Health fairs, concerts, exams, oh my!

Hey lovelies, it’s been a little minute since I’ve written a blog post, and I figured now would be the best time to pop back in and give an update. The past month or so has been extremely busy, to say the least. I’ll do my best to describe some highlights since my last post:

September 19: I shadowed a pediatrician in Hialeah and had such a good time. On this day I learned just how C R I T I C A L it is that I practice my Spanish and achieve fluency. Literally every single patient was Spanish-speaking and I tried my best to do a convincing head-nod and giggle every now and then so they’d think I knew exactly what was going on, lol. (I did know a little, but I get lost in the fast-paced, conversational Spanish).

September 20: Shadowed again, this time in the Gynecologic Oncology department…cancer is such a heavy topic and I won’t go into the details here, but this visit was rather inspiring for me. One particular patient described her cancer journey and the transformation she’s experienced since diagnosis a couple years ago. At first, she lost hope and interest in things she once loved, but now as she prepares to undergo another round of chemotherapy, she expressed a confidence that the physician hadn’t seen from her before. This forced me to take a whole new perspective on my daily troubles, and although cliché, you truly never realize how blessed you are until you realize the burden that others bear. As said by Regina Brett oh so eloquently: ‘If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.’

September 24: I TURNED 22! Yayyy, hehe.

October 1: Worked the Little Haiti Health Fair! This. Was. So. Much. Fun. Talking to patients and doing things hands-on is so much more enjoyable than just sitting in the library studying (like I should be doing right now, haha). But this was my first opportunity to work with interpreters and it was a little trickier than I imagined, especially when using some English phrases that don’t have direct Creole translations. Outside of that, things ran rather smoothly and hundreds of people came out; this was my first chance to have a direct impact on a particular community’s health and I can’t wait for the next one.

October 11: (not school-related but) I went to the Chance the Rapper concert! Omg, it was just everything!!! Chance is basically me in rapper form—quirky, cool, artsy, humble, lol. But really it was so nice to leave a hip-hop concert feeling BLESSED. At times it felt like I was at a gospel concert, and I loved every minute of it. If you haven’t listened to Coloring Book yet, what are you waiting for?!

October 16: Bought my first coffee maker ever…is this what adulting feels like?

October 17-18: Took my final FBS 1 (Fundamentals of Biomedical Science) exam and my first Anatomy practical. These were…uhh…tough. Lol. Anatomy is such a beautiful thing, it really is, but goodness gracious there’s so much going on inside the human body, it’s so hard to keep track of it all. Moving forward, I’ll try to stay on top of things even more and adjust my studying a bit. But besides that, I PASSED IT ALL! That’s really what matters 🙂

That’s all for now folks! Catch ya on the flip side 😉

Peace & love (& trying times & fun & medicine),

The I.T. Factor

Future Badass MD.

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