Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hello from Maine!

Edited to add: No yarnie/knitting content in this post due to time constraints! Apologies! 
Also, I totally skipped over November and my lovely Michigan experiences. Will update in a later post!

Greetings from Maine! I got out of the plane, armed with my winter coat (good for down to -20 degrees!), and walked into 50 degrees of rainy and wet. Not snowy, RAINY. Yup. Rain, in December, in the northernmost part of the country.

Maine has been having its warmest winter yet, which both bodes well for this Vegas girl of warm weather, and yet makes me a bit sad that I came all this way for snow (well, and training), and it's the same temperature as it is back home.

I shouldn't complain. It still gets down below freezing at night, and cold(er) weather would make this rotation much harder. I don't have to worry about slipping on ice at 12 midnight returning from night call, or shoveling snow at 5AM before morning sign-off.

Either way, time has flown by these past few weeks, and I can't believe I'm already in my third week here! I'm doing inpatient this month, so things get a little bit crazy, as there is one resident and 1-2 medical students. Since I'm doing a sub-internship, it's considered the same as if I were an intern. Things can be a little hard sometimes, especially since this rotation is very unstructured in many ways. But I do feel very lucky to be here, and to experience intern year without complete responsibility, and I have a little bit of leeway as a medical student. The residents are very nice, and go out of their ways to help guide me where I need to go. So far, I've gotten to admit two patients on my own, discharge one patient, and make rounds on approximately fifty patients. It's definitely valuable experience, and I've learned so much in the last 2 weeks.

Now, it's not all work (just mostly.) I did get a bit of fun now and then with my roommates! I'm living in the student housing that the hospital provides, which is a block down the hill from the hospital. There are 3 rooms here, and we currently have 5 students. We are all from different places: Marie from Maine by way of Vermont, Adam from Georgia by way of BU, Linda from Netherlands by way of Michigan State University (who is also interviewing here), Abby from Maine by way of New Zealand, and me. We're all on different rotations, different schedules, but we try to make time for fun and get together. Someone (usually either Abby or I) cook dinner, and we all contribute something. Abby and I explored Portland a few times, and we went to Freeport last week (she went for nostalgia, I went to fangirl at the LL Bean store.). This week, we also had a nice Chinese meal (from an authentic restaurant here in this little Mainer town, who knew?!?), all of the roommates, before everyone leaves for the holidays. It was great to sit down with everyone, and hash over our experiences.

Eek, this is getting long, and I have a bit of work to do before my afternoon rounds, so I'll have to get to the knitting and yarn adventures on another post! Probably sometime this week.

Hope everyone is doing well!