Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's kinda like a kick in the pants, but more fun

Rather than study for my Pharm exam on Monday, I decided to call up the old blog and waste some time. It's interesting to note that my blogging significantly decreased once I started med school. I thought I would use writing as an escape, but instead I slowly abandoned it. The posts grew fewer and farther between until eventually they just stopped. That is, until tonight. Oh yeah, I'm back baby!

Since my last post, a lot of big changes have occurred. The biggest and most important item is the imminent arrival of my son. Matthew Ernest Ihms is due in six days! I am so incredibly excited to have a son of my very own. Now I won't have to dress up Turk in little baby clothes so I can go to Peter Piper Pizza and play in the ball pit. This is gonna be awesome.

Also, I gave a guy a prostate exam. That was exciting. Just when I thought med school was boring, WHAM! out of nowhere we have to do things like that. I thought it was just, "Take some medicine" or "You'll be fine, you just need to stop jumping on your trampoline while on a pogo stick". You know, simple doctor stuff. I didn't think I would be invading the unholy nether regions of a geriatric human lab rat. And don't even get me started on the 2 days of sports physicals. "Hi, turn your head and cough. Next. Hi, turn your head and cough. Next." That was a break from the status quo.

Coincidentally, the reason for the "turn your head" part? It's a lot more mundane than you would think. It's simply so the patient doesn't cough on the doc's head while he's jingling your bells. (I hope you appreciate the Christmas reference I just worked in there)

While this has been therapeutic, I really need to get back to studying. Maybe more posts will come, maybe not. Before I go, let me tell you a little about caffeine, which is one of the drugs I am currently studying. It can cure headaches! It is vasoconstrictor, so when you have a headache, it can help relieve the pressure building up in your head. This explains why people, like me, get a headache when they haven't had caffeine for a day, it's because your body is so used to having vasoconstriction, that the apparent vasodilation causes your head to pound due to the increased blood flow and pressure it bring. The obvious moral to this little snippet? Constantly drink caffeine. It will make you feel better.