Whew!! My medicine rotation is over! I now have TWO whole days off. What am I going to do with myself?
Luckily, I have a million things to do, and so I don’t think I will be getting bored at all. I need to study, do lots of blog things (exciting new updates soon!), respond to about 50 emails I’ve been neglecting (soooo sorry everyone!), clean, cook, do laundry, and prepare for next month which I actually think might be busier than this past month has been. Eek!! So for today, here’s some pictures from my past few days:
I got this Vaseline intense repair lotion as part of the influenster program. If you haven’t joined influenster yet, you should check it out! You connect your social media networks with the influenster website and are able to review products, answer questions about different products, and take surveys. Every so often, you get sent a new product to try out! I’ve seen people on Instagram get Keurigs for free!! I know this winter is going to be brutal, so I was happy to get some great lotion to keep my skin hydrated. I’m SO bad about putting on lotion, so I think this new Vaseline intensive care will really help my skin!
I try to wait to have my full breakfast until around 8am, because I’m starving by 11am if I eat it any sooner. So, when I wake up at 5 and head to the hospital, I usually have a little snack first. Yesterday I grabbed a handful of nuts (walnuts and chocolate dusted almonds) and a piece of toast with pb.
Aren’t our mailboxes so cool? I always forget to empty mine at the hospital and then I get threatening emails telling me to come get my mail! Whoops!
For breakfast, I have been packing either oatmeal (this time with cocoa powder) or greek yogurt with fruit. I made a big batch of green juice to have on the side. It makes me feel so refreshed!
Throughout the day I am CONSTANTLY looking things up. My consultant told me that was a good thing and I believe her. I’m learning so much!
This app- med calc- is one I use a lot. It’s really helpful for calculating scores and pre-test probabilities for different conditions.
From noon to 1 every Monday-Friday, we have a lecture for the entire internal medicine residency. Every Wednesday is Grand Rounds, and someone will do a formal presentation on a topic. Often these are guest lecturers, or people at Mayo who are involved with making new guidelines, leading research, etc. This week we had a lecture about Irritable Bowel Syndrome and how it’s connected to the GI microbiome. Since “gut health” is so trendy with healthy living blogs, I thought this was such an appropriate topic!! Unfortunately, my pager was incessantly beeping throughout the entire lecture, so I missed most of it. But, I’m planning to watch it and I will let you guys know what interesting research I learn about!
Once I get home from the hospital, I’m usually hungry and tired. 2 days ago I made some frozen veggies, a veggie burger, and put it on top of lettuce- but it was shockingly delicious! I also cut up this crazy looking sweet potato which was super tasty as well 🙂
And before bed, I usually have some kind of dessert. I made a huge batch of cookies to bring to work, but the recipe was a TOTAL fail. I made these cookies and copied the recipe EXACTLY as written but my cookies look nothing like hers. Grrrrrr. Oh well. At least they still taste good. And there’s always halloween candy to eat too 🙂
Since yesterday was my LAST day on medicine, I celebrated by having a huge bowl of frozen yogurt with solo many toppings for dinner. It’s become a tradition to get froyo on my last day every month! I think I can live with a tradition like that!
Also, I wanted to share this fun piece of science with you all! Turns out, scratching an itch, really does make you itch more! I had an itch the other day and it was driving me crazy!! It made me think of my step dad who uses a hairbrush to scratch an itch until he has obliterated it and left all kinds of abrasions on his skin. Haven’t we all had an itch that was so bad we just wanted to itch it OFF?
Well, a new study done at Wash U in St. Louis has connected serotonin with the itch factor. I never would have guessed that serotonin was involved. I always assumed it was just mast cells and histamine perpetuating the itch–>scratch–>relief–>itch–>scratch–>infinity
In fact, when you scratch and itch, your scratching sends pain signals to the brain which temporarily blocks the itching sensation. But, when your brain gets the pain signals, it releases serotonin to help modulate the pain. Serotonin then interacts with the neurons with the itching sensation and actually drives the itching feeling even more. So it really is a vicious cycle!
I’ve been reading Science Daily more over the past few weeks and I forgot how much I loved that website. In high school and college, it was my go-to website for anything science related. Whenever I had to do a news report or science article, I always went to Science Daily.
I will try to share more interesting articles with you guys when I read them!
Hope you have a wonderful Friday!!
P.S. I’m going to try to get caught up with emails and blog comments today, but if I ever miss a comment or email from you and don’t respond, but keep bugging me! So often I read emails or comments while I’m at work but I don’t have time to respond- then I forget!! So I promise I’m not intentionally ignoring you!