Sixth Week

1. Midterms are done and passed. Hallelujah.

2. Also, I have been deemed competent at taking blood pressures. Amazingly.

3. In a week I will be giving my first intramuscular shots to real patients. Looking forward to the day when I don’t have to think so hard about it.

4. I really wish the presentation on refugee mental health hadn’t come right before the pharm midterm, because I totally want to learn more. The pull towards international work tugs a little harder these days. A few weeks ago there was this NPR piece on midwives in war zones…and I have a friend who participated in this training on refugee mental health through Harvard.

At this half-point juncture of the term, I’m realizing how much I miss my work as a doula. I miss just being with my clients, feeling that connection and feeling like I’m actually doing something. I’m already thinking ahead to next term and trying to figure out some way to get back into some kind of direct care work, like, ahem, volunteer doula-ing.

5. This Frontlines documentary on assisted living facilities. It’s hard not to worry about my beloved family members who live in places just like this. It’s hard to move beyond the anger, frustration and fear that someday I might need a facility like this and instead consider what might actually make a difference on a systemic level.

6. Fall clinical placements are posted. I’ll be at a local hospital (not my school’s hospital, but one super close to my house!), on a genitourinary med-surg unit. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to solidify my understanding of all things renal…plus, I’m pretty sure there will be lots of gyn stuff, too. All in all, I think it’s a good placement for me.

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