Tuesday, August 21, 2012

MSU CHM Orientation Day 3: Craziness

Oh, where to start...

The morning was normal - seminars on student disability insurance and blood-bourne pathogens, mixed in with some quality student panels. There wasn't much said in the panel that wasn't a reiteration of yesterday's panel, though I did learn some interesting stuff about MSU CHM's Directed Study Groups (DSGs). Basically, they're groups led by a faculty proctor (I think) that meet once each week to go over the lecture material in greater detail. Apparently, they're incredibly helpful. It's noncommittal, so you can quit if it's not for you, but it sounds pretty helpful. I'll probably be signing up for the Anatomy DSG at least, possibly adding more if I need them.

The rest of the day was crazy. I missed a phone call from Wife during one of the seminars, and when I got out for lunch and listened to the voicemail, I couldn't believe what I was hearing. Basically, we thought her vision was getting better, but then it took a turn. This week it has been deteriorating even more, despite the treatment recommended by her ophthalmologist. She had another visit with him today, and he doesn't know what is wrong with her eyes. He had suggested that she make an appointment with her family doctor, but when she attempted to make an appointment, they wouldn't see her until Thursday - two solid days from now. In the meantime, she can't even see well enough to read the big E at the top of the vision chart. Heck, she can hardly read off of her iPad with the font at the largest size, held four inches from her face. It really is that bad. Forget about driving safely or sewing or reading a recipe to cook - or studying once classes start next week.

I called her doctor's office at 1:00pm and convinced them to see her at 3:40pm this afternoon. After getting off the phone, I called her to let her know about her new appointment and to make sure she would be able to get there (we're in separate cities at the moment, for those of you that don't know). After talking to her, I had about 15 minutes to get back to school and take a 4-hour diagnostic NBME exam. I have no clue what it stands for, but basically it is a practice Step 1 exam designed to serve as a reference point for my learning improvement over the next two years. They'll compare my score from today with my actual Step 1 score two years from now and say, "Hey, lookathat! He learned stuff!"

It also gave me a good understanding of the type and style of questions that will be asked on Step 1. Basically, they were all similar to this:

A 47-year-old caucasian male presents to the emergency department complaining of severe abdominal pain. He is dyspneic, diaphoretic, respiration rate is 29/min, blood pressure is 164/108, and blood glucose levels are 97mg/dL. Urine hematocrit level was 17%. Erythropoietin tango delta was phi-squared normal positive, but the demarcation embargo didn't stop the mass actionists from smashing up the bar. When performed in the supine position, abdominal percussion was atympanic. The right periumbilical region was highly sensitive to palpation, and the patient mentioned having no bowel movements in the past 72 hours, despite maintaining normal dietary habits. Which of the following disorders could best explain the patients symptoms?

A. Schroedinger's Wave Syndrome
B. Leininger's Disease
C. Lippincott Lyposis
D. Faraday Syndrome
E. Boltzmann's Blockage
F. Pawlina's Parenchymal Paresthesia

Hopefully questions like these will make more sense later in my education...

As for Wife, the doctor ended up ordering NINE different blood tests. One real possibility is an auto-immune disease of some sort, but we'll find out more in a few days... Hopefully the solution will be simpler than that, but we'll see. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers in the meantime.


Jill said...

I will pray for her.

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope it's not anything autoimmune. You guys are in my thoughts.

NoLongerSilent said...

I'm sorry to hear this. You both will be in my prayers.

noam chomsky said...

I will keep your wife in my prayers, Justin.

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