Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Pictures in order are: Out the window on the way to Waterford, Tina studying on the train, and the entrance of our aparments upon arrival in Waterford....

Ardkeen Woods is a complex of apartments located RIGHT OPPOSITE Waterford Regional Hospital. It's only a 5 minute walk to the hospital, and a 10 minute walk to TESCO (which is open 24 hours!!...AND ITS HUGE!! LIKE COSTCO!!)

The apartments are great; two bedroom, two bathrooms, with a huge living room, full kitchen and full fridge. I can't complain at all. The heating is great and the showers are on demand hot water. (Which is hard to find in Ireland...I am too used to not having to boost!)

The hospital is great. Everyone is super nice and I've been able to take lots of histories as well as do a few physical exams. My goals for this week are:

1) Average of one full history a day
2) Average of one system physical exam a day.

Yesterday I met a girl with Cystic Fibrosis. She seemed upset because her mother wasn't there to visit her, and I was lucky enough to be able to befriend her.

So today I took half her history and tomorrow I'm taking the other half. She has so many things going on with her body that I wasnt so sure if she enjoyed talking about all of it in one go, so I decided to take it slow.

Sometimes I think....is being a doctor really suited for me? I like to take my time, and talk to patients, get to know them as people, rather than sick people. I guess that rules out Emergency Medicine for me...

I sometimes think that maybe I am not a good enough med student because of my inability to get info out of patients as quickly as my peers....



I do realize questioning myself is not especially good for my confidence....but I guess it's something I will never know for sure until I become a doctor...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


My room...

Soooo....these are pictures of my room now; I took them about three hours ago when the light was nice...Thought ppl might be interested.

My new flat-mates are quite quiet, nice girls. There is one girl who is kinda annoying, but oh well, I guess I'll get used to her. All I have to do is lay low and study anyway, so I dont think it's a big deal..

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Happy Birthday To My Friend...

Don't know if you can see all the cupcakes or not....but it was my friend Tricia's 24th birthday about 1.5 weeks ago; I gave her a box of crayons and we went for coffee that particular Sunday with the promise of "a birthday gift full of color and variety" in due time.

So on Friday night after we got home from class, I went on auto-pilot; buying ingredients for a VEGAN chocolate cupcake (dairy free, egg free, cuz my friend is allergic to dairy). The recipe I adapted from an online source.

**I'll look it up and post for you later okay Xian?** (By the way, how were the PSLEs? I thought of you all day thursday you know!)

So this was my idea: "Decorate cupcakes with the IMAGE of Tricia...Inspired by HER!!"

I called a few of her friends and they decorated with sprinkles, cherries, coconuts, cocktail umbrellas, and all that fun stuff, while I pulled out cupcake after cupcake from the oven.

Tricia was the one who introduced me to Magnolia Bakery....and after awhile my curiosity got the best of me and I started my obsession with foodie-blogs and cupcake-decorating blogs...and I thought perhaps this event was quite fitting for her birthday.

She was surprised! Yey!

I'll post up pictures of the individual cupcakes later, right now I'm working on a small project for Tricia so she can remember the event for awhile.