This past week, the jar of coconut oil in my cabinet went from solid to liquid. The inside of my car read 114 degrees F (45C) and the steering wheel was hot to touch. I never imaged I would contemplate buying one of those silver screens for the windshield to make it less hot in the car.
It’s about 78 degrees F (25C) and rising in my apartment. I often escape to the school library for air conditioning. The security guard is the only person who can confirm I study daily. I like campus during the summer. It’s fairly empty except for the young campers running around. This semester, studying differently has helped, a little bit of pharm/patho each day. Practice and repetition, like everything, are the keys to success.
My pharm professor meets with me weekly to check in for about 20 minutes. She strikes fear in me a little because she is so smart, amazing and the busiest person I have ever met. I want to make sure I am prepared for our weekly meetings, to show her I have learned something and not waste her time. Often when meeting with her – her portable yellow hospital phone rings, followed by her Apple watch vibrating with an incoming message… she multitasks like no other, all while drinking the cup of coffee in her hand. Last week she met me at a coffee shop before going on vacation, on her day off and she brought her son with her. This is worth repeating – she made time for me – a whole hour before her vacation, on her personal day and with her child. The generosity of the faculty and staff are incredible. I am so grateful for their support.
It seems everyone who sees me knows my name and is keen to ask me how I’m doing. I’m doing great, thank you. There are plenty of other professors who make sure I feel involved and keeping up with my skills. I spend an hour weekly in the lab – to review things like foley cath, med admin, physical assessments, etc. I am kind of in shock when I practice physical assessments, then the instructor says, ok, do it again. I think to myself, wasn’t that good enough? She seemingly answers the question I was thinking and says I want you to get it perfect. This coming week, I am helping in the Pediatrics class, brought on by the fact I ran into my Peds professor at Target. I haven’t had to present to a full class in a long time. But, like all things, it’s good practice. Half way done with summer class, then back to reality of 3rd semester in the fall.
I’m trying to get back into archery. It’s a 30 minute drive, and it’s an indoor range, but I think it’ll be good for my mental health. I’m going to try it out next week. I have also been going to meditation/mindfulness classes on Mondays. I haven’t liked the type of meditation we have been taught, and much rather get back to my meditation of archery – focusing on the present and my breath while shooting arrows. However, I have found some things useful from class. I particularly like the write two things you are grateful for every day. This feeling of gratitude helps center me and bring me to the present. I also liked the exercise on reframing negative energy and stress. For example, if you are at the grocery store, and you are definitely on the wrong check out line. Everyone else around you is going faster than your line. Rather than focusing on the negative, the slowness of your line, focus on the positive, like how fuzzy your sweater feels against your skin. You have power and control to reframe your thinking and how you feel about the situation.