It’s been quite some time since I last blogged and for that, I should apologize. Ophthalmology residency started on July 1st and since that time, I’ve wanted to focus 100% on ophtho, so I put the blog on hold. The past week and a half has been mostly orientation type stuff, with lots of optics lectures, homework, quizzes, and practical sessions thrown in. We don’t start officially seeing patients in the eye clinic until tomorrow- yikes!!
This year is going to be incredibly different from last year. Last year I was an intern in internal medicine, and while I wanted to learn as much as I could, I didn’t stress about studying. In fact, I spent basically zero of my free time studying medicine (except for right before Step 3, my last board exam). Last year I was able to use my free time to blog, workout, spend time with Kyle, cook, sleep, and see friends.
This year, I both need to and want to study. I actually want to spend a large percentage of my free time studying. This is the field I will be practicing forever, so I want to learn it well and I want to excel in this first year. Everyone has warned us that this year will be extremely difficult. The learning curve for ophtho is HUGE and the call schedule is pretty intense (every 4 days), so I have my work cut out for me.
With that, something has to give. I can’t add studying an hour a day to my schedule and expect to continue blogging, working out, cooking, sleeping, seeing Kyle, seeing friends, and being a human. When I think about priorities right now, this lovely little blog falls pretty far down the list.
So unfortunately, I think that for now, I will blog less often. Maybe I will check in once a week with a little recap type post? Would you guys all like that?
I will still be active on Instagram, and I will try to chronicle my days there as much as I did on the blog. I will also be continuing to post Youtube videos, do Skype calls, and answer emails. I hope this is okay with everyone!
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s recap the last week shall we? We can start with my favorite category: Food
On July 4th, Kyle and I made our first grilled pizza. I have never grilled a pizza before and I’m telling you guys, I’m never going back to the oven after trying it! The crust was crispier than it’s ever been from oven baking, the cheese was perfectly melted, and the whole thing took only 10-12 minutes.
We bought the dough from Trader Joe’s and topped it with fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, onions, more cheese, and fresh basil.
For dessert on July 4th, I made a homemade Strawberry Pie. Holy delicious.
Over the next several days, Kyle had one more slice and I ate the rest of the whole pie. How does that always happen? Ha!
We have now gone to the farmer’s market every single Saturday morning for 5 weeks straight! It’s such a good farmer’s market that I haven’t even been to the regular grocery store! We still get meat, eggs, and random items from the Co-op we like, and I still get a few things from Costco each week, but besides that we are living on veggies!!
Here is this week’s purchase:
This past week was a pretty moderate week for working out. On Monday, I tried to read ophtho while walking on the treadmill, but I realized that this is probably pretty low yield since I don’t think I retained anything. I might still try walking and studying, but I might read over notes I’ve already written instead of reading something totally new.
On Saturday, Kyle and I left for a bike ride but the sky looked so ominous and we were afraid it was going to rain on us, so we came home after only 20 minutes. After that we were both kind of over it, so we didn’t pursue another workout option… oh well!
Sunday was a major bike ride day- 30 miles!!
Kyle discovered the “Root River Trail” which starts about 30 minutes from our house and runs for miles and miles through 8 different small towns. We packed up our bikes and drove to Fountain Minnesota on Sunday morning to start our ride.
I knew we would ride for a long time, so I packed us each half an almond butter and honey sandwich, plus a granola bar for Kyle, and some prunes for me.
We arrived in Fountain in about 30 minutes and got everything ready to go. There was a nice little bathroom and water stop, and a big parking lot at the start of the trail which was so nice!
We rode from Fountain to Whalan, and passed through Lanesboro which is the CUTEST little town ever and I’m already planning my trip back.
The entire trail was gorgeous. Some of it was covered by overhanging trees and some of it was out in the sun. The Root River wandered along with the trail (you can see it in the map above) and there were lots of little bridges crossing over water.
We saw deer, chipmunks, beautiful birds, TONS of butterflies- it was incredible!
On the way to Whalan, a major portion of the trail was downhill, so we made great time and averaged around 16 mph by the time we got there.
On the way back, we were tired and it was uphill, so our speed was more like 13-14 mph but we still finished the entire 30 miles in just a little over two hours.
We stopped in Whalan to eat our snacks, which I think really helped us fight those hills on the way back!!
We loved the ride so much, and we will definitely do it again on the weekends, but I have to admit, I was exhausted after!
As you know, I finished internal medicine residency and I started ophtho on July 1st! I now have my own business cards!
The whole week last week was both overwhelming and exciting. It was mostly orientation type things, with lots of optics thrown in there. We have optics lectures twice a week, and each lecture has assigned readings, quizzes, and homework.
I feel like I’m back in college.
Along with orientation every day, we also have 3 hours of refraction training which goes along with our optics classes.
It’s pretty intense!
So, I’ve clearly been spending most of my time reading! (Some of it outside, since the weather is so beautiful!!)
We had our surgical orientation as well and got to tour the operating rooms. Mayo gives us each a portable hard drive that’s encrypted and password protected so we can download all our surgeries which are recorded. You can watch your surgeries over to see any mistakes you made, etc- I feel like a professional athlete!
I think that brings us up to speed. I will miss you guys since I won’t blog as much, but I hope you understand!!