Wednesday, 16 April 2014

"The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things..."

Hi everyone,

First, I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported and read the blog. It has been so important when finding a way to heal and cope over my dear cat, Jasmine's, passing. Without this blog, I can't imagine overcoming that period in my life. In many ways, it saved me from losing my hopes and dreams in life.

Secondly, yes, this sense of urgency and importance means that this blog has come to an end. It does not mean that I have packed my bags, and am quitting medical school. Or that I will cease to continue my artwork. It means that this blog has served it's purpose, and I hope that along the way I have been able to inform my readers about what it is like to apply to medical school. But most importantly, please take away that it's not all sunshine and roses when you get there. 

In the medical field, there are many physicians, nurses, researchers, etc. who have had to face obstacles. Some of us get hit hard along the way, and have to find a way to keep chasing after their dream despite these hardships. Personally, I have had my fair share early on and continue to fight because, as cheesy as it sounds, and despite how much work this program really is, I know I am meant to become a physician.

I wish all of you the best in your futures, whatever that may be.

With love,
Cerena

In memory of Jasmine xoxo



Saturday, 8 February 2014

Healthy strawberry/mango pre-gross-anatomy lab drink!



For those of you who follow me on twitter, you might have seen me tweet about my scrumptious breakfast smoothies. Here is a recipe of my absolute favourite smoothie that I drink before running off to gross anatomy lab. I always try to head off to the lab with a full tummy to keep me from becoming too queasy. Full of protein and healthy carbs, this drink keeps my feet on the floor! Too easy!

Recipe:

Handful, frozen mango
Handful,  frozen strawberries
2 heaping tbsp 0% fat Greek yoghurt 
2 tbsp quick oats
1 cup soya milk 
Water (just enough to cover ingredients)

Blend. 
Enjoy!

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

My thoughts on neuro - 2

Have you ever tried learning a new language? Oh my gosh, it can be so scary and overwhelming at first. It seems like nothing you are hearing makes sense. You fumble over the pronunciation and the writing. And, when you finally think you've got it, you talk to a native speaker, you cannot keep up, and you think to yourself, wait a minute - what was the point of learning this damn language in the first place?! 
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This is sort of how neuro feels right now. As I type this, I am looking at a brain stem image that appears to look like some weird, mutant, inkblot thingy (to clarify, this is a rostral medulla micrograph positioned above an inkblot that looks just like it!):

I'm trying my best to mentally break this beast down into it's components, as well as name them (e.g. what would you call those big oval shaped areas with squiggly lines that you can identify on the micrograph? Think about it for a second... do you have a guess? Well, they are called OLIVES. I am not kidding. Olives, sans martini.) Or how about the two dots in the upper middle portion that look like eyeballs? Those are the solitary nuclei and tracts. And just medial to that are the hypoglossal nuclei. And it goes on, and on, and on.

And really, even though it's totally obscure and I cannot pronounce 1/2 of the terms correctly, and have looked at so many of these inkblot looking images... and have eaten way too many cashews... I am starting to tolerate this. Sort of/kind of/sort of.

Does that make me crazy?

Monday, 20 January 2014

Thoughts on neuro

Wow. Sort of can't believe how much I have crammed into this tiny brain since starting neurology. Basically, it is like trying to understand how a computer is wired... With the exception that a computer is not alive, while a human most definitely is.

So far, the workload has been unmanagable in this block, despite putting the time in until bedtime. Every night. Largely this is because we don't have just one course to prepare for.

So much to do.
So thankful for sleep.


Thursday, 2 January 2014

My personal goals for the new year

I recently created a playful comic featuring Jasmine's new year's resolutions. Now, I don't necessarily believe in resolutions, but I do believe in goal setting. I have found this blog to be so helpful, because if I write it down here I will stick to it! Such a potent motivator. Below I will list a few things I hope to stay consistent with this upcoming semester, feel free to write yours below as I would love to hear them!

1 | Maintain a calendar system for keeping on top of my study schedule (I use iCal to create this schedule).


2 | Stick with my exercise calendar (I use this one from the website blogilates, and mix in the squat challenge - it kills, but works!)

3 | Start to put CaRMS as my personal extracurricular focus, and lessen the amount of time/effort spent helping premedical applicants. For those that do not know, CaRMS stands for the Canadian Resident Matching Services and basically they provide a service that coordinates matching of Canadian medical students into their desired residency programs. Shifting gears to put my personal focus first and make myself a strong contender for my desired residency program (more on that in the future).

4 | Draw more. It makes me happy. 

Happy New Year ;)


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