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Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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Archive: April 2012

This is how the year ends

with a million chrome tabs and word documents and panopto. And a whimper. Also, surrounded by dirty dishes, empty snack bags, and disorganized note pages I’ve left to die on the corner of my desk. Please don’t tell everyone how I live.

I’ve more or less resigned myself to say goodbye to sleep and hello to my desk chair for the next 9 days. I’ve got a 10 page paper to finish by Monday “at dawn,” directly followed by my Therapeutics final.

Let me digress for a moment and paint a picture of what Therapeutics finals look like. Imagine you are a mouse blindfolded in a maze and you have to navigate the maze using only your sense of smell, guided by cheese sitting at the exit. Now imagine you are a mouse who has no feet and your sense of smell is clouded by the common cold. And there is no cheese. That’s a Therapeutics final.

Other than that, the rest of my finals are spread out nicely Wednesday-Friday and then I’m done! So that’s good. The real challenge is going to be balancing my paper and that final on Monday.

Until then, I’m going to keep chewing bubblegum and taking names. And I’m all out of bubbleg–no. Actually I have a ton of bubblegum.

Therapeutics presentations

It’s that time of the semester again. TIME FOR PRESENTATIONS.

Everyone’s all freaking out because we have to present a case, and last semester we went over a similar case in class before we had to present. This time, they’re just throwing us to the wolves. I’m fine with it because no matter what I do, I’ll probably forget something essential and lose the game even if my recommendation is right. I did that last semester.

Just so you all know, metformin can cause lactic acidosis. I not only forgot about it during the presentation, but it didn’t even make it onto my reference paper. how. I don’t even.

I’ve already painfully assessed everything I could for this presentation. Tomorrow will be finishing touches. And then the rest of the weekend is studying for clusters! I can’t believe we’re already embarking on the last 4 weeks of school!!

So here’s Gob Bluth (Will Arnett) riding a segway in a construction zone as a metaphor for me and the rest of the semester.

MSG is my kryptonite

What’s MSG? It’s a food additive. Good or bad, I have pretty conclusive evidence that it gives me profound headaches.

“So just avoid it!” you would say.

BUT I CAN’T. It is in things I love, such as ramen noodles. Okay–maybe I’m better off just not eating ramen noodles. They’re not the pinnacle of nutrition or anything. But nevertheless, I discovered a recipe for them while Pinteresting and I got some ideas for how to make ramen without having to get headaches!

Just throw the flavor packet away and use broth and vegetables, duh.

I’M SORRY MY PICUTRES LOOK DUMB. I can’t get Instagram. My phone is too old.

Anyway, I really like making my own ramen noodles now. It’s all the fun of ramen plus slightly more nutrition content AND I watched Dr. Oz make his own ramen noodle soup one time. So that makes it legit.

I guess.

(Not really, Dr. Oz.)

Songs of the season

Every round of clusters, I have to make a new playlist to study to. Here are my favorite songs to listen to right now!

The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name. This is from a few summers ago, and although The Ting Tings fell off the face of the planet never to return, I freakin’ love this song and their album.


The Hunger Games Soundtrack. Specifically, The Secret Sisters – Tomorrow Will be Kinder. This album has a really great sound. The folksy songs fit the mood of District 12 (the main character’s hometown) and it’s just got this dark but hopeful tone to it. I’m also obsessed with the Hunger Games so that’s a compelling reason for me to like it. :P

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs. I’ve had this album on repeat since spring break. It’s cool listening to an album that has a cohesive theme. Plus this sucker won the Grammy for best album two years ago! Get it, Arcade Fire.

Ray LaMontagne – You are the Best Thing. I’d never actually heard this song before until last week! It’s a cute song–I love a good horn section. Lots of retro flair in it too. I can’t believe I just said “retro flair.”

I’ll see myself out.

Drug names, a retrospective

Drug names are hard.

I’ve finally learned how to say things like “simvastatin” and “metoprolol”. Thanks to Dr. Tuohy we all know how to say “levetiracetam” too. But, obviously, there’s a lot more to it than just pronunciation. And actually, Dr. Tuohy’s lectures this week have caused me to envision seizure drugs as bullies who fight on the playground, and for some reason they congregate and sing songs from West Side Story too.

I’ll also never separate phenobarbital from peanut butter balls ever again. That association has stuck.

The real moral of the story is, I tend to use weird associations to remember certain things about drugs. Dr. Tuohy even gave us one for a drug called topiramate. Its brand name is Topamax, but apparently some people call it Dopamax because of the profound cognitive side effects it has.

Yesterday I asked some lady at the pharmacy if she was picking up Dopamax. Then I was like “aw for crying out loud.” I immediately told her it was my professor’s fault for calling it that!

Luckily, I don’t think I’ll be actually saying “peanut butter balls” to patients at work. Hopefully.

Now I’m just hungry for peanut butter balls.

Scheduling for the fall!

This really crept up on me! About a week ago I was all “scheduling isn’t for a while! I’ll put together my classes later!”

Bad move.

So scheduling for me started on Monday, and I was woefully unprepared. Luckily in pharmacy school there isn’t a whole lot you have to plan. Just on what days and times you want to sit through long group sessions/labs. For next semester, my classes were really easy–and I even got to pick out a professional elective!

For my STS minor, I needed to take a specific elective that counted for my pharmacy elective AND and STS course. Unfortunately, that class is only taught every other year–and I just found this out!!

So right now, I’m trying to find another STS course to take, and in the spring I will be taking two professional electives. This is actually awesome for me because these are the courses I want to take:

– Public Health

– Illicit Drugs (hehehe)

– Infectious Disease

– I’m sure there’s a fourth one but I can’t think of it

Anyway, being able to take two electives spring semester is really exciting for me. I am also a nerd, so that helps.

On the other hand, I will be taking biostatistics in the fall. That, I am not nerdy enough to appreciate.

In fact, it sort of terrifies me. What is that?!

A million reasons why PAWS is awesome

Reasons 1-999,999: Sarah Barnes Diaz!

Sarah nabbed this year’s Woman of Distinction award, given in honor of Women’s History Month!

Sarah is such an outstanding member of the Butler community. Not only is she the adviser for PAWS, but she also gives talks at Greek houses, heads the Victim Advocate Program, and is always available in her office with open ears!

Did I mention she teaches a peer education class too?!

Sarah’s not the only one winning awards, either. We attended the BACCHUS Area 7 Conference and took home the award for this year’s best peer education group!

We had so much fun at the conference! We learned a lot about other school’s peer education programs, got to meet peer educators from Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky, AND we got to visit Baldwin-Wallace College. :)

Don’t forget that this semester’s Stress Less Week is coming up in TWO WEEKS. I’ll post the schedule when it’s all settled!!