Agraphia Medical Tragicomedy

11Apr/060

Nerd… and proud of it

I wonder if you could make it through med school without being at least a bit of a nerd. I doubt it, frankly... you do so much studying that you'd go crazy if you hated every minute of it.

Why the preamble? Because I had my first good study session of the semester just now. Its been 3 weeks since midterms, and I've been completely unable to concentrate. Amazing the number of excuses I've made for myself. I need to cook dinner. I have to clean. I've got to fix my bike. I have to go for a bike ride. I have to practice for the talent show (I'm impersonating my favorite prof, Dr. Nolte). I need to take a nap. Etc. etc. etc. Every time I sit down to study biochem I start to panic, and the words blur together, and I hate it. I hate it I hate it I hate it.

I should mention, by the way, that this only happens with Biochem. I like Physiology. It makes sense to me. Inhale and air goes IN to the body. Exhale and it goes OUT. Congrats, you just aced the respiratory section. But with all due respect to our venerable Biochem prof (and he is awesome, I must admit), I can't understand his notes. They just don't make sense to me. I know almost everyone else in our class loves them, but I just don't get it.

You start to find that certain pathways are repeated over and over ad nauseum by the body... which should make things easier. Only problem is, he rotates the pathways. Constantly. Imagine that someone draws you a map of how to get to their house. The next time, they draw it with North facing East. The next time, they reverse the direction of all the roads and throw in a couple of squiggly lines for good measure. It kills me.

Also, his notes were written sometime in the stone age, and still use clip art. That's right. It should have died in the '80s along with cutoffs and neon spandex. Actually, I take that back... the 80's were awesome. Just not clipart. When HDL (good cholesterol) is represented by little smiley faces, you know you're in trouble.

Anyhow, so that was my rant. I just spent the last 3 hours going back through 2 lectures and redrawing every diagram so it makes sense to me. But now I feel really good about it. Cell membranes are ALWAYS drawn up or to the left. I suppose that's just one of my quirks. That and making sure that every line is erased off of chalkboards and whiteboards. And, now that I think about it, using only American Naturals pencils by Papermate, and sharpening them with a pencil sharpener that I carry with me always. And if I put my colored Sharpies on the desk, they need to be organized by color and in a straight line.

I think... I might be a bit OCD.

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