1. Memorial day always reminds me of Carl . He was my one and only patient when I was in the first 2 years of med-school and into my PhD. He was really the only living veteran (WWII) that I was close to, so I would always send him an email on Memorial Day thanking him for his service to the country. Man, he was such a cool guy! I really miss him. He never talked about his time in the military. I think it bothered him. When he got out of the service he got his PhD in History and went on to teach Canadian History at Case Western. I just saw his family Doc this week, so he's been on my mind. It's always good to take time to remember people who had a positive impact on our lives.
2. What an amazing day! I didn't see a single cloud in the sky all day! I had a little snafu this morning. I thought masters was practicing at 7:30. I was excited that I would actually be able to eat before a swim workout (my nutritionist says no food 2 hours before a workout). I got up at 5:30, ate, and sat around until 7:00. When I got there they were almost done! Practice started at the normal time (6:00). Thankfully, the coach opened up the practice pool (25 yards) so that I could practice on my own while the club team filled up the 50 meter pool. It ended up being a great 4500 yard workout.
Then I had a 3 hour ride scheduled. I was supposed to wait until the heat of the day, so I went out at 1pm and had a hill workout planned in the valley. I ended up doing an absolutely beautiful tour of the North and South Chagrin MetroParks and climbed out of the valley 5 times. Right before I was to tackle the last hill I heard a voice behind me- "Jodi, is that you?" It was Charlie , fellow CTC member and blogger. It was so nice to have the company up Old Mill. Going up that hill used to strike fear in me! Today it was actually quite nice. Having someone to chat with made all the difference. Thanks Charlie!
3. Last week I did some clinical rotations. There were 2 days of OB (labor and Delivery) and 2 days of Internal Medicine. Man, I just loved OB! It was actually the surgeries that I thought were the most interesting. They let me assist on 3 cesaerean sections and they were amazing. I re-start med-school on July 16th and surgery is the first specialty on the list. I put it first because I was sure I was going to hate it and wanted to get it out of the way. Now I'm getting so excited for it! Who knew???
4. Anonymous struck again. Apparently I came off really full of myself in my last post. I certainly didn't intend for it and I hope I didn't offend anyone!
5. Man, I just can't wait for taper! I always thought that I would dread taper. But 3 weeks of recovery is really going to hit the spot. 2 weeks will be home with the family and I'll get to spend some quality time with my parents and my brother, sister in law and my nephew. I haven't been home since Christmas and I am SOOOO looking forward to it!
Happy Memorial Day, Everyone!
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