and when she speaks
Thursday, December 23, 2010
My first call day started off really well.My intern hit me straight up. He said first thing when he saw me, 'So I heard you're young?'I said 'Who did you hear that from?'He never answered that question, then I concurred. And told him.He told me 'Wow, I started med school at your age. I'm 30' I looked at him and blinked twice. He didn't look a day over 26. Anyway, he's a great intern. We share good chemistry (good company is crucial especially if you're going to be running codes and doing CPRs on crashing patients together, and having 0 sleep staying awake for 30 hours straight together every 4th call night)!I told him to go sleep around 4am on our first call, because we barely hit the call room. He said 'NO!'. Then said 'I'm a big boy. I can handle it.'I laughed when he said that. Its just we seniors try our best to let the interns sleep when they can. It's the nice 'seniorly' thing to do, anyway. But we ended up only really catching about 45 minutes of broken sleep throughout the 30 hours. That said, my first call was amazing. I placed in 2 lines and did a blind lumbar puncture on an acutely sick markedly edematous man (from liver failure, renal failure)- and felt terrific after that!And I got news via email, of an interview I got :) It was a truly marvellous day. Plus that hospital is better than top 20 *woohoo!*Thank you for your blessings up there :) I feel tremendously lucky. I guess I am made to fly.All my life, my journey has been nothing but amazing. From the age of 14 in a boarding schoool beating homesickness (the absolute worst!) but having super dedicated supportive loving teachers who helped me get through and ace college--> to medical school scoring top scores, 99% in all usmles :) through to med school in canada later- meeting amazing people along the way, and having great letter writers, to residency in RUSH- with super fun loving, terrific, warm-hearted people, and even more inspiring mentors. I'm blessed. and am so thankful for my lucky stars.
I will continue to give my best, I give you that.
Lots of love, always and foreverSue-Sue :)
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
My golden weekend was amazing. I turned 23 on Friday, and the greetings that were pouring in made my heart swell. The birthday messages, gifts from abroad, surprise birthday brunch, birthday dinners couldn't have been more uplifting and touching. I am so blessed to have such great friends around me- friends who have been with me through thick and thin.Turning 23 brings a year of new challenges and more to be accomplished and hopefully, lots of fun along the way. Being 22 brought new experiences, a first love and learning to handle being in a relationship, growing further as a doctor, strengthening all the friendships I had- but more importantly, growing as an individual in so many ways. Working on research, having really wonderful mentors, and realising you have friends who are always there for you (and you'll know this when they're are with you during your deepest downs) -and realising what you're capable of and just how strong you can be- was most of 22. Of course, family was always there-throughout it all, being the amazing source of support they've always shown. The weekend before- my RUSH friends had come over to my place on Sunday night- but what was a low key potluck turned out to be buckloads of fun, laughter and crazy antics. I had the most memorable time. Last weekend, my golden weekend was filled with lots of eating, dancing (I love dancing!) and more eating! Korean BBQ, Greek food, lots and lots of dessert pastries! :)I am a proud owner of:- A new pink camera (for my solid love of picture-taking! ;)), a red bean bag!, a cooking book all the way from Australia ;), a box of branded baby perfumes from an NYC dear :), a red hat :), a fridge magnet that describes me 'little monster :p' and a nail polish dryer! *lol* My friends are an amazing bunch!It has been an amazing year of learning and growing up. and being loved and supported by amazing friends. and having fun being a doctor.
Onto my journey next of hopefully becoming an even more amazing oncologist in the field of medicine. and to more excitement, fun and lots of livin it up! *carpe diem*
To love and be loved. It is the most beautiful feeling in the world.
To my friends and loved ones.
Thank you for always being there for me. even when Im down and not fun to be with and am ranting my mouth away ;) You are all much appreciated.LoveSueyi :)