Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Strong Medicine

The previous picture was taken two years ago as part of a my series of senior pictures. Considering I was 2 weeks out of knee surgery, they turned out pretty well. Hope you like.
I am watching Strong Medicine currently and thought I'd share a little more about it. I don't like most so-called medical dramas (with the notable exception of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman), especially ER; I always end up sitting in front of the TV yelling at their mistakes. I got started on Strong Medicine this summer; it's a Lifetime original series produced by Whoopi Goldberg. I think their purpose is to educate women on common health issues, and they do it well, presenting the facts within an interesting drama. Kind of like ER tries to do. Anyway, the doctors do handle more cases that would ordinarily be assigned to specialists, and some of the less mainstream practices I am not sure I believe in, but overall, it's an interesting, accurate, and entertaining show.
And now that I have bored the rest of you who could care less about Strong Medicine and/or Lifetime to tears...a little about my day. It didn't start off too great because I couldn't get into the system and get the practice tests for my genetics final. I think I did OK on it, I just don't know if I did well enough. On the other hand, I had to meet with one of my advisors yesterday and I told her that my grades weren't going to be great this semester casue of the 6 trips to the ER, et cetera, and she was pretty encouraging. At one point I said, It's not like I can't do it and she was immediately like, I know you can do it. So that vote of confidence helped, because she does this all the time and knows when somebody is capable or not. She also thinks I should try yoga, to balance things out. I'm not too sure about that, I am a firm believer in Western medicine but I said I would think about it.
I have my organic chemistry final tomorrow. Although I am feeling a little more confident about it now, I have a lot of work to do and I am not looking for any miracles. I will just be really glad when it's over. Hope that's enough to keep y'all informed for now.


At 12/08/2004 06:26:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

I can relate to the Western medicine friends are always trying to get me to do some 'alternative' thing. I'm always saying I like my doctors with a M.D., thank you very much. That's great about your advisor, though - a word of encouragement can go a long way. Hang in there (and that's a cute picture).

At 12/08/2004 09:52:00 PM, Blogger Dirtyskin said...

Hope you did well on your genetics final and oh yeah "I know you can do it".

At 12/09/2004 06:08:00 PM, Blogger Blair said...

On of the best things I ever did for myself was to take a mindfulness based stress reduction course... taught by my family doctor.
The program is based on some yoga practices and meditation AND has strong western medicine support as being useful to relax enough to take a more objective look at life's situations. I tell you it helped me when I was in medical school to know how to manage stress.

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