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Thankful Thursday | exam = priority

Hey everyone!

I know I’m a little late today; I had a big exam in my med-surg class this morning, so I was studying last night up until I went to bed, and then this morning I rolled right outta bed and hit the studying again until my exam at 9:00.

med organization sheet.

But for better or for worse, it’s done now! WHEW.

cat on lap.

Chiquita is always interrupting my study efforts

for an extra test point

Apparently there was a glitch with something in the last OB/women’s health test, so the head of the department decided to give everyone an extra point on the last exam.

That bumped my 49/50 up to a 50/50, so I am sitting pretty in that class.

I wish I could take some of my points from the OB/women’s health class and transfer them over to med-surg for a little more buffer!

that I feel so comfy talking in class now

I don’t know if I’ve said this before (apologies if I’m repeating myself), but when I had my first in-person class back in 2022, I remember the professor going around and having people introduce themselves and say a little about themselves.

This was a class of maybe 30 people, and I can remember feeling so nervous when it was about to be my turn.

This is funny to look back on, because I regularly talk in my class of 130+ people now. I guess I had some personal growth!

for exposure to medical people who care

The first hour of one of my clinical days this week was spent in a doctor/nurse meeting where they were sharing how they are coping with a really tragic recent case where a young guy (who was about to be discharged) suddenly deteriorated and passed away, despite their best efforts.

The doctors and nurses who cared for this guy were all crying as they told the story, and while it was sad (and of course, I cried listening to them!), I thought that it was beautiful to see how affected they all were, despite being veterans in the medical field.

And it made me feel proud to be joining this profession…where these human beings care so much for another human being who was little more than a stranger to them.

The guy running the meeting shared this quote from Kahlil Gibran, which I loved:

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.”

I know healthcare here has serious problems, and there are medical professionals who lack a caring attitude, but it was lovely to see representation of people who are doing this work because they care about taking care of people.

that I am learning so much in clinical

Now that I’ve got two weeks under my belt at this hospital, I feel way more comfortable with things like the documenting system, where things are stored, and how to use their vital signs machines and IV pumps.

And my assigned patient this week was just a delight!

that I got a ticket to my dream piano concerto

I have wanted to hear Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto in concert forEVER. I was so excited to see it was on the program this spring, but then I saw the tickets were sold out.

The keys on a black Weinbach piano.

Buttttt, I checked last night, and somehow a few seats opened up!!

I did have to pay full price for this one (no student pricing available), but that is ok…it’s happening right around my birthday and I am considering it my birthday gift to myself.

You may have heard this piece even if you haven’t been immersed in classical music. Here’s a YouTube of it, and oh man, the part that starts at about 40 seconds in is SO beautiful.

I already know I’m probably gonna cry when I hear this in concert. 😉

that I got to sit near the double basses

When I bought my student ticket for last week’s symphony, I didn’t really have much of an idea of where I’d be sitting, but I ended up very near the string basses (all six of them).

And that made me happy because double basses are one of my favorite parts of the orchestra.

for several beautiful days this week

We have had a couple of super lovely days this week, and as I type this, I’m sitting by my sunny, open window, enjoying the warm air.

open window.

It’s gonna go back down to freezing on Monday, I think, but for now, it feels like spring!

for some time to go enjoy the weather

I don’t have any more scheduled school events today, so after I finish this blog post, I’m gonna throw some walking clothes on and go take a walk on a local trail.

I do have lecture videos to watch and some prep tests to take before tomorrow’s lecture, but I can do those this afternoon/evening.

Time to soak up some sunshine!!

And then I’ll hit the books again.

What are you thankful for this week?

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Wednesday 20th of March 2024

I'm thankful that ...

1) My family and I pretty much gotten over our sickness. It's great having my energy back.

2) I'm getting back to the routine of things. Slow and steady wins the race. Started devotions, reading, and exercising again. Also cleaning, cooking and doing laundry, my most hated task.

3) Grateful for the advise I get from self help books and excited to be applying some of what I learned. Current one I'm reading is 'Digital Minimalism.' It's such a great read!

Jessica Fisher

Friday 15th of March 2024

Lots of things, but specifically the friendships God has resurrected in my life since the fall, all old friends from different seasons of my life, all moms, all believers. It’s been so helpful to me and my mental health to chat regularly with these 7 women.

Meg in SoTX

Friday 15th of March 2024

Ahhhh…Full Moon and Empty Arms*! Hope you enjoy the concert! I prefer the Paganini Variations if we’re talking about Rachmaninov piano with orchestra but it’s all beautiful.

*a classic popular song based on a theme from Rach 2nd piano concerto.


Thursday 14th of March 2024

- watching the daffodils prepare to bloom along our rock wall - hugging my neighbor, who is in college and home for spring break - a walk to campus with my teenage son... with him leading the conversation - meeting with marching band parents as preparations begin for the Memorial Day parade - the newish outdoor beer garden in our town, full of people and dogs and kids, and great live music

Jody S.

Thursday 14th of March 2024

It would seem that I am late, too! Today I am thankful-- *that son #3 passed the written test and received his learner's permit. *that we had a fun day as a family today. We went for a field trip to the local (free) art museum and enjoyed an exhibit about children's book illustrators. *that my husband decided to splurge, so we all got to enjoy a yummy meal at a favorite restaurant tonight. *for the warmer weather. My face doesn't appreciate cold weather at all anymore after the paralysis. I'm told that it will likely always go a little crazy in the cold, so warmer weather means I can be outside again! *for cinnamon rolls for breakfast today. *for funny kids.

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