It’s been three years now that I have been pursuing medicine. Thousands of dollars, good grades, volunteering time, clinical hours, taking the MCAT, multiple drafts of a personal statement, a master’s degree sans thesis, one medical school interview while 36 weeks pregnant, many rejections, one new baby, 2 babies breastfed, a zillion dirty diapers, months in the hospital, one blood clot, one pneumothorax, and one feeding tube later I’m still in the game. I still want to go into OB more than anything. It will be fun to see what this next year will bring. It’s sure been a ride this far!
Archive for the ‘Hyperemesis Gravidarum’ Category
For those who completed the hyperemesis gravidarum genetic study, further information is being requested for additional studies:
“Dear study participants,
This is the first study to look at child outcomes from HG pregnancies. HG cases AND friend controls, please fill out the child follow-up survey at the following link separately for EACH child. The survey has approximately 100 questions, will take 5-10 minutes per child, and covers many common and rare conditions.
If you do not wish to participate, and we hope this is not the case, please respond with “NI” (Not Interested), so we know you received this email and we will not send you future emails regarding this survey.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR VALUABLE TIME IN HELPING US ANSWER IMPORTANT QUESTIONS ABOUT HG.
Check www.helpher.org for information on the first HER 5K run in May and other news.”
This survey is great because it might be able to show how HG affects the fetus and might promote better care when women request help from their providers if a strong correlation between our children’s disorders and HG is found. For our family, we have a son who is sensitive to tastes and another one who never developed a tooth. If these are related to HG or not, it is good to have this data recorded.
D4 is going to be 3 months tomorrow! I can’t believe how time flies when you’re having fun! Work is going great, and breastfeeding is still going well. My son’s school is closing after this year due to a budget deficit, and we are looking forward to sending our children to another school in the district. This first year of kindergarten has been very rough on D1, us as parents, and apparently the school. D1 is the best kid at home, but at school he seems to not be able to do anything that his teacher likes. We’ve gotten nothing but negative letters, phone calls, and emails ranging from complaints about how he likes to dress to acting “childish” in class. I’ve been tempted to pull him out of school a dozen times this year since this environment doesn’t appear to be good for us or them. It will be great to start anew with a different school and teacher. From this experience, I can understand why parents choose to homeschool their children.
The other kids are doing okay, and MCAT studying is going smoothly. I registered for the July 26, 2013 exam to be taken at the university closest to my home. I’m so exicited to get this beast taken care of. Furthermore, I thought more about where I am going to apply. There is another MD school (Western Michigan) opening! Yay! I also created an e-mail account specifically for medical school applications so that I don’t miss a single notification.
There isn’t much new around here. I’ve been thinking a little bit about the next medical school application cycle that begins in June. D1 turned six and got a Nintendo DS for his birthday. D2 and D3 have been getting into things, but I think that they are getting stir crazy from being inside so much all winter. D4 (two months old) is growing big and smiles and coos often. I also turned the big “30″ last week. I don’t feel any different, but man that’s getting up there! My family made my birthday extra special. I love them so much! My PEG tube site is also healing more and doesn’t leak.
I’ve also started studying for the MCAT the most seriously since the fall when I got invited to a medical school interview without even having an MCAT score and then rejected. I’m documenting my progress under “MCAT Journal” so people can see how others study while working and having children.
I made myself a meme to make me feel better since I just got the letter of rejection today for medical school. The letter must have been in my husband’s car or something. It was postmarked for 12/6/12, so a week after I had my interview. My portal says that my file is under review. I really had fun interviewing, but I guess they didn’t have the same interest in me as I did with them. Good luck to everyone else on the interview trail! I’ll apply again this next cycle.
The great thing is that I don’t have to take the MCAT until the spring. I can just snuggle with my kids and relax. Maybe PEG tubes, pregnancy, and lots of kids scare off ADCOMs? Or maybe it’s because I haven’t taken the MCAT yet? Or maybe they don’t like my personality? Or maybe they don’t like nurses? Too much speculation! All I can do is stay positive and try harder next cycle starting with an amazing MCAT score and maybe reconsider nurse-midwifery as a more realistic alternative. I’ll work with women one day or bust!
I’ve just been chilling at home. My
maternity leave…er 30-day personal leave ends on Friday, and I go back to work on Saturday after having D4. I’m ready to return; I miss my ER peeps. I’ve been doing a lot of “spring cleaning.” It’s much easier to move around nowadays! I feel great and maybe even feel better than what I went into pregnancy feeling like although I still have the PEG tube. It sometimes gets in the way when I’m holding D4 and when I’m breastfeeding her. I was supposed to have the PEG tube taken out on Tuesday, but my doctor was called in for emergency surgery for one of the patients on the floor. My appointment was rescheduled for next week. This is the fifth time that I thought that my tube would get removed. One day I’ll be tubeless! For now, I just think of it as an extreme piercing.
D4 weighs 9 lbs and 7 ounces, but I still have to take her in weekly even though she has been gaining a normal amount. She’s a really content baby for the most part, and she is now four weeks old. Everyone always says how big she is. D1 almost knows all of his pre-Dolche sight words. Right now, he’s having trouble with “here, come, said, and my.” D1 gets to stay up two minutes for each word that he gets correct. He was supposed to know all these words before kindergarten, but I didn’t know that his school required this. D2 and D3 have been handfuls and into everything.