Warning: long post.
In a week, I will be finishing up my first year of OT school.
Here’s a gist of what it was like:
… I know. “This is grad school?”
Anyway, let’s do a recap on this past quarter, shall we? — And no, I’m not going to waste any space to say all this cliche stuff, like “OMG I can’t believe it’s over~~!” “This year went by so fast~~!” (Oh look at that, I just wasted space.) (It’s so true though…)
This quarter was by far the worst quarter I’ve had in the history of ever. I know in a few months I will look back on it, sigh, and then smile, thinking, “Ahh… what a quarter of sanctification it was. God taught me soooo much,” but let me just……—- just let me.
1. My roommate and I moved during one of the busiest weeks ever— and didn’t really know the extent of how screwed over we were until our birthday weekend came up and things were revealed. To the shady, sick individual who made us cry and ruined our 25th birthday - Thank you for what you did. Sarcastic or not, I learned a lot of life lessons from you.
M.S., see you never. (But if I do ever see you……………)
2. The night I finished moving, I got the most intense bloody nose and headache ever (see post below) and ended up going to the ER at midnight. Five hours and a hundred bucks later, I came out with only pain medicine and a referral to the Eyes/Nose/Throat doctor.
ER, see you never. I hope.
3. About 10 bloody noses later, I got my nose cauterized (for the first time). Basically, the doctor first sprays this really nasty chemical down your nostril and you start to wonder if it’s really poison because it tastes so disgusting you want to cry. Then after your nostrils and throat become numb, he/she gets a wooden stick, dips it in silver nitrate, and shoves it deep down your nostril to scrape and burn off any blood vessels hanging out where they’re not supposed to. If you’ve never gotten your nose cauterized before, DON’T DO IT.
Then. The silver nitrate stains your nostrils and it looks like dried blood that you forgot to wipe off (so embarrassing). And your nose runs with clear discharge about every 10 seconds and it drives you nuts. And then your nose plugs up with boogers and you can’t do anything about it for a week. (Actually, I didn’t care. I picked out the burnt blood vessels 2 days later. It was gross, but cool.) (TMI?)
ENT, see you never. Ever.
4. A week after all of this mess, my lower back became jealous for attention. If you don’t know me, I’ve had a lower back problem for about 6 years now (on and off), but it’s never been THIS bad. Last Wednesday during lecture, I was in so much pain that I had to sit on a yoga ball, sprawl out on the floor, squat and hang onto the edges of tables and stacked chairs, and even lie down on the plinth in the back of the classroom.
Today, I went to get an MRI. I get my results back in a few days. Hopefully, they know exactly what’s wrong, so I could say…
Lower back pain, see you never.
5. Every single week was just packed with quizzes and/or exams, in-class assignments (which are basically quizzes), papers, homework, and presentations. It was so hectic that we almost never knew exactly what class we were in or what exactly we were studying for. ”ECU presentation? What’s that? Who’s in my group again? What class is that for again? Wait… what class am I in right now?”
Today, I gave 6 presentations total. My throat is as dry as my legs. But I’m done!! Nothing due no mo’!
Finals next week and then…
1st year, SEE YOU NEVER.