As I mentioned in the last “Sunday Reflections” post, I had an appointment with my professor for my doctoral thesis today.
I don’t know why but I was extremely nervous. I guess every new beginning is scary and at the same time exciting. Everything went well and he told me the project is going to start in october. Hopefully, we will be able to recruit as many patients as we can. The project is about a new method to increase blood flow in patients with pAVK (peripheral arterial occlusive disease).
In about 1-2 weeks I will also start to work in the cardiology department as an internship. I need to practice the methods to investigate my patients for the project. As I am going to work at the university hospital, there are going to be very interesting cases, I am excited already!
As an intern, there is not much you can do. You are not a qualified doctor yet, so you cannot fully care for your own patients. However, I am lucky that in my previous internship (in internal medicine) I was able to do a lot by myself. In the end, it all depends on your motivation to learn.
Last summer I was in intensive care, which was an interesting experience. I carried out a defibrillation and I experienced an emergency too. In those 4 weeks, not one minute was spent standing around and wondering what I’m doing here (which I know happens to many medical students on their internships).
I hope this internship is going to be similar. As I will be working with the same doctors as in the project, I hope they will pay more attention to me and help to learn as much as I can.
In the past weeks, since the start of this blog, I have been thinking a lot about my future. I have always known that I want to be a doctor and I love internal medicine. It is such a broad field, I could specialize in many different fields. I favor cardiology and rheumatology. Once I am a resident, I want to further specialize in sports and nutritional medicine too. Unfortunately, those are not fields on their own (yet).
I have never seen myself as the typical doctor you see in the clinic or in the practice. This might sound idealistic, but I like to spend more time on a patient’s case and be thorough. This does not mean that doctors in clinics are not thorough. In fact, in the daily routine many doctors forget the responsibility they bear with this job.
Yesterday, my mother came home from her rheumatologist and told me that if she had not requested him to look at her chart carefully, he would have overlooked that her bone density had decreased dramatically. This made me very angry, not only because I want the best for my mother, but because I know that there many other patients who encounter this every day. What if one of them did not look at their own chart carefully because they trusted the doctor?
This is how patients with cancer are sent home because their doctor did not examine the x-rays thoroughly.
And this is what I do not want to become.
I would rather look after fewer patients but each of them will get my full attention and I will try to make their therapy work for them, not for my wallet…
As you know, I did not have any weights for the past 10 days on vacation. On Monday I trained the Lower Body and yesterday the Upper Back and Lats, so today my whole body is sore. I decided to skip the HIIT workout I had scheduled for today.
In fact, I started with a warm up and 11 min of Glute Isolation work. After that, I could feel that if I did high intensity training, I could easily risk straining my hamstrings. I have had enough injuries in the last year, so I decided to do some light Cardio and Core Training to increase blood flow. Plus, I was too nervous because of my appointment and that increased Cortisol (stress hormone) in my blood left me feeling weak.
Tomorrow I will start the Fitnessblender- Booty program. If you are not familiar with this, it is a scheduled program for the lower body with the workouts of Fitnessblender. Per week there are 3 workouts and most of them are based on heavy strength training and HIIT.
I see Monday’s workout as the first booty workout of this week, so I have tomorrow and Saturday left. On Thursday I will work the Upper Body again and on Sunday I will rest completely and only take a walk.
Our backyard is so beautiful, especially in this summer time, who would want to sit at home anyway?
Nutrition-wise, I am glad to be back home. I enjoyed the treats on vacation but the overload on gluten has irritated my digestive system. I missed my smoked salmon, big salads and rice cakes the most. Not to forget almond butter!
Lastly, I am planning on getting a personal trainer license, after the project has started. What do you think of that? Would you be interested in coaching? 🙂
Wish everyone a pleasant evening / beautiful day!