Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

We hope your holidays are filled with love, laughter, happiness and family.

"Bread - so that you may never know hunger.
Salt - that life may always have flavor. 
Wine - that joy and prosperity may reign forever."
It's A Wonderful Life

Photograph by Anna E. Burns

Monday, December 23, 2013

Visit to the Christmas Tree Farm

This year Travis and I are celebrating our third Christmas together as husband and wife.  So like years past, we visited the same Christmas Tree Farm in Pennsylvania to find our tree. This year it finally felt and looked like winter down here. The last two years (see here) it was 50-60 degrees and sunny. While I can't complain about that weather, the snow and chilly temps (to a certain extent) put us more in the holiday spirit. It is always fun to head out on a snowy expedition to search for and chop down the perfect Christmas tree. This year was no exception. Not quite sure why this is one of my favorite holiday traditions. Perhaps it is because I get to walk around and find the perfect tree while Travis does all of the hard labor. Well, actually this year he made me work a bit. But it was still fun, nonetheless. 

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Monday, December 16, 2013

What I learned in Emergency Medicine...

Another rotation down! I am happy to report I survived 5 weeks in the Emergency Room. This was the rotation I was most nervous about, but it actually ended up being one of my favorites. It is definitely a different world compared to primary or inpatient medicine, but I guess that is what's exciting about it. You never know what it going to walk through the door. 

While this picture is not actually from the ED, it is one of my favorites. One of the best parts of PA School for me has been meeting three phenomenal girl friends. I don't know if I would have made it through these two years if I didn't have them by my side. I am really going to miss them come May. Looking forward to making this last semester, the very best. 

PA School

So with that being said, here are 10 things in learned in the Emergency Department: 

1. 90% of the cases that walk into the ED are NOT EMERGENCIES

2. With that being said I think I did more throat swobs in the ED than I did in Family Medicine

3. I love suturing and stapling. It's rewarding in the sense that it provides immediate resolution to the problem.

4. I really need to get better at my own CT scans. It is a learning process.

5. When a patient starts their chief complaint with the words, "I was just standing there minding my own business.." it's never a good thing.

6. Routine in your history and physical examinations is so very valuable.

7. ED Nurses are amazing. Be appreciative and kind. They have so much knowledge and experience. You can really learn from them.

8. You have to be quick, yet detailed and thorough. A difficult combination to master.

9. The one major aspect I did not particularly like was the lack of follow up on patients. After we discharged, admitted, or referred patients to other providers, it was easy for that to be the end of the road in terms of contact with the patient and their condition.

10. I worked mostly night shifts. I actually really enjoyed them. Often times, interesting cases would walk through the door on Saturday evening at midnight. With that being said, it also made me even more of a night owl.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Europe Trip 2014

Attention all travelers and expats! 

I am looking for some advice and tips! Travis and I, along with my sister and her boyfriend are planning a trip to Europe this May. We plan on visiting Ireland, Belgium and France, all in just about two weeks. This trip is a chance to celebrate our birthdays, my graduation, our anniversary and it's basically a trip for us making it through graduate school and two and a half years apart. It is the light at the end of the tunnel and has kept me going through school. I am so thrilled to go back to Europe, travel with my husband and share some of the crazy moments and adventures with two of my favorite people. 

While studying abroad in England during college I was able to travel to Ireland. However it was on one of those cheesy bus tours and I think I spent about 4 days there. I am so excited to head back and really soak in the Irish countryside and culture. As for Belgium, it is the home of beer, frites, and chocolate? Duh. Need I say more? And France, specifically Paris. The one place I wanted to see while abroad and I never had a chance to explore. But you know what? I am so glad I didn't, because now I get to gallivant around the city of love with my husband! I am squealing with glee right now. 

So, I am asking you travel experts for the lowdown. I am looking for the must see sites, to die for places to dine, pubs we absolutely must drink a pint in, you get the idea. Any small piece of advice you have would be greatly appreciated. I am all ears. 

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