After a much needed two week break from the world of learning, during which time I entered the world of drinking alcohol in order to kill off a few extra brain cells, and spending many hours staring at my extra large television to further numb the few brain cells that remained, I now find myself back in the full swing of things.
For the next 8 weeks, I will be on my surgery clerkship, which, in my mind, is just a little preview of Hell.
In order to dodge the excessive competitiveness of the surgery rotation at the KU Hospital in Kansas City, I decided to take a 4 week detour to BFE.
For the next 26 days, I will be in McPherson, Kansas.
Yes, McPherson, Kansas.
If you want to know where McPherson is, just pull up a map of Kansas and try to put your finger in the dead center of the state.
I arrived at the hospital about an hour ago, unloaded my bags (yes, I brought way too many), unpacked my clothes (yes, I wondered why I thought I would need 43 t-shirts), and sat on the bed in my 6x10 piece of heaven here in McPherson, wondering what I should do first.
Should I try to get ahead on my studying?
Should I take a walk over to the hospital fitness center and get in a little work out?
Should I make sure I have everything I need ready to go for when I get up in the morning?
While all of those things might have been a good idea, I decided instead to begin chronicling my time here, and let everyone know where I am and why I will be difficult to reach for the next 4 weeks.
The only thing I really have to chronicle up to this point is my 4 hour drive out here to the middle of Kansas.
You may or may not know that I have no CD player or even tape deck in my car.Just a good old radio. So, the biggest part of my drive was spent trying to find a radio station that did not play Christian rock, Jesus babble, or country music.
I made exactly three pit stops.
The first was somwhere past Topeka off of I-70, at a questionable gas station. I went pee and got a bottle of water. I also filled my gas tank.
The second stop was in Salina. I has just driven past what is quite possibly the nation's largest trailer park, and hence ought to be taken out any summer now by a tornado, and I realized I was getting quite sleepy, and had to pee again.
I stopped at a brightly lit gas station just off the highway. I peed. Then I got a cup of FrenchVanilla cappucino.
My third stop was just after I entered the town of McPherson. In order to get acquainted with the place, I went right to its cultural center: WalMart. I had forgotten a couple of items, and wanted to make sure I got them while my time was still under my control. From the outside, it looked like any other WalMart Supercenter, but when I walked it it became apparent that this town has the most awesome WalMart ever.
It is the biggest WalMart I have ever been in, and I almost became overwhelmed with awe.
I found the items I needed, resisting the temptation to wander and find things that I need, but just don't know it yet.
So, that has been my day so far.
I have to go now because the other student who is staying this month just arrived and I should probably help her get her things.
I hope to be able to write a little bit at least once a week. I am sure there will be some kind opf amusing tales involving me, a surgery, and my clumsiness.
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