Snow Day Miracle! (Week 5)

Week’s Itinerary = Ophthalmology Exam 1, Clinical Pathology Exam 1, and Anesthesiology Quiz 4 & Protocol Paper due

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For real????  Lord, you are such a magnificent God!  You saw my struggle with this crazy workload this week.   You saw my desperate need for help, and you greatly supplied it!  Thank you Lord for taking good care of me.  I love you so much!  So yep, we got a Snow Day when I desperately needed it before my Ophthalmology exam on Friday.  Here are the 6 things we all did this week:

1)We had an online Ophthalmology quiz due on Monday, and it was a bit challenging to be honest with you.  It was take home, and you could discuss it among your classmates.  I am just not a fan where multiple choice questions have multiple correct answers.  If you thought an answer was right and got it wrong, it deducts an answer you had correctly chosen.  It gets thought-provoking when a question is formatted like this.  I managed to do well though plus it helps prepare you!

2)Also on Monday was our Clinical Pathology Exam 1.  It was very long with a mixture of multiple choice, short answer, and analyzing test results from different species.  After taking it, I felt like I did the best I could, but my efforts were unfortunately not reflected on the grade.  When this happens, it is due to the fact that I second guessed myself with many of the questions, or I did not have enough time to fully immerse myself in the material.  The ladder has been a normal occurrence for me with this very fast-pace schedule in vet school.  Two more tests to go!  I can rebound from this Lord!!

3&4)2 Assignments had to be postponed due to the well deserved Snow Day.  The last Anesthesia quiz was postponed to Friday, and it involved the Pharmacology section.  You really have to practice differentiating between proper drugs for different species and see what are some detrimental side-effects of each drug to do well on this next quiz.  The Bone/Muscle Pre-test is postponed until Monday.  This is what the professor said the the format will be like:

The pre-test will be only 5 case based questions that are short answer, hand written (not on elc new like usual).  There will be visuals and the client’s history. With some of the cases, she will sometimes ask us to explain the issue so that an owner will understand (don’t use big words to explain in this instance). Hope this helps!

5)The last thing I had to conquer was the Ophthalmology (make sure you know how to spell this word 🙂 ).  It consisted on multiple choice and short answer, and it was challenging for me.  Make sure to look over the Lab Cases because some were reuse in the exam.  With the cases though, if you get one question wrong, it will ultimately affect the other answers regarding the same case.  Tests like these frustrate and frighten me (but that’s just me).  A classmate told me the experience of taking the exam was fun for her. Update: Did well!  (JESUS!!)

6) Remember to turn in your protocol paper for Anesthesia.  I highly recommend being in a big group and discuss each case after everyone completed their assigned case.  Also, the Lab final for Anesthesia was very much like the protocol paper.

We get to start surgery next week!!!  I am so excited, and we have our piglets now.  I am already attached!

Through Him,

~Camille

1 Corinthians 2:9 “However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him.”

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Worrying is Not an Option (Spring Week 4)

Week’s ItineraryPrinciple of Surgery Exam and Practical, Anesthesiology Quiz 3 & Lab 1 Final, and Clinical Pathology Case 1, 

So yeah, this semester is rough in so many ways, but worrying about what the next few days brings to the table is pointless and a waste of time.  I must focus on what the present day reveals and thank God for each moment of the day.  I know with God’s strength, I can surmount to ANYTHING!  Praise the Lord!

So my Class finally received our 1st Polysystemic Exam, and I received a B!  I can improve, but I am so thankful for this grade!  So again, using the handout notes for each powerpoint were very helpful!

We did begin this week with Principle of Surgery Written and Practical Exam.  This was how they went:

Written:

We were all required to go to the vet lab to take the exam.  I assumed since we were here, the exam would be an online test, but we received a scantron and hard copy tests.  I believe the main reason why we were here was due to the fact that we had to get up during the exam to identify knots, surgical tools like suture and hemostats, and other tangible objects related to surgery.  The exam was a bit tricky!  You really need to get a firm grasp on ALL the material from lecture PLUS the required textbook reading.

Practical:

Don’t stress over this at all!!  It was so laid back guys.  Don’t get me wrong, practice all the suture techniques to prepare yourself to do actual surgery, but don’t feel nervous about having the professor personally watching you do the techniques (they are very patient with you).  They had us only do 6 suturing and handling techniques for the practical, but you still need to review everything from that module.

We had our 3rd Anesthesia quiz this week, and this was intense.  He asked us to answer so much from one question in 6 minutes!  When he shouted out “1 more minute left!” Iheard a classmate gasp b/c time was going so fast.  I am going to meet up with the professor next week to get a firmer understanding on how he wants us to approach his questions because we only have one more quiz then the exam!

Next was our Clinical Pathology Case 1 Assignment with our assigned CATME groups.  Some of those cases were BRUTAL!  Make sure to work each case together after assigning a case to each teammate.  You wouldn’t want your case to be a good grade and your partner’s section to be unacceptable.  Please talk it out and work together with these cases.  Our group managed to get a B, but now we know what the professor is looking for.

At the end of the week, we had our Anesthesia Lab Final 1 where you prepare by knowing how to do:

1)    pressure checking the anesthesia machine

2)    understanding pulse ox, ECG, and capnography machine usage and abnormalities

ImageCapnography equipment is very essential for Anesthesia

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3)    finding any problems on a anesthesia machine (what is missing?  What needs to rearranged?)

Hope this helps for this week!  I have a big test tomorrow in Clinical Pathology, so I have to go guys!  Remember, don’t worry.  Speaking to me too 🙂

Through Him!

~Camille

Matthew 6:25-27=  25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?”

Feeling the Pressure (Week 3)

Week’s Itinerary = Anesthesiology Quiz 2, Polysystemic Case Study, Pathology Urinary System Pre-Test, Polysystemic Exam 1,  Rough Draft Paper due for Anesthesiology

What in the world!?  This week and and the following weeks to come looks gruesome!  The Spring semester of second year is more overwhelming than fall semester because not only do you have 1 or 2 exams a week, but you will have to do quizzes and separate assignments (ex. cases studies, papers, surgery and treatment with the piglets).  My advice is to make sure you look at when assignments and the exams are due each week from the syllabus from each course, write them down on the calendar, and then take each week at a time.  You will get very overwhelmed by how much you have to do every week, but you can do it!

This week, we had 5 things to conquer!  1) We first had to study for an Anesthesiology quiz that covered 2 lectures.  This time on the quiz, he cut the paper in half because so many of my classmates were writing way too much information down 🙂  He wants us to be very concise with our answers.  2) The next assignment for the week was a Polysystemic case study where a group of about 4 people looked at a patient with his history and physical exam and then had to come up with a problem list, a differential diagnoses, and a final treatment plan for the patient.  I really need to practice this type of write-ups because this is exactly what I will have to do when I become a veterinarian in the future.  3) Thirdly, we had our first pre-test covering the urinary system for Systemic Pathology.  Lets just say studying for this material was not as exciting as I remembered it from last semester.  Yes, it had the same helpful tools: web lessons (most disappointed with/ too long & didn’t feel as organized as last semester), lectures (this time, I appreciated them doing a narrated version where you just click on a microphone image and you hear the professor speak to you in each slide/ a genius idea, but the slides to me were all over the place), AQS (Class is split up into 4 huge sections, and we get to look at samples of tissue and organs that have various abnormalities/sometimes, there were no actual specimens to feels, so I personally was not feeling it/ it did last 1 hour instead of 2 hours like last semester). and notes written like an ebook with pictures (a friend told me to use this before anything else, because it was more organized, and most of the questions came from this note form/ will use this in preparation for the exam.

4) The fourth assignment for this week (I know, let this end!!) was our Polysystemic Exam.  Dr. Ward can be tricky sometimes, but her questions are straightforward for the most part!  I struggle a little bit with physiology concepts like endocrinology because it takes me a while to see it.  A friend who is an upperclassmen brought up a good idea for what he plans on doing during clinical rotations.  He said since he also struggles with physiology (“Internal Medicine”), he will sign up to do 2 rotations in Internal Med.  That way he will be able to see the symptoms and treatment plan in action!  I think this idea is genius, so I may follow suit.  5) Lastly, we had a rough draft due for a book review in Anesthesiology.  The book is called “The Invisible Gorilla”, and we had to summarize each chapter and show how they relate to Anesthesiology scenarios.  This book is very thought-provoking.  I enjoyed thinking outside the box and seeing how all of the concepts listed out in the book can be related to veterinary anesthesiology.  This book greatly solidifies the idea that one may perceive and acknowledge their surroundings to the best of their abilities, but one will always have flaws in their everyday perceptions.

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Yeah…and next week is not getting any lighter.  I believe we have 5 or 6 things to do next week too!!  I love when people are taking just 2 minutes out of their time to pray for someone.  Can you please pray for me for this month and February??  I would greatly appreciate it.  I need to continue to focus on accomplishing my goal as God’s arms continue to embrace me and keep me safe!  Amen!!

Through Him,

~Camille

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!!

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Psalm 55:22= “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

Fall Semester CORE Complete! (Week 11)

Week’s ItineraryPharmacology Final, Pathology Final, and Behind-the-Scenes field trip to GA’s Aquarium

Yes Lord, yes Lord, Yes YES Lord!!  I am so happy to be done with this intense, action-packed semester.  This past week was exhausting, frustrating, and surprisingly enlightening.  We ended this semester of core classes with our Pharmacology and Pathology finals.  Let’s just say I’m glad Pathology was the last one.  Studying for Pharmacology was PAINFUL!  I was just totally drained from any ounce of enthusiasm to continue studying for this class.  Fortunately, I studied with a group of my classmates, which encouraged me to not give up, pass out, and to just laugh once in a while.  I really needed that extra boost and motivation.  For this final, it was thankfully not cumulative, but it again had way too many teachers to adapt to (close to 6 total).  Each style was again very different plus there was more math involved.  It should not be too difficult though.  You just need to not have that mindset of feeling drained and feeling tired of the material like I was beginning to unearth.

The Pathology final was a much better studying experience.  The material was just 10x more interesting to learn about.  It was heavily focusing on metastasis and neoplasia as it relates to malignancy and benign cancer developments in animals.  I have never passed a pre-test in this class all semester, so I was determined to Ace this last one.  Guess what . . . I got an A on the pre-test!!!!

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*Tear* 🙂

It just ended so beautifully after hearing these news.  Oh yeah, & have fun with your performances 🙂  Just let yourself go, and enjoy yourself!

All right, now for the enlightening moments of this week.  Guys, my field trip to the GA Aquarium was FANTASTIC!!  I will honestly say that my experience doing a behind-the-scenes tour there was a 10 out of 10 score!  It was hands down one of the best field trips I have ever attended.  The next one is going to have to be at Elijay Wildlife Center with my 5th grade elementary class 🙂

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I will cherish these moments with classmates.  We all just look relieved and refreshed that day, and the weather was perfect!

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This is the area where they monitor water filtration in all the tanks

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Aah…rest day 🙂

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Behind me is Centennial Park in Atlanta

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Free food!!

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Through Him,

~Camille

Matthew 1:22-24

“And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

One More Week to Go! (Week 10)

Week’s ItineraryPathology Exam 3 and Parasitology Final

I think this was my motto for the majority of the week, or that’s what I kept telling myself.  I am so looking forward to electives!  This week welcomed me with my 3rd Pathology Exam and my Parasitology FINAL!

So my experience with the 3rd Pathology exam was not fun at all.  After taking the pre-test, the grade of a D showed before my eyes.  I was distraught, but it kept me motivated to not give up.  Fortunately, a friend told me a couple hours later to check my grade again because apparently the numbers were screwed up (if I did not tell you before, the pre-test and actual exam are done online.  Guys, my actual grade was a nice, solid B.  Talk about messing up my insides!!  I’m glad I was focusing solely for my Parasitology final after taking the pre-test though.  I still did not pass the pre-test, but this time the professor said we could keep our grades if we felt good about our pre-test grade.  I’m keeping that good passing grade!!

Now for the Parasitology final.  What can I say, I always feel like I need one more extra day to study all the thes parasite names.  It was tough like always but with a grand finale of DOOM for the cumulative questions. The cumulative portion was brutal (very specific).  I still happened to keep a B in the class!!  Praise the Lord!

Just 1 more week of finals until electives freedom!!  It honestly felt like finals weeks since mid August.  This semester was intense.  Gotta finish strong though!

WTC started up again! I got to take care of a Screech Owl & a Chipmunk:

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Through Him,

~Camille

Psalm 51:12– Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Total Mayhem (Week 7)

Week’s Itinerary= Pathology Exam 2, Pharmacology Exam 2

Man, this week was a mess!  There were two HARD exams this week after last week’s 3 exams.  I am exhausted but not giving up!  For some of you, you will have just one tough exam b/c you successfully passed the Pre-test for Pathology.  Pathology Test 2 was 10x harder and a lot longer than the pre-test!  You must really prepare for the pre-test so that you don’t ever have to see what I saw!  It was so challenging because there were so much more pathogenesis sequences and fill in the blank.  There were 34 questions total too compared to the normal 10 or 15 questions.  Guess what . . . Jesus’s strength got me through it again!!  I got an A (96%).  What in the world!???  I tend to doubt myself too easily.

Studying for Pharmacology was crazy intense!  It was not as enjoyable as it was studying for Exam 1 because there were more than one professor teaching it and A LOT more drugs. The hardest portions to me were Ward’s and Greene’s (especially Greene’s!!)  In more than 5 questions in Greene’s section, I narrowed the answers down to 2 (50-50 chance of getting it right).  I was there for the whole 2-hour block for this exam.  And again, I highly encourage to write down everything you know about the drugs on the test paper.  Most people did not have to do that, but I would rather lay it all out where I see it so that I don’t have to keep going back in my brain to search out all the right answers.

There was a cool lunch meeting after the Pharmacology exam.  The lecturer was Dr. Melinda Merck, and she is an incredible veterinarian who after working at a Feline Practice, she changed her career that focuses on Forensic Science in Veterinary Medicine.  We are the 2nd vet school in the nation to offer an elective course in Forensic Science for animals.  Cool!

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She was one of the veterinarians who helped crack down the Michael Vick dog-fighting investigation.

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 Forgiveness is such a powerful thing.  (Matthew 6:14-15)

Learn more about her here:

 http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/vet-industry-people/profiles-in-medicine/voice-for-justice.aspx

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Now, it’s time for Parasitology studying, which was scheduled for Monday.  Two incredible things happened for our class.  On Wednesday during the lab, the professor told us that the exam will not be cumulative!  Thank you Lord!  They saw that we would be struggling after the Pharmacology exam on Friday.  Also (this is a big one), some students approached the faculty and administrators to see if we could move the exam to Tuesday instead of taking it on Monday.  They heard our plea and concern and said if we have 100% of our classmates agree to this then only the lecture portion will be moved to Tuesday.  We got 100% within 2 hours after that request!  I so need that extra day to study!  Praise God!

This weekend was UGA vs. LSU with football, and sleeping was impossible in my apartment complex . . . JERKS!!  I had the most HORRIBLE slumber Friday night!! I was abruptly startled awake exactly at 2:00, 3:50, and 5:00am by partying animals and football-loving jerks!! I like football too, but dang! And guess what!? They were shooting  off fireworks at 5am to top it off!  I think I have officially had it with this apartment complex. I don’t get angry easily, so thank you for your patience.  Just needed to blow off some steam 🙂  A friend who knows I hardly blow up like this said humorously that I should give them a piece of my mind.  My answer was, “Yeah, I should give them a piece of my mind!  The peace and Love of of my Savior Jesus Christ :P”  I forgive them even though I know they would be worse the next night.  My plan B was sleeping over at a friend’s house.  Complication resolved!

Through Him!

~Camille

Matthew 6:14-15

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

All in God’s Hands (Week 3)

Week’s ItineraryParasitology Exam 1, Pathology Pre-test and Exam 1, and Behavior Quiz 1

On Monday, the Parasitology exam was brought to the table.  Taking this exam was all in God’s hands and strength.  Let’s just say, I am so glad it was multiple choice b/c it was easier to do rule-outs for selected answers.  For the lab, I think I did very well (straight identification and memorization).   Taking the exam was similar to Anatomy’s Practical portion where specimens are placed throughout the room, but these creatures are under the microscope.  We did not have to rotate and wait until the professor says “Move” like Anatomy.  You were able to move freely, which was surprisingly kind of nice.  It did not feel disorganized at all to me.  The specimen was duplicated under 2 microscopes by a question, so it is okay to look at both to get a good idea of what parasite you are looking at.

Tuesday was just a really unfortunate day for exams and quizzes.  One reason why I felt defeated that day was because we got the exam and quiz grade right after taking it, so it felt more like being punched in the face after receiving the grade.  So, I was the one student who had to retake the test on Wed for Pathology.  I got an 85% on the pre-test, and you need to get a 90% or above to pass the test, so of course I was frustrated b/c I almost passed it.  The night before, I got great tutoring privileges with some friends, so that helped a lot!  Not giving up!  With the Behavior quiz . . .  I honestly just started studying on the day of the quiz 😦  I just did not have time guys.  This past weekend with the bald eagle, squirrels, and wren really consumed my time, but the experience was wonderful & I will never forget it.  On the quiz, the professor did a lot of scenarios and asked what type of behavior theory it was (multiple choice).  The theories can be very tricky, but once I get the general idea, I will greatly succeed.  With that being said, I did get a 60% 😦 I’m glad it was a quiz though so that I can learn from my mistakes without feeling incredibly doomed!  (At the end of the week, she reasoned with us and is allowing us to retake the quiz 2 weeks from now/ NICE!) To make me feel if there was hope in the air, I checked to see how I did on my Dermatology Midterm I took last Friday.  I GOT AN A!! (93%)  Oh, how beautiful is the Glory of the Lord!  I later received my Parasitology Exam grade that I took on Monday and received a B(82%).  I was so ecstatic to hear this after going through that mess of exams on Tuesday.

When I went to take my Pathology exam on Wednesday, I was surprised to see a good amount of classmates taking the exam also.  It felt surprisingly relieving to see that people are just as normal as I am 🙂  Just kidding!   This exam was tricky!  But, I still got an A!!  You are wonderful Lord!

The next test for next week is Pharmacology, and it is scaring the mess out of me!  It is so hard for me to pay attention in most of the classes, but Pharm is the roughest (next up is Epidemiology).  I just feel bored out of my mind and totally confused.  Just brace yourself in this class.  A classmate of mine wondered if I was not an auditory learner at the way I don’t pay attention in class.  My answer is I am very bad with learning from large class lectures.  It is not a personal environment for me where I feel comfortable to ask questions and share a discussion with the teacher b/c everyone else will get ticked off at you.  I learn better through one-on-one discussions as it relates to auditory learning.  Plus large lectures go way to fast, so I get frustrated b/c I lose focus.  So there is my studying struggle in a nutshell 🙂

I finally got some pictures from my last Shorinjyru Karatedo National Tournament (Japanese from of Martial Arts).  I did 2 kata tournaments (2nd place in empty-hand and 1st in weaponry).  The last tournament I did was kumite, which is “sparring” or fighting against an opponent.  I had fun as always, and there were more children this year!

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Here is my head sensei from UGA

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This girl is super sweet!!  She’s very enthusiastic about this fighting style, so I hope she sticks with it.

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They grade hard!  7 is a normal score given to people, but I will still try harder!!!

Through Him,

~Camille

Psalm 8:2– “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”