Saturday, January 31, 2015

Yarn, knitting, and Superbowl, oh my!

I am not usually a Super Bowl watcher, but I am doing the Pigskin park knitalong, and it has increased my interest in football. So, this Sunday, this is what I will be doing:

That's right, SUPERBOWL BINGO. Because I might just earn myself some yarn. :) 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New WIPs, FOs, and some Family Medicine thoughts

I'm mid-way through my first month of Family Medicine, and while it has been interesting, it has also been a LOT of work, mentally and physically. Thus, I haven't been online as much. (At least, on Blogger. Ravelry is another thing all together.That's phone-time.) But here are some mid-family-medicine-month thoughts, and knitting progress:

<Med school/non-knitting notes> Family Medicine is a LOT of work. Orthopedic Surgery was a lot of work, but it was different: I was mostly assisting the surgeon in the cases, so I just needed to anticipate the tools they'd need in the surgeries, and try not to tremble too much when retracting fascia back for a long time. However, in Family Medicine, I am basically seeing patients on my own. My preceptor sees a TON of patients, so we start right at 7am in rounds at the hospital, then start at the office by 7:40 or 8am, and then see about 20-30 patients in the course of 4 hours. It is insane, but it also has allowed me more autonomy. I go into the rooms on my own, introduce myself as a student doctor, and then ask the patient if it would be okay for me to take their blood pressure and ask them a few questions before the doctor comes in. I reassure them that the doctor would be coming in afterwards, but that I am there to learn and also that it would speed things along. Then, I go through a do an H&P, ask about medications and allergies, and then do a physical exam. I try my best with the assessment and plan, and then ask if they have any concerns. Usually, I can get through most of the exam before the physician comes in. It's mentally tiring to do what I've never done before, but little by little I am able to get through more of it, which is encouraging.Sometimes, I even get to do a little bit of counseling, like today, when I counseled a patient with severe sleep apnea to start wearing his mask more often, as it is most likely the cause of his erectile dysfunction, leg swelling, and headaches. By the end of the visit, he was promising me that he would wear his mask. I don't know if he will actually do it, but it is encouraging to know that I can make some sort of difference just by taking the time to listen to him and talking with him. I know that I need to study more and study harder so that I will be able to make more accurate diagnoses, but I love what I do right now. </notes>

Now, for the knitting: I was a bad med student and knit all the afternoons after work last week, so I have quite a few finished objects! I finally finished my Felici Socks, which I worked on during my first ever knitting circle (more on that in the next post). They were finished just in time, too, as I needed my US 1.5 circular needles for the Knitting Through the Loops knit-a-long, which is another new thing for me. I am trying to be more adventurous and try new things, so this has been one of those experiences. Anyways, here is a pic of the Felici Socks, knit from KnitPicks Felici in the Sorbet colorway:

I ended up doing two different heels, since I wanted to try different heels. These were my first afterthought heels, which I think I don't like as much as the traditional hell flap and gusset socks, as it is harder for me to do the math on the length of the foot. Both of these socks ended up being a bit bigger than I anticipated. I did a Lara Neel Fork in the Road/thumb-joint hat top heel on the right, and a modified Sox Therapist Fish Lips Kiss Heel on the left. Both of these socks were knit cuff down.

I also finished my Chunky Socks, which were knit from some Ella Rae yarn I got on discount from Tuesday Morning. They are 100% wool, which is nice. I did a Sweet Tomato Heel on one, and I can't remember how I did the other heel. Truly. I can't. Both of these socks were knit toe-up, and these were my first toe up socks. I did do them magic loop, but I did them one at a time, as my needles were not long enough for two at a time. 

Finally, WIPs: 

I finished the first sock of my brother's Baronial socks, which, after much urging and bribing, he modeled it for me: 
I'm still working on the second sock, also knit toe-up, but it is hard to knit a sock when the foot I need to fit is never around to try it. 

My other WIP is also for my brother (See the pattern? I finish my own socks and my brother's socks are WIPS. Mostly his own fault, How can I knit if he won't try them on as I am going?) These are stash-busters, and my first pair of deliberate striped socks:
It has definitely been an interested few weeks, and I can't wait to see what else I can learn this year!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Socks, Socks, and More Socks!

Hello 2015!
I hope everyone had a good holiday season. Mine was filled with studying for the Surgery COMAT, and getting my knitted gifts ready! I had more finished objects than I had expected, which was quite nice. I finished the prayer scarf for the Alice's Embrace, as well as socks for my brother, and a pair of socks for myself. I was lucky that my brother was in China for a couple of weeks during the holidays, so I could finish his socks after the Christmas holiday and still gift them to him for "Christmas" without spending too much of my studying time on them.

I have started on my rotation in Family Medicine this month, which will go for two months. It's been fun, hectic, and somewhat nerve-wracking all at the same time. On one hand, I've thoroughly enjoyed being at this location because I am familiar with the office, as both of my parents and myself used to go to this family doctor. In addition, I am VERY interested in family medicine as a potential career choice, so it is nice to be able to get to see and do this rotation under the tutelage of a family friend. On the other hand, it is somewhat frustrating because I am still a third year student, and there is a LOT that I don't know, so I can't do as much as I want, and I don't want to disappoint or look bad in front of the doctor that I've known for a long time. Finally, there are so many patients in the morning that we barely get to breathe! I know that it is typical for primary care of any sort, especially since the passage of the ACA, but it is magnified even more here, as the doctor is a very well-established physician in town, and he has a LOT of patients to start with, even before ACA. 

I have a LOT of WIPs, most of which are socks. I have been on a sock kick lately, as my knitting awareness realizes how many different kinds of socks there are out there, and since I bought both Big Foot Knits and Sock Architecture during the Knitmore Girls Podcast's 25 days of enabling (There was a discount for books from Cooperative Press.) It's been fun, but sometimes my hands feel like doing something else besides fiddling with fingering weight yarns, so I've also been working on a chunky cowl. But still, all I can think of is socks, socks, and more socks! It's almost-instant gratification, to go in 2 days from balls of yarn to something to keep my feet warm. Actually, this morning, I took a hit to my ego when I decided that I wanted to wear my chunky socks today. I had 2 rows to go and the bindoff, so I put the finished one on one foot, and was furiously working on the other one. The room was really cold, and my foot was freezing when I finished it and realized I had, in my haste, bound it too tightly. I was forced to put on a different sock to keep my foot warm while I frogged the rows back and redid the bind off in a more stretchy manner.

I've decided that this year, my word is LEARN. I want to learn more about medicine, more about OMM, and more about knitting. I want to learn as much as I can, and explore the paths that can only open once you've gained knowledge.