This semester, we’re studying infectious disease, which is awesome. Definitely high up on one of my favorite subjects. No idea why though. Our professor ever-so-lovingly has referred to his lectures as Bugs and Drugs (hence my title). Yesterday, we sat through a 2.5 hour lecture yesterday and it was occurring to me that dealing with these cases is not unlike a real-time strategy role-playing game.
If you don’t know what that is … then good on you. But taking the example of my faaavorite, Fire Emblem, you command an army of people with different skill sets (and trust me, there are enough antimicrobials to fill up a Fire Emblem army), and then depending on each fighter’s skills, they may have strengths or weaknesses against enemies. This is exactly how infectious disease cases work–figuring out the enemy’s weaknesses and picking your strongest fighter(s) to go into battle.
Which brings me to my next point: I’m about 90% certain I’m going to apply for a pharmacy residency next year, and there’s a good chance I want to work with infectious disease. This is a big life decision for me! And I’m terrified! YAY!
To commemorate, I wanted to share the New Guy at the Pond: an Egret named Dolan.
Curtis walked RIGHT UP TO HIM for that picture!
We have a balcony that overlooks a man-made lake at our apartment. The lake has ducks, as I’ve spoken of before, as well as a blue heron. One night, we were sitting out on the balcony watching our hummingbird feeder (which is one of the most adorable accessories to our apartment), when just about every possible wildlife experience short of seeing a coyote happened.
There’s a cooper’s hawk I’ve seen around a couple of times. That night, he swooped directly in front of out balcony (I’m pretty sure I made eye contact with him), then he landed in a nearby tree. He had a mouse dinner in his talon.
Our attention was directed back toward the lake, where the ducks were freaking out (Mr. Hawk is large enough to snatch one, for sure), and I saw this curious-looking bird stalking around the shoreline. He looked like a kiwi.
But wait, we aren’t in Australia.
This bird prompted a frantic Google search, ranging anywhere from “waterfowl in Indiana” to “kiwi looking bird in midwest.” Our results were inconclusive. My vote is green heron.
It was too dark to see his coloring, but his silhoutte looked just like that. He’s like the hunchback of waterfowl.
If you couldn’t already tell, I really like birds. Especially hummingbirds. All they do is go cheep cheep cheep and zoom around. It’s adorable.
The whole point of this entry is that we are in the market for binoculars and probably safari hats. And a Land Rover.
I noticed two ducks in our pond outside that are always together. They’re really cute ducks, too, because they’re three times the size of a mallard and the white one likes to chase other ducks off. I informed Curtis one day that they are husband and wife. So we named them Barry and Margot!
As far as I know, usually female ducks are more “ground colored” for camouflage, and boy ducks can just do whatever. So I think Barry is the white one (he’s also very territorial!), and Margot is the grey one. PRETTY.
One day, I was leaving for work. When I turned the corner to get on the sidewalk, I almost tripped over Margot because she was standing right there! Then Barry jumped out of a bush and they both waddled off. It was both adorable and alarming.
We like to observe the wildlife in the pond. The other day, a heron landed and stood around for a while, which prompted Curtis to show me what kinds of noises they make in a Youtube video. Except he found this gem. Good heavens.