Today we had a really interesting small animal clin med lab. We split into small groups and were assigned a case in the teaching hospital. Then we met up with the 4th yer student who was also on that case and they pretended that they were a client so we could do the work up ourselves, so we got to take a history, do a physical exam, and come up with potential diagnoses and plans. It was cool because we were right int he hospital with the real animal in front of us, so we would come up with an idea, and then the fourth year would ask us what that could show up as, and we’d tell him and be waiting for him to tell us if we were right or wrong and he’d be like “ok, well, check and see if that’s actually happening in the dog.” It was nice to actually be able to apply our knowledge and brainstorm some practical uses of things.
Our case was a rottweiler mix that had urinary incontinence, so it was leaking pee sometimes in the house. It had been happening as long as the owners had had it, for about three years. The dog also had chronic UTIs that would clear up with antibiotics but then immediately come back. At the end of our lab after talking to a bunch of fourth years we decided that one of our top diagnoses was bilateral ectopic ureters, so they didn’t connect to the bladder right. That would explain both the leakages and the frequent infections. We ran out of time and didn’t get to stay for the ultrasound, but we’re going to check back and see if we were right, and if not what else was wrong with her.
After school I came home and did some studying, and then I packed up everything for Nashville!!! We’re leaving as soon as I finish my PHC shift tomorrow morning around 9:30, so we should be in Tennessee by 8. I’m very excited to get back to America and to explore such a country town, I might not even be able to sleep tonight!
Just a normal day in the life. Studied a lot to get ahead before we go to Nashville. Palped a cow and set a PR for how fast I could find both ovaries. Went to a hockey game. Made some paper snowflakes. Typical Canada stuff.
We had another large animal clin med lab bright and early this morning. Today we learned how to do an udder exam on a cow, and we got to practice our milking skills on a fake udder. After that we learned all about anesthesia machines and their different parts.
This afternoon I finally got to take a long needed nap, so that was lovely. Then after dinner Sarah Edwards and I went to the movies to see Frozen, the new Disney movie. No one else wanted to come with us because they’re suppressing their true inner child. And boy, did they miss out! That movie was fantastic, it’s the best animated movie I’ve seen in a really long time. The songs were adorable, and I legitimately didn’t know what was going to happen; we were on the edges of our seats until the very end. Ahhh it was just so good all around.
Today was D-day: the anesthesia/pharmacology exam. And I think it went pretty well! All of my studying definitely paid off. I am positive that I passed. After that we had a POD class and lab, which were pretty hard to concentrate on since we were all exhausted and our brains were fried. But we’re learning about plant toxicology which is actually really interesting. AND all of my Teen Wolf watching has finally paid off, because it helped me answer a question in lab today. I (and my loyal wolfpack) knew that aconite and monkshood are both just other names for wolfsbane. Geeks for the win.
After class I came home and lounged for a little, then after dinner I went over to Gill’s to complete our hockey playlist, which now stands at 83 tracks that are perfectly edited so they start at exactly the right time in the song. We then took this wonderful list to the double header hockey game and put it to good use. Marson Massacre and K-Drizzle were in the DJ booth for the girl’s game, and then Gill left to play in the co-ed game so I flew solo for round 2. We were a big hit and everyone told us how awesome our music was afterwards.
Then I came home and took a hot shower to thaw after spending so much time in the rink, and now it’s bed time!
This weekend was full of studying. That’s really all I did on Friday, so it was a pretty boring day.
Saturday night we had the frat Christmas dinner, so we all put on our ugly sweaters, cooked a dish (as our duty as second year ladies) and had a merry time in the frat house. It was like Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey, stuffing, and all the potatoes you could ask for. And, of course, my pumpkin rolls. After that I went over to Gill and Sarah’s, where we puled out the couches and watched Jingle All The Way and then played a couple games.
And then today I studied some more. In the evening Laura and I made a study game with my flash cards because we wanted to watch Elf but didn’t have the time to spare, so we looked up a drinking game for it, but every time they said Christmas, Santa, or elf instead of taking a drink we had to answer a question from a flash card. It was very effective because they say those words a whole lot and by the end of the movie we had gone through the entire huge stack twice.
So now it’s with a heavy brain that I hit the sack before the exam tomorrow morning.
dad-dross asked: It's coming real soon! Can't wait for you to get home! Mom.
me either! only a couple weeks!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I wish I had been home to celebrate with everyone, but I had a very full day at school today. It would have been bad, except Canada saw fit to grant me a Thanksgiving gift in the form of…
an elephant. That’s right, Laura and I were walking to school today, mourning over how we would never get to go home, and then we looked up and saw an elephant walking through the large animal wards. It was so exciting! We had to sit through AVM lab first, but right after it was over we went and found the elephant and got to look at it for a while before they needed to start doing tests and stuff. We don’t know what was wrong with it or why it was there, we just know it was AWESOME.
The elephant excitement got us through classes, and then after class I helped at the frat large animal clin med review at the horse station. We pretty much just answered all the questions the first years had about their exam and showed them how to do certain things again. It made me feel really smart because I actually knew what they were asking. And I got 100% on that exam last year.
And then after that we had our frat review for the upcoming pharmacology and anesthesia test, for which we have to memorize a butt-ton of drugs. No one is looking forward to taking that on Monday morning…
Today was a pretty short day of class, with nothing too exciting to report. After class we had a frat meeting, and then most of us stayed to do our home improvement shift at the frat house, where we fix things up. My supernatural ability to paint trim without taping it first was ruthlessly exploited and I ended up staying a lot longer than I had planned, but it was pretty fun.
At night I went and watched the all star hockey game again, and that was good although they lost. But the boys were taking some crazy good shots, the other goalie was just phenomenal.
Nothing too exciting happened in class today, although we did learn about C sections in horses and cows during our therio lecture. After class Dan, Gill, Nikki and I sorted out our final plans for our Nashville trip, which is already in 2 weeks! Crazy.
Then I came home and did a bunch of studying before going to the Challenge Cup game tonight. In the fall we play against faculty teams, who are usually very good and beat us by a lot, so this year they changed the format and made student teams “all-star” teams, where they took the best 7 people from each classes team and made 2 teams out of them. Our players play with the Stags, and even thought I’m not an all star I went to watch the game to cheer for the boys and Gill. Jay and I ended up manning the scoreboard, which was fun, and we talked about New Years plans. Everyone is excited to come to Saratoga!