Life, Pre-med

Long Time No Talk

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I posted anything… the twins are taking up all my time! So here I am… Finally a mother to two beautiful little boys that were born at 33 weeks and 5 days on February 3rd, 2015 and stayed in the NICU for 3 weeks and 2 days. They are now almost 11 weeks and they are absolutely perfect. They are relatively healthy and don’t seem to have any developmental delays so far. Life couldn’t be more perfect… although it is challenging.

School wise, Spring semester is almost over! It’s been so challenging to keep up with everything while taking care of the boys. I’m somehow managing to do well in all my classes… which is beyond me. I don’t know how I’m keeping up with it… I guess I just work better under pressure. 🙂

Since being pregnant I haven’t had any done any extracurricular activities. I hadn’t found a new hospice patient, I didn’t hear back about getting a new Little, and I quit the shelter because of the risk of toxoplasmosis. I was going to shadow doctors while being at the hospital but with everything going on we decided it was too much for. I haven’t even gotten certified as a CNA because I couldn’t lift the mannequins by the time I finished the class.

To be honest, I’m worried about how that will look on my application. Four years of volunteering and suddenly… nothing. Volunteering has become a part of who I am, so it was hard for me to go from doing everything to nothing. I’m waiting until the semester is over to start back up; I wanted to give myself time to recover from my C-section and spend time with the twins. For some reason I’m really nervous about it; I think it’s much harder to start back up once you’ve stopped and I’ve forgotten that it’s nothing to worry about.

I think it’ll be okay though. I just have to have courage and be kind… and yes, Cinderella was a fantastic movie and that is my new motto. Seriously, I even have a necklace that says it and I wear it everyday! As soon as school is over I’m going to study and get certified as a CNA. Everyone at the hospital I stayed at told me to apply after I had the twins, so I hope I’ll be able to work there. I’d love to see everyone again and help them as much as they helped me. I’m also going to bother my volunteer coordinator and get another hospice patient to visit… I’ve missed doing it. I also want to find another child to mentor, so I’m also going to bother my match specialist Is that what we call them? I don’t remember anymore and see if I can find a new Little. I’m a little worried about being around so many kids… I don’t want to get sick and get my premature sons sick. I think as long as I wash my hands often it’ll be okay, but I guess being overprotective and overly worried just comes with the territory. 🙂 I’m also going to find another shelter to volunteer at; there’s a kitten nursery that they have in a city relatively close to where I live, so I would love to get a chance to help out!

The last thing I plan on doing is shadowing; I’ll be calling my doctor and set up a time and date to follow her around the clinic. She’s probably the best doctor I’ve had and I can’t wait to learn from her. She’s a family medicine resident and she will be doing an OB fellowship this year after her residency is over. I’m very curious about why she chose that path; I think it’s awesome that she gets to see all kinds of cases and then deliver babies. I guess it’s just another thing for me to consider in the long list of specialties I want to pursue…

Speaking of specialties I want to go intk… the list goes something like neurosurgery at the top, family medicine, pediatrics, perinatology, neonatology, neurology, and psychiatry in no particular order. I think the more I learn about medicine the more things I want to do!

Since I put off the MCAT and applying to med school until next year I haven’t started studying for the “big test.” I’m now a little over a year away from taking it, so it’s time to start studying! I have a set of MCAT flashcards that I’m taking with me everywhere so I can look them over. I’m also gonna find a study guide and start studying a few hours a week. Once I’m about six months away from the test date I plan to take one of those Kaplan or Altius courses to help me study. I’m going to work really hard so I can make sure I earn a high score. The though of it is really exciting but also nerve-wracking… my journey as a pre-med student is almost over!

Anyway… there’s my update. I’ll try to come back and make another one after finals. Hopefully by then I’ll be certified as a nurse assistant and be well on my way to finding a job!

Wish me luck!

Andrea.

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