Saturday, November 27, 2010

Happy tofurkey day(s) and BABIES

Happy thanksgiving everyone!  Hope everyone's holiday was awesome and the travels weren't too painfully long.

Before I left for my holiday, I had the chance to watch some babies being born through the Watch-a-Birth program at HUP (Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania).  Of course, I did not actually help any of the health professionals - I just stood out of their way and watched.  But the first thing I did when I got home was to call my mom and say "Thanks for going through everything you went through mom, you are really amazing" - because damn was it amazing!  It's amazing to me that both the baby and mother can survive the whole ordeal!  Not only that... apparently it's a normal part of life.  Yowza.  I still don't think I want to go into gynecology/OB, but what they do is pretty freaking awesome!

For some reason, this experience reminded me of an old quote: "When you are born - you cry, and the world is happy.  When you die, you are happy, and the world cries".  

 On a tangent: the best way to survive medical school and learn all the insanely long names for various body parts is to rely on acronyms and mnemonics.  Historically, the raunchier / crazier the mnemonics, the easier they are to remember.  I was trying to figure out how to explain and convey the sillyness of some of these memory aids... and then a friend of mine showed me this comic:

Yup.  That's one of the ways we survive med school!

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