I Had The Best Day Off

Tuesday was a busy busy day!  We had a simulation program to go to in the morning and then I worked that evening.

I was running SO late Tuesday morning on my way downtown so I made the quickest smoothie I could think of:  1 cup almond milk, 1 scoop banana protein powder, 1/2 frozen banana.  It tasted like a banana laffy taffy.  And luckily I love banana laffy taffy :-)

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The simulation experience was part of our emergency medicine clerkship.  We split into groups of 6 and then picked partners.  There were 3 simulations, so in each group 1 partner set would do one simulation while the other 4 people watched.  Then we would love on to the next scenario and another partner set would go… you get it.

The first scenario was a little boy with an acute asthma exacerbation.  I was SO grateful I didn’t have to partake in that scenario because I hate asthma and feel uncomfortable treating it.  The little boy got worse and worse until the medical students in the simulation were forced to intubate him (this is a mannequin, not an actual child).  It was intense!!!  After the scenario was over, we all talked about what went well, what went poorly, and how to appropriately approach an actual case like that one.

The next station was a trauma.  I didn’t participate in this one either, but I felt like I could have comfortably handled it.  The patient was in a car accident, had a pneumothorax (collapsed lung) and a brain bleed.  The medical students were rockstars and diagnosed everything SO quickly.  They figured out the pneumothorax right away and put in a chest tube, then they figured out he had a brain bleed and called neurosurgery immediately.  They saved the patient!!!

My scenario was last.  My patient was a man with chest pain who ended up having a heart attack.  I think I was at a huge advantage going last- it really wasn’t fair.  I felt super prepared and knew pretty much exactly what to do.  I think the scenario is meant to have the patient get worse and worse until you have to start doing CPR, but my partner and I treated him so quickly and got him to the cath lab right away, so nothing eventful happened… I don’t think it’s that simple in real life ;-)

Nevertheless, it was a great experience to practice making fast, emergent, decisions and acting like a real doctor.  I had fun!!

Wednesday was basically the best day ever.  My mom came up because we had our wedding dress fittings!!!

Kyle and I started the day with a spin class at the gym:

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Then, it was time for a girls day with my mom :-)

We started the day at the jewelry store because I wanted my mom to see the wedding bands Kyle and I had picked out.

Next, we headed to Nordstrom to find some wedding shoes.  My mom ended up finding the cutest pair ever, but I couldn’t find anything.

My mom's gorgeous shoes!

My mom’s gorgeous shoes!

I tried BCBG as well because I have a few pairs that I love, but no luck!!  By this point I was getting nervous because I needed shoes to wear to my fitting.  I finally went to Saks to have one desperate look.  I really didn’t want to spend tons and tons of money on wedding shoes because I figured I would never wear them again.

But then, my mom spotted the most gorgeous white Prada pumps and I fell in love.  I’ve never had a pair of designer shoes.  These are seriously so beautiful, and I feel like I can wear them over and over again.  I will wear them at my wedding, I will wear them for med school graduation, and many more occasions.  So I splurged and treated my fancy self to them!

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We stopped at Cheesecake Factory for lunch and I ordered the Factory Chopped Salad.  I have ordered this salad every single time I’ve eaten at Cheesecake Factory since I was in college.  I never stray.  It’s just such a perfect salad!!  Avocado, apples, bacon, corn, tomatoes, blue cheese- you can’t go wrong!!

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At 3pm it was time for out dress fittings.  I sooooo wish I could show you my dress because I love it so much!!!  But I guess I have to wait until May    :-(

And now, I’m off to the ER again.

Where did you get your wedding shoes?  

What’s your perfect day off?  


13 thoughts on “I Had The Best Day Off

  1. We have the same favorite CF salad! Nom nom :) Most perfect day off starts with a huge cup of coffee, then my workout, home, shower then brunch (and more coffee) out with friends (or Mom!) then wherever the day takes us, really. I’m pretty low-key and am usually down for anything. Even if it’s just relaxing by myself. But when it’s nice out, I do love being outside.
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