Saturday, May 30, 2009

Big Week

This week was a really big week for me! I graduated on Wednesday and I have a new niece! My brother had a beautiful baby girl, born at 34 1/2 weeks, weighing in at a slight 4 pounds 14 ounces. She's doing fine and has been moved into the feeder and grower area of the NICU. She's lost all of her tubes and wires and seems to be holding her own. I went to visit yesterday and holding such a small baby is weird! Especially after holding my 9 month old nephew a couple of hours earlier.

Tomorrow is the baby shower we're throwing for my brother and sister-in-law. It was supposed to be before the baby was born but... oops!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Epic 8 hour

Yesterday Ben and I did the Epic 8 hour mountain bike race at Albion hills. My goal was to do 4 laps and I did 4! 4 really good laps without falls and riding everything except 2 steep hills that most others were also walking. Ben did 7 laps for a total of 11. We came right in the middle of the pack of 20, 12th. If I wasn't so slow we could have done better, but just finishing the race was a major accomplishment for me.

The only downer of the day was on my last lap about 300 meters from the finishline. A guy came up to pass me on the left and clipped my handlebar with his and took me out. I landed on him and his bike and had the wind knocked out of me. In his excitement over his fastest lap of the day, he forgot to call out which side he was passing on and as it's a long gravel straight it's hard to tell how far back the crunching gravel sound is, so although I knew he was there, I couldn't tell where. In mountain biking it's the responsibility of the faster passing rider to call out which side they're going to pass on if it's double-track and it's more of a negotiation on single-track where the faster rider tells the slower rider they're there, then the slower rider finds a place to slow up and pull over a little and tells the faster rider which side to pass on. 99% of the people yesterday were excellent passers. About 1% were complete assholes, which amounts to about 3 people who passed without saying anything or at inappropriate times and shoved me off the trail. That's a pretty good record for this race and really does the mountainbiking community here credit.

Anyway, so I have a really bruised up left leg and a somewhat bruised up right leg and I thank god I was wearing pads. I still had fun :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

The day after I book my holter and echo the palpitations stop. Isn't that always the way?

In other news: Ben and I went and rode the Hydrocut mountain bike trails in Waterloo and they were amazing. They're really well set up and maintained and use the small area of woods really wisely. There are some wickid climbs and by the end of our 20k ride I was pooped. Hopefully the course for the 8 hour this weekend won't be as hard as what we did today because then I'll be fu*ked after a couple of laps :)

This week is going to be full of apartment hunting and bridesmaid dress hunting. Still haven't been able to find dresses I like. Might have to *gasp* go into a bridal store (I've been doing my best to avoid them).

Friday, May 15, 2009

Why is starting residency so expensive? 500 dollars to the CPSO, 152 per month to the CMPA, a couple of hundred to register with my new university, having to start paying disability insurance to avoid having a physical if starting insurance after starting work (haven't decided how much insurance to get yet). All this and I have yet to get my first paycheck! Good thing I have some savings. I'm trying to budget out my money for next year and I'll tell you one thing - a resident's salary doesn't go very far.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

So, I went to our local conservation area to do some mountain biking today. I was feeling very optimistic after a bad weekend bike in the mud that ended with some bruises and almost tears. I was timid today because I was on my own and not feeling super comfy on the bike as it's still pretty early in the season. I challenged myself to ride a few things that I had chicken out of in the past. One of them involved a steep descent with a sharp right hander and then some boulders. It took me a few attempts to get through the right hander and then I thought I would just sort of step the bike down off one of the boulders because the line was really good after that. Bad idea. I endo'd and then faceplanted into some bushes. I got up and checked my teeth - all still there, but had a wickid bloody nose and did something funky to my neck. I'm alive but shaken. I went on and rode a few easy sections of singletrack because everyone knows you've gotta get back on the bike, but man, it hurt. What a way to ruin a good sunny mountain biking day.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I'm using this post today to vent some anxiety. I had a whole day of palpitations last week, chalked them down to studying for the big exam and being nervous. They lasted about 8 hours. On Sunday evening I started having them again. Went to bed hoping they would be gone in the morning. They weren't. Spent 3 hours having them and then started freaking out. Had a bit of chest pain (probably psychosomatic). Went to emerg and felt really stupid, only had one PVC on the EKG. Blood work fine. Doctor recommended a holter if I still had them and they were worrying me but he can't order it. Today I woke up having them again. I'm sure they're PVCs or PACs but they're freaking me out and they're making me afraid to do things like go for my run or go to the gym. I know that they're normal in young people but when they're bad I'm having them every few beats. I am an anxious person by nature and I'm sure that's not helping. Phew. I needed to get that off my chest. I'm a normal healthy person and this is just freaking the shit out of me.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

My ego is a bit bruised and I'm nursing it with mountain biking, running and beer. I'll post more when I feel a bit better about myself. I'm enjoying life but dreading the time for results of the LMCC.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Piece of crap stupid exam I hate you.

Monday, May 04, 2009

The big exam is tomorrow and let's just say that I'm freaking out. I don't feel ready, but I also feel like I couldn't study anymore. Studying has taken over my life for the past 2 weeks, like a 12 hour a day job and I'm ready for it to be over. But I'm not ready to take the test. Funny how that works.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Burning heart

Does basil cause heartburn?

Friday, May 01, 2009

Stage II

Now I'm actively in stage II of LMCC prep. I've finished reading the Toronto notes and now I'm on prep questions. I'm currently doing a USMLE step 2 practice question book because it's well presented with answers to all of the questions. I have a couple of other sites and practice questions but the answers aren't as well laid out.

After this: on to more questions and doing the community health and epidemiology pretest to see if I can learn something about studies and 2x2 tables.