Why National WOMEN Physician Day

I was standing in the OR, obviously pregnant with our second child, when the attending surgeon, whom I had introduced myself to seconds before as his medical student for the day, turned to the male medical student with anesthesia and asked “Are you married?” “No, sir.” “Do you have a girlfriend?” “No, sir.” “Good. Women […]

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Well you know you’re in trouble on your birthday when the waiter brings the entire male staff to sing your “Happy Birthday” tune while making jokes about it being your 22nd birthday. Apparently I have truly entered adulthood, though I blame that on the fact that I had both of the kids with me. But […]

Fruit Picking

I’ve heard it said that we should be careful what character traits we ask The Lord to give us…because in order to become patient, one must be placed in a position that requires patience. Things like loving our enemies, being joyful no matter the storm, choosing direct kindness instead of writing someone off… We want […]

What the Last Day of Medical School Feels Like

March 11 was my last shift as a medical student. A doclette. A wanna-be-doctor. A short coat. Whatever you want to call it. I was excited and knew it was a big deal. It was all I thought about for a week. What I didn’t expect were tears. Tears of pure relief. Medical school is […]

Grumpy People (Me)

Yesterday, I made a “ninja move” as described by one of my friends: I went to another part of town completely and totally alone. (I attribute this ninja skill to our recent viewings of Kung Fu Panda, but moving on…) I made a pit stop to indulge in a little coffee delight at one of […]

10 Signs You’ve Been Studying Too Much

10 Signs You’ve Been Studying Too Much

Taken from my most recent experience of studying for my first medical licensing exam, these things may indicate that you have been studying WAY TOO MUCH…and not enough all at the same time. 1. In a normal home, the parents say things like “Have fun at school!” and “I need to study.” Not in your house. […]

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This year, I spent two days lamenting that I was turning 27…until I realized that I am indeed only now 26. My mom has informed that it will most likely not be the last time this happens. Hooray! Last year on my birthday, I did a lot of looking back—mainly at the good—and took an […]

2:32 am

2:32 am

It’s 2:11 am. Some might say that I’m crazy—doing everything that I do. I agree. But I’m crazy in the best way possible. Crazy in that I am completely and totally in the middle of God’s will—without regret. I remember complaining when I would be studying at 2 am in college. Complaining about how hard […]

2012 in Review

2012 in Review

And now begins the times of reflection that we all have, whether we intend to or not. For some reason, the beginning of a New Year makes us look at the past and the future–all at once. I can’t say I’m really big on “resolutions”. They usually fail by February. Instead, I like to look […]

Nicaraguan Culture: A Journey of Pictures

Nicaraguan Culture: A Journey of Pictures