EKGs, Hypertension and Epidemics – oh my!
September 30, 2014 § 2 Comments
Pretty much my entire weekend was spent sitting in the exact same spot. After posting my last blog post, I got a little overwhelmed while planning my study day and decided to just dive right into it. From maybe 11:00 Saturday morning until around 22:00 last night, I was cramming EKGs for pathophysiology (I’m in the jungle with that one) and a few pathology topics for today. On Sunday afternoon, I took advantage of the sun spot in our bedroom by opening up the old french doors and lounging in our red leather chair, placed halfway in the apartment and halfway on the standing-room balcony.
It felt nice to be a little connected to the city while studying. I have so little time to study during the week that I need to use pretty much every hour of the weekend if I’m going to have any hope at all of getting through this semester. I did manage in a break for some food prep on Sunday afternoon, including some protein balls and baggies with ingredients for overnight chia oats (which Skjalg and I have been having every morning – saves so much time!). I snuck in an episode of The Knick to keep me entertained.
This morning I woke up at 5 – on purpose! My friend Amir gets up every morning at 5 and as crazy as it sounds, I’m jealous of his daily rhythm. I’m unfortunately both a night and a morning person (e.g. it’s almost 1 in the morning right now and I am writing this blog because I’m still too awake). If I had to choose though, I would choose being a morning person. There is something I really love about getting up early and starting the day when the city is quiet and most people are still sleeping.
The reason I got up so early this morning was to do some cardio. Since school has started I’ve only worked out twice. I still haven’t found a way to fit in studying AND working out. The only plan I think will work is working out here at home during the week before school (we have a bike, some dumbells, a barbell, pull-up bar and rings) and then get some good workouts in at the gym on the weekends. I’ll be dead tired, but I can’t see any other way…
While on the bike this morning, I watched the lectures for a new class I’ve signed up for on Coursera called Epidemics – the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases. When the course recommendation was sent to me in a personalized newsletter in the beginning of September, I knew I couldn’t turn the opportunity down! Skjalg was really against me signing up (I tend to take too much on my plate), but I promised him that this is just for fun and I won’t give it any time that could (or should) be going to something else. Charlotte is doing it too, so I get some social points for it too 😉 I’ve created a Semmelweis discussion group on the site if you go to Semmelweis and want to join!
The class looks so, so cool and I am so excited to learn more about epidemics and how they spread. Since we’re studying microbiology this year, I think a lot of the themes of the lectures will connect to topics covered in our curriculum. In addition to awesome lecture material, the course has set up a game at www.moocdemic.com. It is a really cool concept – you learn about detection of, spreading and controlling an epidemic. While out and about in the city, I can access the game and scan my actual location for “infected” people. I haven’t found any yet (apparently our apartment is a safe ground), but it says there a faint detection of 5 infected individuals nearby. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some tomorrow!
Ok – off to bed for me! Another long, long day tomorrow and I’m looking at just under 5 hours of sleep. Should have slept more during the summer 😉