Saturday, August 29, 2009


Exciting news- Lance is now full time downtown. He is excited for the projects it could bring, but he has been working longer hours. I know he will also miss his work buddies. I am proud of him and I know he is excited to do something new. He is also getting excited for A&M football. We will be at the first home game next week. I plan to see my sister for a little bit of the time. She doesn't like football and works at the bookstore during the football games. We were excited to get Maggie back after her being gone for 3 weeks!!! We missed her.

The past week I was at my rotation with the Galveston County Health District. I have gotten to see some interesting things and my preceptor lets me do almost anything. The PAs there also have to act as social workers because the patients don't have insurance. The patients also can't get refered to specialists so the PAs there have to handle everything. We saw a 19 year old guy that shot himself in the face. He no longer had a nose and he couldn't see. Also, there are some STD cases as well as telling people they have HIV. I have also done lots of pap smears and taking stiches out and such. Most of the cases are emotionally tough and there is lots of patient education and counseling. I have learned lots in my first week and am excited to go back. At the end of this rotation I have a big final. I have been studying the cases I have seen, but I am not really sure how to approach studying for this final.

Hopefully I will update next weekend! See ya

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Hello all!
I just finished my rotation in Bay City. I stayed at free housing in West Columbia, a tiny town. I am so happy to sleep in my own bed. I did not sleep well there at all. There wasn't a deadbolt on the door and the front door was so thin and cracked you could see through it. I wish I didn't look under the kitchen sink, because I found mouse droppings. The place was disgusting, but hey it was free and it is now over with!!! I also went three weeks without television. I didn't really miss it at all; I got lots of studying done.

My rotation was in internal medicine. I loved it. I liked seeing the patients again and establishing a relationship with them. I got an awesome evaluation from the doctor and he even told me to call him when I get out of school for a job!!!!! He said the patients loved me! I don't think I could convince Lance to move out to Bay City, though! Tomorrow I turn in my paper on transient ischemic attacks and listen to presentations by other students.

My next rotation is with the Galveston County Health Department. I will be happy to be at home. I plan to exercise and eat well and hopefully lose a couple pounds.

Lance flew back to New Jersey this week. He will be back Thursday night because we have to travel to Longview and attend a wedding in Louisiana on Saturday. I hope the next time he goes to New Jersey I will be able to go up there for the weekend and visit New York City. I think it would be so much fun!


Monday, August 10, 2009

west point

This past weekend my mom and sisters came to Houston to go shopping. We had fun and got some good deals. We had to make sure and eat at Gringo's. Lance went to West Point and sent me pictures. It looked so green there and pretty. He is enjoying being in New Jersey, and I know he wished I could have visited him this past weekend in New Jersey. I only have a week and a half left in this rotation and Lance should be back this weekend.

I think I am coming down with whatever Lance came down with a couple of weeks ago. Believe it or not, but Nasonex really works. I hate spraying that up my nose, though.

Anyway, this is just a quick update.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

flying by

Life is starting to go by fast! Lance just got offered a different position at work, where he will be workin on a project that is in New Jersey. He was told on Friday, and this week he is flying out to New Jersey for a week and a half. I am so excited for him. He will also be working 2-3 days a week where he is now, and 2-3 days a week at a company downtown. He is excited to do something new and different. I don't think there could be a better time for him to take this opportunity because I am out of town for this whole month too. We just have to give away our Maggie for 3 weeks! I will miss Lance and Maggie!

I just finished my first week in Bay City and boy do I have stories! At first I felt pretty lonely out there because it is a small town and everybody knows everybody else. Every patient I see asks me where I am from. My preceptor is also the sheriff of the county and has the attack dog in his office. The first day when I walked in his office he was standing in front of the cage and told me not to look directly into his eyes. It was a little disturbing. Now, I am used to it. Everyone talks about their guns and 'so and so down the road.' I also see patients that were trampled by a bull and I have seen some nasty dog bites. Now that I am getting to know people I am enjoying chit chatting while I am doing their history and physical. They are so friendly.

I am also living in an OLD house in an even smaller town about 35 minutes from Bay City. There is no TV and I can get internet sometimes, but it cuts in and out all the time. I get lots of studying done when I get home. The neighbor seems to keep an eye out on the students.

Heres to two weeks without my husband or my dog. I think I will make it.