March 30, 2014 § 4 Comments
It’s a beautiful Sunday morning and I am up and at ’em! Since my last post, things have been quite hectic. After the anatomy midterm on the 17th we jumped straight into cramming for our weekly physiology tests. That week in physiology we were tested on the adrenal gland and calcium metabolism. We’ve just finished up the endocrinology series and are now starting neurophysiology. By the that Thursday night, we were already exhausted – but we had to keep going! Monday the 24th was our biochemistry midterm covering the following topics:
- Na+,K+ ATP-ase I. The permeability of cell membranes, P-type ATP-ase. Structure of Na, K-ATP-ase
- Na+,K+ ATP-ase II. Na, K-ATP-ase isoforms. Regulation. Secondary active transports. Na-H exchange
- Chemical neurotransmission. Cholinergic neurotransmission. Biosynthesis of acetylcholine, receptors, acetylcholine esterase. Molecular mechanism of exocytosis
- Noradrenergic neurotransmission. Biosynthesis and metabolism of norepinephrine. Synaptic uptake
- Molecular mechanisms of adrenergic, dopaminergic and serotoninergic neurotransmission
- NO: Regulatory role of NO. Nitric oxide synthase. Guanylate cyclase. Molecular effects of nitric oxide
- Glutamatergic neurotransmission. Synthesis, transporters, receptors. Biochemistry of Parkinson disease
- GABAergic neurotransmission
- General properties of ion channels. Methods for studying ion channels.
- Structure of the K+ channels. Methods for studying ion channels. The molecular mechanism of gating and permeation.
- Biotransformation I
- Biotransformation I
Rest then? Nope! Luckily, the exam took place at 19:10 in the evening, so we didn’t have to feel guilty about taking the rest of the night off afterwards. The hours before the exam were spent at the library. We were bad and skipped anatomy so that we could be at the library from 9:00 in the morning until just before the exam. After the exam, we went for drinks and dinner at Tiki Bar. It was nice to sneak in a little break, even if we did have to cut it short so that we could get up early for school the next day.
From Tuesday we were on it for cramming for that week’s physio tests. Our seminar test covered the pancreas and whole body metabolism and the lab test covered the glucose tolerance test, which can be used to diagnose diabetes. Three students had to fast for the test and at the beginning of the lab consumed 75g of glucose dissolved in 250-300ml of water. We then measured their blood glucose level over the course of two hours.
By the end of Thursday night, I was completely beat. In addition to the exhaustion I felt after cramming for the recent exams, I somehow caught a cold. It full-on attacked me while we were studying Wednesday night (Skjalg too!). It was so hard to push through to Thursday night but somehow I did it. I took Friday off and Jannie came over and we watched Grey’s Anatomy and played playstation.
Yesterday was also a little bit of an easy day. I spent the morning organizing my study plan for the next month or so. Finals period is RACING towards us and I want to conquer the anxiety as much as I can before it settles in for good. My plan is ambitious, but I think that laying it out the way I did will help keep me accountable for what I am to do that day. So far I’ve worked in both lab exams, physio and biochem, the next anatomy and biochem midterms (which are going to be on the same day!) and a bit for physio. There is still a lot I am going to need to add….it will be interesting to see how it changes with time. I’m planning on doing the physio competition at the end of the semester. It is during the last week of school and covers all of the material we’ve learned in physio. If you pass it, you are exempt from the final exam – so it is well worth it!
And here is my plan for this weekend. I managed to do everything except the last two anatomy topics, so those will be moved to today.
March 9, 2014 § 6 Comments
The sun is giving us quite a show today. Even after a such a rainy Friday, there is hardly any evidence of it left.
I gave myself the morning to sleep in. At least that was my original plan. At 7:00, my eyes opened, my brain jumped into action and I lost all hope of a long, lazy morning in bed. After weighing all my options, I decided that I would start by going for a walk. I sat down to have some tea and ended up staying there until 9:00 working on a project for school. I’m a bit neurotic when it comes to starting my day. If I haven’t gotten my day started by noon, I get antsy. I wasn’t going to let this get the best of me today!
As I was tying my shoes, Skjalg came out and told me he was proud of me. When I asked him why, he said, “I know you. You think the whole day is gone and yet you’re still going.”. It’s strange to have someone know you so well 🙂 So, studying was pushed until later and I enjoyed a beautiful Budapest morning instead.
I stopped in at Culinaris, a specialty, import food market, for some Saturday morning goodies. I picked out some fresh rye bread, a perfectly ripe avocado, black rice and vanilla bean tea. Simple, yet satisfying.
As I was passing through the area surrounding parliament, I noticed a series of busts displayed along the length of the building. I’ve seen them before, but never given them much thought. Today, I decided to take a closer look. I picked one, snapped a photo and then planned to look up the man behind the bust.
Dr. Elek Woynárovich was a hydrobiologist who worked in the World Food and Agriculture Organization’s fisheries branch. He was a Zoology professor and head of the department at Lajos Kossuth University and went on to be the vice-rector president. In 1968, he started his work as an international hydrobiologist. He directed the development of fish farming in Nepal for 6 years and then went to Venezuela for 3 and a half years, where he helped established the framework of fish farming. He retired in 1977 but then went on to work as an expert in the FAO – Madagascar, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Zambia. He also worked in Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.
Talk about traveling! Must have been so interesting to work in so many different countries.
Later in the evening, Skjalg and I headed out for another walk. Then it was home to relax and get a little studying in. What did Skjalg do when we got home? He sutured the couch! Our apartment came with this giant leather couch, which is perfect except for two tears. We cover them both up with blankets, but Skjalg apparently felt like that wasn’t enough.