DHAL: May 30, 2014

Highlights:

  • I passed my Obstetric & Gynaecology rotation! Woo hoo! Results came back last week, and if you didn’t know how I felt about the 3 consecutive days of exams, you can read about it HERE. I was genuinely worried about the possibility of failing and ended up doing much better than expected. Happy with my results and can now breathe and move on!
  • I was rostered to sit in on a 4hr teaching session for the junior doctors today. Couldn’t help myself from participating even though I think I was only supposed to be an observer but a great learning experience. Case based learning today on the topic of neurologic presentations to ED (syncope, delirium, altered mental state, overdose, etc) interspersed with clinical skills. I’m glad there will be teaching like this for me next year to help keep up with relevant knowledge and skills.

Lowlights:

  • Ending the day with a headache 😩

DHAL: May 29, 2014

Highlights:

  • Finding the motivation to finish all my assessments (ahead of time) for this current Critical Care rotation. Modules are completed online with respective quizzes followed by an online multiple choice exam. Passed everything, so that’s now done and out of the way!
  • Calling my great aunt and great uncle in Perth (grandma’s siblings) to catch up and invite them to Brisbane to visit and possibly attend my graduation. I felt guilty because I haven’t spoken to them in a loooong time, they didn’t even know of my engagement! My great uncle has Alzheimer’s but it was still great to have a conversation with him about what’s been going on in my life and my future plans… even if I ended up having the same conversation with him over and over at least 5 times.

Lowlights:

  • Ended up calling in sick today. Just haven’t been feeling well and low mood. 😩 Hard coping being alone and never been away from Michael before!

DHAL: May 28, 2014

Highlights:

  • Having Christine over for dinner of fish cakes, roasted sweet potato and green apple & fennel salad. Peanut butter cheesecake for dessert! It was lovely to catch up with her and have her company for a few hours!

Lowlights:

  • Feeling generally unwell and a little down. And could be related or unrelated but a severe lack of motivation today. Didn’t get much done overall. 😩

DHAL: May 27, 2014

Quite the uneventful day!

Highlights: 

  • A great teaching session alongside Lauren and Kee Ping given by the Medical Education Registrar at our hospital. Simple things that really drive home the point but exactly what we need to work as an intern next year.

Lowlights:

  • A pretty bad headache that knocked me out for a few hours.
  • It makes me sad to see family members not bother lifting a hand to help their loved ones in a health care setting. I don’t know if it’s because they don’t care or if they feel it is not their job/beneath them – but either way. I was assisting a staff member today (she was tiny) to change the sheets of a large elderly man. He had urinated on the bed and also had dementia, was delirious and agitated, and didn’t speak much English. Despite our struggle, his big burly son didn’t even try to assist, either physically or even speak to his dad to help calm him down. When we finally finished, he pointed to a clean urinal bottle, at his feet, that fell during the change of sheets and said, “Um, the urine bottle is on the floor.” Really, you couldn’t just pick it up? I know everyone is different and has their own reasons, I just couldn’t imagine being like that when my dad was very sick years ago and I was his care taker.

DHAL: May 26, 2014

Highlights:

  • Booked my (why so expensive) flight home! I will be arriving in Ottawa on July 12 at 6:55pm on flight United 3829 from Chicago! I will have a week in Ottawa before flying out to Nanaimo, BC for my first elective in Geriatric Medicine.
  • Completed most of my learning modules for this Critical Care rotation. Still a lot more studying to get done!

Lowlights:

  • Still not done my internship application. Although I have until June 6, I really need to bang out some really well written personal statements. Not only is there the worry of not getting a job next year due to lack of positions and being lower on the priority list because we are international students, it is also likely that Michael and I will not be able to get a job in the same town 😩 Thinking of the distance saddens me.
  • Paying this (8 weeks long) rotation’s tuition of $10,560. My approximate $500 000 debt by the time I’m done medical school is quite nerve wracking. Not to mention with Michael, we will have a combined debt of $1million or more! Is there anybody wealthy reading this blog who would be interested in financially supporting 2 hard working, soon-to-be junior doctors with a massive debt and a wish to get married and start a family?

DHAL: May 25, 2014

Highlights:

  • Finally back on track with my blogging! I was finally able to upload my Bali video (using school’s internet because our upload speeds are so crappy) and I believe I am now mostly, if not fully, up to date with my blogging! I just need to stay on top of it and not fall months behind again 😉
  • I did clinical tutoring for first years today, and as always, really enjoyed it. This weekend was to help them learn their GI examination as well as to practice taking histories. Always makes me think of how far I’ve come as a student. I can still remember being nervous and trying so hard to remember the steps of each examination or all the questions I need to ask on a history taking (past medical history, medications, allergies, family history, etc). Now it is so second nature that I forgot how scared and new everything was back in first year. Growth and learning is good!
  • Lunch date with Mario! It’s been so long since we caught up over some good food – delicious ramen at Wagaya! Sent this photo to Michael to say hi and make him envy as Wagaya is on of his favourite restaurants as well.

IMG_1618

  • Skype date with my mom and brother, and then a phone call with my sister – both late last night. Good to catch up and we also discussed a number of future plans that I hope will work out… if it does, I’ll let you know!

Lowlights:

  • Discovering that hornets are making a nest on a large plant in our backyard. Ugh. And that I’m going to have to get rid of it before it gets rid of me. I’m scared!
  • You might have noticed how hideously burnt/dark I looked in photos at James & Kim’s wedding. My arms today… even good exfoliation can’t seem to help it resolve faster.

IMG_1615

Congratulations James & Kim!

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, we had the honour of witnessing our two wonderful friends get married.

James, so handsome in his navy blue suit, joined by Kim so breathtaking in her elegant dress, and together surrounded by their wonderful wedding party.

IMG_1106

Words really can’t describe what a beautiful ceremony it was, especially with such love and emotion so visible and felt by everyone present. The exchange of vows touched everyone’s heart and certainly brought tears of happiness to my eyes.

In a brief moment during the ceremony, a few raindrops were felt but quickly swept away by sunshine as if they had no business being there. I don’t know if everyone noticed, but a beautiful rainbow flew across the sky shortly after the ceremony ended. Additional beauty on this special day!

IMG_1108

While the bride, groom, and wedding photo went off to take photos, we nibbled and drank, catching up with one another. And of course, took some photos


IMG_7279

IMG_7281

IMG_7283

A sweet moment on returning from their photo shoot, dancing under the skies.

IMG_1114

Gift table, I loved the cage for cards!

IMG_7284

Simple and elegant.

IMG_7285

Every single person’s speech during dinner
 made me teary. It was really a privilege to be present and listen to their two families and friends speak about their love for James & Kim. It’s an indescribable feeling but I hope to be blessed with such company and love on my wedding day.

Cutting of the cake before heading to the dance floor!

IMG_7294

IMG_7299

About to begin their first dance


IMG_7301

Lovely!

Screen Shot 2014-05-26 at 10.48.30 AM

They even had a photo booth, how great is that?

IMG_7328

IMG_7332

IMG_7331

Unfortunately, Michael and I had to excuse ourselves early as Mike had an early flight to Canada the following morning. The night was just getting started and I’m sure everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves before sending James and Kim off with sparklers in the night.

Thank you again for letting us be a part of your special day
 we love you and we wish you both all the happiness in the world! May this be your most exciting life journey yet
 ❀

Our great experience at Club Med Bali

May 10-16, 2014

(Note: This is going to be a LONG post, but I hope you enjoy!)

It seems that every vacation Michael and I have been on, they have always been very “go go go!” Fast paced and always on the move to soak in as much as possible, in as little time as possible. In addition, they have never been “all inclusive” in any sense because well… it was always cheaper to do our own thing. Finally, there came a time earlier this year that we thought we deserved (and hopefully would enjoy) a more relaxing, slow-paced vacation. It would be even better, if it was an all inclusive vacation so we would have even less to worry about. A friend suggested looking into Club Med and incidentally, there were great sales happening online.

And that, is how we came to spend our one week vacation at Club Med Bali, an island and province of Indonesia. It really didn’t take too much convincing.

I should probably with the most obvious possible question? What exactly is Club Med? 

Club MĂ©diterranĂ©e or Club Med, is considered the original ‘all inclusive resort’. A French corporation of vacation resorts found all over the world including Japan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Maldives, the Caribbean, Europe, South America and Africa. Each resort is called a village, with a resort manager (chef de village) and Club Med staff from all over the world who are called ‘Gentils Organisateurs’ or GOs. Each village is also supported by local staff known as Gentils EmployĂ©s (GEs). And of course, cannot forget the guests, or ‘Gentils Membres’ (GMs)!

There are a few aspects of Club Med that make it quite special compared to other resorts:

1) The ‘all inclusive package‘ includes not only transportation to/from airport, lodging, food, drinks and shows, but also activities and the use of sports facilities. These include tennis, golf, snorkelling, kayaking, etc. activities that are normally not included and could cost quite a bit. And did I mention you can get lessons in everything as well? Indeed!

2) GOs are quite multi-talented. They are not only your lifeguards, bartenders, sports instructors, etc. during the day, but impressive performers during each evening’s show. More importantly, GOs and GMs play, dine, drink, and dance together every day and every night. They are not just staff members but your friends and family during your stay at the village. This social aspect is a big reason why people chose Club Med again and again.

3) Crazy Signs – unique to Club Med and a ton of fun for all ages. A communal dance that is standardised across Club Med resorts all over the world and led by the GOs at different times of the day and night. At one point during your stay, you will definitely learn the moves and groove along! I don’t have videos of Crazy Signs, but you can check out YouTube videos HERE and HERE.

Great overview of Club Med Bali HERE on YouTube 🙂

Now that you know a little more about Club Med (in case you didnt, like us not too long ago!) let me share our experience!

Flew with Jetstar on the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner!

IMG_7019

Best memories of the flight? Electronic dimming windows, automatic flush and faucet in the toilets, and the best touch response I’ve had with in flight entertainment.

IMG_7022

How tired we look after 3 consecutive days of exams and packing last minute!

IMG_7026

Safely landed at Ngurah Rai International Airport where we were met and driven to Club Med Bali located on Nusa Dua Beach.

IMG_7265

Welcomed by the lovely GO Melanie for an orientation over refreshing drinks and a cold minty towel!

IMG_7256

IMG_7039

Club Med bracelets to identify you as GMs

IMG_7081

Heading towards the rooms…

IMG_7138

IMG_7069

So peaceful

IMG_7141

IMG_7071

 

We stayed in room 3021, close to all the facilities yet far enough not to be kept awake by night life. The rooms are definitely dated, standard but spacious (see in video below) with daily servicing. Bottled water is provided and you are encouraged to fill them up at water stations found around the village during the day when you’re out and about… or you can drop by the bar 😉 Bathrooms were decent, but the showers have seen better days – they could definitely use a good scrub down or facelift! There is central air conditioning so you don’t have control over the thermostat, although the A/C was refreshing and good temperature to sleep at night, we prefer it to be a few degrees colder. Other than that, no complaints really! We were only ever in our room to change during the day and sleep during the night, if you’re at Club Med, you really shouldn’t be spending more time than that in your room anyway!

First priority, food! There are two restaurants – Agung Buffet Restaurant and Batur ‘a la carte’ Restaurant. They operate at different meal hours, giving you a chance to get food pretty much whenever you want. Since we had missed the buffet lunch hours, we went to Batur Restaurant for a bite to eat. It is a smaller restaurant but lovely.

IMG_7054

IMG_7057

Yay, we made it!

IMG_7058

IMG_7050

For our first meals, grilled fish for me, satay for Michael. Food was good, but we enjoyed the rest of our meals at Agung Buffet Restaurant for the huge variety of choices.

IMG_7052
IMG_7053

One of 4 dining areas within Agung Restaurant.

IMG_7193

And another, this one is for adults only so much quieter without kids around.

IMG_7167

Overall, the food was amazing. There are food themes every night, such as: Ocean buffet, Sit Down Cocktail, Indonesian, Long Time Favourites, etc. There were areas of the buffet that consistently offered a selection of Indonesian, Italian, and Korean cuisines. A large selection of fresh breads, cheeses, and salads were available at every meal. There was always something new and tasty to try. If you are foodies like we are, or enjoy trying new foods, then meals at Agung restaurant are delightful.

Don’t judge us in this photo right after what I just wrote. 😉 The fries were really good, and we just wanted a few before dessert… haha!

14 may 419 no=15

Having breakfast in another area of the restaurant. Breakfast buffets offered mostly the same selection every day but I can’t complain because I happily got fat on the fresh and deliciously buttery croissants.

IMG_1001

Lots of chilling by the bar having drinks

IMG_1008

IMG_7075

IMG_7079

Pools pools pools! Where most of our very important relaxation happened 😛

There is the large main pool with generous numbers of lounge chairs and cabanas/gazebos.

IMG_7267

IMG_7063

IMG_7133

IMG_7065

Can do this all day long…

IMG_7181

IMG_7183

GEs are constantly checking in on you to see if you want any beverages, why yes please!

IMG_7197

IMG_7201

IMG_7134

IMG_7135

There is also the new Zen Pool – an adult only pool that serves only non-alcoholic beverages. Seems befitting for a pool that is supposed to be as quiet as possible. We loved the swinging lounges/beds at this pool.

IMG_7207

IMG_7235

IMG_7237

IMG_7242

IMG_7240

Heading out towards the beach

IMG_7074

IMG_7086

IMG_7154

IMG_7157

Unfortunately not the nicest beach, nor the softest sand, but still offered its own version of beauty!

IMG_7087

IMG_7091

IMG_7092

IMG_7098

IMG_7096

IMG_7099

Dip in the Indian Ocean!

IMG_7231

Mount Agung, active volcano, in the distance. We will climb you next time!

IMG_7213

Gorgeous weather every day

IMG_7212

Enjoying the local beer

IMG_7218

IMG_7225

Night view walking along the beach with constant security patrol

IMG_7104

Lots of daily fitness classes including: yoga stretching, power walking, abs and thighs, aqua gym, pool game, dance fitness, and more!

Fun in the sun! Quite enjoyed aqua gym – water aerobics. Representing Australia doing the kangaroo race 😛

16 may 476 no=28

16 may 476 no=46

Sports! Unfortunately, high waves kept us away from the water sports (kayaking, windsurfing, snorkelling) so I don’t have photos of that to share… maybe next time!

Land sports!

IMG_1099

IMG_1097

We enjoyed a lot of golf (6-hole course), sometimes multiple times a day.

IMG_1005

IMG_1013

IMG_1015

IMG_1031

Also tennis outdoors!

IMG_1091

Indoor facilities include a gym for badminton, basketball, etc. as well as 2 squash courts

IMG_1081

IMG_1085

Beware of mosquitos! They do regular evening mosquito fogging to keep them at bay but I still got bit numerous times. Worth it to bring repellant!

IMG_1089

Archery was a ton of fun and something I was actually decent at.

IMG_1033

IMG_1035

And I even went on the trapeze! My certificate for Knee Hang Catch – you’ll have to watch the video below to see! Thanks (L to R) Danny, Jack, and Ali! And Kevin who’s not in this photo.

IMG_7270

IMG_1054

As you have probably noticed in the previous photos, the village grounds are kept immaculate and are maintained on a daily basis by the lovely GEs.

IMG_7068

Performance theatre, with evening shows every day

IMG_7060

This night’s performance theme: Halloween, it was really good!

IMG_7164

I know there are a lot of photos, but they really don’t capture the full beauty and ambiance of Club Med Bali. Please watch my video below to see more!

There are a few things regarding Club Med that we didn’t personally experience that is worth mentioning:

1) Petit/Mini/Kids/Junior Club (2-18yo). What makes Club Med a fantastic holiday choice for families is children/youth oriented programs run by GOs. Gives children a chance to hang out with those their age and make new friends, stay engaged with the numerous activities and schedules, and give parents a chance for some relaxation and adult time. You can always hear the enthusiasm and energy when they’re nearby and just know the kids were having a ball. We will definitely go on Club Med vacations when we have a family, no doubt about it.

2) Night life. Because Michael and I wanted to spend as much time alone together as possible, we skipped out on the night life. However, it always looked liked a blast with dancing and hanging out with the GOs and other GMs. If we had been on this vacation with friends, things would’ve turned out very differently 😛

3) Mandara Spa within Club Med Bali. We didn’t try the services but the prices are comparable to Australian prices. Speaking with other GMs, there are nice spa/massage options if you are interested off the village grounds for much cheaper.

4) Excursions. Trips to see what Bali has to offer are available through the Discovery Centre or independently outside the village. We were happy to spend our entire trip having fun and relaxing in the village so actually did not get to see Bali attractions. We don’t regret it, but will definitely do it next time we’re back!

We had an amazing first Club Med experience in Bali. Thank you so much to all the wonderful GOs and GEs we met during our stay and made our trip extraordinaire! Can’t name you all but merci beaucoup! This holiday has definitely hooked us in and we will be looking forward to future vacations at other Club Med villages!

Until next time!

IMG_7277

DHAL: May 24, 2014

Highlights:

  • I finished editing my video of our trip to Bali! My only problem now is not being to share it due to our insanely slow upload speeds. Hopefully soon!
  • Art date with Yoni! He finished painting THIS PIECE, based on The Persistence of Memory by Slavador Dali – pretty huh? I worked on the same piece I’ve been trying to complete for years now – Chaos of Cancer. Slowly getting there!

IMG_1602

  • I made a no-bake cheesecake for the first time! Peanut butter cheesecake with Wunderbar bits and topped with chocolate ganache. It was alright, way too rich and wouldn’t make it like that again.

Lowlights:

  • Being woken up at 4:30am this morning by a freakish grating sound coming from my ceiling fan. I couldn’t tell what was causing the noise and too scared to try and fix it half asleep.
  • I ordered a dress a while ago, this one to be exact. From Ebay seller chsislady.

IMG_8589

IMG_0910

I finally had the chance to pick it up from the post office yesterday and opened it today, to find this mess.

Note the obvious asymmetrical neckline

IMG_7316

And the poor construction of the bow

IMG_7318

Not to mention the uneven and ugly seams all around the dress.

IMG_7319

You bet I’m going to ask for a refund!

And finally, I don’t know if this should be a highlight or lowlight
 but check out the ‘fancy’ garment bag the dress came in. I have no clue what it’s trying to say, do you?

IMG_7307

Ethio-African cuisine at Yeshi Buna

May 09, 2014

To celebrate finishing exams, Christine suggested we have dinner at Yeshi Buna. She had been very recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. And I, having never tasted Ethiopian food before, didn’t hesitate before saying yes.

Brightly decorated, the restaurant’s atmosphere was immediately inviting and the owner (?) warmly welcomed us.

IMG_7015

IMG_7016

After sitting down, he asked if we had ever been to the restaurant before, to which Michael and I replied that it was our first visit. He handed us not only the menu, but also a page to explain terms that may be unfamiliar to those new to Ethio-African cuisine.

IMG_7007

Words like ‘injera’ the tiniest cereal in the world that is ground and fermented for days to make the flat, slightly sour, bubbly ‘bread’ that is a staple of many dishes.

IMG_7010

It didn’t take us long to decide that we wanted the Meat & Vegetarian Combination Dish ($48 for 3 people).

We were pretty hungry, and pretty excited. When the dish came, we were even shown how to eat with our hands and use pieces of the injera to scoop

The combo dish contained the following: Ye Beg Alicha, Doro Wott, Tibs Wott, Minchet Abish, Gomen Be Siga, Atikilt Wott, Kik Alicha, Fassolia, Missir Wott, and mixed salad. (Wott = hot stew, Alicha = mild stew, Tibs = sautéed meat)

IMG_7012

Looks are deceiving but there was quite a bit of food and we were all struggling to polish off the plate towards the end. But we did it!

IMG_7014

My first time experiencing Ethiopian food was great! Something I’d certainly have again. Well-priced, delicious food with great service and wonderful ambiance – I would highly recommend Yeshi Buna!

IMG_7013

Yeshi Buna Ethio African on Urbanspoon

DHAL: May 23, 2014

Highlights:

  • I get four days off in a row starting today! Which will be followed by 5×10 hour day and evening shifts back to back next week so I guess I shouldn’t be too happy too soon 😉
  • Facetime-ing with my fiance! How lovely it was to laugh with this handsome face 🙂

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 1.39.56 AM

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 1.42.09 AM

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 1.44.37 AM

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 2.11.16 AM

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 12.57.19 AM

  • Getting so much housecleaning done! Everything is sparkly clean!
  • Because I have the day off, I can wear my engagement ring! I don’t wear it to the hospital because I am constantly washing my hands and wearing gloves. So sparkly and makes me feel Michael is close to my heart ❀

Lowlights:

  • Apparently, my scalp got a little burnt during our time in Bali. I have disgusting looking dandruff now… hopefully it clears up in the next few days before I’m back at the hospital!

DHAL: May 22, 2014

Highlights:

  • Seeing patients with such a variety of presentations: atypical chest pain, infective exacerbation of asthma in an 81, acute shortness of breath in an otherwise quite healthy 93yo man, superficial venous thrombosis, domestic violence, etc
  • Running into my supervisor from my Medicine Rotation last year. To this day I still remember rounding with him and the team when he suddenly stops in the hallway, points to an orchid and asks, “What flower is this?” When I answered, he questioned me back with, “How can you tell? How do you know for sure?” Completely stumped, he finally satisfied our curiosity with, “Because it’s the only flower with one plane of symmetry” and continued on down the hallway. Such a lovely old gentleman who is a great teacher and well respected by students and colleagues alike.
  • Being told to go home early! So nice, even if it was only 40 minutes early. And I even got a lunch break today! The blessings… haha
  • A glorious nap after dinner

Lowlights:

  • Just after piercing the skin and successfully getting flashback on my cannula insertion for a patient, it fell out! I don’t even know how it happened, but I hate having to prick someone more than once. It was even worse because the first one was successful and I most likely left the poor man with a bruise. The patient didn’t complain and it wasn’t painful, just completely unnecessary, bleh!
  • Knowing I had more highlights to share but now they’ve escaped me. I need to start taking notes throughout the day so I don’t forget!

Obstetrics & Gynaecology: The wrap up

It’s only been 2 weeks since my O&G rotation ended but it already feels like ages ago.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time on Obstetrics & Gynaecology. I have to say thank you to the other 4, lovely students on my team: Darice, Sam, Roger and Michael (not my partner) – for your support and for being so fun to work with. There was always a joke to share or something to laugh about. And more importantly, we shared knowledge and learned heaps from each other. Thank you especially to Darice for driving me all the way home so many times in the evening! You are such wonderful company and I hope you are enjoying your time back in Singapore!

So, final exams…

O&G had 3 consecutive days of exams, how did they go?

(Note: Sorry, this might turn out to be a little long. I’m trying to put everything down to look back on in the future!)

Wednesday, May 07

A written multiple choice question (MCQ) exam. 60 questions, 30 gynae and 30 obstetric. I think there was a collective ‘what the hell happened feeling’ after finishing that exam. So much so that the cohort got together and reproduced most, if not all, questions from memory in order to further discuss them. Very dissimilar to the example of a previous exam they provided us, I think many of us felt this MCQ exam did not test fundamental knowledge required for an O&G rotation. In addition, there was unequal weighting of topics tested. For example, out of 30 obstetric questions, 3 of them (10%) asked about oxytocin – a drug used in active management of third stage labour.

Thursday, May 08

3 Obstetric OSCE stations. Each 8 minutes long and without perusal time. Talk about anxiety!

Station 1: An older lady who is obese, with hypertension on an ACE inhibitor and a previous history of 2 large babies has come in to see you (the GP) because she’s 8 weeks pregnant. The point of this station is to not only address the standard steps of care (confirm pregnancy, blood tests for type + antibodies, Hb, syphilis, Hep B/C, Rubella status, etc, dating scan, folate, diet…) but also to address her specific risk factors (age, obese, previous large babies, all risk factors for gestational diabetes and pre eclampsia, take her off her ACE inhibitor as it is a category D drug, etc).

Station 2: A lady in her late 3rd trimester has come into see you in the Antenatal Clinic with vaginal bleeding and a diffusely tender abdomen/uterus. Morphology scan at 20 weeks showed a fundal placenta – effectively ruling out placenta previa and leaving the likely diagnosis of placental abruption. Important points of this station was to identify the likely cause of bleeding, to admit her for further testing and monitoring of baby, inform theatre and anesthesia of potential need for emergency c-section, etc.

Station 3: A lady has active post partum hemorrhaging. Important points included resuscitation if necessary, discussion of possible causes (atony, retained tissue, trauma, bleeding disorder) and their management options, consenting for theatre and the need to inform the patient of the possibility she might need a hysterectomy.

I found the content of each station to be very fair and expected. However, what really disappointed me, as well as every other student I spoke with, is the lack of standardisation across examiners. For myself, the examiner at Station 1 did not let me speak freely, he only wanted me to specifically answer his questions – some of which did not even relate to a first antenatal visit. As a result, with such time constraints, I did not get a chance to say most of what is expected at such an appointment. When I proceeded to Station 2, every time I paused to think or see if the examiner had any questions, she would loudly say to me, “Don’t let me prompt you! What else do you want to say? Keep going!” She never actually prompted me with anything and I felt her constant berating very distracting and disruptive. Finally at Station 3, the examiner sat in complete silence and let me talk through anything I wanted until I stopped, only then did he ask further questions.

Overall, I think it went okay. I never know how I’ve performed at these types of exams because you are always your biggest critic. I can still think of things I should’ve said or things I could’ve left out.

Friday, May 09

3 Gynaecology OSCE stations. Each 8 minutes long and without perusal.

Station 1: Young lady is referred by GP to you in ED with few weeks history of iliac fossa pain. Ultimately supposed to rule out an ectopic pregnancy and come to the conclusion that likely ruptured ovarian cyst and/or ovarian torsion through discussion of investigations you would order and being given the results.

Station 2: Young woman presents to ED with symptoms of PID, confirmed with investigations. Incidentally, she has acute Hepatitis B. Needed to discuss her medical management including the need for hospital admission, contact tracing, contraception counselling, medical consult for the hepatitis.

Station 3: Vaginal bleeding in an older woman post hysterectomy on the ward. Management including resuscitation, discussion of consent, likely source of bleeding, etc.

Again, similar to the Obstetric cases, the cases presented to us were very fair, however, different standards of examiners across the board again. My examiners at Station 1 and 3 carried a discussion with me, letting me speak but also asking questions and pushing my knowledge, which was very good. My examiner at Station 2 was completely silent and cold, making me even more nervous. We were told multiple times that if we were struggling, not to worry, the examiners will provide prompts or attempt to put you back on track, but that certainly did not happen for me with Station 2.

I felt this was my hardest set of exams so far, mainly because of the quantity of OSCEs we had to perform and the uncertainty of whether I passed or not. I think I excelled at some stations and got a little stumped at a couple others. Marking is also very subjective, so all I can do now is cross my fingers and hope that everything went okay!

After this O&G rotation and as someone who is interested in General Practice/Family Medicine, I definitely think I will love the aspect of women’s health and antenatal care within that career pathway, yay!

And if you’re still here, a toast! To the end of second rotation! With Yoni and Christine 🙂

IMG_7018

Moments in Sydney

May 4-5, 2014

Just a few moments captured during my solo short stay in Sydney to write my MCCEE! 🙂

Enjoying a matcha (green tea) latte while studying!

IMG_1512

I couldn’t help myself when I passed by Lord of the Fries. Tried out the ‘Parisian‘ with aioli garlic mayo. Verdict: Meh, it’s alright. Fries were good, reminded me of New York Fries but the sauce was way too bland.

IMG_1496

Such nice weather on the day I wrote my exam! Enjoyed a leisurely stroll and doing nothing but people-watching at Hyde Park.

Anzac Memorial and The Pool of Reflections

IMG_1542

Looking out from Anzac Memorial

IMG_1538

Absolutely love the large trees, makes me feel like I’m walking through a fairy tale.

IMG_1544

People watching panorama around Archibald Fountain

IMG_1552

St Mary’s Cathedral

IMG_1555

A tad lonely being by myself but so peaceful at the same time! 🙂

Sydney: The Dough Collective

May 04, 2014

I came upon The Dough Collective on George St. by chance while taking a walk and looking for some food/snacks during my short stay in Sydney. I remember checking into my hotel and immediately thinking, “I need to find something delicious to keep me going if I plan to be studying for the rest of the day.”

And if you know me, you know I absolutely love bakeries. Delicious breads and pastries, does anyone not like that?

IMG_1500

A small shop with assorted breads on display typical of a self-serve bakery. I also liked the look of the bread behind glass displays within the walls, added a nice elegant touch. Wish I had taken some photos of the shop but I was trying to get in and out as quick as I could. Also, lots of different samples to try, taste to your heart’s content!

IMG_1498

As I was traveling solo so I couldn’t buy too much… even though I wanted to!

Ended up getting a Chocolate Surprise – filled with Belgian chocolate and a Brown Sugar Roll with brown sugar, walnuts and raisins.

IMG_1502

Both were delicious! Such fresh, soft, delicious, chewy bread. I am not a fan of raisins, but these ones were so big, plump, and juicy I thought it went really nicely with the walnuts in the roll.

And I also got the Gangnam Crown, I believe. Five individual buns with kimchi, cream cheese, and condensed milk. The combination of flavours may sound odd, but I assure you this was delicious. Spicy, creamy, salty and sweet – mmm!

IMG_1504

I know, I should’ve also taken photos of what the inside looked like to show you!

I still think of the awesome textures and tastes of the breads I tried, and prices were very reasonable as well! I really wish there was a Dough Collective here in Brisbane… maybe one day soon? Will definitely visit again when I have the chance though!

The Dough Collective on Urbanspoon

DHAL: May 21, 2014

A long day at the hospital (8am to 6pm) that luckily didn’t feel quite as long!

Highlights:

  • Finally knowing how to set up and use the neonatal resuscitation trolley properly! Attended daily morning teaching for junior doctors and was happy that I was still on top of neonatal resus principles. And now someone has taken the time to show me how all the equipment works
  • Getting to know a few more junior and senior doctors.
  • Picking up dinner at the hospital Subway on the way home. Haven’t had a sub in a while and no food preparation or cleaning!
  • Finally catching up with the show Once Upon A Time. I highly recommend this show, although it takes a few episodes to get into it. The sets and costumes are great. I think the most impressive aspect of this show is not only how they are able to blend reality with the fairy tale world so seamlessly but how the writers have been able to integrate all the fairy tale characters we’ve ever known into one world… Relating each character to another in such a creative way that keeps us on our toes.

Lowlights:

Being ‘gently’ reprimanded by my senior doctor. I was with her while she was removing 3 week old stubborn sutures (done by another Dr elsewhere and was now causing infection) from a patient’s neck. While she was tugging on a loose one trying to find its other end, I commented, “It’s not intuitive, the placement of the suture when you tug on it.” Although she completely understood the meaning behind my comment, she took me aside later to remind me that I should never make any comments that patients can take wrongly and in a negative way. While I completely agree, I guess I was just frustrated with myself for having someone senior, whom I’m trying to make a good impression on, remind me. She was lovely though!

DHAL: May 20, 2014

Simple day today!

Highlights:

  • Having the day off and waking up naturally without sleeping in too late!
  • Seeing Michael’s face for the first time in days, even if it was only via skype 🙂
  • Being able to eat delicious honeydew melon without having the same allergic reaction (hives, itchy throat, etc) the way I used to.
  • Getting some blogging done!

Lowlights:

  • Going to bed by myself 😩

Sydney: Hyde Park Inn

May 4-5, 2014

In conjunction with my last post, I stayed at Hyde Park Inn during my brief stay in Sydney to write my MCCEE.

I made the booking through Agoda and chose this place for a number of reasons: 

  1. Cheaper than other comparable 4-star hotels in the area, but looked very nice, bright, and clean
  2. Lots of positive reviews
  3. Free wifi in room, which is surprisingly not easy to come by – definitely needed this for my studying.
  4. Extremely close to the train station but more importantly, only a few minutes walk away from my test centre
  5. Continental breakfast included

I landed in Sydney around 10am, so I wasn’t expecting to be able to check in when I arrived at Hyde Park Inn. I was simply expecting to drop off my carry-on luggage and find a nearby cafe to study. It was a pleasant surprise that not only was I told my room was ready for me on early arrival, but that I had been given a complimentary upgrade from a Budget Standard Room to a Standard Studio… how lovely! 

From a “Small Compact Budget Standard Room with frosted windows which allow natural light into the room but with no view. This room offers one Queen Bed, with LCD TV and DVD player.” to a studio featuring “one queen and one single bed, kitchenette facilities with a microwave, en suite bathroom with shower facilities, air-conditioning and a window view overlooking Hyde Park.”

Was this a lucky sign for my exam? 😉

I loved that it was extremely bright and spacious. And so much room, too bad I was by myself! 

IMG_1484

IMG_1491

It doesn’t look like it in this photo, but the bathroom had some of the best lighting I’ve come across in hotels… you know, the kind where you can actually use to apply makeup properly. Toiletries (except shower gel/shampoo) weren’t included but didn’t matter to me as I always bring my own.

IMG_1488

 

Hallway with large closet to the left and bathroom on the right. Iron and board were available in case you needed it.And a cute little kitchenette that contained everything you needed. Even a convection microwave oven.

IMG_1493

When I came into my room, there was already some uncovered sliced bread in the fridge, which made me think to myself, “This better not be the continental breakfast.” Fortunately, I was proven wrong when a staff member came by later to drop off breakfast, which consisted of sliced bread, Weet-Bix, cornflakes, fruit cups, milk, orange juice, butter and condiments for the toast. And because I was the only occupant, I got to eat for 2 or 3, who’s complaining?

IMG_1520

IMG_1523

IMG_1526

The one thing I did not appreciate, which I have seen others complain about in reviews, is the sliced bread. No joke, this was how it was left in the fridge for me. Some was wrapped up, some was not wrapped up at all, and some was very poorly wrapped. What the heck! Who wants dried out AND unsanitary toast? Also, the bread that was already sitting in the fridge? It wasn’t taken away and replaced with this bread… it was left for me. Not cool!

IMG_1522

However, the bread was literally my only complaint of the stay. The staff were extremely pleasant, the beds were super comfortable, everything was clean. Very quiet, which was really important to me in order to study and have a good rest before my exam. Checking out was not an issue and there was no problem with me leaving my luggage until later in the day. 

Would I stay again or recommend to my friends? Most definitely! 

MCCEE in Sydney

May 05, 2014

If you are a regular reader, you might remember that since the beginning of this year, I had been studying for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam, more commonly referred to as the MCCEE.

As a Canadian studying to be a doctor in Australia, writing the MCCEE is the first of a few steps if I ever want to complete a residency (training after graduating) back home.

I flew down from Brisbane to Sydney the day before to write my exam on May 5, 2014 from 9am to 1pm at ITIC PTY LTD LEVEL 3, 321 Pitt St. It is only a few minutes walk away from Museum train station and therefore easily accessible.

IMG_1568

Note: I’m going to be a little detailed with my experience, in case it can help anyone feel a little more comfortable going into their exam. 🙂

What did I bring?

I brought 2 pieces of ID, although they only looked at one, and my test confirmation email. Make sure that the name on your ID matches the name you registered with! I definitely wore a jacket in case it got cold and brought snacks and a bottled drink. There was water provided at my test centre. I also had other belongings with me like a purse, watch, study material, which was fine but must be locked up and access to them is not allowed during the duration of the test.

What was my experience like?

The test centre in Sydney, like all the others I assume, is very straight forward. You sign in and are given a key to store your belongings in a locker and taken to a separate testing area. You are not allowed to bring anything into the testing room except your ID and your key but you are allowed to have access to your locker during breaks. You will be seated at one of the cubicles where you have access to a computer, some paper and pencils to take note, and some headphones to drown out noise. The room I was in was small, approximately 5 cubicles, and got very warm – good thing there was a standing fan.

The computer is set up for you once you’re seated and you first have a 10 minute tutorial on how to navigate the exam (ie. moving through questions, how to highlight/strike out, how to mark questions for review, etc).

The exam is 4 hours long, which begins when you hit start and the first question is loaded. During these 4 hours, there are no scheduled breaks, however, you may take them whenever you want, for however long you want, it is up to you. The timer never stops, so your breaks are part of the allotted 4 hours. I have to say, 4 hours is plenty of time for this exam. After completing all the questions, I signed out for a break to go to the bathroom and to have a snack before going back in to review my questions, and still finished the exam with around half an hour to spare.

If you leave for breaks, you must sign in and out each time.

How was the actual exam?

The test consists of 180 questions total, however, only 150 of them are actually counted towards your score. The other 30 questions are used for quality control or even to test out newly developed questions. The questions revolve around the following 5 subjects: Child Health, Maternal Health, Adult Health, Mental Health, and Population Health and Ethics. Yes, I did find the distribution of questions equal amongst all topics. 

You don’t have to be concerned about knowing normal values or ranges. Any number given to you will be followed by the normal range in brackets, so you don’t even need to open a separate page. There were a few questions with images, which were displayed for you on the screen and the quality was completely fine to answer the question.

Unfortunately, I can’t give examples of questions but I did find all the questions to be fair, there were no impossible questions. The ones I struggled with, it was because I didn’t cover that topic enough during my studying, not because it was overly difficult.

The time passed quickly, although I never felt rushed and completed the questions at a steady pace. The relief and happiness after completing the exam is great, although I always find it hard to gauge how well I did on standardised exams. It takes about 2 months to receive your mark, so I have a long way to go!

What did I use to prepare for this exam?

I used mostly CanadaQBank questions and supplemented whatever question/topic not adequately explained with additional reading. I started ‘studying’ in January, however, with 2 busy rotations (Paediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynaecology), I simply did not have time to read additional textbooks. I found the CanadaQBank questions to be very representative of the MCCEE, both in terms of question style as well level of knowledge and difficulty – with even a few extremely similar questions on the actual exam.

CanadaQBank had a total of 3868 questions, of which I did approximately 80%. I didn’t have enough time to prepare for this exam as well as I would have wanted, but it is definitely possible to complete all questions multiple times if you have a good study schedule.

I also tried some USMLEWorld Step 2CK questions but stopped because the style was too different than the MCCEE. You will not have such long stems and style of question on the MCCEE.

Fees?

The cost of the exam is $1695 USD along with the expenses of flying down to Sydney, food and accommodation. It’s not a cheap exam and I suggest to be fully committed to passing it if you are going to write it. I had initially scheduled to write my MCCEE on February 28, 2014 with Michael in Melbourne. However, at the last minute I rescheduled it to May 5th ($50 USD fee) because I felt underprepared and uncomfortable with the possible notion of failing. Looking back now, with an extra 2 months, I did not get much additional studying done and probably would’ve performed similarly if I had written it earlier.

What next?

The next step is to complete the NAC OSCE… which I am not planning to complete anytime this year, so I will save that for a future post. 😉

Phew, long post! Thanks for reading if you are still here and of course, feel free to ask any questions! All the best if you are studying for your MCCEE!

Easter lunch date at ThymeÂČ

April 19, 2014

Wow this post is long overdue but better late than never, right?

Michael and I booked a 50% off Dimmi Special to enjoy an Easter lunch date together at ThymeÂČ, a buffet restaurant within Sofitel Brisbane Hotel.

From the description on their website, we were looking forward to a promising lunch:

“The interactive kitchen has set a benchmark for innovative dining. The theatre of chefs cooking live to an audience provides a stimulating, visual tableau and an international dining experience that will ensure you come back for more.

Challenge your tastebuds with 150 different dishes weekly and delight in 15 international themes including French, Mediterranean dishes in wood-fired ovens, Indian fare in our authentic Tandoor Ovens or watch as Asian cuisines come alive in our Chinese woks.”

With reservations for 12:30pm, the first thoughts we had upon entering were, “Wow, is it because it’s Easter weekend or is it always this busy?” Many tables, all full of patrons. The second thought we had was, “Nice decor, good ambiance and the service from staff here is absolutely lovely.”

We were seated beside the window with a view of Anzac Square and offered sparkling wine. Yes, free flow sparkling wine is included during breakfast and lunch dining times. 😉 Hungry and eager to see what the buffet had to offer, we headed towards the food.

IMG_6979

The variety at the salad bar was decent and tasty.

IMG_6983

IMG_6981

Of course, the seafood – 3 items. Very tiny, but but fresh oysters. The mussles were plump and quite tasty, and I normally don’t like mussles! Large prawns, although tough and rubbery.

IMG_6982

IMG_6984

IMG_6988

We found the selection of hot foods very lacking, with mostly Indian curries, some pastas and vegetable options. Also, the only interactive aspect of the buffet was a person manning the roast meat station, carving for guests. A little lame for an interactive buffet.

IMG_6986

My lovely date!

IMG_6989

Shrimp smile!

IMG_6990

We hoped for a better dessert selection and was pleasantly surprised with the variety of pastries and sweets, with even some gluten free options.

IMG_6993

I was disappointed that there were no strawberries or any fruit at the chocolate fountain.

IMG_6985

There was also a cart with a number of nice cheeses, dried fruits, nuts, breads, and crackers.

IMG_6994

Overall, we enjoyed our lunch at Thyme2, mostly because we were able to spend time together as opposed to the food.

IMG_6991

The selection and quality, especially hot foods, simply did not live up to expectations. And I assume there is already a better selection on the weekends compared to weekdays, although I could be wrong. I’m glad we dined for 50% off because the regular price of $76 per person is exorbitant. However, the staff were great the entire time we dined. Extremely friendly and pleasant and quick to refill our glasses and clear our tables.

Would we return? With such average food, no because it’s simply not worth it. Unfortunately, for the price, we would definitely be able to treat ourselves to a great quantity of much better food!

ThymeÂČ Interactive Restaurant on Urbanspoon

With happy bellies and such a beautiful day, we stayed in Anzac Square after lunch and… took a nap. It was glorious!

IMG_1432

The view from where we lying, which was also the view from our table in the restaurant.

IMG_1435

IMG_1440

DHAL: May 19, 2014

So this will be my first, of hopefully many, Daily Highlights & Lowlights (DHAL) blog posts.

In case you didn’t see in an earlier post, I’ve decided to start this series because I was finding it difficult not only to keep up with blogging but also to find interesting things to write about during busy and full-on rotations. I thought this would be a good way to remember the happy moments, as well as the more difficult ones of each day. Hopefully when I look back at these posts, I will be able to see how I’ve grown from the positive and negative experiences on a daily basis.

Highlights:

  • The excitement of starting a new rotation! I’m currently doing my first of 4 weeks in the Emergency Department (ED) at a big tertiary hospital. The best part is, as opposed to the last hospital I was working at (1.5hrs away each direction), this hospital is only 5-10 minutes away by bus!
  • Meeting new people. Not only did I have a chance to meet some lovely classmates, the doctors and nurses I’ve met in ED were also extremely pleasant. Some are very keen to teach and for that I am very grateful.
  • I did a few cannulations, and I’m happy to say… all of mine were successful on first attempt! I’m always a little nervous (especially in a new environment and on the first day) and never want the patient to have be pricked multiple times, so yay!

  • The patients I met and the things I learned from them:
  1. We had a few patients come in with chest pain, some very typical of cardiac pain but there was a lady with such unspecific pain and symptoms that we had to quickly rule out a life threatening aortic dissection.
  2. Met a man who was also having chest pain and syncope on a background of kidney failure needing dialysis 3 times a week. He had the most amazing arteriovenous (AV) fistula that anyone had ever seen – huge with a proximal pulse and a distal buzz/hum.
  3. There was a trauma alert for a man who fell off his motorbike going 30-40km/hr having to suddenly brake and swerve to avoid a collision. Luckily he was completely fine except for some abrasions and a broken L clavicle.
  4. A man who had a pneumothorax two weeks ago and fed up with his pain and shortness of breath. His CXRs were impressive, with most likely over 80% of his left lung collapsed. He initially wanted to manage it expectantly because he didn’t want an ICC. The doctors used a central venous line through his anterior chest and sucked out over 2L of air with instant relief.
  • Talking to Michael. Although only via text, I was happy he didn’t run into any issues during his flight back to Canada. Poor guy was exhausted but there were no issues with his flights and the additional 4-5 hours of driving went well! He shared some gorgeous views of his drive and look, mountain view just outside the place he’s staying at.

IMG_2870

Lowlights:

  • Getting to orientation at 9am to be told that my first ED shift would be from 1-11pm in the Resuscitation/Trauma area. I was so nervous! An evening shift on my first day where I’ll be working with the sickest people that come through the emergency.
  • The constant feeling of not knowing enough. There is always more to learn and things to review!
  • The feeling of exhaustion when I finally got home around 11:30pm. My legs and feet were incredibly sore from standing the better part of a 10 hour shift. Not to mention it was quite busy so I didn’t even take a break! I also need to make sure I stay hydrated as a headache started creeping on in the last hours of my shift.
  • Coming home to an empty house and not seeing Michael. I’m so used to his company so it is awfully lonely when you don’t have anyone to talk to!

April moments

During my Obstetrics & Gynaecology rotation, I was often leaving the house before 6am in order to be at the hospital in time for 8am. It was a drag, but some things made it worth it. The fact that I got a bit more exercise, since I was walking approximately 7km everyday to and from the train stations. Rediscovering all my favourite songs on my iPod. Since most of my travel is with Michael, I always preferred chatting in his company rather than listening to music. Walking by myself was actually quite a nice and relaxing change of scenery, something I used to know so well but had become unfamiliar to in the last few years.

And little moments with nature you experience. Like this possum carrying her young one across an electric wire:

IMG_1355

And beautiful skies like these over my head

IMG_1403

IMG_1463

On April 11, we attended The Dashounds’ Kids Again EP launch at The Hideaway. The Dashounds consist of our two friends James Fielding and Pete Dixon, as well as Bas Pelly and Steve Ceccato.

IMG_6961

A Brisbane based, indie/pop/acoustic band, here is a quick blurb from their Facebook page:

The Dashounds have supported Josh Pyke,The Resin Dogs, and shared Festival stages with Regurgitator, Boy and Bear and many more. They played at the Caxton Seafood Fest and the Red Deer Music Fest in 2010, ’11 and ’12 to packed audiences of happy tail waggin’, raindropping fans. The ‘Hounds have recorded two EPs (available on iTunes). They are best known for their vibrant multi-layered vocal harmonies, dynamic acoustic pop anthems, and quirky lyrics about girls, dogs and their beloved home town of Brisbane.

A really fun and great night with amazing performances by the guys.

IMG_6958

CLICK HERE to visit triple j Unearthed and check out some of their tracks, even download! You are missing out though, because the recordings simply cannot capture the sound and energy of their live performances!

Bought a hardcopy, can you see the outfit similarities? 😉

20140518_212119

Despite a busy rotation, we did get out once in a while! About to head out for some yummy dim sum at New Shanghai with Yoni and Xuan in this photo.

IMG_6973

This was also the night we discovered a dish called “Deep fried calamari coated with salted egg yolk” Deliciously crunchy, rich and salty dish that was extremely well received by all of us!

IMG_1414

Girls day out with Christine, Fiona, Kristen and the cute Abigail on April 13th!

IMG_6978

Started with a lovely breakfast at Samson and Sophie Cafe in Teneriffe, followed by a walk along the river that ended with a drizzle and left us at the Old Museum enjoying tea and each other’s company for a little while longer… oh no! 😉

IMG_1423

As babies often command, and being as cute as Abbey is, she was definitely the centre of attention!

IMG_1419

Not often are the 4 of us in the same place at the same time, so it was lovely seeing them all and catching up!

And my sad attempt at photographing the Blood Moon night of April 15th. 😛

IMG_9945

My pathetically long blog absence

Dear friends,

Where have I been? Here and there. Doing this, doing that. I’ve been terrible at including you, I know. I’m sorry!

Today has been a very difficult and emotional day for me. Michael, my fiance, is currently flying back to Canada where he will be completing his next two rotations (3rd – Critical Care and 4th – Medical Specialties) while I remain in Brisbane. It will be an exciting and scary journey for him rotating through a number of different hospitals, but I have no doubt he will fit in and excel. Fortunately, I will also have the opportunity to complete Rotation 4 (starting in two months) in Canada. During the last 4 weeks of that rotation, we will be only 1.5 hours drive apart so we’ll finally be able to see each other! I already feel so alone! Never in the years we’ve been together have we been apart or tested by a long distance relationship. I’m sure these next few months will not be easy but thank goodness for texting and video calling. I miss him so much already.

I have a number of topics to catch up and share with you on this blog, including:

  • Some happy moments with friends back in April
  • The MCCEE exam that I finally wrote on May 5th
  • What food have I been making?
  • My Obstetrics & Gynaecology rotation that ended May 9th, including how the final exams went!
  • Our amazing one week vacation in Bali (May 10 to May 17) which was also our first experience with Club MĂ©diterranĂ©e, commonly known as Club Med
  • The wedding of our 2 wonderful friends James & Kim on May 17th
  • My upcoming 3rd rotation in Critical Care

In addition, as I have found it very difficult to not only keep up with blogging but also find interesting things to write about during busy and full-on rotations, I have decided to start a new daily blog series project. Starting tomorrow, the first day of my 3rd rotation (Critical Care), I will be doing a Daily Highlights and Lowlights (DHAL) post. This idea was inspired by April & Justin whose daily vlogs I enjoy enjoy watching on YouTube. At the end of each of their videos, they share the highlights of their day. I thought this would be a good way to remember the happy moments, as well as the more difficult ones of each day. Hopefully when I look back at these posts, I will be able to see how I’ve grown from the positive and negative experiences on a daily basis.

Thank you for sticking around with me, I hope you enjoy the blog posts to come!