Obladi oblada-Life goes on

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

I have started most of my new classes now. My schedule and impression is:

Speech: 2:00-3:15 MW
The teacher seems really cool. She is full of energy and is a dynamic speaker. The idea of getting up and doing speechs still kinda scares me, but I am looking forward to becoming a more confident speaker. My first speech is Monday. I have to give a 2-3 minute speech about my partner. My partner is a senior who is a dance major at UMKC. She will be giving a speech about me as well. We will have to write papers at the end of the course about each other's progress through the class.

Writing and Technology: 5:30-6:45 MW
This is a pretty small class. This is my teacher's first time teaching the course. It is a writing intensive course so we will have several essays to turn in throughout the semester. My first essay is due next Wednesday. It is about a quote that I find on technology. I have narrowed my search down to two. I am still debating which one will give me the most room to write a paper on. We also have four books that we will be reading. The first book is about building a bridge to the 18th century in order to learn more about our culture and its technologies. This will probably prove to be the course I have to do the most work in.

Intro to the Visual Arts: (internet class, so watch two lectures at my leisure).

My first video lecture was pretty boring. It is rather funny because you can tell they were taped in the early 90s if not the late 80s by the clothes and glasses the kids in the class are wearing. I am hoping once they get past the introductory stuff the class becomes more interesting. I will probably watch my second lecture tomorrow.

Society and Community Service: (a weekend class that meets three weekends out of the year, the first being this weekend).
I am hoping this class will be interesting, if not it could prove to be a LONG weekend.

Clinic: still have on Monday mornings.
As exciting as always. This Monday a patient I had seen in March came back to see me again. Upon looking up her history, I discovered that the mammo I ordered in March had come back and showed my patient (a 68-year-old woman) had breast cancer. I was so thankful that I had remembered to order a mammogram for her when she saw me in March. Her cancer was caught in a very early stage and hopefully she will be cured with removal and a little radiation. The woman's cancer was so deep that she could actually not even physically feel it. If I hadn't done it, how long would it have gone? The doctors usually don't remember to ask about health maintenance if we don't. It kind of put some of my faith back in clinic, that what we are doing can save a life.

Medical Decision Making
: starting in September every Tuesday from 5-7.

This class has several sections. The first section is about interpreting studies. I am hoping it will prove to be fun, but I have my doubts.

Well, that's the load. I am hoping I learn a lot and have some fun doing it!!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Happy 21st Birthday Keith!

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Here are the books I need for my classes this fall. If anyone has any of them and would be willing to sell them to me or rent them to me, I would be very happy. Please let me know!!

Art 110:

Communication Studies 110:
English 304WI: all these books sound yucky to me!! They changed teachers after I enrolled in the class!





Thursday, August 11, 2005

Summer fun

Well, let's see what's been going on lately.

My aunt Nancy came to visit this past weekend. She flew in from Milwaukee on Friday. Later that evening, my cousin Mike and his girlfriend drove over from Columbia for the night. It was a good weekend. The Mackison clan had a nasty cold (which I spread to everyone), so that limited our activity a bit. We still got to do several things though. We showed Nancy downtown KC, ate ice cream, and even fed the fish at the local marina.

I went back to Mission on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, I shadowing a pediatrician at Village Pediatrics. He was around 60. Since school is starting soon, we saw 35 kids that needed physicals. Not sure I learned much about pediatrics, but it was interesting to see how the practice ran. Wednesday night, I went out with Keith, Lauren, Brian and Billy to Chili's and a movie. Dinner was very good, but the same can't be said for The Dukes of Hazzard. It was nice to get to spend some time with my friends though. :)

Now, I am back in Blue Springs for a couple more days till I head back to school.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

I am bored.......

anyone got any ideas of something for me to do while on vacation?

........let me additionally say that I am really lazy as well. :)

Thursday, August 04, 2005

It's the middle of summer and I am sick. How crappy is that! At least it is happening on my vacation and I am not having to study. I was coughing pretty bad last night and was starting to have some trouble breathing (I have asthma, for those that do not know). Well, of course I forgot my inhaler in my apartment. So, around 1:30 am, I decided I had better make the trip back to get it than to end up in the ER in a couple more hours. So, I drove back to Mission and got all medicated up and went to sleep there. This morning when I woke up I drove back to my parents. Being sick sucks!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Fortune Cookie

My dad and I went to The Golden Eggroll, a local Chinese restaurant, for lunch today. I was telling him about school, my meeting with the genetics researcher on Friday, and my general life. Upon finishing my meal, I opened my forutne cookie. I pulled out the fortune and was very shocked by what I read:

You could prosper in the field of medical research.

What a crazy fortune!! I had just been telling my Dad about research and then I get this fortune. How crazy!!!! It was very unlike most fortunes that are equally meaningful to all that receive them. Hmmmmm....

Monday, August 01, 2005

All done with Pharmacology! It is so nice to be done with my last science class ever!

I am on vacation for the next three weeks. Not too much excitement going on. Started reading Harry Potter and hopefully will be done either today or tomorrow. Swimming in the pool when it gets a little cooler outside. And general laziness. :-)