-- February 16th, 2014, 12:30 pm
So I was really hungry when I came up with this, but it turned out to be delicious!
What you need:
It’s so simple to make. Just toss in the lettuce, and as many red onion slices and raspberries as you desire. Pour in equal parts of EVOO and balsamic vinegar, and enjoy!
-- January 29th, 2014, 6:09 pm
I have been surprised! Caught off guard! Taken aback! Me – the girl who always assumed that I didn’t like kids – actually ended up loving pediatrics! It started in my third year rotations. I thought, “Hey, kids are OK, I guess.
” And it turned out that I really enjoyed my time at the children’s hospital. To be more specific, it was my fourth year pediatric surgery elective
that did me in. And here are a few of the reasons why:
- Kids often have diseases/illnesses/defects that are 100% treatable. The scars left on their bodies after surgery often (but not always) are able to heal really well, to the point where you won’t be able to notice them as they age.
- They’re innocent. You can’t often blame the little ones for something they were born with or caught, unlike the obese patient with debilitating chronic diabetes, or the 40-pack-year smoker coming in with an exacerbation of his COPD.
- Kids are fighters! They’re very resilient. And I guess the same could be said for adolescents and adults.
- The staff is amazing! Everyone from the doctors and nurses to the parents are all so supportive. I was in an environment where I thrived on knowledge and education; where there were staff and colleagues around that were willing to provide help. It was an atmosphere of awesome teamwork.
- Surgery on the little ones is so intricate and delicate. Everything is so small – their healthy little organs, the instruments we use, the sutures we put in. You need really caring and delicate hands to work on such small patients.
So maybe pediatrics, especially pediatric surgery is something I should consider in my future. I really enjoyed my time, enjoyed the atmosphere, and I felt like I was really making a difference. I felt like I fit in. It might have something to do with still being a kid at heart =)
-- January 24th, 2014, 9:05 pm
I recently read an article on Medscape
about the rising problem of carbapenem-resistant bacteria
in Europe. While on one of my surgery electives, I did notice that these drugs were used quite often. And with that, I figured I’d write my first somewhat educational blog post about the carbapenem family of drugs. And I’ll try to include a pharmacology-related blog every once in a while in a segment I’ll call “Overdose” from now on. I’ll try to make them sound just a wee bit more exciting next time. Just click to read more…
-- January 12th, 2014, 9:49 am
This delicious masterpiece is straight from my mom’s kitchen. I never knew how easy it was to prepare myself until I finally asked her. It’s an awesome dish to make over the weekend because then you can slice some ham for lunch for the rest of the week. Stick it in a bun and make a sandwich, or just eat it by itself. And the sweet flavor gives this meaty dish a very unique twist!
What you need:
1-2 Tbsp of honey
2 Tbsp of brown sugar
A pinch of chili powder
1 tsp of dry mustard (powder)
1 orange (squeezed)
A piece of ham
Preheat the over to 180°C (350°F).
Set a pan on medium heat. Mix in the honey, brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, and orange juice and bring the mixture to a boil. Then set it aside to cool slightly.
Place the ham on a baking pan and randomly stick the cloves into it. [Optional: you may chose to pour some of the glaze onto the ham at this point.] Cover the ham with aluminum foil and place it covered in the oven for 1.5 hours. After 1.5 hours, take off the aluminum foil and allow it to cook for another 30 minutes.
Glazing instructions: after one hour of cooking, glaze the ham once every 20 minutes.
-- January 5th, 2014, 6:43 am
New Year’s came and went. Surprisingly enough, I spent it at home. It has been well over 10 years since I popped a bottle in my abode. And this year, I was stoked that I got to stay in at home and celebrate the end of the year with my family.
The night consisted of bubbly and nerdy card games. And it was great. Everyone enjoyed themselves.
It’s so strange that 5 years ago, I would dread having to ring in the new year with my family. I’d probably think that it would be so boring. But I’ve grown to love my family and I realize that I actually really enjoy spending time with them. I guess that’s what growing up and moving away from home does to you though.
Here’s to hoping that 2014 is a great year for all =)