First of all, thank you for the lovely encouraging comments I got on friday before my meeting with the doctors. It felt good to read them before my appointment.
I am happy to inform you that everything went well this time and the project has started!
I will be working only once a week. Next week, the doctor will show me everything I need to know, so I will be at the clinic on Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, Wednesday 15-17 will be my working hours.
I am very pleased with that, as it will not interfere with my seminars and lessons in the next semester. I will still have enough time to study and prepare for my exams, especially for my final exam next September. I am just so glad that I finally found a project I am passionate about and that I can finish in around 1 year.
The study will be done around July and then I will start writing my doctoral thesis.
If I pass my final exam in September, my last clinical year will start in October. I will be working just like a normal doctor but without payment and the doctors will guide me all the way.
Then, in november 2017, I will have to pass the very last exam of medical school. Thus, if everything goes as planned, which I am sure it will not (:D), that Dr.med. will be mine when I am done.
Don’t get me wrong, I am very motivated and I am not the kind that starts preparing for an exam 2 weeks before. But, with everything that happened in the past 2 months, I know that some things might not go as planned and that’s OK.
I didn’t get the first project. I had planned to work as an intern in cardiac surgery at my cousin’s clinic and only decided to stay at the university clinic because of the first project.
After the project was cancelled, it was too late to switch again.
However, if I wouldn’t have worked at the university hospital, I would never have met the doctor that asked me if I would like to be part of this new project. Thus, somehow everything falls into place.
I think the most important factor is you knowing what you want. You might reach your goals now or later but what matters is the general outcome. It was a stressful time for me, many sleepless nights were involved but I am glad how everything turned out.
In addition to that, I am happy to say I was able to talk to the coordinator and I will be in my old group of girls for the next semester again. Yay! This semester we will have pediatrics, general medicine and gynaecology. I love children and I have already worked as an intern in the pediatrics department as well. The semester doesn’t start until the 19th, so I have plenty of time to read and prepare for skills needed for examination.
Lastly, I would like to summarize what this project will be about. Maybe you have heard of cryptogenic strokes. The majority of ischemic strokes are due to cardioembolism, large vessel atherothromboembolism, small vessel occlusive disease, or other unusual mechanisms.
However, many ischemic strokes occur without a well-defined etiology and are labeled as cryptogenic. Other terms used in the literature to describe cryptogenic stroke include cryptogenous stroke and infarcts of unknown, uncertain, or undetermined cause.
I will not go into the details of the study too much. However, the goal with this study is to find factors that predict atrial fibrillation, which is one of the main causes of strokes. My job is to evaluate the examinations of our patients, including cerebral MRI and echocardiogram (ultrasonography of the heart).
This will be very useful for med school too, as our professors love to give as pictures of MRI’s in our exams and then ask us to evaluate them.
This week was not as active as the past 3 weeks. Not because my workouts weren’t as intense but because I wasn’t running around at the clinic all day.
I have to admit, I never go out for a walk or jogging. There was a time when I went walking 1 hour a day but since my hip injury in November, I neglected that. I actually enjoy walking a lot but it felt uncomfortable in my hips. I still like to go grocery shopping with the bike or walk but I don’t consider that as an actual workout.
In addition to that, I lack the time to spend another hour for fitness. Thus, I rather have an intense workout once a day, where I include strength training and cardio and get my daily dose of fitness in 1 hour to maximum 1 1/2 hours. I enjoy exercise but I always try not to let physical activity be a source of stress. On resting days, I truly rest. In fact, I’m always so busy that I don’t even manage to do some stretching or yoga.
I have currently started the second round on the abs program by fitnessblender. You might think I am very disciplined (which I am compared to other, normal people) but when it comes to abdominal training, I tend to be lazy. I would rather do another 15 Minutes of HIIT than working the core. However, if someone has scheduled a workout for that day, I see it as my duty to do it. I am very competitive and driven and always try to be better than I was yesterday.
So, here is my tip for you if you tend to skip workouts or working body parts:
Schedule it ahead and, even better, post it on social media before doing the workout.
I haven’t tried that yet but that might be a motivational factor as well. If you have told others about it, skipping it would be quite a shame.
In fact, this program has helped me build core strength. I can feel my abdominal muscles contract in each exercise I do, even in Squats and Deadlifts. The exercises of the program are mostly the same as in my article about activation of the abdominal panel, you can find them here.
Other than that, I am doing my own lower body workouts. I am trying to increase strength on single-legged good morning and Bulgarian split squats. Currently I am using 15 kg for both for 12 repetitions. That might seem pretty light compared to what others lift, but if I think of the beginning of this year, when I couldn’t do bodyweight squats without being in pain, I am quite pleased with my progress.
Friday was my complete rest day. I was just too nervous about the appointment with the doctors. Better to let my body and mind rest.
Lastly, I have started filming my workouts. I am trying to find the perfect angle, as my room is not that big. I will try another angle today and see if it works better!
Although I have been home all week, my hunger has increased this week. My weight has stayed the same, so I guess my metabolism has increased once again. What I have changed in the past 2 weeks is cycling my macronutrients a bit. I recommend this to anyone who wants to maintain or gain muscle but keep fat gain minimal. I will write a whole article on that as well. I am tracking my food around twice a week and I weigh my fat and high energy carbohydrate sources (quinoa, rice, oats).
A tip for all of you who are short on time but would like to eat healthy foods:
Cook in bulk.
I found a 2kg wild salmon last week and baked that in the oven. We had that for lunch 2 days in a row and it was even more delicious on the second day.
By the way, the red powder on the mushrooms is red pepper. I love using spices in my meals instead of salt.
This post turned out longer than planned. I hope you don’t mind. Sunday is my “blogging” day which means I just go with the flow and write whatever comes to my mind. I have noticed those posts get a lot of likes and comments, so I assume you don’t mind my rambling 🙂
How was your week? If you have any tips on recipes to cook in bulk or a new workout you particularly enjoyed this week, feel free to share in the comments below!
Wish you all a relaxing (for me sunny) Sunday!