Saturday, September 21, 2013

One World...One Love..

Have you ever thought, I mean really thought about all the billions of people we have in this world.  Have you taken notice those that you've come in contact with for the first time?  I marvel at the fact that at this place in time I am with a person or group of people that I did not know a month or year ago, and we are now together. How did that happen?  How was I chosen for this path or they for theirs?  Is it by chance or are my foot steps ordered by Destiny?   That's fascinating to me.

We all have our plans, our agendas and sometimes those plans intersect with people that you've never imagined.  I believe that there are very few accidents when it comes to my encounters with others.  Destiny drives us to places we should be.  Hope keeps us on that path.  And our Actions makes Destiny a daily reality.

This week I had the opportunity to do clinical rotations at a local hospital.  It was a blast.  It was now time to put my knowledge into action.  Anxiously, awaiting my assignment, I really wanted to witness a real live surgery.  However, I was assigned to the post-surgery ward.  This is the area where patients recover after an invasive surgery procedure.  Our first patient was an elderly man with altered mental status.  Boy, was it hard to communicate with him.  We would ask him a question and get a response that absolutely had nothing to do with question.  So, just imagine the proficients skills needed to treat this patient.  Then our next patient was a male with a bleeding ulcer.  Then a young man with a spontaneous hydrothorax (fluid in pleural cavity).  Then my last patient of the day, an elderly woman that had a transient ischemia stroke.  OMG...what an exhausting day!  And I had only seen 4 patients.  I could just imagine how a doctor feels at the end of the day after seeing 20-25 patients...I have a new found respect for them.  They are super humans...well, not really..but, humanitarians, none the less.

One of the highlights of my day at the hospital was meeting other medical students from a different medical school.  The willingness and openness they expressed towards me was wonderful.  As we all joined together to round with our attending doctor, they were encouraging and resourceful. Quick to assist me with interpreting and answering questions.  It was nice to see them in action. I thought to myself, I need more exposure to this.  I need to be in real world situations in order to apply what I've learned over the past two years.  It's time to move out of the classroom and into the hospital.  I've been on this step long enough.  There are many more to climb. It's time to move one step closer to clinical rotations.  Finishing this last semester strong.

So, as I finish this week with great hope and expectation for the future.  My focus is completing what's in front of me, NOW.  I have walked through the door, I am in the room, now I just need to find my seat...

So, as you move closer towards your dream, your goal...take the time to notice those that are on a similar road as you and learn from them, take in all they have to offer..because it was a reason why they were chosen to cross your path and you there's.  Building a bridge of hope, of friendship, of resources is always a good thing....

One world...One Love....
Go live your dream!


  1. You don't know me but I'm inspired by you and stoked for ya! Keep it up!

  2. I have enjoyed reading your blog for these past two years! You and I started med school the same semester during Fall 2011. I found your blog right before I left for med school in the Cayman Islands. Our paths are so very similar. We are both "non-traditional" students and women of color. I always check in on you because I've always felt that we were on this journey together. Sometimes I'm amazed when reading your posts how similar our experiences have been. Even last semester we were sick at almost the same time (sore throat with impending exams). Wow. I have transferred schools and am now on Sint Maarten trying to wrap up these basic sciences. Friday before last I did an anesthesiology preceptorship at the local hospital and it was indeed the highlight of my medical school career thus far. The day before had been rough for me however that experience really put things into perspective for me. For once, this whole thing felt real and I could see that this is really going somewhere. It made all the torture of these past two years feel worth it! I could see that this will be worth it in the end. I've been moving forward slowly but I'm still in the race thank God. I'm am so looking forward to these last few months of basic science and preparing to enter clinical rotations. I look forward to calling you my colleague! Let's finish strong!