Stitches and Sutures

I'm a 25-year-old second-year medical student living in Ontario, Canada. I'm pretty sure that the only way to stay sane in medical school is to have a life outside of medical school, and knitting is one of my chosen diversions.

Location: Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Free as a bird

Ahhh. That's the sound of relaxation, and it's coming from me. I had my big scary clinical exam last week, and then my big (less scary) written exam this Monday....and now I'm DONE school (until next week). It feels awesome. This was the end of my in-school education - now it's all clinical experience, all the time, until the end of 2006. I can't decide whether to be terrified or thrilled. At the moment, I'm focusing on NOT focusing on school for the next four days.

And what am I doing with my newfound freedom?
- sleeping in....check, check (10:30 yesterday, 11:00 today)
- getting a massage (which included a hand massage, which felt fab)....check (that was yesterday afternoon)
- getting a haircut (I look witchy, the time has come)....check (scheduled for this afternoon)
- partying with friends...check, check, check (what? we have lots to celebrate!)
- hanging with Mom....check
- baking....check (the church Christmas bazaar is this weekend, I promised to contribute)
- oh yeah....hanging out with The Boy!....CHECK!

Life is good. :) My Mom and I are meeting in Toronto tomorrow to spend two nights at our favourite hotel there. We plan to do some Christmas shopping, eat lots of good food, and sit in the hot tub until we shrivel up like prunes. I can't wait!

And finally...the most exciting news of the past week is that Wee Willie has arrived! Of course, his name isn't exactly's William Shepherd G____, and he was born on Saturday, November 19th, in London, England. He weighed 7 lbs, 2 oz., and mom and baby are doing well. His Daddy made a website to post photos for all of his overseas relatives (Mom's Canadian and Dad's Australian), and they add new photos every day. The high point of our days this week has been the daily check to see what William has been up to!

I suppose I should add "block William's sweater" to my to-do list for my time off. :-)


Blogger Kristen said...

congrats on being "done" for awhile! it's important to enjoy the downtime and actually be "down" for it - that's a lesson that I'm working on this year. What is your first clinical experience going to be?

9:21 p.m.  
Anonymous mia said...

You will LOVE the clinical years, I'm almost half done with my third year, and it blows the classroom time WAY out of the water! Real patients, not case studies! it will rock.

4:48 p.m.  
Blogger Theresa said...

Just wanted to introduce myself, since we're both on Kristen's list of knitting med students - I'm a 4th year, currently on a nice long break between clinical electives. So long, in fact, that I'm really itching to get back into the hospital. I am getting a lot of sleep, though, and a lot of knitting done. . . and I second what the others say - the clinical stuff is awesome. It's not at all about you and the library, it's all about the patients and learning so much from them and the other docs and med students. Enjoy the break, rest up, and have a great time.

9:14 p.m.  

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