Oh and another thing...

As if Forensics wasn't bad enough, it also includes physics (my all time least favorite subject, ever).

This is one of our Pathology Objectives: Describe how changing the Delta V (change in rate of momentum) can improve transportation safety.

Really! I'm not making this up. Most of what we learn in medical school is medicine, or at least closely related. And while I don't minimize the importance of safety I think this one is better left to the transportation and vehicle engineers. It is not like I'm going to be a human bumper for my patients. Though I suppose if one was fainting onto the tile floor I could use this law of physics to soften his fall, or something.... (sigh.)

On a semi-related note, this is pretty cool and since bike helmets prevent brain injury I'm safely back to the subject of neurology which I am quite happy to talk about and study.

I need this term to be over, I think I'm getting grumpy....


The Anatomy of Tears

I cried today.... it was part sadness: I miss my husband, this term has been long and I am ready to go home. He graduates from residency tomorrow and I won't be there to share it with him. His Birthday is this this week but I'll be here, studying for my path final. Sometime things don't work out like you want. And I know that I'll be home soon but right now it just doesn't seem soon enough.... and so I cried.

It was part anger: we finished pathology with forensics and there is something despairing in how humans treat one another. The last two days have included lectures on child abuse, rape, homicide and suicide, all complete with pictures so I started to doubt the humanity left on this earth. ( I expected forensics to be fun, like solving cases on "CSI", but the problem is they are all true cases and pictures of real people.... It was the opposite of fun. It was emotionally draining and terrible and I have ruled out Medical Examiner, Forensic Pathologist and possibly ER based upon how I've felt these past two days.) 

I tried to turn my day around, I ran out of class and came home for lunch but found myself looking at pictures of the oil spill, haunting, sad, heart-breaking pictures. The highlight of my day was an actual mid day conversation with Dr. Boyfriend and skype let us both be on video for the first time in forever, so that was nice. But then I had to go to lab and hear more about terrible, horrible things that humans do to one another. I tried to redeem my day again and went for a swim at with a plan to watch the sunset, but locals kept bothering me, peddling their necklaces, mangoes and company. I escaped to IGA and stocked up on a few things for the final two weeks I'm here.... But when I got home the new iphone Facetime video flashed across my computer and the music and the orchestration was just too much, so I cried. Tears of sadness and disappointment in mankind. 

I know that I will see things and do things that will make me feel this way again. Medicine does not always provide a happy ending and that is a reality I have chosen by coming to medical school and embarking on the life a physician. I just hope that the sun comes out and the encouraging days outnumber the heart-breaking ones. And when they don't or when I need to, I'll cry....


I feel like burnt toast, oh and Path Pictionary VI

Okay, so this Path Pictionary has taken away my desire to post anything of substance. I guess I'm just tired. Term 4 is not so bad.... I mean I like Path, it is interesting, yada yada but I'm tired and want to go home.... every day has become a chore to get through. I feel like all I do is sleep, study and drag myself to class, lab, etc.  I miss being a real person....

But soon, so soon, I'll be back in the US with my husband learning a new city and having a nice summer break before coming back her just one more time. Crazy how fast time has gone by, sometimes it seems like just yesterday that I was packing and planning to move to Grenada.

Now if only these last two and half weeks can go as quickly as the past year and half has..... But I digress, I'm done whining (for now).

For your Pathology fix I present the last installment of Path Pictionary: Brain and Bone

A. Diagnose by weather or fruit.
Patient complaint:
MRI shows:

 MRI shows:

B. Sticks and stones....



Path Pictionary V

Each set of pictures describes one pathology. The subject is endocrine. 


B. Hard as   or  hard.

Think Nuclei!