December is my elective month, and I chose to do 2 weeks of rheumatology and 2 weeks of neuro-radiology. Both specialties are pretty low key and also pretty applicable to ophthalmology.
Since I had vacation the first week of December, and I had 2 extra days off for Step 3, I only had 3 days of rheumatology before my 2 weeks was up. One of those days was my ACLS recertification, so I really only had 2 days in clinic. Oh well.
Now I’m on to neuro-radiology, which is going to be reading a bunch of head and spine MRIs. I think it would be pretty awesome if I could get a little more comfortable reading head MRIs, since lots of ophtho patients will have imaging, so that’s my goal for the month.
I started yesterday out with a big bowl of Puffin’s cereal. I haven’t had cereal in ages and it really hit the spot! I cute up a pear and sprinkled in a few cashews before covering it all in almond milk- so yum!
You can also see the contents of my desk in this picture- multiple coffee mugs, multiple other beverages, a note pad, and some nail polish- typical.
After spending the morning in the dark radiology reading room (how do people work in there all day!?!?) I had an hour break, so I ran home for lunch. I ran out of time that morning to pack lunch, so I was stoked that I had enough time to go home. I didn’t want to eat a boxed lunch.
I quickly scrambled up 2 eggs with some cabbage and kale. On the side I had a piece of Ezekiel bread (the flax is the best one- seriously try it) and some salami. I don’t know why, but when I was grocery shopping on Sunday, salami caught my eye and sounded so good! I can’t remember the last time I had salami, so I went ahead and bought it!
For dessert I had a massive bowl of pineapple (and some ice cream left over from the weekend 🙂 ).
Then it was back to work! My resident is super nice and let me do my own thing while he read a bunch of spine images which don’t interest me as much. I thought I would use the time to read some ophthalmology.
*****If anyone is in med school or residency, most school library websites have access to the Clinical Key database. You can search for textbooks and you can find all kinds of great ones in PDF form that you can download. I downloaded all of Kanski, which is a huge ophtho textbook. It’s pretty sweet!
After work, Kyle and I did something really excited, but I’m not going to write about it until tomorrow. So let’s pretend Sunday night was yesterday night, because I went to the gym.
I really enjoy ending my workouts with some medicine ball abs, push-ups, and stretches. Push-ups are so much more fun if you roll a medicine ball between your hands each time!
I found this medicine ball workout article on Greatist– I have to try some of these exercises!
For dinner, Kyle and I made shrimp, broccoli, and rice. For the shrimp, I mixed sesame oil, olive oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sweet soy sauce (or you could use brown sugar or maple syrup), fresh chopped ginger, and fresh garlic. I marinated the shrimp in the sauce for a while, and then spread them out onto a baking sheet. I roasted them with the shells on for 10 min at 400F and they were fantastic!
Dessert was banana and almond milk with some cocoa powder- one of my favorite healthy desserts.
By 9pm it was lights out!
(I’m trying to incorporate more interesting articles and such into ADITH)
I just read this concerning article about the presence of E. Coli and Salmonella in produce from farmer’s markets. I know that personally, I am so bad about always washing my fruits and veggies off after I buy them. There are a few that I always wash, but sometimes if it’s labeled as organic, or I know I bought it from a local farmer, I skip rinsing it. According to this small study, of the 133 samples tested from various California farmer’s markets, 24% had E. Coli or Salmonella. 16 of the samples were unsatisfactory according to USDA standards. So, even though this study isn’t huge or life-changing- it does highlight the importance of washing your produce no matter where you buy it.
Here’s the actual article:
- Donna J Levy, Nicola K Beck, Alexandra L Kossik, Taylor Patti, J Scott Meschke, Melissa Calicchia, Rosalee S Hellberg. Microbial safety and quality of fresh herbs from Los Angeles, Orange County and Seattle farmers’ markets. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 2014; DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.6996