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Since I’m un-officially done with my 3rd year (woohoo!!!!!!), this post will just be a conglomeration of random thoughts as I spend time NOT studying and finally being able to relax.  So enjoy!

-School:  Awards banquet was tonight.  Surprisingly, I had an absolute blast!!!!!  I met the coolest woman who was the pure embodiment of how I want to be when I grow older.  Outspoken, lively, loving life, not afraid to share her opinions — she was amazing.  I only wish I’d been able to sit at her table and talk to her more.  I could have spent hours with her.  I wound up getting one award for ZEW (zoo, exotics, and wildlife) preceptor/conferences, which was really cool.  I wasn’t expecting it at all, but it was a wonderful surprise.  I did get to sit with Dr. Ketz, which is always enjoyable.  So overall, it was really a nice night.  Not having a test tomorrow was an added bonus.

-Love:  I get to see my wonderful husband in 5 days!  It’s been way too long and I’m excited to finally be seeing him for the first time since Christmas!  I’m really looking forward to a nice relaxing trip, getting to visit good friends, and mostly just getting away from the toxic school environment that has been weighting me down for so long.

-Friends:  Went on a shopping trip with Melissa yesterday.  Oh so much fun.  And I have a problem with makeup and body stuff.  This was already common knowledge, but it was rather obvious I haven’t been really shopping in awhile.  Oops…..

-Life:  Got my hair done today for the first time in awhile.  It’s darker and redder than the last couple of times, but I still like it.  Plus, since it’s red, it will fade rather quickly, and then I can go from there.  I’m not complaining, though.  I really love it.  I was in dire need of a deep condition too, since I haven’t had anything done since last semester, and it was rather obvious that my hair was desperate for something.

-Animals:  Not much going on in this front.  My dad’s bunny was diagnosed with cancer last week and went under surgery to remove a tumor that wound up being about the size of a softball.  Nevertheless, she is recovering quite well, despite having chewed her outside stitches out.  Hopefully she’ll still be around for a little longer, but it was nice going home over Easter weekend to see her since I don’t know when I’ll be able to visit again.  Life is, as you can imagine, emptier without little Luna, but I am dealing.  I’ve got ideas of how to keep her memory alive, so perhaps there will be an update about that soon.

Other Random:  not sure how alphainventions.com managed to direct traffic to my blog, but I’m not complaining.  Surely my life has to be interesting to more than the 2-3 consistent readers.  😉

Alright, off to go………oh wait, I don’t have to study tonight!  HAHAHAHA!!!!

*Edit:  not sure why wordpress decided to add slashes in front of all my apostrophes, but whatev.

I’ve officially got one week of classes left.  No more exams, just a few papers to finish up and then showing up to class to sign the sheet.  I forced myself to do as much work as I could this weekend so that I could handle the complete loss of motivation that I knew was coming.  I will be leaving on Saturday to visit my husband for the first time in 5 months, and I absolutely cannot wait for that!  I am so ready to be out of here!

4th year is coming up, and in a way, I’m starting to get excited.  I know that it’s going to be a lot of work and utterly exhausting at times, but at least it’s closer to reality than what I’ve endured for the last 3 years.  One year of that and then I get to finally do what I came to vet school to do.  There has been a lot of things that have occurred over the last 3 years that I haven’t agreed with.  Lots of politics, changing philosophies — it’s fair to say I’m definitely old-fashioned.  Much more of a James Herriot view of vet med rather than the animal version of human med that is becoming the new face of the profession.  Not that I think there is anything necessarily wrong with that attitude — the animals are certainly benefiting from the medical and technological advancements — but I am not one to be stuck in a hospital all day.  I want to be out in the world, doing stuff on the farm, or in a shelter, helping animals that truly need it that can’t exactly afford the new technologies and procedures out there.  That doesn’t mean I want to provide sub-standard care:  on the contrary.  I want to provide the best care possible.  I just don’t want my clients to be bound by financial constraints that come with these advancements.

That said, I am definitely excited to be going into 4th year, but more than anything, I am excited to be able to serve the animal kingdom and the humans who care for them.

Today, I had to say goodbye to my precious little mouse, Luna.  Last week, she developed difficulty breathing and a weak back end.  I took her into the vet on emergency, where she was diagnosed with cancer.  I brought her home with some medicine for pain, and she held on for about another week until yesterday when she started to have difficulty breathing again.  I made the decision today to let her go so that she would not be hurting anymore, since the tumor had continue to grow and likely had spread throughout her body.  She went peacefully and, as hard as it is, I feel like I did the best thing for her.

Here are some pictures for her memory:

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This past weekend was the SAVMA symposium in Columbus, OH.  I have to admit — I wasn’t incredibly sure what to expect.  I was going for two main reasons:  1.)  I got into the Sea Turtle Anatomy wetlab, and 2.)  I was also using the trip to visit a family friend.  I was incredibly impressed with the conference and had a fantastic time!  After getting there and planning out my schedule, I’m pretty sure I only went to half of the lectures I planned on attending, but it was awesome!  It was really nice going to more “alternative” lectures, such as feline indoor enrichment — stuff that is really important in real life that isn’t adequately covered in vet school.  I also attended a lot of alternative therapy lectures and was rather surprised at how much I enjoyed them.  While I’m not going to run out and be a purely naturalist/holistic vet who shuns traditional medicine for herbs and chants, a lot of what was said made sense to me.  Part of me wishes I had gone to past symposiums, but I’m not sure I would have gotten as much out of them.  Crashing at Dan’s place and going home to a non-vet-school environment and spending time with someone I haven’t seen in 8 years definitely provided a healthier environment I think, and that really enhanced the entire trip.  Needless to say, I am thrilled that I got to go this year (even if both my flights to and from did get cancelled due to weather).  It did make it a lot harder to go to school on Monday.  The lectures I attended reminded me of why I went into vet med, and school is not helping in that regard.  At least I only have 2.5 weeks left of classes before a break and 4th year, and then when I get out, I’m free to do what I want!  May 2010 cannot get here soon enough!