I am a P3 pharmacy student and it is the end of April.
That means I’m in my last academic semester and it is very important that I keep track of all of my “lasts.”
I turned in my last cluster exam last week–therapeutics–in the late afternoon on Wednesday. It was one of those exams where there were a lot of topics and none of them were very difficult. I answered each question with this sense of “Yeah! I know this!” Or maybe it was “I didn’t study this topic enough to know I don’t know this so, sure! This is the answer!”
(It went fine by the way.)
So as I hand in my 18th and final cluster scantron, the proctor tells me I have to fully mark in the test form (you’ll know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever taken a scantron–and if not, it’s as basic as writing your name).
All I could think was: “MAN, THIS AIN’T MY FIRST RODEO.”
But I did as I was told and fixed my bubble-mark. But geez! I should be a scantron pro at this point!
I’ve been listening to a lot of Jackson Browne too and he should have written an album called The Presenter instead of The Pretender for this week. BECAUSE I HAD FOUR PRESENTATIONS.
Pause–I’m really impressed that I just found the album The Pretender on Youtube (linked above).
On Monday I had a group presentation for my law class on insurance coverage of smoking cessation productions. It was in front of the entire pharmacy class so it was kind of intimidating. But I wore my power blazer so it was okay. (Ladies, everyone needs a power blazer–it’s a Leslie Knope from Parks and Rec thing.)
Then Wednesday I had a big case presentation on a geriatrics patient. I thought I was super prepared for it except I got asked some kind of odd ball questions that I didn’t think were really pertinent in the patient. IN MY HUMBLE OPINION.
Thursday I did a presentation for my substance abuse class on peyote. My fourth presentation was supposed to be an article in the news for the same class but it got pushed to next week! Whew. I feel like I haven’t even started studying for clusters!
Also, from the amazing tumblr whatshouldwecallme, I found this gif that has been a good representation of my brain for the past few weeks:
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Clusters start Monday (Tuesday for P3s!) so that means my Spotify has been blowing up with nonstop music.
My current jam is Harper Lee by Little Green Cars. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I heard it on WTTS and I was like “this song was made for me.” Something about the vocals and the indie rock and the literary reference. I just love that.
Also please join in the magnificence that is Levon Helm. He died last year on April 19th.
Something about playing the drums and doing lead vocals just screams TALENT. Also… Levon Helm. The Band. Majesty.
It’s Friday, so it should be my day off, but I am on campus in the science library and it is COLD. It was 80 on Wednesday! I bite my thumb at thee, weather! Such is the reality of cluster prep, though. It’s nice and quiet up here except now Levon Helm is wailing in my ears. Thanks Levon.
(I may or may not have tagged this post Music Monday and I regret nothing.)
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I totally missed Therapeutics Thursday this week. So just pretend it’s Thursday and bear with me.
I thought now that the weather has finally broken and it feels like spring time, I’d talk about allergies. Everyone’s favorite part about springtime!
So you have horrible allergies? What should you take? For runny noses sneezing, the absolute best is Benadryl (diphenydramine)–but if you’ve ever taken it before, you know it will put you to sleep. That’s because it can cross into your brain and hit your histamine receptors there. Then it’s all nap time.
That’s why there’s Claritin (loratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), and Allegra (fexofenadine), which we’d call “second generation antihistamines” that don’t cross into your brain as much. All of them have generics now (YAY).
All of them also have a formulation paired with pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), which are called “____-D” and you can find them behind the counter at your friendly neighborhood pharmacy. Bring your ID for those! Don’t do the pseudoephedrine formulations if you have high blood pressure though. The pseudoephedrine will help if you’re really stuffed up (not runny) and at risk for sinus infections. (Side note: DO NOT DRINK ORANGE JUICE WITH ALLEGRA. It won’t absorb as well.)
These products should get rid of most of your sinus-y, nasally allergies. What about eyes? If they’re really severe, you can pick up some Zaditor antihistamine eye drops. I had a pharmacist tell me that these can even be a good alternative for patients who can’t afford the ultra-expensive prescription Pataday allergy eye drops!
There’s also the suggestion out there to eat local bee pollen (or locally made honey) to decrease your allergy sensitivity. I personally think bee pollen tastes like pond water, and if you have severe allergies or have a lot of food allergies, you will want to stay away from bee pollen. If you have mild seasonal allergies and you can find it (farmer’s markets!) then it’s worth a try.
And that’s what I know about allergies! I’m open to questions in the comments!
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I guess I forgot to mention this what with spring break and all, but I got my rotations schedule!
I’m starting off at the Cincinnati VA with ambulatory care and critical care, so I’m excited to get two REALLY DIFFERENT experiences back to back. And it’ll be fun to crash with my parents for two months.
Then I’m back in Indy at a Kroger for a month doing the community thing, and after that I’ll be in Avon at an underserved clinic. After that I’m back at grand old Butler to do a public health research/academic rotation with Dr. Ryder!
I finish my long stint strong with a general medicine rotation at Indy’s VA and then I’m at my retail home, Marsh! Luckily after all of that I get a long break from Thanksgiving until New Year’s and thennn.
INFECTIOUS DISEASE AAHHHH. Then a month off. Back on the road where I finish all of my rotations with back to back psych rotations, one here at Community North and the other at the Cinci VA!
Anyway this video is exactly how I feel with this month wrapping up.
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I’m going to start a new thing called Therapeutics Thursdays where I spout knowledge at you and probably take unnecessary jabs at Dr. Oz.
He’s right about 50% of the time, I’ll give him that.
Actually today we’re going to talk about marijuana.
On Tuesday, I presented this article to my public health class, and today we had a simply riveting debate in our substance abuse class about the uses of medical marijuana. It’s been a grand old time!
So the article really highlights more of the prosecution of possession in Indiana, which fascinates me because if you read carefully: a commission of judges, prosecutors, probation officers, and a bunch of people who know what they’re talking about looked at Indiana’s criminal code for 3 years and presented their recommendations to lower penalties, save some money, and do some community programming and treatment for people they catch. And Gov. Pence (aka the white-haired Frisch’s Big Boy)–
–thinks status quo is working just dandy.
It’s a cool read.
Anyway I found this awesome DEA fact sheet on the complete opposite spectrum if you’re interested in that.
Unfortunately I’d have to practically write a dissertation to really get this topic started. If you ask me, I think Indiana lawmakers are on to something at least to the effect that throwing people in jail isn’t really an effective way to deal with this particular substance.
And that’s a wrap for our first Therapeutics Thursday! Next week I’ll talk about diabetes or red yeast rice or something.
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