A Long and Painful Reign of Terror Will Come to An End
This has honestly made my day. I can't recall ever getting better news!! (I'm ignoring that bit about the threat of a spinoff. Don't bring down my good mood!)
(Sorry to the Arrested Development fans--I myself could never get into it, but I know it had a following.)
On the home front, I had my "Here's What to Expect in Kenya" meeting on Thursday. I don't know if it made me more excited or more terrified. :) Probably both. I'll have a lot of opportunity there to do tons of procedures (spinal taps, chest tubes and drains, abdominal fluid draining, blood gases, etc.) that I'm really looking forward to--it will really make things in intern year just a little better if I have some practical experience. I'll see a lot of bizarre and interesting diseases that I'll never see here, and I'll have a lot of autonomy with my patients. But as thrilling as all of this sounds, there's the downsides--such as not having residents and attendings around to be of help when I really need it, seeing a lot of death, not having a toilet in the hospital (!!! Apparently there's a hole in the ground. They did build a new pediatric building next to the hospital, with running water and a toilet, so all isn't lost, but ... ) The living conditions in the student dorms leave something to be desired--no hot water, no toilets, bugs and mice (shudder), but I was willing to endure it, until I found out that nobody else is staying there. The other medical student and the residents are staying at the "Compound" where they have wireless internet and three meals a day, as well as all the basic necessities listed above (hopefully, minus the mice). So I think I'll be upgrading. Maybe. The cost for the dorms is less than $100 dollars, that for the compound is over $400.
So I have to start getting my vaccinations next week (yellow fever, tetanus, typhoid, polio booster, meningococcal, pneumococcal - and the flu one, which I keep finding excuses to put it off. I know, I know, I was so sick last year and with the threat of bird flu, I should be doing my part as a health care worker, but I hate shots!). Then malaria medications, and antibiotics for the unavoidable "intestinal distress" that comes with traveling to a third world country. Permethrin to soak my cloths in. Etc.
Anybody been to Amsterdam? Any ideas of what to see? Where to stay? I did figure out my tickets so that I could afford to go down to South Africa, but it meant a two day layover in Amsterdam, rather than London. When I told Chris, his first response was that I was NOT to go out at night, or I'd be seeing things that I wouldn't want to see. LOL! I had hoped that there would be time to take a train up to Denmark and see my extended family whom I've never met, but uh, Europe is a little bigger than I thought and it'd take me a day to get there. But I might pop over to Germany. We'll see. In Europe, if you cross country borders, do you get a stamp on your passport, or do you have to fly into the country?
I have my third interview on Monday--but it's my first internal medicine interview (the last two were neurology interviews). It's here at my school, I know everybody well, so hopefully, it'll be a better experience than Minnesota. I have dinner with the residents tomorrow night, the casual "get to know the program dinner", where I get fed for free. NICE! Then on Wednesday, I fly to Wisconsin for two days of interviews. They are one of the four schools that have the combined program that I want--the five year Medicine/Neurology program--and theirs looks the best of them all--well organized curriculum, good patient mix, three hospitals, etc. I've been excited about their program for a long time, so I'm really praying that it goes well. Wish me luck, guys. I really could use it!
I saw Elizabethtown with Chris this week, and I gotta admit--I was horribly disappointed. I mean, I didn't have grand expectations--I had read the reviews and realized that it wasn't going to be more than mediocre. But I expected some attraction between the leads, and some plot and dialog! Instead it was 2 hours and 18 minutes of random music that didn't really fit with anything. The last 1/2 was good, and if the rest had been like that, I don't think I would have been so utterly disappointed. Orlando was cute, but I think that was it's only redeeming quality.
My sister finally bought Firefly, so I've been slowly making my way through the series. Wow, what a fantastic show. It's witty and brilliant and everything that everybody has been saying about it! :) I LOVE IT! The more I watch though, the sadder I get at the thought of there only being 14 episodes! If there was ever was a show that needed to be resurrected, that would be it. !4 episodes, and we got ten years too many of 7th Heaven. It is an unfair world, my friends.
BTW, I got my fanfiction generator fixed (I keep forgetting how wonderful my web host is. I sent them my code and within 5 minutes they had fixed the problem - apparently I had some "windows only" code. If I had done that when I started having problems!). So, for the LOST fans, try it out here
and for the Gilmore Girls fans, I made a special one just for you right here
. I think that some of the minor characters might be a little too minor, but I'd like your opinion. Use it! Promote It! Be Inspired! Write a story that you never thought you would! Write Jess! Do It! You know you want to!