December 4, 2012 § 2 Comments

My plan to take Latin early this morning instead of tomorrow afternoon didn’t work out quite as well as I thought it would. Even after 7 hours of knocked out sleep last night (I slept on my arm all night and am surprised it didn’t die from lack of blood flow while I was sleeping) I woke up exhausted. I pushed the snooze button until around 6:00 and then forced myself to roll out of bed so that I could cram several hundred Latin words into my head. A cup of coffee and a red bull had no effect and at 8:00 I had to admit to myself that there was no hope in me waking up enough to take the exam.

Skjalg can tell you that I am horrible at napping. Even if I’ve only had 2 hours of sleep I will force myself to stay awake until an acceptable med student bedtime. Trust me, I’ve tried napping. As soon as I lay my head down, my brain uses the inside of my eyelids as a canvas for its never-ending to-do list. With each lingering task, I grow more and more anxious and the adrenaline begins to course through my body. I usually manage 5 minutes before I am up and forcing my zombie-self to do something productive. It’s torture I tell ya!

But this morning was an exception. Even with coffee and Redbull filling my belly, my head hit the pillow and I was out – for three hours! When I finally woke up (from Skjalg dropping a plate in the living room) I stumbled out and stared at him sleepily. He wished me good morning and as I went to respond, my lips tore apart from each other to form the words. He laughed and told me that was one of the weirdest things he’s ever seen as I ran to find chapstick. It’s gotta be exhaustion when you can sleep on your arm all night and then your lips fuze together when you nap. #medschoolproblems

So here I am, trying to figure out the best way to attack these last days of school. I have two lab reports and one pre-lab to write for physics, a Latin midterm tomorrow, chemistry midterm on Friday (which I am NOWHERE near prepared for), embryology test on Wednesday next week and then a Chemistry lab exam next Friday. Somewhere in that time, I need to study for my Hungarian and Anatomy finals (on the 18th and 27th, respectively). Baby steps?


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