My GI had told me not to take Immodium for a while until this could be figured out, but I think that's not really possible at this point. So I'm just going to take it until finals are over and Tylenol to keep the low-grade fever at bay. I'm going to call the clinic tomorrow and see how feasible it would be to get some IV fluids there, that's a good idea...would probably feel much better.
I know I am lucky to be able to see another doc that I like so much. Thanks so much for your support, everyone; I definitely need it and am grateful for it!
Well, I made it through the weekend and even managed to take my biochemistry final this morning. All I care about this point is passing that hideous class. It wouldn't be so hideous if I had time to learn the material, I suppose, and also if I wasn't a garden hose...hmm...
Friday I went to the school clinic. Oh, you know, some run-of-the-mill dehydration, a little orthostatic hypotension, fever, dry mucous membranes, increased heart rate, la la la. He told me I could probably get by at home on regular ol' Gatorade but thought IV fluids might be necessary over the weekend. All I can say is, I kicked it into high gear with those fluids AND studied like a madwoman, even on the toilet!
I've been trying so hard to play "doctor" and kind of forgot what it was like to play "patient." Both roles, I think, could use some serious improvement.
By some miracle I found out this morning that I got a nice grade on my biochem final and hence PASSED the CLASS! This may not sound like a huge victory but biochem has been a thorn in my side and the fact that I don't have to re-take it is an incredible relief!
That diarrhea won't get me down! I'm going to show it who's boss!!!
You guys are awesome, thanks for the support.
The anatomy/histo/embryo final was demanding, but I took Immodium beforehand and that allowed me to at least concentrate...although I didn't eat beforehand because I knew what would result, so my stomach was growling the whole time!
I proposed an idea to the clinical faculty today. We learn all kinds of random things in the first quarter of med school, clinically-speaking, like how to do a head/eye/ear/nose/throat exam, except how can we really learn how to do an eye exam when we haven't studied the anatomy or histology of the eye in detail? Right? In the same vein, how can we become physicians without knowing what it's like to have a chronic illness?
So I said we should pair first-year students with patients experiencing chronic disease. Meet with them every week or two for an hour or so. Not to learn about the pathology of the disease, but how it affects the person on a day-to-day basis in terms of their actual life experience. My clinical director was very supportive and sent my proposal to the deans of the medical school, and so now we're engaged in some dialogue about it. Hopefully this idea will go somewhere. I just think it's important for future docs to understand that even though it sucks to learn every single nerve of the abdomen, at least they have the ability to even go to class and learn.