February 8, 2016

2016 is my year to grow: On my road to fitness

Being an introvert, human interaction has never been a strong card for me. It doesn’t help that I have a resting bitch face that intimidates people. Once I start talking, they get intimidated even more! Adding my meagre fund of knowledge to this makes seeing patients, and doing preceptorials with stellar consultants,  great struggles. So, when we started going to the clinics in 2015, I started to become unhappy.

I know that pushing forward in this career path would mean that I have to learn the art of human interaction. With my lack of social skills, and medicine’s long hours of rigorous training and studying, things will only get harder from here. Because of that, I started to doubt myself. Can I really do this? Am I even in the right career path? What do I really want to do with my life? What am I actually doing with my life?

There were days when I just wanted to roll into a ball and hide under my bed forever. Some days I would dream of becoming a full time housewife and do nothing but cook, clean the house, and take care of myself and my family. Perhaps I could become a business woman, own a restaurant or cafe, or go and become an interior designer! In spite of all these fantasies, I know in my heart that becoming a doctor is what I’m called for. If I turn my back on all of this, it’ll only be because I want to take the wide road. 

In 2015, my mind’s been full of negativity, self-doubt and self-pity, and it did not feel good. That’s why I have decided to make this year different. Life’s too short to spend it feeling miserable. 2016 is my year to grow, and I will start by living a healthy lifestyle. 

January 5, 2016

My blog's been featured!

What's a better way for my blog to start this year than to have it featured in our College's official publication? In the recent UP Medicine Blog Rounds of the UP Medics, my blog and other medical students' blogs were featured. Medical student bloggers where interviewed on what they blog about, how, and why. Excerpts of the interview are featured in Amiel's blog Vita et Medisina. Thank you UP Medics, and Amiel! Thanks to all of you who visit my blog! :)

January 3, 2016

New Year 2016

It’s a new year for you and me, another opportunity to live, and experience the beauty of life. With this, I’m leaving the mistakes of 2015 behind, taking with me nothing but good memories and life lessons. I’m welcoming 2016 with a positive energy, looking forward to everything awesome that’s coming and ready to embrace every challenge I'll be facing. This year, I’ll try my best to smile more, love more, and dream more. Here’s to a wonderful year ahead!

December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas! (2015)

It's a couple of hours before Christmas time, the time of the year I've always looked forward to, ever since I was a kid. This year, the best thing about it probably, is that I have a license to free my mind from school-related stuff for at least one night.

We're already halfway through the school year, and my rotations in Pediatrics, OB Gyn, Family and Community Medicine have passed. However, I have become less thrilled to getting that MD. I know I'm being whiny and all, and I know I don't have the right to be. I'm spending Christmas with my family and not in the Hospital, not on duty. What more can I ask for right?

I'm not sure if I'm an isolated case, or if other medical students feel as I do. Rest assured, I'm not planning to stay feeling this way. For the rest of the Christmas break, I'll try to get some time in reflection hoping that when 2016 starts, I'll be in a lighter mood. Anyway, I'll stop here and greet you all with a Merry CHRISTmas! God bless! Enjoy the holidays!

October 7, 2015

How medical students see food

(c) Hannah for the photo. Actually this is her food and her idea :)

Is it just me or does this Surfer's Delight from Shrimp Shack has some medical resemblance? Ischemic or hemorrhagic? You pick :)

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