Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Back to it...

Today was the first clinical day of the program that I'm doing this summer. Yesterday we had an orientation for a few hours, and then today (and for the rest of the week) they had me with a urologist basically just watching what he does. It was definitely a different experience to be in the hospital versus just sitting at a desk reading.
To begin with, I had to actually go somewhere (the hospital). Also, I had to look professional, which includes shirt, tie and white coat (what more could you really ask for). In addition, I was actually seeing patients, instead of just reading about the Krebs cycle or something else equally as esoteric (although we did discuss the Krebs cycle this morning...).
Now, I don't know that I will end up being a urologist, but from the one day that I've seen of it, it doesn't seem too bad. We will see how things go...one day isn't very long. But I have to go, because tomorrow I'm getting up bright and early, and I get to sit in on a surgery with the da Vinci machine (it's a robot!!!).

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Enjoying the Summer

There isn't too much to say about what's going on... I'm still waiting to start my HME program (on Tuesday). The explanation for these pictures is that I went back into Merry Lea this afternoon and did a little bit of photography. I'm also trying a new way of showing pictures, so hopefully it works for everybody.

That's all for now. Good news, tomorrow is Friday!

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Update

Admittedly, it has been quite a while since my last post. I wholeheartedly apologize for that. Now, down to business… What has Matt been doing for the past few weeks? Well, I finished my trip to the east coast with a visit to Washington D.C., the first time I'd been there. Nothing like all those monuments to remind you that you're an American… After that, I spent a few days in South Bend, and then I came down to the lake and hung out. Then I went down to Indianapolis and hung out for a night. Then I came back to the lake, where I've been since Saturday. Yes, it's true; I haven't worked or done much of anything productive for awhile. However, I am okay with that. It does, however, get a little bit boring, which is why I will be VERY ready to start my summer HME program (like an internship…I wrote about it before) in 2 weeks and 1 day.

In closing, I will say that I am enjoying this summer WAY more than I enjoyed any summer before it. Whether that is because it's my last summer vacation ever or because of something else, I can't say, but I'm liking it.

Friday, May 2, 2008

New York City

Well, as I write this, I am on a little island just east of Manhattan called Roosevelt Island. We spent all day walking around the city, seeing the sights and bsically just trying to have a good time. We went to the Metropolitan Musuem of Art, walked around Central Park, went to see the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center site, and experienced public transportation.

Anyway, we're going out to dinner somewhere in about an hour, and after that our friend who we're staying with here has some friends that are having a birthday party, so we're going to go to that tonight. All in all, quite the day so far. I've never been to New York before, so its been quite the experience to see all kinds of things that I've only seen on TV on in the movies. For example, the tram that takes you from Roosevelt Island (where we're staying) to Manhattan is the same tram that was in the movie Spiderman (remember the scene where the school-children were stuck on a cable car?--that's it!).

I will cut this short. But just so you all know, so far, the trip has been fun.