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24th November 2004

An M.D. in the making

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Because I haven’t updated on my life forever, I owe a catch-up journal.

Since we last (truly) saw Julia, she was in the midst of her neurosurgery block, wondering what in the world she had gotten herself into. The hours were long, she limped home every night, and nary a resident acknowledged her existence. I fear many night, she cried herself to sleep, as the sleep-deprivation added to the stress. But, luckily that rotation only last two weeks, and by the end, she had made friends with two residents (one, very very cute, but rather too crass for her taste) and had impressed the attendings with random knowledge about a genetic disease that she knows all too well from personal experience. In fact, she had so much fun, that she almost convinced herself that maybe she could do surgery for the rest of her life, and never seen the sun for the next 8 years and have no personal life. Well maybe not quite. However, time goes by (…you’re older than you ever were and now you’re even older, and now you’re even older… and even two long 5-hours-of-sleep-per-night weeks end, and we all must move on.

Our heroine, as you remember, managed to wheedle/cry/whine her way into neurology rotation. She had had inklings since the previous year, when none of her classes had intrigued her quite as much as the study of the brain did (I hear that she actually spent 6 hours a day studying–even when there wasn’t a test the next day!), that perhaps a career in neurology might be nice, and while she was determined to keep an open mind when approaching her rotations, that little niggle of a thought was always there. Radiology was boring–except when she studied brain MRIs. Surgery, dreadful on the feet–but the cases were cool.

So needless to say, she approached the neurology clerkship with more than a hint of excitement.

Two days into it, she had found her calling. She tells me that she loves being with the patients and her neuro exam, while still jerky (and yes, she still forgets to check eye movements), is improving and she can’t wait for clinic each morning, and, yes, the rumor is true, she stayed late on her birthday because she *wanted* to learn more about multiple sclerosis.

Of course, it still is too early to call–she has been known to be mighty fickle at the last moment, but you may be talking to a future neurologist here!

A big thanks and snuggles to my flist for their birthday greetings! *hugs* You are all fabulous, and every day I am thankful for the chance of knowing you and claiming you as friends.

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  • Sorry that I am late in getting to you about this — I haven’t been able to check my friends list in a couple of weeks — but Happy Late Birthday! Sounds like it was a good one. 🙂

    Lots of love,

    • admin says:

      Honey, you were celebrating the birthday of your beautiful babe, you need not apologize. I completely understand (too bad you couldn’t have waited just two more days, so the little one and I could share a birthday!)

      You are wonderful, have I told you that recently? And I feel so much love for you and your beautiful daughter that I can’t express it. You amaze me, you know that?



      • Julia,

        If I believed in God (which I wish I could), I would thank Him today, for you. You are such a good friend to me. I don’t even remember how we met. Do you? Anyway, your comment totally made my day.

        Hehe, sorry I couldn’t wait those two extra days so you could share a birthday with my little one. But believe me, it was time for her to be out. She was knocking her little fists on the door, and it hurt like nothing else.

        You are wonderful, have I told you that recently? And I feel so much love for you and your beautiful daughter that I can’t express it. You amaze me, you know that?

        No, you are wonderful. Giving me such fabulous comments in my inbox. *sigh* Thank you. You amaze me, too.

        *big hugs*


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