Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Post: Mid-Year Slump

How can October be considered as "mid-year"? Well, it happens to the best of us. Your birth month just ended with nothing to look forward to until Christmas, add to that the stress from your job and there you have it. Your mid-year slump.

I had the same sentiments last year. Spent my birthday eve on duty, endorsing a case on my actual birthday, killer rotations, and just being generally exhausted from it all. Maybe birthdays start to lose their meanings when you get older. You only remember your birthday is coming up just a week before the big day, losing yourself in work on your birthday itself, and getting only a few greetings from well-meaning friends and family who actually remember. (Since when have I turned into a birthday grinch?) I can't really blame anyone. Everyone I know is so immersed in their personal lives (work, family, businesses, etc) that they can't be bothered to know what's going on with others. I am guilty of that.

But anyway.

I'm having a serious case of wanderlust lately (again). But this time, I have my internship group mates to wanderlust with me! Hihi. We're planning on taking a vacation soon. A few of us are dreaming of Bali, Indonesia...



Or perhaps Cambodia...



But maybe we'll just have to take a reality check and go somewhere local, like Davao or Palawan.

Any suggestions for must-see places around the Philippines? :)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Return from the dead.

(How else am I supposed to phrase this blog entry's title?)

Wow. That was one LONG blog break! September has been my busiest (and most depressing!) month so far this year. Well, I also celebrated my birthday last month so I guess all was not lost. 

But, man, Internal Medicine rotation is the worst.

The working hours are reasonable enough but we have triple the responsibilities this time around, compared to junior internship. I sometimes feel that my JIs get more sleep than I do during duties!

My duty partner and I recently gave a Case Management Conference in front of our fellow interns, residents, and the department chairman. It was the most nerve-wracking two-and-a-half hours of our lives. We are so relieved to have survived it.


Lately, to be quite honest, it's an effort to drag myself out of bed and go to work every single day.

The only thing that kept me going all throughout last month is that this rotation WILL NOT last forever (I am now more certain that I'm won't go into Internal Medicine as my specialty). We have our Family Medicine rotation for November-December and I'm excited to spend the holidays at home!


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Nothing but fate keeps me going at this point. I just need to hold myself together and trust Him.

PS. To all my new followers, welcome to my blog! :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Farewell, Surgery!





More photos from our Surgery rotation because August has already come to an end and I will really, really, really miss everyone and everything about this rotation. :( I have half a mind to take up Surgery residency because of it! (Just kidding.)

I begin my Internal Medicine rotation tomorrow and I'm scared as hell. I never liked IM during junior internship and, with all the department changes, I'm pretty sure my feelings still stand at present. However, I'm getting ahead of myself. We'll see how it goes after the first week. Or day. Or whatever.

Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

An Ode To Surgery

August is drawing to an end bringing with it an end to our Surgery rotation. After spending two months in Surgery during clerkship/junior internship and another two months in senior internship, I can safely say that becoming a surgeon is far down on my list of chosen specialties. Don't get me wrong, I love going on duty during this rotation. I've learned to love going on rounds twice a day, waking up before 4:00 am to do wound care on our post-op patients, doing our daily census, and everything being a surgery intern entails. But I can't see myself spending another five years in residency doing grunt work, going on duty every other day, and forsaking the little personal time I have left for my family and friends. I know that every residency program out there requires its own share of personal sacrifices from its residents but...somehow, the sacrifice seems greater when you're in surgery.

Anyhow, enough about residency and the future. I'm here to share the great time we're having in surgery as interns!


One of my group mates joked that if we could spend the entire year being surgery interns, we would. We'd be happy with our meager allowance every month and free food every Wednesdays (courtesy of the med reps!). We'd cook delicious dishes every lunch and dinner time and even manage to squeeze in a quick breakfast before morning rounds!

It is often said that everyone gains a little weight in surgery rotation. Surgeons love to eat.

Who doesn't?


I believe this all started with the Wicked Oreos. My group mate, Lauren, had an epiphany at 1:30 am and sent a text message to us: "Gawa tayo wicked oreos next duty. :)" So we did. They were the best Wicked Oreos we ever tasted, let me tell you. 




Isn't it a beauty? Our residents loved it so much that we made them again on our next duty. :)


It also helps that my group mates are my friends too. I can't imagine not working with them for the rest of internship.


Sometimes I forget that I'm not a student anymore, in the legit sense of the word. My parents aren't paying tuition anymore yet I'm still inside the campus, albeit going in a "different" classroom every morning. Every once in a while, I have to remind myself that I am doing internship and that I have to remain professional and polished at all times. 

This is the real world after all.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Break.

Beach trip, anyone?


I'm in need of a relaxing vacation trip somewhere where nobody knows me and where no one will bother me with work-related things. I love what I'm doing though, I really do. However, one needs to take a break once in awhile to avoid burnout.


It's been almost a month since I've last posted here, my apologies! I have lost myself to the daily pace of life in the hospital (it feels like I practically live there) and my mind is preoccupied with requirements and exams. However, one good thing that happened recently is that I have taken up boxing! Yes, BOXING, of all things! I am not violent at all but I must admit that I get a full body workout whenever I go to the gym. Don't worry, I'm still a fish (a mermaid?) at heart and I WON'T give up swimming. But the rainy season is here and boxing gives me a pretty good alternative to keeping fit. My blood sugar levels thank me, if you must know. :P



I really miss writing all my thoughts down though. One of my junior interns recently mentioned that he came across my blog while searching for matching/internship stuff (I blogged about it a year ago here. Time flies by AWFULLY FAST!) and I actually felt shy, bordering on embarrassed. I know what you're thinking: "Why is she embarrassed about her blog? It's public so she knows anyone can read it!" Chill, you guys. I guess I'm not completely comfortable knowing that people I actually know (family, friends, colleagues, etc) read my blog. I know I'm not the only one who feels the same way. I have read posts by other bloggers tackling this personal issue. 

However, if you're reading this now and I actually know you in person...then, HELLO! :) I prefer you not mentioning it to me that you've seen my blog though. Hihi.

Anyway, to my recent followers, WELCOME TO RESUSCITATE! :) I sincerely hope you enjoy reading my posts. I hope to find time in my busy schedule to update here more often.

Until then, cheers!



Xoxo,
Paola

**PS: The Physician Licensure Exam is starting THIS WEEKEND! My prayers go out to DLSHSI's College of Medicine Batch 2013 and to all my friends taking the exam! Aim for the top! I'm so excited for all of you! :)

Snatched from Red's Instagram

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

25 Facts About Me Tag


Stumbled across the lovely Alexandra's blog through my usual 'blog-browsing'. She had posted this 25 Facts About Me tag and I thought it would be a good idea to do it, so I gave it a go. :)


What is your middle name?: De Mesa
What was favourite subject at school?: Back in high school, it was Music since I was part of the school choir. In college, I took up Nursing and I loved my Health Care classes which included the basic skills a nurse needs to know. When I finally entered Medicine, I enjoyed Microbiology and Pediatrics!
What is your favourite drink?: Alcoholic? Anything with vodka in it! Haha! But if I have to go sober, a Peppermint Mocha frappuccino from Starbucks does the trick.
What is your favourite song at the moment?: Ariana Grande's Break Free is currently stuck in my head.

What is your favourite food?: JAPANESE, most definitely! Give me maki anytime!

What is the last thing you bought?: Two 1/2 gallon tubs of ice cream from the convenience store! We decided to have an ice cream party in the Surgery office last duty.
Favourite book of all time?: I would have to agree with Alexandra with this one: HARRY POTTER. For the win!
Favourite Colours?: Teal, mint, aquamarine, emerald. Or all those colors together!
Do you have any pets?: We have a lot of dogs at home! We have 3 labradors namely: Scottie, Phantom, and Ashley. Two local breed dogs: Gusot and Tagpi. One daschund named Patola.
Favourite Perfume?: Elizabeth Arden's Green Tea Perfume. 
Favourite Holiday?: Christmas of course! Nothing beats Christmas carols, decorations, Simbang Gabi, family reunions, gifts under the tree, and all the local delicacies served only once a year!
Are you married?: Nope!
Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?: Yes, I LOVE to travel so much that I've lost count. I started traveling at a young age and I've been to the US, Europe, and the land down under. There is still so much to see! <3
Do you speak any other language?: I speak mainly two languages: English and Filipino. I took up French and Italian lessons way back and I've obviously forgotten them but I'd love to study again given the chance.
How many siblings do you have?: Zero! #onlychildproblems

What is your favourite shop?: Any shop that has makeup! Haha! But if I have to choose one, probably PCX or The Face Shop. For clothes, I'd go for SM and Uniqlo. They have everything I need.

Favourite restaurant?: Omakase, hands down.
When was the last time you cried?: When I received bad news about an exam I just took. I honestly thought I was never going to graduate from medschool.
Favourite Blog?: My favorites include The Londoner, World of Wanderlust, and Paris In Four Months
Favourite Movie?: Midnight in Paris, Burlesque
Favourite TV show?: House, Grey's Anatomy, Gossip Girls
PC or Mac?: PC! Mac leaves me feeling stupid. :|
What phone do you have?: iPhone 4 and Alcatel. I need two phones for work and everyday life.
How tall are you?: 5'2 but I wish I were taller!
Can you cook?: Yes, but only the no-brainer dishes such as potato salad and pasta. I'd love to learn though!

Thanks for reading until the end! :P Feel free to answer this and post it on your blog! Leave your blog link so I could read yours. :)

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Body Shop Wishlist

The Body Shop Wishlist





Now the topic of this blog entry is something I'd like to think of as 'uncharted territory'. How often (if ever) do I blog about something so, well, girly? But skin care, as I have come to realize lately, is just as important as makeup! 

I've been breaking out lately due to stress and lack of sleep so it was just my luck that I stumbled upon The Body Shop's Skin Care Diagnostic Tool via a beauty blog! The tool is created to virtually assess your skin type, know your skin problems, and even inquire about your lifestyle. Once you've submitted your answers, the diagnostic tool will come up with a skin care regimen for you, complete with products for cleansing, toning, and moisturizing for day and night! 

Here's what the diagnostic tool came up with when I answered their questions:


Pretty awesome right? No more guessing about which skin care products will work best for your skin! I can't wait to drop by The Body Shop the next time I go to the mall.

I would love to know: what's your skin care regimen? :)