Well it has been a while hasn’t it. I’m quite sure that many things happened and that some of them at least were interesting. Unfortunately I can’t remember any of it in any detail worth writing down, so suffice to say that I survived all the way to my fifth and final year with only a few needle stick injuries.
One thing that has definitely made the journey infinitely harder is that my Psoriatic Arthritis (diagnosed in pre-vet) has progressed thanks to the ridiculous amounts of stress that vet school presents. Fortunately I have a fantastic rheumatologist and my medications are working most of the time. Sometimes the stress overwhelms the meds and I need stronger stuff, but for the most part I’m adequately medicated. This has added a sticky layer of difficulty to the cake that is vet school. Most of my classmates have been very understanding and help me out when I need it, they don’t really know what I’m going through but they can tell it is no fun.
One thing that has made life infinitely better is my wonderful girlfriend. She takes care of me and makes sure that I take care of myself. Without her, my life would be so much harder. I am a very lucky person to have her in my life.
So far in 5th year I have survived 2 weeks of equine hospital (one of the hardest rosters), 2 weeks of mandatory lecture (second to last lecture block of my vet school career), and half a week of OWNS at a clinic near my mum here in California. I will finish out this week, then have a week with my horse’s vet also here in So Cal, and then I will be off back to New Zealand to do my rosters out there.
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Years and that the last couple years since I last posted haven been good ones. Hopefully I will post more this year between assignments and rosters.