It’s that time again…time to study for boards 🙁 Luckily, this is my last general medicine board, and in the future they will all be neurology (I guess that’s good?)! Today was the first day of Cardio, and boy, this is gonna be a busy month. He piled 100 EKG’s in front of me and told me to go through them, one by one, and have the first packet done by tomorrow. He piled lectures from 4 years ago in med school in front of me & told me to give a presentation tomorrow. He asked me to research how to correct the QRS complex for heart rate (on EKG), and, you guessed it…have a mini-presentation ready by tomorrow. I got home around 6, still had to make dinner, and get through as much “homework” as I could…and I still haven’t touched my boards stuff all day. I hate it when it’s like this. Reminds me of med school- blech.
On a brighter note, I am still waking up early to workout (well, it’s ULTRA early now…) and it helps me to maintain some inner peace throughout the day, even on a busy day like today. Thank goodness– what a God send! I am so glad I have the extra energy from a healthier lifestyle- or this would be impossible. Last year, after days like today, I would collapse and go to bed at 6 or 7 at night- now I still have energy for dinner & studying!
I’m still amazed, also, that I am able to resist all of the office treats I’ve been confronted with since the SD. That didn’t always happen before, either! Today, I was offered sandwiches, “salad,” cookies, and cake- and I turned it all down. Salad is “salad” beacause salads in the general Pittsburgh area include bacon, eggs, approximately an entire brick of cheese, and french fries. Yes, french fries on a salad. Then there’s the 1 whole cup of ranch dressing used to dress it. It’s worse than a cheeseburger! I actually said, “No thanks, I’m on the Sonoma Diet.” I wish I could have taken a picture of everyone’s faces when I said that- they thought I was crazy! I guess nobody knew what the SD was. How did they not know, in a Cardiologist’s office?? It’s THE diet consistent with the Mediterranean Diets we recommend to our patients!
I was also told by an elderly lady, as I introduced myself as Dr., that I look like a 16 year old nurse. Well, here’s to looking more than 10 years younger than my actual age- especially since my birthday is this month and it’s starting to become painfully apparent that I am creeping towards 30. Hah- I’ve looked 16 for over a decade. I guess the moisturizer is working. Take that, facial aesthetician who told me I have premature wrinkling around my eyes!