Friday, January 31, 2014

A Tufte getaway.

Over the holiday break, Travis and I were lucky enough to spend time with both of our families. While on a little getaway to the Primland Resort nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, last year (here) we discovered what seemed like a perfect place for the Tufte family! While the men go on a pheasant hunt the women spend the day at the spa. Sign me up! And that is exactly what we did this year. We rented a cabin at the resort and were able to hike, relax, read, cook, play games, and just spend time together. It was a chance for us to both celebrate a late Christmas and ring in the New Year at the annual gala! Needless to say we really enjoyed our time both together and at this gorgeous resort. Here are some of my favorite pictures...

Friday, January 24, 2014

What I learned in Orthopaedics...

Here is what I learned in Orthopaedics, my elective rotation...

1. I love ortho! Perhaps it is because I have a background in this area. Prior to PA school I worked as a cast tech in outpatient orthopaedics and sports medicine in Rochester, NY. Maybe it is because I am more comfortable in this area. It is possible that I am also less likely to kill a patient as compared to working in medicine. There, I said it. 

2. I love surgery and the OR. Especially big ones like knee replacements and hip fractures. The bloodier and more open, the better. I could really see myself doing this. 

3. When the weather makes a turn for the worse - our patient population increases. 

4. Being able to read plain film x-rays are KEY.  

5. When a patient comes to the ED on a Friday at 3 am with a trimalleolar fracture of the ankle - chances are they are drunk - get an etoh level. 

6. Office procedures of joint injections, reducing fractures and casting are fun. 

7. Anatomy is critical both in the clinic and in surgery. 

8. Smoking significantly decreases bone healing!

9. Navicular = Scaphoid. I will neither accept nor deny I made this mistake.

10. There are few emergencies in Orthopaedics and they include open fractures and compartment syndrome. Unfortunately (or fortunately for the patients) I did not see either. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Life lately...

Hello everyone! I am still alive, just barely. Still frozen up in the Upstate New York tundra. Since heading back to school in January life has been an absolute whirlwind. I have been focusing on school and have not had much time to blog. However, I am going to try and catch up when I am taking a study break. Here are some of the things that have been happening lately...

1. I am on my last rotation for PA School - General Surgery! How did this happen?

2. My grand rounds presentation on Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis is DONE! Check off my list. 

3. I have been busy studying for my boards. Holy cow. 

4. We have "unofficial orders" to our next duty station. Stay tuned. 

5. My friend Andrea and I are working on finishing our Master's Thesis! Can't wait to have this box checked. 

6. I am over Winter and have been since Christmas. Bring on Spring!

7. 68 days until graduation! 

8. Thinking of graduation makes me laugh, cry and everything in between. 

9. There are 81 days until our Europe trip and we have not planned a thing. 

10. I am just trying to survive the next two months of school while enjoying as much of it as I possibly can. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Here's to 2014!

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I have never been one for New Year celebrations, until this year. There has never a year I have been looking forward to, more than 2014. With it comes the promise of so many wonderful things. Here are just a few of the upcoming milestones I am eagerly awaiting...

1. A mission trip to the Dominican Republic with some of my classmates.

2. With May comes the very biggest of them all, PA School graduation.

3. And of course the end to our long distance marriage. I actually get to live with my husband again! 
Imagine that. Wait, after 2.5 years think it will be an adjustment? Ok never mind. Not the point. 

4. Another military move, another Marine Corps base, another city and state (perhaps country, I'm looking at you Japan) -- anyways, the promise of another adventure. 

5. Europe 2014! A trip to celebrate graduation, our birthdays, 3 year anniversary, etc etc.  

6. Travis turns the big 3-0!
What are some big events, milestones or fun things you have planned for 2014?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Medical Mission Trip

Today, along with 24 other classmates from the Clarkson University Physician Assistant Program, we are traveling to the Dominican Republic for a medical mission trip. For the next week we are setting up a clinic and providing free medical care, medications and food for an entire community. 

Check back for more pictures and stories. 

See you in a week! Oh, and don't forget to follow me on instagram for pictures.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A year in review

Here is a look back at some of the highlights of 2013...

1. Survived another year of PA school and 8 different rotations

2. Vacationed with Travis in Wilmington, NC

3. Received this beauty of a bike, I now call Big Bertha, for my birthday

4. Took a little trip to Washington  DC for the National PA Conference and some sightseeing

5. Weekend in NYC celebrating an old friend's wedding

6. Spent the afternoon at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY for the 4th of July

7. Spent most of my free time on the St. Lawrence River with friends and family

8. Vacationed with friends in beautiful Cape Cod, MA

9. Hiked our first high peak, Cascade Mountain, in the Adirondacks

10. Spent a relaxing weekend together at the White Pine Camp in Paul Smiths, NY

11. And finally got a new 'do!

2013 was good to us, no doubt about that. But I have never been more excited for the possibilities that a new year will bring for us. Here is to 2014!

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