This week has been absolute chaos with my pediatric rotation. Since it’s August and right before school, we’re seeing a TON of physicals every day and are very busy! It’s been a struggle to find time when I get home to study or work out, much less find time to write a blog post. I’ve written a bunch this weekend that I’m planning on spreading out throughout the week though.
On PA School:
- Week two of my pediatric rotation is done, only 3.5 more to go. This rotation has been very hard for me, and one thing that I’ve found helpful is reaching out to the students who were on the rotation before me. They’ve given me some great tips on how to handle the chaos of the clinic and the best ways to impress my preceptor. This is something I definitely recommend doing if you’re starting out a new rotation and someone has been there before you.
- Clinical year is so very different from Didactic year in a bunch of different ways, but a big one is that I’m not seeing my classmates on a daily basis. I’m definitely looking forward to my next rotation where there will be a couple of us assigned to rotations in the same hospital! It will be great to see some familiar faces again.
- Otitis Externa, aka Swimmer’s Ear, is rampant right now. All of the kids are out in swimming pools for summer, and most of them aren’t properly drying their ears. So here are some of the tips I’ve learned from clinic this week:
- Use a hairdryer after swimming to dry the canal. This doesn’t sound super pleasant to me, mainly because I think my ears would get way too hot. You should probably use the cool setting on the blow dyer.
- Put 2-3 drops of a 1:1 mixture of rubbing alcohol and white distilled vinegar in your ears after swimming. This will dry up an extra moisture left in the canals. And I think it sounds a lot more pleasant than the blow dryer.
- You can also consider buying the wax, swimming ear plugs to put in your ears while in the water. This is one of the easier preventative measure.
On White Coat Wardrobe:
- I’m not wearing my white coat this rotation, which means I’ve needed to wear cover ups for some of my tops that don’t have sleeves – aka most of them! I have some cardigans in my closet from college, but when I went to pull them out, I realized how old they looked! My current ones are from Old Navy, and I absolutely love them, but of course, they no longer sell that style. So I’m currently searching for a new classic, simple, everyday cardigan I can wear.
- On the note of having things in my closet that are extremely old, back in June I decided to start a new method for determining what I do and do not wear in my closet. And I’m happy to say that it’s be a complete success so far! What I did is turn all of the hangers in my closet backwards, and every time I wear something, I flip the hanger to the correct way. That way I can clearly see what I’m wearing and what I don’t. When I go home for break in December, I’m going to weed through my closet (which will be SO much easier) and bring the clothes that I’m not wearing to donate. I’m planning on doing a blog posts on my thoughts on this method then.
- Also, the biannual Lilly Pulitzer sale is this Monday August 28th at 8am! I’m super disappointed because we start seeing patients at 8am on Monday, so I won’t be able to shop early. Things tend to sell out fast, and this is one of the few times during the year that I get Lilly – because the price is so much more reasonable! They do a decently good job with placing everyone in a queue, and I didn’t have any problems with the site crashing last year. You guys will have to let me know if you end up snagging anything great at the sale!
On Health and Beauty:
- I’m currently not wearing foundation to clinic – mainly because I’m so tired when I wake up the morning that I forget to put it on. But I’ve noticed that my skin actually looks healthier now than when I was consistently wearing foundation and I have less need for it. Right now all I’m wearing is Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. It’s a lightly tinted, hydrating cream. I think it does a good job of evening out my skin tone, and it has SPF – which I’m always looking for!
On Life outside of school:
- Kind of school related, but I ended up ordering a Plum Paper Planner over Erin Condren for my next planner! I loved that the Plum Paper Planner could be customized to any month during the year, and it had a lot of the features that I liked about Erin Condren. I should be getting mine in the mail the 2nd week of September, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys!
This week’s pre-PA question:
- “What made you choose PA over MD”
So I have done a post on some of the things that you should consider when deciding this back in June, and back in November I talked about the 7 major reasons why I chose PA over MD. Basically it boils down to the fact that I felt like I would be more happy as a PA. I didn’t feel like I needed the MD behind my name, and I knew that I would enjoy having the flexibility that comes with a career as a PA.
Motivational quote of the week:
it always seems impossible until it is done
Right now, I’m having thoughts about it being impossible to get through my pediatric rotation. It’s incredibly overwhelming and stressful and I feel like I’m making a million mistakes. But I know that once I get through these 4 more weeks, I’ll realize it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was in the moment.
Comment below with something that you felt was impossible until you had already finished it!
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