It sucks, but I was kind of expecting it. After the first day, I thought I was free and clear because nobody had said anything to me. The second day of rotations, the chief resident pulled me aside and informed me that the program director was not OK with my hair. I think he was a little surprised when I didn’t get defensive or put up a fight about it. I cut it the same day. It turns out that it was a “no publicity is bad publicity” type situation, because now everybody knows who I am, and I totally came across as a team player. Hilarious.
The bottom line is – hair grows back, and job opportunities don’t.
During some down-time I was doing some minor website maintainance lately. One of my big changes was to upgrade WordPress to the 2.2 version, which has a lot of core changes in it. After upgrading, I noticed some problems immediately. Suddenly, there were all these funky characters interspersed throughout my blog posts like “â€¢”. At first I thought maybe wordpress was misinterpreting something, but a look at an .sql backup confirmed that these characters were hardcoded in the database. Some extensive searching on the wordpress forums was fruitless. There was a lot of talk about the changes to UTF-8 in WordPress 2.2, and some other people had been having similar problems, but I didn’t see any clear-cut solutions.
We’re in our new house in Rancho Cucamonga, now. It’s really nice here, we have a view of Mount Baldy, and the neighbors are all really friendly. Devin is having a tough time adjusting. We’ve been taking him to a large daycare down the street called ‘La Petite Academy’. I know it sounds kind of stuck-up, but it is really cool. He really likes his teacher and he has fun, but he hates it when we leave him there. It’s been really painful to watch him cry and scream “Daddy! Daddy! NOOOO!” as I walk away.
I’m in the final stretch of board studying, so as you can see – I’ve been procrastinating and screwing around. I upgraded WordPress to the latest version and I threw together a new theme for the site with the help of the WP theme generator. I also started using Viper’s video quicktags for embedding videos in my posts. Unfortunately, it works poorly with Firefox and Safari, so I may have to look for something else.
One of my Dad’s horses is running this weekend at Hollywood Park, and we’re hoping that we can get in the winner’s circle and get Devin’s picture taken.
I’m having a consultation for Lasik tomorrow. I’ve always wanted to do it, but I’ve always said that it would be one of those things I can do “When I can afford it”. I really had to just say screw it and get it done, though.
I put my earrings back in – in an effort to be more ‘HARDCORE’. I’m not sure why I’m doing it. At 30, I’m too young for a mid-life crisis and too old for teenage rebellion. I’ve been contemplating cutting my hair for working at the hospital, and I’m going to have to wear a shirt and tie everyday. I guess this is my last ditch effort to avoid growing up.
Here’s a little video from my recent white coat ceremony. The ceremony marks my transition from academic education to clinical education. I was able to trim it down from 2 hours of mind-numbing boredom to a 3 minute highlight reel. Enjoy.
Board exams are coming up for me, and then the move to SoCal. There’s a lot of stress and tension right now, with trying to sell the house and everything. To stave of the madness we’ve been taking some family time on the weekend. Yesterday we went to the Oakland Zoo and had a real blast.
Last week we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Devin had fun splashing and running around.
We’re also thinking about what to do for Devin’s upcoming birthday. We’ll probably have a party in SLO again, I’ll keep you updated.
Lara was having some shoulder pain for a few weeks, and it wasn’t going away. I took her to see a doctor at the clinic, and she also had a few visits with a doc at school that did some manipulation, but she was still hurting. We went back to the clinic for some injections, and got some xrays. When the radiologist’s report came back, there were some abnormal findings, so we ended up getting an MRI. Lara has a few disks that are herniated dorsally (the arrows on the right). Lots of people get these, and although it looks bad – it’s usually no big deal. Same thing with the Chiari Malformation (left arrow). This is where the cerebellar tonsil protrudes through the foramen magnum at the base of the skull into the spinal canal. Also not a huge deal. The problem seems to be a combination of a reversal of the normal lordosis (the spine should have a natural backwards curve), and also a slight narrowing of the disk heights. She also has some mild osteophytes (bone spurs). All of these things are leading to a narrowing of the foramen that the nerve roots pass through as they exit the spinal canal. C5 and C6 serve the back of the shoulder and also go into the brachial plexus – eventually leading to the median and radial nerve. This is causing her some pretty intense pain and muscle spasms in her shoulder, as well as some tingling sensations down her arm. Right now her doctor is recommending some conservative treatment including physical therapy and accupuncture. We’re really hoping that she will be able to avoid surgery. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.