Category Archives: Notebook Scraps

Through the Kindness of Others, Part II

As my plane once again touched down at Narita International Airport, I switched gears — my mangled amalgam of Korean and English would now be replaced by an equally broken mishmash featuring Japanese. Although my experiences in communicating with the Korean people were reassuring, I still found myself a little nervous in approaching others within my new surroundings. Still, just as the case had been at Incheon, there was a task at hand that would thrust me into my first … Continue reading

Through the Kindness of Others, Part I

Around Christmastime each year, I email my friend Arujei to share my holiday greetings and catch up. Because of the way our dynamic works, we tend not to converse much throughout the year, but are always happy to hear from one another around the holiday season. Early this year, one of the topics we touched on was his recent trip to Japan — as Arujei visited the foreign country for the first time, he would share his adventures on social … Continue reading

Heart of a Scientist

At the end of 2017, I wrote a post expressing my contentment as I finally began to find my footing as a brand new nurse. In a couple months, I will have been employed at my hospital for a full calendar year and, though this is a short amount of time, I feel that I have more or less found my rhythm as I go about my work day. Since my departure from graduate nurse orientation on the unit, I … Continue reading

Irreplaceable Moments

It wasn’t too long ago that I wrote about my experiences in starting the graduate nursing residency program at my place of hire, yet now I stand nearing the end of my training period; with my hospital orientation on track for me working on my own around Thanksgiving of this year, I’m being worked to the bone with some of the most complex cases that they can muster. The idea of being independent is thrilling, if not a little scary. … Continue reading

Thanks, Egg Man

During my second semester of nursing school, I was enrolled in a gerontology course in which I had the opportunity to spend time with senior citizens afflicted with dementia. During one of my assignments, I visited the sprawling grounds of a nearby Catholic school to attend a monthly social event for such individuals so that they could have a fresh face to converse with. I truly enjoyed it – after all, I consider myself a fairly sociable person and have … Continue reading

Endless Summer

You know the type of summer that gets depicted in anime? Real summer – the sort that leaves the sweltering streets all but deserted, save for the sounds of cicadas chirping. The kind of summer that spurs people to spend their afternoons indoors in front of a boxed fan – a brief respite from the humidity outside and an excuse to serve ice cream because it will taste that much sweeter. For many around the world, such is the face of summer. … Continue reading

The Difference in Our Lives

Last year, around this same time, I created a post reflecting on the different experiences I’ve had in making friendships over the years. Given the end of one year and the start of another, it seems that I tend to look back upon my past experiences in the process of anticipating the new year. This year, I once again found myself doing the same, but found my thoughts fixated more on the lives of some of the people I know, … Continue reading

Back to Pavilion

Last I wrote, I was wrapping up my adventures in the Dallas / Fort Worth area and was fixing to move to Houston for nursing school. Having grown up there, the Houston area is my home. At the end of July, I finally returned to reclaim my bedroom that otherwise sat empty outside of the holiday season. It had been roughly six years since the time I left for UTD and it felt a little strange to me that I … Continue reading

The Most Sacred, Forbidden Vault

Now that things have started to realign for my health education, I find myself internally cataloging some of the more defining experiences I had in medical school. Since nursing school (or even physician assistant school for that matter) is not as detailed as medical school, I will be fortunate enough to carry with me a bit of a deeper insight to the training I will receive. One such insight includes my time in Anatomy Lab, a course that is often … Continue reading

Recommissioned: Six Months Later

One way or another, I tend to keep myself busy these days. Even though I am currently not formally attending class as a full-time student, I still seem to average about one post a month. I hope that I can start posting more frequently at some point; a number of drafts are being actively worked on, but I can get a little particular about their finer details. At any rate, this post once again serves as an update about my … Continue reading

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