Another week gone! I'm halfway through my two-week shadowing rotation, and I'm really enjoying it so far! I didn't get a chance to explain too much about it in my last post, but I'm taking some elective credits that allow me to get some early exposure to primary care specialties. I don't really have many clinical skills yet (starting second year next week!) so it's just a lot of watching so far, but I'm definitely learning a lot. The physician I work with is an internist that mostly treats patients from a tight knit, strongly religious community. It's been a really immersive experience getting to know these people. This physician has been seeing some of the same patients for over thirty years and know every detail of their lives, even unrelated to medicine. Beneath the disease, and even beneath the constructs of their religion, there is so much complexity, uniqueness, and humanity. We are all similar, yet so so different. I'm not sure yet if primary care is for me, but if anything this experience has made me sure I made the right decision to pursue medical school! (Sorry no white coat pics this week)
As for other updates, I've hardly done any cooking and I've been eating all sorts of bad for me things (which isn't anything new haha). One meal I did manage to make and photograph was pan-cooked shrimp and crispy brussel sprouts over Trader Joe's frozen butternut squash risotto. Didn't involve toooo much cooking obviously, but more effort than I usually put in haha. I also made a few green smoothies, which are super yummy and make me feel at least a little healthier. Otherwise, I've been picking up food (sushi picnic on the living room floor!) and going out a lot....not very healthy, but delicious! I should hopefully get back on a better schedule when classes start.