Thursday, June 20, 2013

1,000 Days to Match and Garden Pics

Well, almost. Using Excel and this nifty formula, I calculated exactly how many days exist between now and the day that I will match into residency:

=DAYS360(DATE(2013,6,20), DATE(2016,3,25))

Using this formula, it tells me that I have exactly 995 days to Get. It. Together. And you know what? I think it's definitely doable. There are moments when it feels waaaaay to ambitious, but they're few and far between. The other day in a class meeting they told us that in 2 years and 10 months, we will be MDs and will be responsible for patient care. Because that's what it means to match into a residency.

That's going to be AWESOME. 
All of this really IS for a purpose, and 
I'm going to love it if it kills me.

Summer semester has been great so far, though I've spent a pitifully small (almost nonexistent...) amount of time writing on my blog. Bad job, I know. I've been spending a lot more time with Wife since she got back from Mexico. That, and school (PHARM!) has been taking up quite a bit of my time. I've also started working with the Anatomy department on next year's curriculum, while also TAing some Histology labs. It might sound like I'm really busy, and I'm busy, but... That's no excuse for not writing. So, I apologize.

The garden has been going SWIMMINGLY. After the stupid birds and chipmunks dug up all my beans and I replaced them with more beans and a big net, that is. Here are some pics from along the way, covering about 4-5 weeks of time:

Day 1
Day 8
Day 30
Day 42 (today)
Day 8
Day 42 (today)

We should be expecting some fruits within the next week or two, at least some tomatoes and maybe a pepper or two. Snap peas and cucumbers are probably another month away at least, and carrots and beans a little further than that.

As I write this, a friend of mine is TAKING THE MCAT. Man, what a crazy day/feeling THAT was. Talk about a vivid memory... Way to go, Sam! Just four more hours!

Anyway, one more week, and I'm done with the first year of med school. Officially DONE. Wife and I already have quite a few plans made for the summer, including going up north to camp in the Leelanau State Park for FOUR whole WEEKDAYS, as well as a possible trip out east to see my brother, sister-in-law, and new niece! Not to mention small day-trips and one fun surprise that I'll be sharing on here in about a little over a month from now.

Oh yeah, and I turn 28 on Monday - June 24th! I don't know why, but I like 28 a lot better than 27. Probably a preference for even numbers that my subconscious just can't shake... So that's going to be fun, at least once my Clinical Skills final on Monday morning is done...

So while the flurry and buzzle (buzzle = new English word synonymous with "bustle" though cooler sounding) of the end of the Summer semester proceeds, know that I still live. I will post more! Stay tuned...

Saturday, June 8, 2013

My New Niece!

Introducing my older brother's firstborn daughter - Abigail Nicole!

That's right - my first blood-niece (isn't THAT just the least appealing way to put it, haha) was born on Friday, June 7th at 9:24am. In my last post, I said that my next post would be more medically related, so here's the part where I combine what I really want to be talking about with some medical facts that will be interesting to many of my more medically-minded readers - particularly my fellow med students, who just got done studying infant development facts for our last exam:

While initially projected to be 10.5 lbs based on her measurements via ultrasound, she ended up weighing in at a definitely-still-respectable 9 lbs 0 oz. (4.09 kg) at birth. Her head circumference was 14.75 inches (37.465 cm), and her length was 21 inches (53.34 cm). This puts her squarely in the 90-95th percentile for weight, head circumference, and length! No gestational diabetes - she was just a bit over-baked, being several days overdue - but the large size did result in a necessary C-section. Hence, the perfectly shaped head as shown above!

When I asked my brother if he's been trying out any of the cool newborn reflex tricks we've talked about, he responded that they've mostly been treasuring the moments when she sleeps, which I can accept. I can almost pity my future firstborn child (not to mention my Wife), as I could imagine me completely over-testing the Moro reflex, hand/toe grasp, rooting reflexes (and the ATNR once it shows up) to an absurd degree. Babies are fun to mess with when you know a bit about what's going on in their nervous system (assuming everything's healthy), but nobody (except maybe doctors, since it means their lungs / diaphragm / vocal chords / brain / heart are working well) likes a fiercely crying baby.

But anyway - here's a big CONGRATULATIONS! to my brother and sister-in-law on their beautiful new baby girl, Abigail Nicole. Way to go, you guys! Here are a couple more pictures taken via FaceTime:

That's my older brother - look at his fatherly pride!
Thick head of hair.
Despite the apparent cranky-pants she'd been the night before, she slept throughout the entire conversation, hardly stirring a bit, except for opening her eyes once when he held her up to the iPad.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

XtraFinder - Terrible Name, Awesome App


I normally extremely dislike when things are spelled phonetically when there's a traditional spelling. Things like "Kidz Konnection," bug the crap out of me, so I was non-plussed when I randomly found the app called "XtraFinder." I was hesitant because I'm actually pretty crunched for time at this point in the semester (four exams in the next seven days - Autonomic Pharm Drugs this morning, Clinical Skills Friday, Radiology Tuesday, Pharmacology again next Wednesday) and I didn't want to waste time looking into something called "XtraFinder."

This taught me to not judge something based on its having a ridiculous name.

XtraFinder is the answer to every single one of the pet peeves I've built while using Mac OS X Finder over the past several years. It came out at the beginning of LAST MONTH, and it does wonders for the user experience in Finder. So much so that I felt it worth my time to quickly write about. And it's FREE! Not temporarily free. COMPLETELY FREE. Amazingness. Some of the features:

- Copy AND PASTE
- Autosize columns in finder windows
- TABBED FINDER WINDOWS
- Hot-keyable actions
- Press Return to open selected item
- Press Delete to go back to previous folder/location
- Ability to show hidden items
- Ability to copy paths!
- Display folder item counts in the "Size" column when in list view - so no more guessing about whether something's still in a folder!
- Much, much more...

Seriously, if you're on a Mac, check it out for a supreme boost in convenience and customizability:

I promise, the next post will be much more relevant to my experience moving through med school, but this was too good to pass up...

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