tis been a week of fourth year now... physically, my stomach creaks and groans from my awful diet (think cookies and cream ice cream for breakfast, cadbury mini easter eggs for dinner.. a coffee or some juice in between... you get the picture), my head hurts from the lack of sleep, my legs hurt from the continuous standing/walking around for ward rounds. at this rate, imma get fugly varicose veins by the end of the month. mentally, i'm exhausted by the sheer amount of information and concentration required for the on-the-spot questions during ward rounds and clinics... and especially to stay awake during lectures. saw one of the ED specialists sleeping while sitting upright during one of the clinical conferences today tho, so that made me feel a lot better somehow heh. i aint the only sleepyhead around!
and then there's the assignments, the patient interviews, the history taking, examinations, the prescribing task, the psych component, long case preparation and of course, the exams... all of that hanging over my head like a stubborn grey cloud.
and then there's this thing called a social life of some sorts.. i've lost the little i had of it to begin with anyway and there's no time to find it anymore. let sleeping dogs lie seem to be the motto this year in more ways than one...
like my current situation of enrolling in both 3rd and 4th year. the faculty has been telling everyone else in the same boat as me that this arrangement wasn't possible. naturally, i become the poster girl as A put it, for everyone else to use as ammo to complain to the faculty with. fun fun.
in a way, im lucky enough to get a "responsible" clinician to take us around with a really helpful intern to boot. others have plenty of spare time to wander around the hospital and do some studying or history taking because their clinician's away or something. at least we get a little discussion at the end of a very tiring day after ward rounds to either summarize/discuss the patients we've seen or to learn about a particular disease/topic that's common in the hospital setting that may very well turn up on our exams.
*stares at the screen*
'cuse the brain-deadness. i've used up my week's quota.. i can't handle too many more synapsing. thank goodness for the weekend. hi kumar & clark! *groans*