Why I Run

It’s been one of those weeks over here.  You know the kind I am talking about … one where life throws you some curves that you weren’t expecting.  Not only did I start a new rotation which alone brings a little bit of anxiety and stress but Chris brought home some news from work that was unexpected and that I am still wrapping my head around.  Vague-blogging much?  Needless to say I am feeling a tad bit stressed and needing to find an outlet.


So I went for a run.


Running Gear


Running for me is the best therapy.  It relieves my stress and clears my head.  I do my best thinking when I am on a run.  It’s just me and the pavement.  When I have some big things to work out I ditch the music and find solitude in the silence.  Lately I haven’t had as much time for running as I would like.  I haven’t ran a race since the beginning of PA school.  I haven’t been training for a single thing.




But there is beauty in that too.  I run just to run.  No expectations.  No requirements.  No guilt.  I get to do something that is not only good for my physically but necessary for me mentally.  I am not someone who relishes in the unknown.  I like to have a plan.  I like to be able to prepare.  But life doesn’t always follow the rule book and being able to adjust accordingly is critical.  I am working on that flexibility and trying hard to find the excitement in the possibility as opposed to fear in the unknown.  Until then at least I have my sneakers and a pretty awesome family to help me along the way.


Big Nasty Mud Run During

PS – if you like my new running gear above make sure to check out Zappos!  Not only do they sell shoes but they also have an amazing selection of athletic apparel and a super convenient return policy!  Zappos is also the sponsor for Bay to Breakers in San Francisco which is the oldest consecutively run footrace in the world!



Why do YOU run?


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Day in the Life: Internal Medicine Rotation

Happy Wednesday!  Thanks for the well wishes for Chris yesterday – he is recovering nicely :)  Today I thought I would share a glimpse into my day since I am about to change rotations and my daily schedule will change too!  Since I happened to capture my eats I can double up and link with Jenn for WIAW too! So here is a glimpse into a day in the life on an internal medicine rotation.





Wakeup and hit snooze 1 or 2 times.  Finally get up at 5:20.  Head downstairs and make a quick breakfast of coffee, scrambled eggs, cantaloupe, and some banana bread.  Pull myself together, pack up my bags, and leave the house by 6:15AM.





Round on my patients.  For me that means talk to them about their night, do a physical exam, and write my note for the chart.  I finished with my patients by 8:00 so I used the extra time to check out the charts of our other patients to catch up on anything I missed yesterday.



Snack 2


Head to the conference room for morning report.  Morning report is when different IM teams put together a patient case presentation.  It’s a great exercise of working through a differential diagnosis as a team.  As a student this is a good way to think outside the box and see how senior providers work through a patient’s presentation to their diagnosis and management.



Rounds! On this rotation we were assigned to a “team”.  Our team consists of an attending physician, a resident, an intern, 2 medical students, and a PA student.  On rounds we go around as a team and discuss and see all of our patients.  Throughout the process there are teaching moments and plenty of opportunities for the attending to “pimp” us.  Pimping is when they start asking you a bunch of questions and you pray you know an answer or two ;)





Thank goodness it’s lunch time!  Unfortunately we don’t get a real lunch break.  Instead we eat lunch while sitting through an hour long lecture.  Yesterday it was a lecture on radiology and imaging.  I didn’t have time to pack a lunch so I hit the salad bar in the cafeteria.



After noon conference we meet as a team and “run our list”.  This means we sit down together and make sure that everything that needed to be done for each patient got done.  This could be new orders put into the computer, follow-up appointments made, and our patient list updated.  Once that was done we sat down with our intern and went over some teaching points!





Since I got off work a little earlier than normal I had time to hit the gym!  I snuck in a great upper body workout and some abs.  Breaking a good sweat took a lot of the tension out of my body and I left feeling SO much better.






Leave the gym to pick the girls up from school.  Sneak in a quick snack on my way.  I found these awesome nut and cranberry trail mix packs at Sam’s Club thanks to the recommendation of a friend.  They are the perfect portion and keep me from eating an entire HUGE bag of trail mix.  Both girls had a good day at school which is always a plus too!  On our way home we pick up my dry cleaning.  When we get home they catch up with daddy and we read the books we bought at the book fair.





Chris put together my crockpot lasagna for dinner which is a family favorite.  Everyone chows down.  I put Bryn down at 6:30PM and get to work on logging my patients from the day into our school’s tracking system.  Emmie and Chris snuggle in the recliner until he puts her to bed at 8:00PM.






Once Emmie is upstairs I get a Yasso Greek yogurt bar out for dessert.  The chocolate chip cookie dough is SO good!  Then I wrote this blog post and took a look at my schedule for my next rotation.  Then I spent some time watching Jill’s birth episode on 19 Kids and Counting … that counts as preparing for my OB rotation right?


That’s one of my days in a nutshell!  Some days at work were 8 hours … others were 14.  Overall I have truly loved this rotation and have a few more IM posts up my sleeves!



Hope your Wednesday is FAB!

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My Favorite Patient

Happy Tuesday friends!  Hope your week is off to a great start!  We had a good weekend over here minus the fact I was on call and worked 10 hours on Sunday.  BOO.  Yesterday though I was off because I had to take care of my favorite patient … Chris!




Chris has been dealing with a hamstring injury since college and he finally got it looked at.  One of our good friends is an Army orthopedic surgeon so we had the perfect consult :)  Turns out his semitendinosus tendon had repeated tears and since you can’t stitch a tendon to muscle it had to go!  That’s the tendon that is used in ACL grafting so we decided for them just to take the thing out and be done with it.  Chris tolerated the surgery really well and is on his path to recovery.  He wasn’t even that whiney ;)


Since I had the day off I got to do a lot around the house while the girls were at school.  I got laundry put away, ironing done, etc.  With a little extra time I snuck in a killer leg workout … one that I will probably regret tomorrow at work ;)




Any-who … I am back to clinic today!  Friday is my last day of Internal Medicine so I am committed to making the most of these last few days.  I can’t wait to share my final thoughts on this rotation with you guys :)


Have you ever had surgery?

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Strawberry Coconut Oatmeal

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

Happy Friday friends!  Sorry for the radio silence this week … I think the long hours of Internal Medicine caught up with me.  By the time I got home each day I had just enough energy to throw together dinner and play with the girls before crashing hard.


The mornings have been coming super fast too with my 5AM wakeup calls.  While I normally like to scramble some eggs I also have been chowing down on some oatmeal because it’s fast and filling.  I recently got some Almond Breeze Coconut Almond Milk and it’s the perfect addition to my morning oats.


Strawberry Coconut Oatmeal 2


This fun concoction includes:


Strawberry Coconut Oatmeal


I seriously loved this combo and it’s been in regular rotation this week when I needed to mix things up.  The coconutmilk almond milkcombo is also fantastic in smoothies!  Super refreshing as the temperatures start to rise :)


Any-who … I hope you all have a great weekend!  I have tomorrow off but work Sunday so mine is going to be pretty short.  Happy Friday!

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Family Movie Night

This post is part of my partnership with Netflix as a member of the #StreamTeam


Happy Monday friends!  I hope your weekend was as good as ours!  I am LOVING having more time on the weekends just to enjoy my family.  This weekend that meant family movie night and a special treat!  Yesterday afternoon while Bryn napped Emmie and I tore up the kitchen.  We decided that homemade caramel corn was in order for our movie date!


Caramel Corn


This was my first time making homemade caramel corn and I used this recipe.  It was MUCH easier than I thought it would be and Emmie was fully able to help me with it.  She dumped the ingredients and helped me stir it up!  We did the rest of our weekly meal prep while it was baking away.  Once it was done it was time to pick out a movie!




Luckily Netflix had a ton of options for us to choose from.  Emmie settled on How to Train Your Dragon 2.  I really enjoyed the first movie so I was pretty excited to watch the sequel.  One of the many perks of having kids is having the excuse to watch animated movies ;)  Em loved the dragons and thought the baby ones were “so cute”.  She snuggled in her polka dot chair, munched on popcorn, and vegged out.




I really couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!  If you haven’t seen How to Train Your Dragon 2 you’re missing out.


What was the highlight of your weekend?

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