Tuesday, August 22, 2006

the possibilities for a rambling are endless...

(note: it took many steps to get pictures to load and I'm not certain it worked; if you see bright red x's check back later...)

I could show you pictures of my current digs - a cinderblock dorm room with built in furniture and a nifty seventies style faux bamboo closet sideways-shade/ door. The room isn't much to write home about, but the location is key - below my window are the ambulance bays and off to the side of the bays is the heliport. Yes, I do see and hear everything that goes on - even the high powered (also from the seventies, complete with a few buttons missing) air conditioner (guess what brand - yes, it's a York!) can't cover up the sounds of an approaching chopper. I love to see them land and take off - especially at night, but I'm a bit tired...

(the ambulances dock under the white "roof" and if you look closely you can see the tail of a helicopter on the heliport)

Then there's the story of the (lack of) parking here - a three story parking garage is being torn down so that a seven story garage can go up in it's place - eventually there will be plenty! of! parking! for! everyone!

Until then, my car (that has almost everything I need in it) is parked a 15 minute shuttle bus drive away, at a strip mall. The hospital has an agreement with both a shuttle service and the mall, and being that I'm a lowly med student (who lives here! in the dorm!) I have to park there.

My yarn is there. My other clean socks are there. My cheerios are there. Overall it's strange to commute to my yarn and socks and cheerios. (the idea of moving it all in here - up three flights of stairs full of stagnant air - only to move it out again in three weeks - seemed overwhelming.) (they did give us 2 gig jump drives with the hospital logo on them...I guess that's something?)

Murphy's law rang true when my almost-completely-unpredictable period showed up and my stash of tampax was in the farfarfar'away car; there's nothing like asking around for a tampon (my second day into the rotation) to bond me to a group of women assistants.

My sewing machine is being held captive in the backseat of the car, and I can't use it in the dorm unless the biomedical engineers deem it safe and NotGoingToBurnTheBuildingDown'able. (they might not use that exact language, but really, that's what they mean.)

I doubt an early model Kenmore sewing machine has such potential - but having them look at it means I'd need to figure out where the biomeds are; considering I still get lost trying to find my way to the north end of the hospital (where the cafeteria and all of the classic overcooked cafeteria food is) from the south end of the building (I am literally in "south" hall), I think trying to find an unmarked door in this compound is near impossible. (Nevermind how many tries it takes me to find the "imaging" department each morning - I don't think I've taken the same route twice, and that certainly wasn't intentional!) (I'm neglecting to mention that the hospital is on a hill, and the dorm is in a building "up" on the hill when compared to the hospital. Overall this means that the first floor of the dorm = the third floor of the hospital. I'm not telling how long it took me to figure that one out...)

I could show you a picture of the sock I'm working on - it's a simple picot edged basic sock knit out of socks that rock. This is my first socks that rock experience, and I'm not sure I get what the big deal is. It's yarn. It is doing a strange alternating spiral stripe thing (that I'm not a big fan of) and I'm suspicious that I'm going to run out of it. I realize the fear of not enough could be irrational, especially since this is a hank of the new put-up, but overall, I'm just not sure I'm feeling the socks that rock love. Time will tell, and I might enjoy it more once this heel is turned.

Or I could go on and on about how my classmates seem to be procreating at an alarming rate and how many fairisle hats I have on my "to do" list. Current standings include two ladybugs, one bunny and two snowflake renditions. I'd be working on them now if it weren't for the fact that I'm weeks behind on something else and don't have any fingering/sport weight superwash yarn (with cotton for a soft and comfortable knit liner). Thank goodness Uncommon Threads is open "late" tomorrow night...

(I am holding out hope that I can find it. I tried to get to the Harley-Davidson Plant but instead wound up turned around and lost in the wrong part of town to be lost in. That happy yipping sound you heard last Saturday? that we me, finally getting un-lost in a Target parking lot. I’ve never been so happy to see something that looked almost vaguely familiar before…)

Or I could ramble about how hard it is to write a personal statement, and how much I want to talk about wool and how it kept me (almost?) sane through my first two (three?) years of medical school. How my application should be complete by now, but it still isn't, and how I need to register and pay for the other part of my national boards.

Then there's how to explain what it's like to spend hours on end in twilight'ish bat caves (aka: radiology reading rooms) listening to doctors dictate their findings. After the first three days I found myself speaking in "dictation'ese" - a strange combination of the written word spelled out.
for example:
This would be a great thing to blog about comma if I could find the time comma and a wireless connection condusive to such an activity period you'd think a wireless hospital would be able to provide the student dorm with wireless too exclamation point new paragraph

it's a bit un-nerving. (more about the experience of radiology in the future; I'm enjoying myself but don't want to do this forever.)

or about how happy I am that I am wearing this shirt –

- a "happy fourth year" gift that I have been saving for the perfect "OhMyThisIsMyFourthYear" moment. 13+ hours in the radiology dept feels like a good a time as any to bring it out....


instead I think I'll show you pictures of my college friend Katie's cats (cats that I had the pleasure of sitting on the weekend before I started this rotation). (Katie - bestfriendforever - is kind enough to let both Robin and Lyle hang out in her living room for a little while - anyone want to borrow a Louet?) They are cats that she has inherited from another college friend of ours and I think it's safe to say that they've made themselves at home. One of them is blind, but don’t let him fool you - he can scale piles of clothes, yarn, and other obstacles in his way if he even *thinks* he smells catnip. He also thinks that he makes a lovely travel accessory. (I did not, contrary to these pictures, bring him along for the ride. He did not, contrary to these pictures, convince the bear to stay. I think it'll be a long-distance relationship.)

The other fine feline quickly mastered one of my all time favorite games - cat in a box. I love seeing how quickly they can find a box and then how many positions they can create while in the box. I always throw in extra points if they stay long enough for me to get my camera.

I can't wait until I can have a cat (or cats?) of my own...


Blogger maryse said...

i just got a louet. and was going to name it lyle. but then i remembered that you named your louet lyle. so i can't do that now.

oh well.

5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What - we can't borrow Robin if we already have a sibling of Lyle at home? :D

Sounds like you're doing well - cool shirt! And what yarn is that in the suitcase with the kitty...yum.


7:09 AM  
Blogger Martita said...

Yuck. I have way too many memories of that hospital. When I envision emergency rooms in my head (not that often, thankfully) that's the one I see. My mom was over-cautious when it came to injuries. Plus, we lived around the corner, so it was close.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Carole said...

It all sounds so overwhelming. I hope things settle into a routine before you have to go somewhere else and get overwhelmed with new stuff again.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Juno said...

Honey comma honey dash ask your Auntie J about these things period Divacup. Always faithful comma always in the bottom of the bag period

Also question mark

Email me question mark

Weekend comma this comma visit question mark

12:56 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Thank you for the Socks that Rock comment: "It's yarn." I feel that way about alot of yarns, so it's nice to hear it from someone else. Blogs have a way of creating a frenzy about something that really may not be all that when scrutinized.

Juno beat me to the Diva cup suggestion.

All in all, it's good to hear your rambles, even if they are truncated. ;)

1:00 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

I LOVE that shirt exclamation point!

1:25 PM  
Blogger margene said...

And she's off...on the home stretch...going for the win! The shirt is perfect. May this last year go quickly and smoothly for you!

2:58 PM  
Blogger J. said...

ahh dorms - hopefully you and wool can be closer on the next stop of the great medical tour

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

I guess it's safe to assume you won't be a RAP-per. Not enough light in any of these venues.

I like the dictationese.

8:23 PM  
Blogger GamecockDoc said...

Good luck with your personal statement and application. You should totally mention yarn in there somewhere. It will give you something to talk about during all those interviews when the interview doesn't have any real questions and just says, "So, what questions do you have for me?" At least they would be able to ask you what's up with the personal statement about yarn instead of medicine.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Bethany said...

AW!!!! Go ahead! Make me miss them more!!! Rod & Diablo certainly seem to be loving their new home! I'm excited that you were able to finally hang with them!

-B :)

11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why did it take Bethany to help me figure out how to leave a comment on this thing? Sorry I'm slow. The pictures of the boys are darling, and I'm glad you enjoy the shirt! Rod and Diablo have been sharing the smaller CD box to play "cat in a box" lately. You'll have to take more pictures when you come thru again!

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kristin!

Your sksk goodies should be at your parent's house by now. I thought I'd be able to get it to you by the time you left for PA, but I guess not... Doesn't sound like there is much space for it with you now anyway.

I sort of like the dark of the radiology room, but it does get old after awhile.

Good luck with everything!

your ksks pal.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, go ahead and mention your knitting in your interests section on your application, but I would be wary of including it in your personal statement... unless it's part of your introductory "hook"-- depending on what field you're applying for, some interviewers take medicine way too seriously and think you should be all about it, too! -knitting (radiology) resident

7:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Egads! The first photo gave me flashbacks to on-call nights during residency. The VA had such loverly rooms. At least you didn't have gun-metal grey as the wall colors! :) Hope you are having fun with rotations. OH...include knitting/spinning in your hobbies and interest section. I remember one of my interviews for surgery residency, we spent the whole hour talking about good places to canoe rather than "work" and it was a great session. They wanted me to come out to their program, but I listed another program higher and got my first choice. "They" want to know that you are a human being.

Good Luck!

Mary in Maine

9:15 AM  

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