Sunday, August 14, 2011

A New Life

We jumped into things with both feet this week.  The first full week of real medical school was uncannily like any undergrad class.  There was a lot of talk about professionalism and what is expected of us, we drafted a vision statement, and then the real classes started.  It was disappointingly similar.  Somehow, I thought that we would be beyond the fluff.

We started anatomy on Wednesday and got our first taste of the human body.  I took anatomy and studied cadavers at BYU, but this is my first time actually dissecting a human donor-cadaver-patient (the current respectful term.)  I really don't like the smell of formaldehyde and I find that when I get too close it burns my eyes, but so far, I haven't felt any of its potential psychological effects.  I thought that the material would be impossibly hard and it will probably become harder, but most of what we have learned already has been sufficiently covered in undergrad courses and this is a time to touch up on what I have already paid the price to learn.

The amount of material that we are supposed to cover is daunting and even my brushing up takes quite a bit of time.  I can't imagine how it must be for those who have never taken an anatomy or physiology class or who may have graduated in something other than the life sciences.  We have three classmates with PhDs, a licensed chiropractor, and several with graduate degrees.  I've met some from each category and it doesn't appear that any (with the possible exception of the chiropractor who has already taken most of these classes already) can waltz through what we are doing.

On a domestic note, we got moved into our apartment on Saturday and spent what time we could this week unpacking and making a home.  I've included a few pictures to give a frame of reference.  It's 3 bed/2 bath 1100 sq ft and the biggest place we have lived yet.  We are on the ground floor for once, but the benefit of no stairs is offset by less privacy and a noisy family with six young kids living on top of us.




Chiara has discovered locks and how to use them.  She can lock and unlock doors at will with anything that can fit in the slot.  Deadbolts and handsets are no barrier and she has even figured out how to work the child-safe door-knob covers that keep her in her room and out of our room.  Any ideas?  She's relentless.

One of my favorite things so far is that blackberry bushes are taking over the state and they are all ripe right now.  Several times a day Chiara asks to go pick berries.  This bush is just off the road coming into our apartment complex.


A deliciousness that Shelli made out of some berries Chiara and I picked.
Chiara loves to be involved in everything we do.  She saw me treating Shelli's headache and decided she wanted to do some HVLA/myofascial release on her own.

One of my other favorite things about this area is the weather.  'Nuff said.

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