Saturday, December 10, 2016

Last blog of the semester!

December 10, 2016

Yay! Another milestone in my long academic career. One more semester and I can put some letters after my name 😜. This last entry allows me to reflect on a little more time spent volunteering for the American Cancer Society. We had the annual Luminaria ceremony over in Hope Lodge. We're building up towards Relay for Life this spring. I hope to participate in that. Present at the ceremony were some cancer survivors, staff, and friends/family members of those who lost loved ones to cancer. Unfortunately, winter cold hit and we decided to hold the ceremony indoors. I also did my usual work with the hospice organization. I got to sit another veteran, this one had Alzheimer's disease. Sitting the patient with me was a veteran of the Iraq War and another time it was a physician assistant. The PA likes what she does but believes that she should be called an associate rather than an assistant. I mentioned it to a physician and the idea really got under his skin 😈😈😈 hehehe. I wish anyone reading this happy holidays.
Total hours this semester: 34
Total hours this month: 17 (mostly hospice sitting but including time with the American Cancer Society)

ACS New Orleans headquarters on River Ridge Rd.

Luminaria bags decorated in memory of those who died of cancer.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 30th: Happy Halloween! Fall is here...which means a week in New Orleans where it's not hot and humid or cold and humid. (Things only a true native knows). Watching my friends from the northeast acclimate to the south...hehehe, priceless. What to say....hmm...we have a test coming up. We learned about all the "Pfizer riser-me too" drugs this block. Tada! 17.5 hours. We started a new class,"Cell and Molecular Pharmacology". It's not so bad. I really need to gain some lab bench experience though. My contact at the American Cancer Society tried to get me out to some activity but notified me the night before through text. Seminar was a conflict with the volunteer work but I still got a chance to continue with my hospice this month. We have these group meetings for people who lost loved ones and they sit around and discuss how they are dealing with their loss. For example, this one woman keeps a box and writes letters to her loved one and puts it in the box. Apparently the act of writing the letter seems to help them deal with the tough days when their loss is unbearable. I think understanding how the family copes with loss will make me a better physician *hopefully*. The rest of the time I spent sitting patients so the family could go out to church etc. I meet a lot of interesting people. Even a World War II vet! Awesomeness. I emailed the physical sciences teacher for SciHigh but haven't heard back. I'm not sure what is going on over there. Lakeside Hospice: sitting patients, attending support groups, miscellaneous. Total hours: 10 10/30/16

Thursday, September 29, 2016

September 29th

September 29th 2016 This month we had a pretty big test in Principles of Pharmacology. I managed to score significantly higher than the class average this time,which took a lot of work considering how smart my classmates are. But it will pay off plus it is important for me to actually earn this degree. I have a responsibility to this institution and its reputation. I'm trying to figure out the right balance between work and relaxation because some of my classmates are starting to burn out. The average test scores are falling. I was able to squeeze in some more volunteer work at Lakeside Hospice by visiting sick patients at Uptown Healthcare. They get lonely up there. I remember this one man who was unable to move. He was turned towards the window and he just stares out there all day. He is unable to speak so I just talk to him. Different topics, current events, etc. Its hard to tell if he hears or understands what I'm saying but I can't imagine what it's like to experience that kind of suffering. The certified social worker running the program says that it means a lot to just have someone there. I hope so. I'm trying to see if I can get involved in Sci-high too if they offer some sort of physics or biology. Alex, my contact with the American Cancer Society, is trying to start-up a young professionals group (related to the ACS) and we're still waiting on the information from his colleague. Until next month! My classmates can always ask me "where y'at" in class anyway. Lakeside Hospice/Uptown Healthcare, visiting sick patients Total hours: 4 9/29/16

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Alright. Things are starting to come together now. I really like my classmates. They're really bright and I feel like working with them is making me a better student. When I arrived at Tulane the faculty mentioned community service the first day during orientation. Considering I was already active in these types of activities and they wanted us to write blogs about this, I welcomed the community service standards laid out by this institution. I continue to volunteer with my hospice group that I have been involved with for 3+ years. I am also looking into continuing my volunteer work with the American Cancer Society (ACS) because I made lots of connections after having founded UNO's "ACS Colleges Against Cancer" chapter. Hopefully I can set up another one of those "Survivorship" meetings right here at the cancer center....some red tape to cut...we'll see.
My first activity for this semester is just a continuation of my volunteer work with Lakeside Hospice. I enjoy doing it and there's no reason for me to quit. I was visiting a patient who was terminally ill with lung cancer. He was happy to see me. I spoke with the volunteer coordinator about getting an extension cord for his television because he can't reach it from his bed. I will try to find more time to visit this patient if Roberta is in need of help.

First log: August 1st 2016
                Lakeside Hospice at Uptown Healthcare
                Visiting patient under palliative care
                3 hours

3 hours

The old days with Habitat for Humanity...I need someone to give me caulking agent!