Either you run the day or the day runs you

September 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

I feel as though I am caught in a riptide. A riptide of beautiful moments and memories, of amazing friends, of deep reflection, of anticipation of the future, and of too many classes and obligations to keep track of. There has been no time to process time. And I feel as though it is slipping away from me.

We landed in Budapest late in the evening on Saturday, September 5th. Our apartment felt both familiar and foreign. Evidence of our absence was seen in the flood-shaped dust patterns around our old leaky windows, clearly no match for the torrential summer rains. When we turned the water back on, the guest bathroom flooded and the excitement of arriving back home to Budapest quickly escaped Skjalg the handyman.

Sunday was our one and only vacation day. Rather than stay in and lounge about a group of us went down to Keleti train station to see if we could help at all with the refugees. We ended up staying there for about seven hours doing various tasks, such as carrying loads of diapers from storage to a church van, carrying donations from various cars down to the volunteer tents, organizing clothing donations and organizing and manning the volunteer tent. It didn’t feel like we were doing much, but in situations like those I think it is the sum of all those seemingly meaningless efforts that makes the difference.

The first week of school is a complete and total blur. We have 10 lectures and 9 practicals spread out over the city in different clinics and hospitals. On top of that, Skjalg and I started doing research with the surgery department we had our Basics of Surgical Techniques class with and I’m continuing as a TA in anatomy, with this semester’s topic being neuroanatomy. Plus there is seeing all our friends again, our friends having visitors, etc. For that entire first week, I honestly just felt like I was checking various tasks off a list. Dermatology 8:00: check, research meeting 10:00: check, pulmo lecture 11:00: check, pulmo practical 12:40: check and so on. Did I get anything out of those tasks? Maybe…

On Tuesday the 18th of September an amazing thing happened: my mama came to visit! She and her friend Elizabeth were here for a full eight days and left early this morning. Their visit has been an adventure for everyone involved – truly! I’m going to have to do a whole separate post detailing their amazing trip – with a couple hundred photos. I haven’t seen my mom in almost two years so it was a really special experience for me.

Now it’s time to finally take control of my life again. I’m looking forward to settling back into study mode and getting into a routine. I’m a little nervous about what this semester holds for me, but excited to rise to the challenge.

I’m off to prep for tomorrow’s anatomy lesson. Spinal cord and cranial nerve exits: here we go!

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