Monday, January 7, 2008

Last year in review

Blame Dive. This (most of a) meme was plucked from his Small Glass Planet.

Where did you begin 2007? I don't remember. I was probably asleep on the couch with my roommate's cat when the ball dropped. It's an exciting life. I bet you're jealous.

What was your status on Valentine's Day? I was in stable condition.

Were you in school (anytime this year)? I was in school every time this year.

How did you earn your money? Hookin'

Did you have to go to the hospital? More days than not since July 1st.

Did you have any encounters with the police? I saw a police officer with a clotting disorder in the hematology clinic. Mostly, we talked about how she could get more fiber in her diet. I don't remember why we were talking about fiber. It has very little to do with clotting. Now that I think about, it's sort of odd that I remember that conversation at all.

Where did you go on vacation? I went to Florida in May to study for Boards. I know it doesn't sound like much of a vacation; but, when you live where I do, anything within fifty miles of the beach is considered a vacation.

What did you purchase that was over $1000? A couple semesters of med school.

Did you know anybody who got married? I don't think so.

Did you know anybody who passed away? My father's friend Jimmy was diagnosed with brain cancer and died five weeks later.

One night in the ER, I saw a 23 year old guy with a cut on his arm from a broken window. His girlfriend had just delivered a baby, and he and his buddies went out drinking to celebrate. When he got home, he realized he'd lost his keys. He broke the window trying to get into his own house. When I saw him, he was still pretty drunk, but was very nice. We laughed about how stupid his whole night had been.
A week later, he came in coding after a cocaine-induced heart attack. He was pronounced dead twenty minutes later.

Did you move anywhere? I moved out to BFE for six weeks for my OB rotation. Does that count?

How did you celebrate your birthday? It went something like this.

What concerts/shows did you go to? None. No money.

Are you registered to vote? This strikes me as a really odd question here, but yes, I am.

Where do you live now? Nice try, stalker.

How did you spend your summer break? I studied for Boards. I took Boards. I rehydrated (with the spirited beverage).

What's one thing you thought you'd never do but did in 2007? I got divorced. Happily. I never thought I'd be happy to bury a marriage.

What has been your favorite moment? That would be this.

What's something you learned about yourself? I look good with short hair.

What was your worst month? February. No particular reason. Just kind of sucked.

What music will you remember 2007 by? Patty Griffin came out with a new album, and Jackson Browne rocked me on the water with some great old stuff.

Who has been your best drinking buddy? Graci

Made new friends? Yes, in every single rotation. For example, this was a very pleasant surprise.

What was your best month? May was good. Lots of Boards studying but I got in shape on the beach, got a tan in the process, and the studying paid off.

Overall, how would you rate 2007 out of 10? This reminds me of the lame-ass question we ask patients, Rate your pain on a scale from 1 to 10.

Have any car accidents? Not in 2007. Today, I think I broke a shock or a strut or whatever it is that keeps you from bouncing up and down as you drive. Damn potholes.

Did you have a New Year's resolution? I'm eating chips and watching Wheel of Fortune in my sweats. I can't think of a single thing I could resolve to improve about this sexy life.

Do anything embarrassing? I'm not sure I did anything that wasn't embarrassing.

Buy anything new from eBay? Nope. Never use it.

Get married? I got unmarried.

Get arrested? No, I was never caught. Stealth is my middle name.

Did you get sick in 2007? I thought I had avascular necrosis of the femoral head, but it turned out to just be a pulled muscle.

Been snowboarding? No, but last week, it snowed and I was bored.

Are you happy to see 2007 go? Sure. So far, 2008 has been pretty fabulous for this aunt.


.j.william. said...

I tend to think most Februarys suck, but then, I've lived in Michigan for the past godonlyknows years.

let's hear it for the sun!

Mme Benaut said...

Very sorry for your Dad about his friend Jimmy.
2008 is definitely going to be a great year for you, Auntie Terroni.

dive said...

That's a pretty darned good year, Stealth!
Here's to an even better 2008.

Maria said...

I hate that pain evaluation thing too. I always thought it was stupid, mostly because pain is so personal. Plus, I've discovered that prairie people tend to say they are a 3 when they are right next door to dying (they hate complaining) and that people on the west coast will often say they are a 9 if they have a hangnail.

It's all relative.

And I have some old hookin clothes that you can have. I had to give it up when I had a child. Role model shit and all that poppycock. But, are an auntie now. Aunties can't be hookin, stealth....

CS said...

"I thought I had avascular necrosis of the femoral head, but it turned out to just be a pulled muscle." Man, I hate it when that happens.

Cam said...

Avascular Necrosis eh? Way to throw out the big guns on that one. It sucks when one starts to know more about the body than most and one starts over analyzing everything that happens to oneself. I do the same thing. I'm glad you didn't have avascular necrosis of the fibular head, would have sucked to have a hip replacement at your age.