Today I experienced something that psychologists call “flow.” It is the sensation of feeling time fly by because you are doing something that you enjoy, that interests you, where the clock hardly has your attention and my time is well spent. Today in the psychiatric department I was able to observe and participate, which in the nature of my internship was unexpected. I started out the morning with several other doctors and residents checking up on one of our more special cases with a treatment, which should work. We were eager to show this infant’s mother how to use the treatment and the baby handled it very well. Just seeing the joy on their faces was rewarding enough. The girl is a very happy baby and didn’t cry or flinch to receiving an inhalation treatment for 20 minutes. Even though I was not a part of the diagnostic or treatment team (obviously I am only premed), observing the case start to finish was very satisfying.
Before attending the daily consults with Dr. Juan, Dr. Teresa asked me to build a template for her in word and powerpoint. Although this is secretarial work and is something that most would prefer delegated to someone else, I loved being able to actually help the pediatric department. I built a template for her that she can use for posters, presentations and documents. Since I can not help or touch patients I felt like this is the best way I can help the pediatric department and made me feel a part of the team even though I am just an Atlantis Fellow, premed observing intern.
The afternoon was filled with cystic fibrosis patients, which is Dr. Juan’s speciality. He and Dr. Alessandra (I think that is how you spell her name) a pneumologist partnered up to see patients which they see routinely every month. Cystic fibrosis is a very peculiar genetic disease that needs to be watched very carefully. They are susceptible to infections due to mucus build up from improper cilial function and chloride transport. Most people with cystic fibrosis have an expected lifespan no greater than 40. Dr. Alessandra said she would be happy to have me shadow her Friday to meet some adult CF patients.
I finished the work day with two English classes. I taught intermediate English and introductory English. We had a great time in the intermediate class describing people’s physique and personality as well as nationalities. In the basic class we went over pronunciation of vowels while reviewing months, days of the week and numbers. I will see my basic class again on Friday, and Mary Kate, another AP Fellow will teach the intermediate class on Thursday (out of convenience for the two of us).
I look forward to dinner very soon and then hopefully USA will beat Belgium tonight and move on, but we will see!
Good Luck USA!