8 More Sleeps Until Christmas

christmas_holly_iconChristmas is now just around the corner! I’ve also started my new post and am now driving to work each day. To be honest, I was dreading driving on the wrong side of the road, but it’s really not so bad. I think having lived in the country for a while, you get used to looking right instead of left when crossing the road and driving comes with that same instinct.

Vince and I have started our fair share of buying Christmas gifts for one another as well. We always agree on nothing extreme, but small things we’ve been wanting here and there.

christmas_jumper_sweaterIn other news, we are joining the ugly Christmas sweater (or jumper as they call it her) bandwagon. Only I quite like the sweaters we bought. I’ll have to remember to take some pictures to post on here later on.

I’ve just renewed this website for another two years. I feel bad for constantly pummeling money into hosting and domain names, but I really can’t bear to part with this. And I’m also hopeful that I will eventually find a blogging niche. I don’t even think anyone pops by to read anything I write currently, so this really is just my own little space on the interwebz at the moment.

Anyway, I’m on nights this weekend, so I’m off to nap before work!

My First Surgery

I got to see my first neurosurgery on Friday! I didn’t get to do anything but stand an watch, but it was amazing nonetheless. The patient was involved in a car accident and had a subdural hematoma. The neurosurgeon (my PBL instructor) called me as I was buying lunch. I had half an hour to get to the hospital. Normally, at a time like this, I would have forgone the food, dashed home for my scrubs, and ran to the hospital. But I decided to eat instead! Well, I took my lunch to go, scarfed half of it down while I made my way home, picked up my scrubs, and ran over to the hospital.

The surgery itself took about an hour, but I thought it was amazing to see a human skull being opened. To see a real, living brain!

The surgery coincided really well with our PBL case of a patient with TBI. During the surgery, I got to see brain edema (the brain was basically swelling out from the skull) and anisocoria (uneven pupils), which were both amended. I hope I get to see a few more before summer vacation!

In other words, I’ve renewed the domain for another 9 years! Woo! Let’s hope I continue to use it… I can’t wait to finish with exams so I can re-design the layout. Well, I’ll do that AFTER I finish my ethics essay that was due last November…