The Mrs. The Mommy. The M.D.: September 2011
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Monday, September 26, 2011

Music Monday

Love this song...

Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning?
and Who told the ocean you can only come this far?
and Who showed the moon where to hide 'til evening?
Whose words alone can catch a falling star?

Well I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives:
Let all creations testify
Let this, life within me cry
I know my Redeemer lives, yeah.

The very same God that spins things in orbit
runs to the weary, the worn and the weak
And the same gentle hands that hold me when I'm broken
They conquered death to bring me victory

Now I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
Let all creations testify
Let this life within we cry
I know my Redeemer, He lives
To take away my shame
And He lives forever, I'll proclaim

That the payment for my sin
Was the precious life He gave
But now He's alive and
There's an empty grave.

And I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
Let all creations testify
Let this life within me cry

I know my Redeemer,
I know my Redeemer
I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
I know that I know that I know that I know that I know my redeemer lives

Because He lives I can face tomorrow

I Know I know
He lives He lives yeah, yeah I spoke with him this morning
He lives He lives, the tomb is empty,
He lives I gotta tell everybody 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

"When You Thought I Wasn't Looking"

My mom emailed this to me a year ago and I recently saw the email, so I thought I'd share: 


A message every adult should read because children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say...


When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one. 

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make my favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life. 

When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always talk to, and I learned to trust in Him. 

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other. 

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have to take care of what we are given. 

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good, and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up. 

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw tears come from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry. 

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be. 

When you thought I wasn't looking I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up. 

When you thought I wasn't looking I looked at you and wanted to say,'Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking' 

For all of you who do so much for others, but think that no one ever sees. Little eyes see a lot. 

Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, friend) influences the life of a child. 

How will you touch the life of someone today? Just by sharing this with someone else, you will probably make them at least think about their influence on others.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Tactile Fremitus

Backstory: Nate sat with me while I watched a video similar to the one below on the examination of the chest. After one viewing, he is now ready to practice :-)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Things My Toddler Says...

"I power ranger red!...Overdrive Samurai!!!" - Yes, he really says this...LOL

"I'll be riiiiight back." :as he's running out the room to get something:

After giving me a kiss on the cheek:
"Luu you babe."

:More Please! Thank you!: while doing the appropriate sign language

"It's not funny, mommy."

During football games when someone get's tackled: "Come ooooon! Let's doooo it!"

With arms crossed stomping off: "I Angry! I mad!"

"My phone-t" (And any other word with a soft vowel sound at the end, get's an extra "t")

Talking about his action figure:
Nate: "My guy!"
Me: "What did you name him?"
Nate: Matter of factly..."Guy."

Whining/Crying: "Mommy, I want chocolate nilk in a cup!"
Me: "Nate, you have to stop crying first."
Nate: (trying to break a smile through tears) "Mommy, I happy now..."

Picking him up from daycare all the other kids try and leave too. Before we left, Nate puts his hand in front of a boy trying to follow us out and sweetly says, "Not yet...not yet..." LOL!

He's REALLY into Dino Dan right now, so we frequently hear him talking about Spinosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex...

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Yesterday during ICM we learned how to do the newborn physical exam. VERY cool. And you know how easily swayed I am about specialties? Well, this was no different. I walked away from the hospital wanting to possibly pursue Neonatology. The only thing is, I don't know how I would be able to work with really sick babies everyday :-/

Disclaimer: These photos are not a HIPAA violation because they were taken by the Hubby when they did the newborn exam on our son. (I didn't get to witness all this bc I was a little occupied...haha). But after yesterday, now I know exactly what they were doing...LOL!

The little one we had the pleasure of observing/examining yesterday was 1 day old! He was a healthy baby and soooo cute - he had slick black hair like Little Nate did when he was born. We were under the supervision of a Neonatologist from Riley who was awesome about explaining all of the steps of the physical. We listened to heart and bowel sounds, palpated for the liver and spleen, and learned the Ortolani and Barlow maneuvers to check for a shallow hip socket.

Barlow and Ortolani maneuver diagram

I was thinking back to when I had Natey, and there were a lot of extra people in the room when I delivered - I think mostly nursing students and residents.  At various points in time, nurses would ask if it was ok for new people to come and observe the delivery. It was fine with me because I know we all have to learn at some point.  But, if someone had asked me could they examine my newborn? (One of my classmates said that the baby they examined was 30 MINUTES old.) I don't know if I would have been so willing. We didn't hurt the baby we examined in any way, but I am a crazy overprotective mommy at times and I feel like that behavior was at it's highest right after delivery...LOL


So funny he still makes these faces. Maybe it's the

That was a fun walk down memory lane...ok back to work!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Professional Hair?

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I have always been a fan of Beyonce blond, but could you see it on me in my short, white coat going to visit patients? Even with the right conservative style, are there some styles and/or colors that are deemed "unprofessional" in a corporate America or healthcare setting? What would you think if your doc was a platinum blond bombshell? Rocked the Rhianna red? Or anything that is off of the natural (i.e. neutral) spectrum? Think Nicki Minaj Pink...LOL

Of course, entertainers get a lot more leeway when it comes to style in general, but it seems like inevitably everyone starts to follow suit with pushing the envelope.

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I would love to hear your thoughts! Did any of you ever consider trying a bold hair color? Or if you have tried it, did your color choice get any feedback at work or school?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Where Were You?

The song below my brother-in-law shared featuring the voice of a 5 year old girl who lost her father on 9/11. She is now 15. It is one of the saddest songs I have heard in my life. I can't imagine how it feels to be so intricately woven into this ominous day in history. We lost many heroes, and we gained many more in the family they left behind who have shown us how to keep going in the midst of tragedy. May God continue to have His hand on the children (and families) of 9/11.

Where was I? I was riding with the family I carpooled into Chicago with for high school during my freshman year, just like any other morning. They usually listened to CDs on the way in, so I was oblivious until I got into school. Some students in the hall said we were bombed. Others said that we were attacked and at war. All of the TVs were on in the classrooms that day. And we all watched in horror as the second plane hit and later as the towers fell - while simultaneously hearing about what was happening at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. It was unreal. We prayed. Later we found out one of our own recent alum had been lost - she worked in one of the towers. I felt so helpless and so small.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Grateful Friday

TGIF! But I'm so glad I have more to thank God for than just because it's Friday.

I'm thankful for... 

...the fact that He keeps me in the palm of His hand - even when I don't deserve it.

I got these photos in an email this week and this scripture stuck out to me. If God cares enough to make a flower so beautiful, surely, he cares for me and what I am going through, so I need not worry what tomorrow will bring.
"See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you?..." Matthew 6:28-30
The "Parrot Flower" (Impatiens psittacina)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Taking the First Step...No Really.

So last week I paid for the prep course for my USMLE Step 1 exam...eeek!

We have been told many times already this year that Step 1 will be the most important test we take in our whole life. This is probably true because Step 1 tests us over everything we learned during the first two years of medical school, and is how residencies decide who is eligible for interviews and spots...eeek!

From the USMLE website:
"Step 1 assesses whether you understand and can apply important concepts of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine, with special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. Step 1 ensures mastery of not only the sciences that provide a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine in the present, but also the scientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning. Step 1 is constructed according to an integrated content outline that organizes basic science material along two dimensions: system and process."
I definitely need the structure of a prep course and signing up made me kind of excited for this next step! Excited for an EIGHT HOUR exam?! I know, but this is what medical school has done to me...

Here is an idea of what Step 1 scores mean for competitiveness within specialties that someone posted on Student Doctor Net:

First Score: SPECIALTY Programs generally do not grant interviews below these scores.
Second Score: Programs almost always grant interviews above these scores.
Anesthesiology 208 228 
Dermatology 221 247  
Diagnostic Radiology 218 237  
Emergency Medicine 203 227  
Family Medicine 194 214  
General Surgery 208 223  
Internal Medicine 207 228  
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics 203 218  
Neurology 202 222  
OB/GYN 199 216  
Orthopedic Surgery 217 236  
Otolaryngology 224 244  
Pathology 204 226  
Pediatrics 200 218  
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) 198 209  
Plastic Surgery 221 244  
Psychiatry 197 211  
Radiation Oncology 213 244  
Transitional Year 212 239 

Reference: National Resident Matching Program, Data Release and Research Committee: Results of the 2010 NRMP Program Director Survey. National Resident Matching Program, Washington, DC. 2010.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

When Words Fail Me...

I use someone else's (LOL). Here is an excerpt from one of the devotionals I got in August, and I thought I'd share. Whatever storm or challenge you are going through, keep pushing! It's only temporary, and it is making us better equipped to walk in our purpose.
"Some of us have assignments right now that require us to be reassured by Jesus on a constant basis that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Some of us have had those assignments that require only a little from us, and as a result, we’ve been able to handle it. 
But now, there’s a greater assignment in front of us and God desires to equip us to handle that assignment. The greater the assignment, the greater the anointing.  
The challenge is going to be greater, the requirement will be greater, the struggle harder, the disappointment deeper, the doubt more prevailing, and the battles more frequent. But that’s okay, because the Greater the Assignment, the Greater the Anointing." - Dr. Marvin Moss

Monday, September 5, 2011

Music Monday

This song is so real...Not to mention they are getting it with the dancing :-)

Myron Butler & Levi - Set Me Free (Live From The... by EMI_Music

Happy Labor Day!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Multi-Tasking or Multiple Personality Disorder?

There's a fine line.

I think that when I am doing too many things at once, I get to the point where none (or at least the majority) of what I am doing gets done well. AND I have crossed the border into multiple personality territory - not knowing what I did 10 minutes ago like some other person is doing things for me too; i.e. Jasmine doing tasks 1-4, Janine doing task 5-8, Jaqueshia doing tasks 8-10, you get my point...

This is definitely one of those times.

I couldn't even remember if I took my sinus medicine this morning - mind you, I had 5 minutes earlier. The past few weeks have been HARD to say the least. In fact, this week while I've been sick was probably the most difficult week during med school yet. All my body wanted me to do was crash, but I had to push on so I could take my ICM quiz and get ready for this weekend's Neuro exam (which I am still trying to scramble to do).

At first I was 100% school school school, but then I immediately felt mediocre in the wife, mother, and personal well-being department. It's almost impossible for me to slack on mommy duties because you can't expect a 2 year old to understand why you can't tuck him in, watch Dino Dan with him, or anything else he pleadingly asks... The Hubs has taken over most of the Natey duties (school pick up, dinner, bath time) except for the morning routine of getting him to school (he even gets him dressed sometimes which helps me tremendously). It sucks to admit, but by default the Hubby always is the one who receives the most neglect... Oh and my diet and workout routine was non-existent...WOMP.

So then I tried to go all out at home, and well, let me just say there never was a moment when I felt like I was on top of everything at school. Even my classmates with no family life like mine feel the same way. Last year was child's play compared to this in my opinion. This is definitely more like "the year of the fire hydrant" to me... There is just so much information coming at you all at once, and all you have is this paper cup to try and catch it all...Yikes. Having one of those moments were I feel like I am losing...:sigh:

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I knew from day one this was going to be difficult. Last year, everything seemed to just come together for me, but now I feel like every day I am walking in unchartered territory. Even though I am not the first woman to take on so much responsibility it does feel that way right now. I'm just going to pray for the strength I need and have faith that God will carry me (and my Nates through this). If I learned anything this summer, it's how to exercise my faith.

Grateful Fridays.

TGIF! But I'm so glad I have more to thank God for than just because it's Friday.

I'm thankful for... 

...Natey being back to feeling better and that his cough is finally gone.

...For my Grammy being here to celebrate another birthday.

...That my sinus infection doesn't have me too feverish for the test I have to take this weekend.

...That I made it through my first MS2 quiz of the year.

...That my first hair color experience was a success!

...For the day off on Monday I get to spend with my Nates :-)

Have a fun and restful weekend everyone!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mommy Glam Series

Haven't done one of these in a while, BUT....I have an update!!

Here is my new, trendy, young student mommy look:

Color has not touched my hair in all of my 24 years until now...I wanted to start subtly, but I definitely see myself trying something bold after this...

Little Nate while looking closely at my hair:

"Mom what's that? Did you get your hair done? That's cute, Mom! That's cute!"

This was all one big run on statement - he's too much for me LOL

OK, time for bed...I caught whatever Natey had last week and it's all up in my sinuses - no bueno :-(

Ciao Lovelies!
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