Parenthood Thus Far

It’s now December. I went back to work in mid October after approximately 6 weeks without a shift. During those six weeks I had the occasional meeting to attend and other administrative responsibilities. But I had no 12 hour shift to fulfill. After feeling like I’ve been going non-stop throughout medical school and residency, it felt weird not to have any clinical duties for so long. At the same time, however, it wasn’t a vacation.

Prior to my 6 weeks off, I thought I would be able to stay at home, take care of the baby, and take time to read. I had hoped to have this time to catch up on much-needed reading. I soon learned that a newborn takes a lot of time. Despite both me and the wife being off work, we frequently found ourselves getting behind on things we had to do because, well, we were trying to keep this new creature alive.

During residency I had my share of on-call shifts that lasted over 24 hours. The newborn period soon came to feel like a prolonged call shift lasting days. Our nights were split into shifts where we would take turns taking the baby and making sure she was clean, dry, and fed.

We were lucky that Faith, our baby, was quick to take the breast or bottle. She wasn’t fussy and she didn’t need much coaxing to eat. But let me tell you, this little one can go from 0 to ‘hangry’ in no time at all. It’s as if she finally has the realization that, “Oh, I actually AM hungry.” This is usually followed by immediate wailing and crying.

They say that parenthood changes you. They say that having a child shifts your own priorities. I wonder how she shifts mine. I suppose only time will tell.

Oh well. It’s December. It’s baby’s first Christmas. And I will try to enjoy it while it lasts. In a few days the baby turns 4 months. I can’t believe it’s been 4 months already. It’s been crazy watching her grow so much in such a short period of time.



Guess Mom Was Worried About Pathophys

Yesterday I had my Pathophysiology final exam. The policy is that as long as you pass the final with a 65%, then you pass the course. If you don’t get below 65% on the final, then they will average all the scores, with the final weighing 40% of your grade and the average must be above 65%

The test was 120 questions and we were given 5 hours. It started at 9:00 AM and we were given 60 questions and 2.5 hours to complete it. We had to come back at 1:00 PM for the second.

After the test my brain was a wreck. I couldn’t think and it was hard for me to get studying for the next exam (Pharmacology). Well the posted the scores later that night and I passed it.

Today I messaged mom on Yahoo:

Me: so i passed the hardest class in 2nd year
Mom: thank GOd

Yeah.. So I guess she was worried about it.


Disneyland With The Family

Last Sunday (August 16, 2009) I went to Disneyland with the family. I decided to bring along my camcorder and see what I could record. After a day I had an hour and 15 minutes on tape (yes, I do use a camcorder with a tape. For the techies out there, I have a Canon HV30.)

The first hour was from random things filmed throughout the day. I whittled that down to about 20 minutes but then had to split it in half because of YouTube’s 10 minute limit for non-partners. The last 15 minutes was the Disney Fireworks show. I had heard from a friend that the Disneyland’s fireworks “sucked,” but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the show. I thought it was pretty good. The fireworks display can be viewed in the last two video clips.

Also, the video editing was just for fun. I just wanted to try my hand at it and see what I came up with. It’ll probably be extremely boring for anyone not related to me — well, my mom actually said it was boring to watch (But she was referring to the raw, unedited footage. Although, she didn’t say anything after I showed her the edited one, so this one might be boring too.). So consider this your fair warning!

But if anyone actually does watch, I’d suggest clicking the “HQ.”

Disneyland (1/2)

Disneyland (2/2)

Fireworks (1/2)

Fireworks (2/2)