Archive for July 2008


July 28, 2008

Sitting in the section of the library known as the fishbowl with bilateral sore quadriceps (rectus femoris, vastus medialis, intermedius and lateralis) – it’s delayed muscle ache from the Salybia 5K charity run I completed yesterday. Although it was more like a charity half-n-half (about 50% running and 50% walking) for me, I’m actually quite impressed with myself, not only for doing it in the first place but for finishing in 34 minutes [official time: 33:30.5]. Not bad for a former asthmatic who didn’t take up running until last year. The run, from the gates of campus through Portsmouth to Cabrits National Park wasn’t exactly easy but I was able to appreciate some of the beauty of the island as the path took me along the coastline. Sun-dappled asphalt snaked along to separate vast blue ocean and lush green jungle, natural splendor on either side.


Tests, revisited

July 20, 2008

I guess I don’t give myself enough credit. Not only did I not fail a single section of Mini II but I also managed to improve quite a bit in histology and somehow completely rocked DPS and wound up with a perfect score. I am very pleased.

As for that other test, although I may have faltered, I think I managed to pass it. It was tough though. Perhaps the isolation I feel here made me a bit more vulnerable to familiar foes. Here, while I am surrounded by like-minded people striving to achieve the same goal, the connections between them and me still seem very loose (like lamina propia, har har). It was really tempting to just forgive and forget, if only to have a person to talk to and confide in. But nope – I’m not that desperate. Or foolish.

It is the beginning of the end – three more weeks of classes remain in the semester, then Mini III, then the Final. In addition, we have praticals in anatomy, histology and DPS. This week, my lab group gets to delve deeper into the thoracic cavity. I shouldn’t be as excited about ripping out someone’s heart as I am but I guess I just want to learn how it feels…

Failing Tests

July 16, 2008

What a harrowing fortnight it has been! With the histology lab practical, Mini II, a health crisis (averted–for now) and an unexpected reappearance of an entity I’ll refer to as Jason (as in, the killer from Friday the 13th 2-12 that just keeps coming back), I am mentally, physically and emotionally apoptotic.

I haven’t received my official scores yet but I am very worried about my performance on Mini II. In some areas, such as Histology and Physiology, I think I may have done respectably but I’m not so sure about Anatomy or Biochem this time around. What rankles is that I studied even harder for this exam than I did for Mini I. Granted, my focus was split by the health crisis but doesn’t hard work and diligence count? All those hours in the library…what did they earn me? I suppose we’ll see when the scores are sent. There is still a pair of exams to go (Mini III and The Final) and about a month left in the semester. I know I’ll come out on the other side but the fear of failure is giving me nightmares.


Independence, Insanity and Goats

July 4, 2008

Greetings from the midst of madness!

The next ten days are going to be a bit insane for me – we’ve got the histology lab practical next Thursday and Mini II the following Monday (July 14th) so there probably won’t be updates for a while. To keep you entertained, here’s a highly amusing video we were shown in neurophysiology about hyperekplexic goats. Hyperekplexia is a neurological disorder characterized by an excessive startle response – one becomes literally paralyzed with fear. It’s kinda sad to watch these poor goats run while the farmers are scaring them to death by opening umbrellas at them but, trust me, it will put a smile on your face 😀

Happy 4th of July!