Wednesday, July 01, 2009

*pokes head in*

I'm still alive, I swear. :-)

Got a bit tied up from so much studying that I flat forgot this was even here. But, a two-sentence summary. I'm doing well, and second year is satisfactorily over. :-D

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Mmmm... microbes.

Curse you, Leeuwonhoek! Curse you and your inventions!

If it weren't for microscopes, my job would be much easier. As it is, my back is killing me. ;-)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Gross Anatomy... DONE.

It was a beast, it was nasty and evil, but it's DONE.

Pass, move on, and now a few days' rest before the next block. Behavioral Sciences should be easy compared to that!

Friday, February 15, 2008

*pokes head in*

Don't know if anyone's still reading this, but I'm still here. :-)

I've been tied up with school of late, but all is well. Gross Anatomy just takes too long. Hopefully, I can sit down and write something longer tonight.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hey, we finally learn how to do the whole doctoring thing!

Tomorrow, the block of med school I think I'll enjoy the most starts- Fundamentals of Clinical Practice. It's a fun one- how to do the physical exam, ethics, all that good stuff.

Have to say I'm looking forward to it. :-)

Monday, May 21, 2007

Finally... only took four years!

"IN. :-)"

So run the first two text messages Bainwen and I exchanged on the 17th. Why?

It only took four years to write them.

I first applied to medical school in June of '03, and got waitlisted at the Medical College of Ohio for the 2004 entering class.

Took two years of extra classes, got waitlisted at Wright State University for the 2006 entering class.

One year at a Master level, and I got waitlisted at Ohio University, Cincinnati and an interview request at the newly-renamed University of Toledo College of Medicine for the 2007 entering class.

Then came the 7th. Interview day. Thought I nailed the interview, but time to wait...

*opens letter*

No waitlist this time!

I'm in! All I have to do is finish the MS, which may require some luck, but if I do... I'm in!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Been busy, but in a good way. :-)

Been so busy, I nearly forgot to update on here. My apologies, folks. :-)

Hmmm... starting from the beginning. I pulled an 88.6% in my Neuropathology course for the final, and just found out I got an 80% on my first Neuroscience exam. Been studying like mad for that class, so I've been consumed.

It's rough, but I've been making it.

However, I finally had a chance to keep a promise to my grandfather, back on 3/31.

What promise?

Well, he was a Mason for many, many years. 61, as a matter of fact. He never missed a meeting until he was well over 80, and always encouraged me to join someday. I knew I would, as the ideals of equality and fraternity appeal greatly, but life kept intervening. One day, Grandpa passed me an envelope with five crisp twenties in it- enough for my petition. I took it, and kept it safe until the time was right.

On April 3rd, 2005, he passed away. I was about twenty feet away.

As my grandma was helped to a chair to recover from the shock, I took a moment alone with Grandpa. I'll do it, I promised. As soon as I can, any way that I can, I will.

Time passed, as time often does. I kept getting close, setting aside time that was always eaten alive with classes and work, keeping me just far enough away that it was left undone.

March 31st, though, the stars aligned. A one-day class, from Entered Apprentice to Master Mason. My father was my guide, and my grandfather was there in spirit. If I didn't know better, I would swear I saw a tear in my dad's eye when he gave me the Master's grip.

If he'd looked closely, he would have seen one in my eye, too.

A promise kept, two years on. A promise kept, and the Light shines on.

So mote it be.