30 October 2012

Oh Sandy...

Hurricane Sandy is currently ravaging the New York and New England region. My home state of RI isn't faring too terribly, but some of my favorite beaches are probably eroded to bits. Rumor has it the Narragansett seawall is falling apart under the tidal surge, but I'm not sure if that's true. My cousin at Johnson and Wales in Providence got evacuated yesterday afternoon. It's really crazy.

Long Island, where most of my family live, is also getting hit pretty hard. Another cousin got evacuated from her dorm on LI, but she's safely at home. I keep looking at pictures of places around LI and RI and it just breaks my heart. So far no lives lost in Rhode Island, and I hope it stays that way.

On a school note, week 3 of PMVPH is killing me. I'm bored out of my mind because it just doesn't interest me one bit. But at least I'm getting a lot of revision done on the side!

12 October 2012

Fresher's Flu

As a reminder to all: you can definitely get Fresher's flu without actually being a fresher. I am living proof of that.

Seriously. I went to one Fresher's Week event, ended up staying out way past my normal bed time and voila! Fresher's flu. It's really only coughing and sniffly nose at this point, but it's driving me crazy. I've got a self-imposed restriction to my house/bed this weekend in hopes that it helps me get better faster. Although I am volunteering at the Dog Olympics (it's a fundraiser for one of the college's charities) on Sunday, but only for a few hours.

On a different note, we had our last Dermatology lectures today. Really, they were endocrine lectures about hyperadrenocorticism in dogs/cats and PPID (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction) in horses. Interesting, especially since I want to do my final research project on PPID in horses.

Also, we FINALLY got our sub-groups for our rotation groups, and I really do have a fabulous set of people in my group. Thank goodness for some semblance of good luck or whatever it is. Makes me more excited for rotations to finally start!

07 October 2012

Long time no post.

I have a feeling that the closer I get to clinical rotations, the harder it will be to post here. So bear with me.

Right now, school feels like a long slow march to 4th year exams. We've been doing dermatology for the past two weeks, and I've come to the conclusion that it's probably the only thing that would tear mea way from equine/large animal medicine. But then I'd probably be stuck inside all day and, well, I like being outside.

This week we get our final sub-groups for our rotation groups, which means I'll be able to figure out when I can go back up to Yorkshire/Lancashire for another week or more, and start planning out when and where I want to go to placement for, well, the next year and a half. Because really, when you think about it, I only really have a year and a half left of teaching/rotations before I have to start studying for final year exams. And that's a bit scary.

On a less traumatizing note, my sister has found a place! She and her boyfriend are moving into a flat close to her school in London, which means I have to find a bag large enough to fit a change of clothes, my iPad and my Macbook. It's a relief that she's here, because now I can have downtime without having the constant reminder of vet school all the time. As much as I love all my friends here, it's nice to get away from it for a little while. Even if I am going to bring all my work with me and probably study at her place. Plus, sister time!