For the past few days I’ve been complaining about studying. But as I was studying yesterday, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude for what I was studying. The truth is, I love medicine. I love learning about medicine. Becoming a physician has been my dream since I was 16 and that dream is about to come to fruition.
Sometimes studying is no fun, because of the stress and pressure put around studying. Sometimes I would rather do something else. But I can’t deny that I almost always love what I’m reading and enjoy learning more about the body, it’s illnesses, and how to treat them. I am a lucky girl 🙂
It’s cheesy I know. But I have people ask me all the time whether or not they should go to medical school. The ask if it’s worth it. My response is, “as long as you love medicine.” If you can see yourself doing anything else, go do that. But if the only thing you can imagine yourself doing is dedicating your life to science and to your patients, you should go for it!
So with that sentiment, I am going to go back to studying.
But first- here’s a cool mystery diagnosis related to ophthalmology that my friend sent me! With some of these mystery diagnosis articles, you can tell what’s going on right away. But not this one! It also shows how important ophthalmology can be when it comes to diagnosing systemic illness. Ophtho is just so cool 🙂
Why was this high school student losing weight and feeling so sick?
By Sandra G. Boodman, Published: November 18
During the last week of January, the eighth-grader contracted what appeared to be a bad case of the flu. After a week, a doctor decided she had pneumonia, a diagnosis that was later changed to a possible infectious disease. Davidge, a single mother who lives in McLean, had maintained her equanimity during the early days of Cate’s illness. But when she saw that her older daughter was unable to walk 10 feet without stopping midway to rest, she was shocked by how cadaverous-looking Cate had become in a matter of weeks.
“That day was the last straw,” Davidge recalled. She telephoned Cate’s pediatrician, who agreed that the girl needed to be admitted immediately to a Northern Virginia hospital.