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Dental School is Ongoing (I Don’t Want to Jinx Anything)

April 19, 2012
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Finals are done.  I am assuming I passed them all, because I haven’t heard otherwise.  Our college has a pass/fail system and doesn’t generally give us our grades, which I find totally annoying, so we often don’t get any feedback unless there’s a problem.  And then the feedback is often not even CLOSE to being timely.  Ah, the joys.

As for the big licensing exams I wrote back at the beginning of March, I found out that I passed:

Again, no scores were released, but I definitely will NOT have to be rewriting the darn thing.  When I got the e-mail and logged in to get my results, I was so excited that I literally jumped up and down.  More than once, actually.  I’m not sure I’m actually a grown up.

While I’m done the didactic component of dental school, I’m still working on some of my clinical work.  It seems like it’s never going to end, though I should be done everything in the next two weeks.  I’m not looking forward too much because I don’t want to jinx it.  Again, as I write about “jinxing” things, I’m not sure I’m actually a grown up.

I’m going back to my physiotherapist tomorrow to start rehabbing my left IT band in earnest. I started running again a few weeks ago (more walking than running, because I am mostly UNfit right now), but my left hip and knee definitely were worse for wear after I started running, so I figured I’d better leave it until after meeting with my PT.  I am really looking forward to getting some miles under my soles, but I also really don’t want to make my injury any worse than it is.  My left hip and IT band have definitely been bothering me for the past few months, even when I haven’t been running, so I’m pretty sure I’ve got some muscular imbalances that I need to deal with – it’s not just about running anymore.

As for good news, I’ve started focusing on my eating this week.  I have:

  • started food journaling
  • increased my intake of veggies and fruits
  • cut back on eating out
  • been making better choices when I have eaten out
  • decreased my portion sizes
  • started limiting my treats

The scale has started to move downward, which is good, because I looked back at my fitness log from last summer, and I gained over 10 pounds since the start of the school year at end of August last year.  Definitely not good.

I am absolutely knackered, so I’ve gotta sign off and go to bed.  Did I mention I seem to be waking up every morning between 5 and 5:30am for some reason and can’t got back to sleep because I’m feeling stressed out?  You’d think the stress would have ended after exams, but not so much.  I’ve been worried about finishing my clinical requirements.  Oh, and did I mention I’m in the process of buying a dental clinic?  Because, you know, I guess I didn’t want the stress to end – ha!  Anyway, can’t get into details yet, but holy smokes, I do feel like I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate.  Still, it’s less stressful than it was back in February, so that’s something.

What do you do when you can’t sleep but don’t want to get up yet?

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  1. April 20, 2012 7:34 am

    One thing I’ve learned about mom’s like us…we don’t do anything 1/2 fast. Buying a dental clinic right out of school, “of coarse”…because that’s how we roll. Keep it all in perspective. The weight thing- well just be mindful of what your doing. I’m a dietitian if you want me to put together an eating plan for you I’d be more than happy- just email me- :) and to answer your question what do I do if I cannot sleep- 1. Get up :)

    • April 22, 2012 4:40 pm

      1/2 fast – that makes me laugh.

      Thanks so much for the sweet offer! I worked with an RD for a year and a half (not for the last year though) so feel pretty good that I know what I “should” be eating. But if I get stuck, I’ll let you know!

  2. April 21, 2012 10:16 am

    I am glad to hear that your finals are done!! I am sure you rocked them :-) When I wake up but don’t want to get out of bed, I day dream or try to fall back asleep.

  3. April 22, 2012 4:31 pm

    Congrats on passing everything! And it sounds like you’re being smart about the hip. I’ve learned the hard way not to ignore that stuff. Sigh.

  4. April 23, 2012 7:54 pm

    Oh, I just despise when things are vague like that (your Passes).

    That being said, CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I read this and mentally felt like We Are Having This Baby! I can’t even believe it. I am so very proud of you and cannot believe where the day is coming much sooner than later where I will know you as Not A Student Anymore.

    And buying a clinic? Holy God. Now I’m just having heart palpitations or something for you – that’s amazing. Keep us posted on details as you’re able to. :)

    Much love,
    Kat

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