You came home to me
and under the sheets we stayed,
still, calm, and happy.
October 11, 2014: Piggy-pao!!! 🐷🐷🐷
I’m on cardiology right now, and yesterday the fellow taught us some basics for interpreting EKGs. The trick is the have a thorough algorithm and do it every time so you don’t miss anything.
Disclaimer: Obviously this is just a cursory intro so folks won’t look like complete fools like me- who,…
October 2, 2014: Bucket Shrimps
Chest X-rays (aka CXR) are one of the most basic imaging studies done in medicine. Almost every hospitalized patient has one and you will see hundreds of them by the time you finish med school.
But it was be super easy to get distracted by the huge glaring pathology (like…
1. My boyfriend’s parents came to Cebu to visit him, they brought us pasalubong from our hometown. They brought with them a lot of fruits: Mangosteen, Durian, Lanzones, Pomelo, Marang and Dragon fruit. i was flattered when I knew that they brought these goodies for me and Jp. Though my parents haven’t visited me since I settled here, still I felt at home with his parents. It was exam week when they stayed here for thus we were not given the opportunity to meet and have some dinner or little get together. Though time may have not given us an opportunity, knowing that they were thoughtful enough to give me and our friends fruits was heartwarming.
My boyfriend’s mom also cooked crabs, fish paksiw and adobong pusit for the two of us and they really taste good. I put aside my diet because those were really good food that are eaten better with cups of rice. Sorry mom, i skipped diet.
2. As a thank you to his parents, I ordered Silvanas(my childhood favorite dessert) for them as they leave for Davao.
3. His dad also surprised him with his car “Blackie” . This car have been a witness on how our relationship bloomed and it has a sentimental value to us. I have grown to love blackie the way my boyfriend loves his car. And we were really happy to know that blackie is still with us. 😊
4. After the hell week, my friends and I went to Lahug to eat at a “eat all you can Chinese restaurant” named “Ding Qua Qua” everything was delicious and yes i skipped diet again.
5. Before the hell week our school had our intrams and my boyfriend’s team in basketball won 2nd place. They gave way to the juniors who will not be playing anymore in their senior years. So it was fair enough to let them feel the glory of their last game.
6. We discovered a new place to study, the rooftop. It was peaceful, and had a spectacular view.
7. As for our cute coffee shop of the month, Sprocketeers is for the month of August. It has an awesome wall with lomograph inspired designs.
I’m thankful to God that despite the things that caused us to leave home and be in a different place, we experience the blessing of meeting new friends, strengthening relationships and maintaining humility. I am in a happy disposition and i don’t want any other way. I am blessed with people i love surrounding me, i am in a state of contentment. And i hope you too… Have a blessed Sunday!
August 24, 2014 @ Chewy Junior
Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.
Q:Did you ever procrastinate in med school? You probably didn't, but do you have any advice for one who puts off things until the last minute!?!
Howdy, Silver Snail.
The procrastination question always makes me smile… and it makes Mrs. Cranquis roll her eyes and mumble things like, “Oh, they have NO idea"…
Besides the “positive/negative thoughts” mentioned under that link, here’s what worked best for getting ME off of my lazy tuckus when I’d come down with a serious case of Sofa Spud during med school:
- Write down a list of various things I’d like to be doing instead of homework. This included quick things (check email), medium-length (read a chapter in a fiction book), and me-love-it-long-time length (play Half-Life or Age of Empires until sleep sets it).
- Write down a list of the things that a hypothetically-responsible adult would do today. This usually included: review 30+ minutes for each lecture I had today, preview 15-30 minutes for each lecture I will have tomorrow, and study 60+ minutes for any class that has an upcoming exam/quiz. (During the clinical years, this became: 15+ minutes looking up necessary info on each patient I am managing in the hospital right now, 60+ minutes doing general reading on topics in the current rotation to prepare for that rotation’s exams.)
- Then, hold mental negotiations, deciding which items from List 1 would serve as rewards for completing X number of items from List 2.
- Now here are the 2 Key Rules that had to be used to make this system work: (Rule 1) I had to actually complete stuff in List 2 before doing ANYTHING in List 1, no matter how “small” of a List 1 item it was, and (Rule 2) I had to be willing to give up List 1 items for the day, if I wasn’t getting all of List 2 done before sleepy-times.
(That 2nd rule was the hardest one to obey, and took time to become a regular way of thinking. But like any skill, the Skill of De-Procrastination can be learned and improved, with dedication and practice and a healthy fear of failure.) :)