Still keep all your hands and feet inside the vehicle, kids! 7th isn't slowing down anytime soon.
This past weekend was particularly brutal. I had the FCP spay day from 8am-3pm on Saturday, a meeting with my Grand Rounds group at 5pm, an exam on Monday to study for, and a three hour long clinical pathology rotation on Monday with nine assigned cases to read through, interpret the CBC/chemistry/urinalysis/etc. for, and come up with three Ddx and any other tests we want to run. I was pretty much ready to drop dead by Monday afternoon, but nope! Gotta keep going, because I had to prepare two anesthesia protocols for this Thursday and Friday.
Spay day was super fun, though. I spayed two cats and neutered four more. My third spay turned out to have already been spayed at some point (even though we didn't see a scar). So that was disappointing, but a good learning experience because the surgeon I was paired with showed me how to reassure myself that there really wasn't a uterus in there.
My flight home is booked for April 20th (my mom's birthday). Mama will be joining me, which could be interesting. After that I have six weeks until my start date at University of Illinois. I had thought previously that I would take an externship, but right now I'm leaning heavily toward just resting and recollecting myself. Maybe getting a couple of NAVLE test books and the Nerd Book by Sophia Yin and go into clinics like a rock star, refreshed and ready to kick ass. I just don't see it going well for me if I rush into a four week externship and then to Illinois. As much as I feel lazy for not using six weeks off to do something beneficial for my career, I have to listen to what my body and self-awareness is telling me. And right now it's telling me, "Girl, you need to rest."