Friday, May 16, 2014

Packing Up Our Life in Tennessee

Life has seemed to be heading full speed ahead for the past few months, and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon! The results of Match Day came in late in March and we found out that we will be in West Virginia for the next four years as I do my residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology! It was definitely a dream come true to find out and we have been trying to prepare for the big move that will happen in early June since then. Jeff also found out that he got a job in WV with the Red for the first time, we will have two real incomes! Woohoo!!!

This past weekend was my graduation from medical school and thankfully the last graduation I will ever have! It was such an exciting weekend and we got to spend a few days with the fam in a beautiful cabin on the lake.  In comparison to having 12 people in one house, this week has been super lonely whenever Jeff heads off to work...I was so used to noise!  Thankfully, this weekend is the Bobo-Q, and there's always plenty of fun and noise there!

 My class's match results!
5 peeps going into OB/GYN!
Me pointing to where we are heading!
 Super honored to receive the Outstanding Anatomy Student Award!
Posing in front of my school!
 Such a supportive hubby!
 We did it!!!
Our beautiful cabin for the weekend!

 An amazing view from the porch!
Such a sweet little beauty!

Jonah is going to be an amazing photographer! Starting early!

She's really good at the hair pulling!

 Em really loves her Jeff Jeff! 
Kyle and Jonah having fun on the dock!
Couldn't have asked for a better graduation weekend surrounded by my loved ones!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Match Week is upon us!!!

One of the most exciting events is FINALLY here...MATCH WEEK!!! For those not in the medical field, this process is very strange...well, it is even for us who are in medicine.  I've been asked many times in the last few months if I had heard anything from my interviews, but the way the Match works is a ranking system, not just an interview and job offer.  Yesterday felt like the most important day of the week to me, when I found out whether I matched or not.  I had interviewed at 5 locations, all for a position in an OB/GYN residency, and Monday was the day I finally got the results on whether I would end up at one of those 5 places.  And....I MATCHED!!! I had spent the last weeks and months coming up with possible "what if" scenarios and trying to convince myself I would be happy in something other than OB/GYN if I ended up having to settle for something else.  Thankfully, my efforts to accept becoming another type of doctor were unsuccessful and unnecessary! I am going to be an OB/GYN!!! I've only known that is what I wanted to do for about a year, but that was enough for me to fall in love with it.  Thankfully, as Jeff put it, somebody wanted me!!! I have a job starting July 1st!

Now, my thoughts for the rest of the week are being consumed with where we will end up for the next 4 years.  This Friday at noon we find out where we matched to, and then the real fun starts! We get to house hunt and job search for Jeff.  Another question I've been asked a lot the last few months is what Jeff was going to do when I moved.  There was never a thought of him staying behind at his current job and me moving without him.  We spent years at opposite sides of the state and I hope to never go through that again. I know that we can live anywhere for 4 years as long as we are together.  So, come this Friday we will know we are heading to one of the following places: Augusta, GA, Charleston, WV, Huntington, WV, Odessa, TX, or Kansas City, MO.  And after that, a few short weeks to graduation and the rest of our lives!

The email I was waiting not so patiently for!!! All smiles here!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Our 1st Christmas

This year marked our 1st married Christmas! We've been married for almost 6 months now and it has flown by! This was also the first year that I did not wake up Christmas morning at my parents' house...only took 28 years for that big change! I was able to spend time with much of my family on Christmas Eve and then headed back home to wait for Jeff to get off work.  He had to work on Christmas, so we did our exchanging presents that morning and spent a little time with his parents before he headed off to work, then I headed over to my aunt's house for the afternoon.  We got to do Christmas with the rest of the family that Saturday, and it was so fun! Here are a few pictures!

We are registered for the Country Music Half Marathon! My 3rd and Jeff's 1st!

He loves his new camera!

He's imagining the face he will make during his massage! We got each other couple's massages! LOL!

Wow! I look tired! I could use this pillow to go back to sleep!

Jeff got me a new memory foam pillow with a cooling layer! It's amazing!

A shoe rack!!! I think he was tired of me having shoes all over the bottom of the closet!

My beautiful new earrings!

I love jewelry! Haha!

Our Christmas tree after we opened our presents!

My warm slippers! Jeff always gets ice cube toes pressed against him!

I made Christmas breakfast consisting of biscuits, sausage, eggs, and tater rounds! Yum!

Spending time with one of my biggest fans...Jordan! We had a great afternoon!

Our 1st Christmas picture after Jeff got off work! Can't wait to celebrate many more together!

Friday, November 8, 2013

A Month of Thanks

While I haven't jumped on the Facebook bandwagon of telling the world what I'm thankful for daily, it has made me think each day more and more about all the things I am thankful for and how blessed I am.  With my anesthesia rotation winding down since I have an interview taking up much of next week, today I thought about how thankful I am for preceptors that are amazing, willing teachers.  While I'm not sure if some of these physicians are getting reimbursed for the time they take to teach me, to me, it seems that they are taking on a student out of the kindness of their heart.  Most physicians that I have followed have seemed to take joy out of sharing their knowledge and experience.  Most physicians remember how it is to be a student.  Each new generation of doctors has to be trained somehow and many of my preceptors did not think they would be in a teaching environment, yet they have undertaken the task with zeal.  My favorite preceptors are the ones who challenge me to get out of my comfort zone and to think critically. They give me confidence in myself showing the confidence they have in me.  They make me want to learn all I can about their specialty.  Looking ahead, many, many years down the road, I hope I will have the same opportunity to teach the new round of soon-to-be doctors.  I want to be the type of doctor that shows the enthusiasm and love I have for this profession to my patients, co-workers, and anyone else I encounter during my practice, and more than anything, I want to be good at what I do.  And I want to deliver babies...but that's just a small part of it! :)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Looking Down the Road

In light of receiving my first residency interview, I thought I would update my blog for the first time in forever! I started this blog so that I could record my thoughts as I went through rotations, and maybe help make my decision about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  As I soon found out, that was not needed...within two days of my first OB-GYN rotation, I knew exactly what I was supposed to be doing.  So here's a draft of my personal statement that I've used for my applications. I

There are a few moments in life when you may get the awe-inspiring feeling that your life is headed in the right direction; a sense of purpose urging you to take a certain path.  Most recently, that feeling happened as I was walking down the aisle toward my smiling groom, surrounded by my family and friends.  Before that, one of these remarkable moments was my first solo delivery. It was 2 weeks into my OB/GYN core clerkship and no deliveries had worked out quite well enough to allow me to deliver on my own.  I had finished checking on a patient when I ran into another attending on our service.  We started talking and he asked if I felt ready to deliver unassisted.  I jumped at the chance since I had been waiting for weeks for this opportunity.  I had witnessed many births by this point, but to be scrubbed in with the doctor observing behind me was a gratifying experience that I will never forget.  As excited as I was, it was amazing to be involved in such a joyous moment in the proud parents’ lives.

During my 3rd year, I had the opportunity to pick many of my first rotations. I had completed my Master’s in Anatomy before medical school, and with my knowledge of the human body, I knew that whatever I would love doing would involve surgery or procedures, something very hands-on.  I rotated through Interventional Radiology, Neurosurgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, and Orthopedic Surgery, each one giving me a new set of abilities. With each rotation, my surgical skills improved and I felt more at home in the operating room. I enjoyed the immediate effect we could provide a patient with an operation, and it was amazing to see the transformation in their health.  The one thing I did not receive with these rotations was an exposure to primary care.  The interactions with patients, while rewarding, felt short and often had no reason for long-term follow up.  I decided I wanted a stronger, long-term relationship with my patients and still play an integral role in several aspects of their health.

During my first OB/GYN rotation, I found something that I had not in any rotation before: I enjoyed clinic as much as I did being in the hospital rounding on patients or in surgery. Being the only student on the service with three physicians, I was able to see many of the practice’s patients, which offered a huge range of pathology and treatment styles.  The versatility of this field astounds me, as you can be involved in a patient’s preventative health and health maintenance or treatment and recovery of illness.  Another thing that has drawn me toward OB/GYN is the opportunity to educate patients.  I have a strong background in teaching, and I’ve been told by many patients on rotations that I explain things very well.  My experiences in OB/GYN have been some of the most interesting and challenging moments of my clinical time and I look forward to being in such an exciting field.

At this moment, my goal is to practice general Obstetrics and Gynecology, although I am eager to have an in-depth exposure to many of the subspecialties.  I have a very supportive spouse, family, and group of friends, and medical school has provided me with the ability to balance my personal and professional lives well.  In addition to my surgical and communication skills, I have a friendly demeanor, strong leadership ability, dedicated work ethic, and the motivation and desire to learn.  I look forward to entering a residency program that is academically challenging, committed to teamwork and support, and driven on keeping up with the advances in patient care in the field of OB/GYN. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

6ish months later...

Goodness, I am awful about making sure I write in my blog! So, now I have almost a half a year's experience to catch up on.  The most exciting moment right now is that tomorrow is the first day to try on a wedding dress! We are definitely in planning mode now that all of the holidays are over.  I just feel like once I find my dress it will feel like everything is coming together! Now if I could just nail down a color, we'd really be getting somewhere!

Since the last time I updated the blog, I've had some of my favorite rotations.  The rotation after neurology, neurosurgery, was definitely my favorite.  The first day on the service, the doctor asked me tons of anatomy questions, which were right up my alley, so he definitely had some trust in me after that day.  From that day on I got to open and close almost every surgery and even got to do whole carpal tunnel surgeries and muscle and nerve biopsies myself, under close supervision, of course! I never expected to get to do so much on my first surgery rotation.  It is definitely one of the things I could imagine doing for the rest of my life!

After Neurosurgery, I moved on to Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgery, which I loved! There's not many things cooler than holding a beating heart! Once I proved that I knew my way around the OR, the surgeons gave me the responsibility of suturing the leg after harvesting veins, and as I got quicker with that, I got to move up closer to the heart each day, eventually getting to help with bypass surgeries and getting to close the chest.  The heart is a part of the body I have always been fascinated with, so then again, I would love to be able to do this as a career, 9 hour surgeries and all!

I came into medical school thinking I would be an orthopedic surgeon, and after my Orthopedic Surgery rotation, I'm not so sure about that! The thing is, the part of orthopedics that I really loved, the spine surgeries, is what I got to do in Neurosurgery, and the rest felt like the exhaustion of holding limbs.  It was a very valuable rotation, especially since I got to see a range of hospitals from LeBonheur to The Med, but I was exhausted most days and of it just didn't seem to fit.

My four months in Memphis were so much fun, mainly because of my lovely cousin Christy! I had such a blast having a roommate again, and we never had a dull moment.  Christy was on a pretty strict diet and didn't keep bad stuff in the house, so it was a lot easier to lose weight down there, and a 24 hour gym didn't hurt! Total I am up to a 29 pound loss, which is much less than I hoped to be by this point, but I still have time! I'm in Hopkinsville now, and they have given the students a free YMCA membership, so it's definitely crunch time!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Getting into a groove!

Wow! It has been over a month since I wrote something on here! I'm pretty bad about always finding something else I could be doing other than sitting down on the computer, but I'd really like to update my blog more often, so I'll just have to make it one of my priorities!

A lot has happened since my last update! Kyle and Mandy's wedding went so well! It was beautiful and they had a great turnout of people there to celebrate their love! It definitely got Jeff and I more excited about our wedding...if that's possible! Just 10 months left until we tie the knot and it is speeding by!

I finished up my radiology rotation in Cookeville and was really sad to leave! Sometimes things just fit, and that's what radiology did. I went to grad school in anatomy, so that's what I am good at, and it was all anatomy all the time! What more could I ask for? The only problem if that stays a top choice is that it is a super competitive residency, so I'm not sure how great my chances are to get in, but if it still feels right, I'll definitely try!

About 2.5 weeks ago, I moved to Cordova to start my next rotation in Neurology, which is turning out to be a lot of fun! It was a little scary the first week, especially when all I got was a list of patients and rooms and was told to go see them, but after a minor "what do I do" moment, I pulled myself together and it ended up being a lot more fun than following a doctor around! One of the hardest parts about this rotation is having patients that aren't mobile or can't speak because of a stroke and trying to figure out how and what to do for my exam. I believe it has to be an art form that doctors eventually pick up, developing your own style of exam and deciding what questions to ask, one that I think will take a little while to get the hang of.

I do love living in Cordova because I have more friends down here, I have an awesome gym that is unbelievably close, and my cousin that I'm living with is a hoot! The only downsides are being farther away from Jeff and family and the traffic (oh the traffic!). But I'm having a blast, still have great hours and am getting lots of sleep, and already lost 12 pounds since I've been here! Slow and steady wins the race, right? Well, I guess that is all for now, just waiting for the doc to get here to spend the afternoon in clinic. So until next time! :-D