I survived my first day of my very first clinical rotation. Praise the Lord! My preceptor, the physician of the practice, had no idea I am expecting but is (thankfully) incredibly understanding. Actually, she had her first child during her fourth year of medical school and told me she remembers well being on a neurosurgery rotation when she began having contractions. Talk about understanding what I am going through! I could not have been placed any better. THAT was a God thing, I’m sure!
I am on a family medicine rotation and it is a small practice in a relatively small, rural town. It has been the ideal environment to me. I have loved every person I’ve met so far and I look forward to going in each day, despite the fact that my feet have swollen to seemingly twice their size over the last two days. Yikes! It is so good to finally be seeing patients and back in a clinical setting again. I miss seeing my classmates, but I am excited to finally be at this point. And every patient is so different. I am finding that I love the variety family medicine offers.
Last weekend was an exhausting, but oh-so-fun one. We had our first baby showers. Friday evening, my PA classmates held a shower for us and it was a great final gathering before we all went our separate ways for rotations. I am still blown away by how much they gave us and how thoughtful they are for having a shower for our sweet girl. One of my classmates actually sewed her a blanket. A BLANKET!! My first thought was “You know you’re in PA school. right?!” I cannot believe she found time to do something so sweet for our little girl. We are so blessed.
We then had our second shower, hosted by my mom, Dustin’s step mom, and several other sweet family and friends at the church where I grew up. It was so much fun. I got to pick out some of the decorations and linens, etc. and it all turned out so cute. It was a LOT of Pink, just like I wanted!! :)
Two weeks ago we attended childbirth class at the hospital where we plan to deliver. It was an 8-hour session on a Saturday and was kind of exhausting. It was an informative refresher (I just had an entire didactic unit on obstetrics back in June) and I was glad we attended. However, Dustin and I could NOT get through the breathing technique practice without laughing. We were the youngest couple there (and we aren’t that young!) and I felt like we were the immature “kids” when everyone else managed to get through the “middle school dance” pose and multiple hee-hee-hee-hoo’s without even cracking a smile to their husbands/wives. It was ALL BUSINESS to everyone in the room — except us! Oh well. So much for seriously preparing for our child’s arrival…. ;)
Dustin has been hard at work to get the furniture together for baby girl. I am getting more excited by the day. We have a 32-week visit tomorrow. TOMORROW! So hard to believe. We are really in the short rows with this pregnancy. Not only am I a full-fledged, on-rotation PA student, but I am also a full-fledged, third trimester preggo woman. We are all in now like never before!