatry  rotation is over already, and now I’m on Emergency Medicine for my “Wild Card” block. We got to pick from a list of different ambulatory experiences, and Emergency Medicine is something that I’ve always enjoyed in theory, so I wanted to make sure I tried it. I love EM doctors (they make for wonderfully engaging lecturers) and I love the wide variety of patients they get to see.

Anyway, things that make my day include the young patient who just found out she’s pregnant again (she’s younger than me and already has more kids than I personally want), on whom I just did my third pelvic exam, saying, completely unprompted, “You’re doing an excellent job, Aba.” (And for the cherry on top, my Attending for the shift was in the room too).

Seriously,  how does your day get any better? Getting to do her pelvic exam and then hearing that was completely worth staying an extra hour after my shift.

I admit, I’m such a sucker for approval. I don’t actively seek it out, but it makes me ridiculously happy. This is not my first patient compliment, but it’s one of the most coherent and sincere. On Neurology, a post-ictal patient kept thanking me and saying I was doing a great job, but unfortunately she probably doesn’t remember me at all (post-ictal = post seizure state). I also got a few compliments on Psychiatry, one of which was actually very sweet and heartfelt, but most of the rest ranged from entirely incoherent and nonsensical (but the first time I’d seen that schizophrenic patient smile!) to somewhat creepy (random patient with pedophilic tendencies telling you that you’re pretty is … ?!?!?).


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November 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

Mental Health Afternoon

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Sometimes, when you get out of the hospital at a decent hour, you just need to go on a bike ride on a beautiful Fall day, testing out the new baskets you finally installed on your bike. I biked to my old apartment, dropped off a birthday present for one of my friends, played with the adorable dog of another (and picked up some delicious baked goods!) then biked home. Yes, I had my Psychiatry Shelf exam in a few days, but when you can’t just take a random day off for your mental health, a couple of hours in the afternoon might do the trick.

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November 11, 2011 at 8:41 pm

First snow!?

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Snow doesn’t photograph very well with a cellphone camera…

I was in DC over the pre-Halloween weekend and experienced my first snow of the season. Snow. In October. I very strongly disapprove of this! It was otherwise a lovely weekend; a very impromptu trip to see my parents and my three siblings, my older brothers. All six of us don’t get together all that often, so it’s a real treat when we manage to make it work. =)

But… snow? Already? At least it hasn’t snowed here in Missouri yet!

(Pictures are of my youngest older brother, Chiefy)

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November 8, 2011 at 9:00 am

Posted in Life in General

Feeling Left Out

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I did nothing for Halloween this year, and it’s the third year in a row that it’s been just another day. Halloween isn’t a holiday I grew up celebrating, and it’s not my favorite holiday, but I rather wish I’d done something. I think I’m starting to get actively frustrated with my lack of time to participate in, well, life, lately. Normally there isn’t much going on for Halloween that I’m interested in, but there were actually quite a few things I wanted to go to this year and it was really frustrating to have to stay at home and study. I found myself eager for October 31st to come and go and mark the end of all these events that I had no time for.

I’m a bit behind on writing blog posts (obviously), and when I’d originally planned this entry I was a lot more upset about this and had a much longer rant in mind. But I’ve just had a pleasantly social weekend after four weeks of being a recluse, and I’m not feeling quite as disgruntled right now. So I leave you with something that made me smile:

Someone on my floor in my apartment building carved a pumpkin and left it outside his/her door for a few days, and it was a very happy sight to see one random evening. Whoever this person is, they’re also the only other person in my hall who has a doormat.

  (This is my doormat =D )

Written by Aba

November 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm

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