Dec
29
2010

Merry Sick-Mas

Hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas (or Hanukkah or St. Nicholas Day or hidefromyourcrazyfamily day or whatever holiday you celebrate)! We’ve had a nice break, but everyone on our end has been sick with the same upper respiratory infection/cold (coughing, sore throat, mucus nastiness) for the past week. We are gradually feeling better, but taking it easy for now. I’ll be back from my Holiday Hiatus later this week with a post about all […]

Dec
22
2010

It’s Because I’m Green, Isn’t It?

If I had a dollar for each time someone has called me cuddly-as-a-cactus since my previous post I’d have a million dollars. Okay, that’s a total lie – I wouldn’t have any dollars (which is not so different from the amount of dollars my bank account has, so I’m in good company), but I did feel very judged after admitting my aversion to Frosty the Snowman. So, in attempt to reconcile with my audience the four of […]

Dec
16
2010

La La La I Can’t Fa La La Hear You

I have a confession to make.Every, single year it happens in November, typically on the day after Thanksgiving, but occasionally before the wonderful day of food giving thanks. It usually begins on a lonely, silent night when ye merry gentlemen are just settling down for some rest. Without fail it will catch me off guard like a bell jingling during a dream about how December 25th might turn out to be white this year or while I’m […]

Dec
11
2010

Then I Broke An Old Lady’s Zygomatic Process

….okay not really, but if I wasn’t anti-oldladypunching I would have. It’s probably a good thing I hold this stance on using my fists to show 70 year old women what I think, otherwise there’s a good chance I would have earned myself a nice new set of silver bracelets yesterday afternoon (and this blog post probably would’ve been titled very differently – ex. “How I Got Kicked Out Of Medical School”). Anyway, let’s start at […]

Dec
6
2010

I’m Now A Pro At IVs, Foleys, & NG Tubes….

assuming my patients meet a few criterion: Patient is made of plastic. Patient consists of only the body part I need. Patient is unable to move.  Patient is not breathing. Today we had a workshop, hosted by the Emergency Medicine club, to learn how to place IVs, insert Foley catheters and introduce NG tubes.* Several of the nurses from our ER volunteered to meet us down at the brand-spanking new (very expensive!) SimLife Center and teach us […]

Dec
1
2010

Just One More – Eating Disorders in the US

Thanks to all the people who answered yesterday (apparently only in their brains, not on the comment section - it’s okay you wussies, I just know you would have been wrong anyway, so there). The answer to yesterday’s question is E) Secondary Amenorrhea - cessation of a woman’s menstrual period as a result of an underlying disease or condition. The causes can range from pregnancy, breast feeding and menopause to eating disorders, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and hypothyroidism. Based on […]

Nov
30
2010

Trivia Tuesday

Relatively easy question as a segue into an important blog post for tomorrow: An 18-year-old girl visits her college student health office for a required physical. She complains of irritableness and concerns about decision-making now that she has left home. On exam she appears exceedingly thin, with decreased muscle mass and dry skin. She is hypotensive, with resting bradycardia. What other finding is most likely to be present? A. Calluses on her hands/fingersB. Dental erosionsC. HirsutismD. […]

Nov
29
2010

Thanksgiving Vacation

Our family! Well, I’m back from my almost 2 week Thanksgiving blogging hiatus. I know you’ve all been sitting around since November 17 throwing a party wondering what I’m up to, so I’m here to force you to read some more about my life. I failed the second test of my life (both of which have been in med school). It was only by 7 tenths of a point, though and I think I’ll get at […]

Nov
18
2010

Trivia Tuesday Answer & Layla Grace

Congrats to Scarlett who answered yesterday’s Trivia Tuesday question correctly! Virtual high five for being brave enough to answer AND for being right! CA-125: Our patient would have been diagnosed with “Papillary Serous Cystadenocarcinoma” of the ovaries, or simply – ovarian cancer. This specific type of ovarian cancer is the most common malignant ovarian tumor in US women over the age of 20, accounting for about 26% of malignant ovarian cancer cases. CA-125 is a […]

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I’m a Medical Student (that means I'm in school to become a doctor). My life story can be viewed here. I started this blog in hopes of landing a role in a Lifetime movie so I could quit school and move to Hollywood, so if you wouldn't take medical advice from Angelina Jolie, you shouldn't take it from me. I may not even be a real person. In fact I'm probably a spambot. Or a 15 yo boy blogging from a dingy basement. If you're really interested you can read more about me here. If you have any questions or want to guest post contact me.

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