Laptop fixed, blog updates to come!

(Written in the air yesterday)

Hello friends!

The good news is, I have a working laptop again! The bad news is, I wasn’t able to save anything on my previous hard drive, which simply died on me. But that’s okay, I have back up copies of many files and it’s not the end of the world that I lost some of the others.

I was already behind on my blogging during the holiday season because I’m a very important person with many things to do I was busy and also lazy. And when my computer died, I felt like I hadn’t blogged for ages!

I’m currently in the air with Michael, on our way back to Brisbane. Going to try and spend a few hours writing up all my blog posts so I can post them when I have internet again! Thanks for reading, stay tuned!

3 weeks since I last posted!

Unbelievable how fast this rotation has gone by… tomorrow is already my last day in hospital… of the year. Then final exams next week!

I haven’t blogged in over three weeks, ashamed! No excuses! Although getting home late most days leaves me completely exhausted, especially after dinner when I still have to study 😦 That, and I have not done anything interesting during this rotation! Mostly focused on school, I haven’t even been taking photos regularly! Oopsies.

I’m very excited to be approaching the end of third year, which has been fantastic. I love being in the hospital, being part of a team, and the opportunity for hands on learning. Definitely excited to be finishing up this year, but a little apprehensive about next year as well, ah!

Here are a few updates:

  • So fortunate to have been a part of such an awesome medical team for this rotation. We are having a farewell lunch tomorrow… I’ll definitely be a little sad but it will be nice to see their faces next year as well 🙂
  • Final exams next Wednesday morning! It will consist of a long case and a short case. For the long case, we get 1 hour with a patient and during that hour, we must get a full history and do a full examination. This is followed by 20 minutes with two examiners where we present our case and get grilled. The short case will be a focused examination completed within 8-10 minutes, also followed by a brief summary/presentation to the examiners and being questioned. Sounds nerve wracking? It is!
  • Because real patients are used for our exams, we are banned from the hospital as of Friday. That way, newly admitted patients are kept secret 😉 And so, I’ve decided to go to the beach this weekend. Relax and do some reading under the sun… lots of reading to get through in preparation for my exams next week!
  • Will be going to my first baby shower! Mum-to-be is my lovely friend Kristen, who makes pregnancy look absolutely beautiful!
  • Then Mike and I are flying home on Sunday, November 17th at 7:45 am! We’ll be heading to the airport quite early, will we be up all night doing last minute packing? Mike will for sure. I’ll be doing my packing while procrastinating studying for exams.
  • We’ll be arriving in Vancouver on November 17th at 7:25 am and will spend a couple of days visiting my sister (studying OT at UBC) before going back to Ottawa, arriving at 11:40 pm on November 19th!
  • Yay, I’ll be home for my grandpa’s 80th birthday!
  • After many weeks of snail mail, I have finally completed my registration to write the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)! This will be the first of 4 Canadian exams I will have to complete should I wish to train in Canada. My exam will be on February 28th in Melbourne!
  • I have a lot of studying to do… for the rest of my life.
  • But yay, home soon! And for Christmas!

200 Followers!

Wow!

I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to each and everyone of you!

Blogging is something I choose to do mainly to reflect and to record my thoughts and memories. I am humbled and happy that so many of you chose to read what I write and share in my adventures (as boring as they may be sometimes).

It is also thanks to you that I know of your blogs (as I am a bit of a hermit in the blogging community) and have found other people with similar interests. With that being said, there are also those with very different interests and have still introduced me to many new ideas and/or wonderfully interesting things!

Thank you for making WordPress blogging a much more enriching experience for me!

Cheers and much love!

Sandra

Photo Blog Update

Finally, an update on my photo blog since July 2012!

Almost 50 photos added 😀 Some will be familiar! I invite you to check them out HERE (or click in the side bar)

Thanks and have a great night!

Congratulations Little Sister!

Big congratulations to my little sister, Jenni, for being accepted into grad school!

She applied to the Master of Occupational Therapy program at 5 schools in Canada and was accepted to every one… so proud!

Come September, she will be a Thunderbird at her first choice school – University of British Columbia!

And of course, Mike and I will now be stopping over in Vancouver to visit her on the way back home this year 😛

What I’m most excited about, is after years of nagging her to have a blog of her own, and not including her humorous blog (Ain’t Nobody Got Time For This) with our cousin Janet, she finally has one! Please visit Thunderbird Time to follow her adventures in becoming an OT student and eventually an OT!

Our mom is probably already sad that our family home will soon be further dwindling down, from an original 5 to 2 – but hopefully this blog will help keep her connected to everyone back home 🙂

That online presence

Can you believe that I’ve been blogging for over 2.5 years? Crazy! Who would’ve thought?!

When I first decided to blog, there were a few people (including my mom!) who thought making my life public on the internet could be risky…

Agreed! While for the most part, being a part of the online community is extremely positive and beneficial, it can sometimes be dangerous.

Fortunately, a lot of troubles can be avoided if you simply…

These are my personal rules:

  • Scam – If it sounds too good to be true, it’s too good to be true. And never give away your personal details online – simple!
  • Harassment – I’m sure you’ve all heard of certain YouTubers being harassed so badly, it has ruined their lives. While I do feel sorry for them, it’s often because they decided to do or say something really stupid without thinking of the consequences.
  • Invasion of privacy – If you don’t want people knowing about certain personal details – then don’t ever post them publicly.
  • Stalker/theft – Don’t let the things you post identify and make you a target of crime. Don’t flash your wads of cash, don’t show off your colletions of pricey items, don’t post videos of ‘house/neighbourhood tours’, etc.
  • Future-biting-in-the-ass – Don’t post anything you know you will come back to haunt you!

While I have followed these rules from the day I started blogging. I cannot say it has been easy, especially the future-biting-in-the-ass rule – that one is always hard.

I know… everybody’s different. Even though I thoroughly enjoy many people’s honest-without-restraint blogs/vlogs – I always find myself needing to hold back. Before every post, I always ask myself, is this appropriate according to my standards? Especially as someone pursuing medicine, I now think, “Would I be happy if a future colleague or patient came across this?”

Yesterday, I read a post on our class group page on Facebook. It has since been taken down, but I’ve paraphrased it below. The bolded words are those he actually used:

To the guy on the stairs shitting himself before the ethics exam, I have your cheapie (insert brand) sunglasses. I was thinking of just keeping them for myself but I figured I should at least let you fight me for them.

Additionally, there was no “haha” or “lol” to imply that he was joking or being sarcastic. To me, rude and disrespectful. I actually thought, “What an asshole!” And unfortunately, if I ever meet him in the future… this will be the first thing that comes to mind. I could be uptight, but I do think that’s a lack of professionalism. We shouldn’t be calling out fellow colleagues (or anyone and in a public forum no less) for worrying about exams or owning cheap stuff in that way – or even at all. A simple, “To the guy studying on the stairs before ethics exam, I have your sunglasses. We can meet up” would’ve sufficed!

Perhaps he deleted the post himself after realizing how he came across or perhaps an admin thought it was inappropriate and deleted it for him. Either way…

Unfortunately, there is no undo button on the internet. You can get rid of it, but chances are it’s been copied, people have seen it and people have talked about it.

It’s all been said before, but you never know who will be seeing what you post online – family, friends, (future) employers, clients, etc. It can be hard to control reactions and actions in real-time, in real-person, but not online! Take advantage of that!

My online presence plays a big role in my life and fortunately, I’m satisfied with it. 😀

What are your thoughts?

Introducing a blogger and a friend :)

This is long overdue (and I’m sorry dear!) but I would like to thank my lovely friend and fellow blogger… let’s call her ‘S‘. That way, she can maintain her online anonymity 😉

Thank you for a number of reasons!

1) For being one of my oldest and closest friends. We met back in grade 7-8 and became closer throughout high school. She’s been there through thick and thin and is one of the few high school friends I still keep in touch with. For that I am grateful. We rarely see each other, but when we do, nothing has changed and things pick up where we left them. Friends like her are hard to come by, I’m sure you know the feeling!

2) For having a blog! Being on the other side of the world, it’s often extremely hard to keep in touch with friends – her blog allows me to stay up to date with what’s going on in her life. Can you believe, she’s the only friend I have who blogs? I’ve grown to love blogging as a tool to record my thoughts and memories. But it also kills 2 birds with one stone. I can blog on my own schedule and those who are interested can check up on me whenever they feel like it. That’s why I wish more of my friends blogged – so I can stalk you guys! 😀

3) For her awesome shout out to me and Elle! You are such an amazing and strong woman, thank you again my dear! Like her, I feel like I don’t praise other bloggers enough. I’m terrible but I will try to be less of a silent troll reader!

S has 2 blogs, check them out!

Her first is Love Lost in a Hail of Gunfire. Mostly laid back, many of her posts on this blog share mini life updates, her current interests in music and tv, as well as her own art pieces.

More recently, she started a second blog – Perception Overload. This one will serve as a platform for her more serious posts that will definitely be thought provoking!