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I woke up this morning to the sound of birds singing.  It was a beautiful sound and took me back to the days of childhood, where waking up to singing birds was a daily occurrence.  The cool weather just adds to the nostalgia.  This is my favorite time of year.  My 3 favorite holidays in a row, beautiful weather, the atmosphere and energy in the air is the most enjoyable feeling in the world.  It makes me long for the simpler days of childhood, when this season could be enjoyed without the stresses of everyday adulthood.

I have my Halloween costume.  I’m branching out from my usual costumes and reaching into the world of the fantastic.  I’m very excited to have all the pieces and see it finalized.  I will post pictures once it is done.

I’m really enjoying anesthesia.  The clinician pushes the philosophy of the anesthetist as the patient advocate, and I definitely feel like that.  I cringe anytime a surgeon manipulates an animal with more purpose than compassion.  I get frustrated when I can’t have full access to the patient or my monitoring equipment.  I really enjoy being able to focus on the patient’s vitals and how they are doing during the procedure.  It will be interesting to see things from the other side of the table when I have my surgery rotation.

A full day of studying awaits me.  Perhaps the birds will keep singing for me.


Whew!  Today was a busy day in anesthesia.  We had several cases today that were in surgery.  Amazingly, we had a lot of horses.  5, to be exact.  I got out of my surgery at 6pm and they were in the middle of one horse surgery and planned at least one more tonight.  Eek!  Talk about a long night!  At least it’s a rotation I’m enjoying.  Hopefully I will feel the same way tomorrow after mid-block reviews.

7am rounds are exhausting!  Looking forward to sleep tonight!

I’m nearly halfway through my final year of vet school.  I can honestly say that God knew what He was doing when He put my schedule together.  Going from the nightmare of ICU to a wonderful relaxing vacation made coming back extremely difficult.  Thankfully, anesthesia has been a wonderful rotation.  I really enjoy a rotation where I don’t have to worry about a lot of paperwork but I still get to take care of the patient.  It’s a good feeling.  I did have one case that kept me at school until 1am (emergency back surgery), but even then I didn’t mind.  And the clinician let me go home early the next day because they didn’t have any cases.  Sadly, I missed out on 2 hours of catchphrase.  Dang.

Amazingly, I somehow got a B in ICU.  I also received some rather nasty comments, several with falsehoods included, but whatever.  I know of at least one other person in the same situation as me (good grade, bad comments), and basically it’s just one more thing to brush off.  I’ll take comments seriously when they aren’t personal attacks.  Until then, I’m going to laugh at the pettiness and immaturity of it all.

I also find it extremely difficult to be told by people that I need to work on my professionalism when one of the technicians started dating one of the students on the rotation.  Somehow, the hypocrisy of that is just a little overwhelming.

Boards are coming up, much faster than I would like.  Studying isn’t going as well as it should either.  Eek!