Sunday, November 1, 2009


It appears that my last post was forever SIX weeks ago. Ummm...oops.

I've got no is busy, and I think that I have be consumed with trying to keep my head above water. I've even had a light week the last week (no studying -- hooray!!) and I still haven't done anything about all my lovely internet friends.

I realize what I am about to say is going to sound absolutely stupid. But medical school is hard. Like really hard. Seriously.

I knew that it was going to be hard. I heard about all the studying, all the information, all the "drinking from a fire hose" metaphors. And they're all true, 100%. But there is all the parts of medical school that people don't tell you -- the stress, the feeling of drowning in information, what it's like to be surrounded by 257 people who are stressed to the max. And mostly, the isolation.

I am incredibly lucky that, already working in healthcare, I have lots of friends who have already done this whole medical school thing. They went, they studied, and they survived to make it to the other side. Which is nice to see, because, hey! Look! Going to medical school doesn't actually kill everyone! But it's better than that -- it's having friends who actually know what you're talking about when you fuss about school. People who look at you with a pitiful expression and groan and say "Ugh. I KNOW."

And they actually do.

It's a new month. I'm not going to say that I'm going to do NaBloPoMo, because I'm not quite that delusional I am becoming more aware of my limits. But I've marked the thousands of google reader posts as read and I am going to start fresh. So get ready to spill -- while I've been buried in books and powerpoint slides and laboring patients, what has the rest of the world been up to?!


Anonymous said...

Miss you! But you're going to be a wonderful doctor. Hang in there. :)

Christina said...

You are my HERO Maggie. Seriously. No, really! Here I am scared about starting nursing school, and you are going thru MEDICAL school. And you're not only doing it all, you're doing it with your sense of humor intact. We're here whenever you get to check in - and if now, well, then see you on the other side!

Cara said...

I was in PA school which is a lot like medical school (may not as bad)and know how you feel.
Hang in there, like you said others before you have done it. Most importantly take care of yourself, rest, and take time to do something fun every once in a while.
The fact that you might have even considered NaBloPoMo amazes me. I can barely get a post together once a week now a day, one a day for a month and way.
Keep up the good work, you will make a great doctor.

Jen said...

I am glad that you checked in so we know you are still alive. You are definitely going to make a wonderful doctor!!!! Hang in there. You know we will be here whenever you get a chance to post something new.

chaoticfamily said...

Great to see you back... I can only imagine the excitment and overwhellming feeling all in one. Way to go!

Arizaphale said...

Yea, what they all said. I was pretty sure it was the whole medical school thing that was keeping you from your blog. I'm not even doing med but I have been flagging in the whole posting thing of late. In fact I find myself getting ensnared by the dreaded FACEBOOK!!!! Ugh. And I swore I never would.
You are doing a hard thing girl and I am just glad you have people to turn to who know what you're going through. We're rootin for you over here (is that the expression?) and know you will do well.

Stacy said...

Somehow, I'm not surprised that you have been MIA. Keep up the great work and don't overtax yourself. We'll be here when you need a break. :)

Jaimee said...

You are an inspiration, Maggie! Keep up all your hard work! Oh, and "mark all as read" seems to be my favorite internet button these days too...feels sorta good sometimes, doesn't it? :)