LIFE LATELY: Sooo obviously I’m a day late with this. I was going to stay up last night to get this post out but I was exhausted and decided that I was gonna prioritize sleep & I don’t regret that decision one bit. Anyways, the reason I’m so tired is because this past week was so fun! One of my dearest friends from college, Alex, was in town for a conference and she stayed with me for the week. Her weekdays were pretty jam packed with conference events so we didn’t get to really frolic and play until this weekend. Overall, this week was a solid 10 out of 10. I reconnected with Alex and the rest of the weekend was filled with everything I needed… girls time, laughs, yummy cocktails, good food, and lots of fun memories!
AROUND THE BLOG: Oh there’s so many updates around these parts. I shared my tips on how I stay organized in medical school and received so much positive feedback. I also shared my new entryway and how I keep my most worn shoes organized while staying hidden. I’m really proud of myself for keeping up with my blog posts last week. In time, I’d love to consistently put out 3-4 new posts, but I think 2 plus a Life Lately is working great for me. Let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d want to see. I’m open to suggestions. It seems that you guys love my decor + medical school posts the most but I’m open to any suggestions from you!
LA LIVING: This past weekend was BET Experience Weekend. There was SO MUCH to do including concerts, various events, parties, and so much more. Alex and I met up with some classmates and friends of mine and we all had a blast hanging out in LA. We started off Saturday by hiking up the Culver City Stairs and then we visited a few day parties/ events for the rest of the afternoon. Somehow along the way to an after party, we stumbled upon a comfort food/ BBQ restaurant called Bludsoe’s and decided to cancel the party and grab dinner instead. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed at all. People have talked about this place so much and when I finally got a chance to eat there, it didn’t really live up to the hype. The food was good but the portions were small for being a family style restaurant and the food didn’t come out hot… more like lukewarm. I’m going to give them a second chance by visiting their original location in Compton (I heard this one was better) but until I try it for myself I don’t really recommend them. There are too many delicious and cheap places to get comfort food and good BBQ to settle for what I experienced at Bludsoe’s NoHo. Anyways, aside from the food, this weekend was truly a blast. On Sunday, Alex and I relaxed by getting brunch and then we lounged on the beach until it was time for her flight to leave.
WHAT I’M READING: So I have an overwhelming number of books checked out to me right now from the LA Public Library. I need to finish last week’s book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. But I’m going to be ambitious and add You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living and Awesome Life by Jen Sincero to my goals for this week as well. I realized that I’ve been on a motivational/ self-help/ inspirational book kick recently. After this, I’m going to try to find some fiction to read. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
AROUND THE HOUSE: No updates here! I did a deep clean before my friend came to town and that’s pretty much it.
MEDICINE: I had to get a bunch of things redone for this academic year. One of the requirements is to get a TB mask fitting. If you work in a hospital setting with patients, you know that if a patient has (or is suspected to have) TB or anything that is transmissible by respiratory droplets, then you need a special kind of mask to protect yourself. Honestly, getting your mask fit each year is a boring process. It only takes about 30min-1hr, but it’s a hassle to schedule the appointment, go to campus, etc (first world problems I know). They resize you for a mask and then reteach you how to put it on properly. While my mask fit instructor was telling us that we needed to throw away our mask for each patient and I instantly had a mini flashback to my experiences in Haiti. Whenever I was in Haiti, we were almost always told to save our masks. While getting a new mask for each patient is a norm in the U.S. it isn’t the same in countries where resources are poor.
I was pretty annoyed that morning that I had to run to campus and “inconvenience myself” to get my mask fit, but remembering Haiti made me realize that I was being a brat and that I should appreciate having so many resources to protect myself and my patients. I thought back to the main hospital in Port-au-Prince (the capital of Haiti) and how during my last visit all they had for imaging was an Xray machine (no CT, no MRI, no sonogram). We’re really spoiled in the U.S. and to be part of a care team that has an abundance of labs, technology, and resources is a privilege that not everyone gets to have. Anyways, this experience reminded me to check my privilege. Being in medical school is a privilege. Being part of a care team is a privilege. Being able to study and train at one of the top medical programs and affiliated hospitals is also a privilege. I’m working on being better about complaining (especially when it comes to medical school, I can complain about that all day) and reminding myself that I prayed for this and worked hard for this and that there are tons of people who would trade positions with me in a heart beat so I shouldn’t take that for granted, ever!
How was your week? Let me know if you did anything exciting!