So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, whoops. Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things and get back on schedule.
Fall 2017! It’s here! Classes have begun, my residents are all settled in, and I’m currently working my 4AM desk shift. I got roughly 3.5 hours of sleep last night and I don’t anticipate I’ll be going back to bed until at least noon, so let’s do this!
I would love to write that I’m totally on top of everything, but the truth is, the quarter has had a bit of a rocky start. I figured, maybe by writing it out, I can a) prioritize getting back on my feet and b) share a somewhat relatable issue so any of my scatterbrained readers feel a little less alone. Hopefully this post makes grammatical sense, as I am writing it at 4AM on 3.5 hours of sleep.
My blog has been barren
The most obvious thing I’ve been struggling to keep up with is this blog. I’ve been meaning to get back to it (especially since I paid for the domain).
The silver lining: hey, I’m writing this so there’s a start! Hopefully this isn’t the last post I make for another couple months. Hopefully I can get back to my twice-a-month plan soon.
My room is a disaster
Guys, I’m still not totally unpacked and here yet, and it’s been a month. That bothers me so much. I haven’t finished putting together my awful shelves from IKEA and they’re still in pieces all over my room. Boxes and clothes are scattered everywhere. The desk is covered. The space is totally unable to be used.
The silver lining: My bed is my sanctuary at the moment, it’s a shining beacon in an otherwise dark pit. Oh, how I miss it in this early shift. Maybe I’ll squeeze in a quick nap before class after all.
My first day of class was rough
And by that I mean I was sick the weekend before, like really sick. I had gone to the hospital that Saturday night and spent Sunday in bed. Throughout classes, I just felt ill and miserable. I ended up throwing up again that night. It was a disaster.
The silver lining: The people around me were so incredibly kind. My staff pitched in, helping me out with my shifts and such. They even bought me Gatorade and checked in on me every now and then to make sure I was doing okay. My boyfriend came over on Sunday and kept me company. We watched my favorite show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and chilled in my room, which was awfully sweet of him. When someone made an offhand comment about me “playing the sympathy card” by saying I was in the hospital, my friends defended me. Honestly, I didn’t want to go to the hospital, and I only told people that I’d had because I wanted them to know I wasn’t just blowing them off, and I can’t tell you how appreciative I am that my friends were there for me.
The workload took some adjusting to
I feel like this happens at the start of every quarter. It just seems to hit you like a ton of bricks. And I’ll be honest, I fell behind on a couple of things.
The silver lining: I’m getting better at transitioning smoothly and managing my time. Yesterday, I caught up on a lot of coursework that I had slipped up on, and I intend to get ahead of it today. Hopefully then the rest of the quarter will run a bit more smoothly than my first week.
I’m juggling a lot
I gotta give myself some credit, I’ve got a lot going on. Between a full class load, my RA job, extra-curricular activities, and spending time with my friends/being in a relationship, I have a very full life at the moment. Which is great! I like keeping busy, and I know so many people who are just as busy as I am. That being said, a lot of people can relate when I say that man, it’s a lot to keep up with!
The silver lining: I know I’m not alone in this, and I have so many awesome people around me who’ve got my back. The support I’ve received has been wonderful, and I know I have a team that is rooting for me in every aspect of my life. It’s a lot to handle, but I’ve handled a lot in the past and I know I can continue to do so now.
So that’s what I’m currently dealing with in a nutshell. There are other things here and there that I could include but I don’t want to get all woe-is-me here. If you can relate to these things, leave a comment or share this post. Hopefully I’ll post again on here really soon!