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  • No Man Is An Island

    I have completed nearly all (save 1) of my makeup exams, including Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine (FCM), Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Pathology, Pharmacology, and Behavioral Sciences. On Monday I will take my Genetics final exam (gulp!). I do want you to check out and give feedback on the new blog design. I liked the previous one (all flowers and girlishness) but I felt all the design detracted away from the whole point of this site: my blog posts. One thing I do have to mention, is how grateful I am for the tremendous support that has enveloped me after the tragic loss of my brother earlier this month. Friends, colleagues, mentors, relatives: all have offered support, condolences, sage advice, a listening ear, open arms, study tips, and encouragement during these past, very difficult weeks.

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    One day at a time

    Today at 1pm I am taking my FCM & PBL exams with rest of the class. To say I am nervous about my classmates’ reactions to me would be an understatement.  In fact, I am more nervous about what will go on BEFORE the test, than the actual test itself.  But I can’t hide forever.  It’s just so hard, being strong for the family and then breaking down at odd times, whenever I am alone.  I have to thank my…
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    “Why” by Rascal Flatts

    I think this pretty much says it all. For you, Erik. Love you. (video)
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    My eulogy for Erik

    On Monday I stood before the mass of people who came to pay their respects to Erik, at his funeral. This is what I had to say.
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    Erik Medhus 9/21/89-10/6/09

    Yesterday, I wrote my little brother’s obituary. ERIK RUNE MEDHUS, age 20, passed away October 6, 2009 in Houston, Texas. Erik was born in Houston on September 21, 1989. He graduated from Westchester High School in May of 2007, and was attending Houston Community College on track to becoming a certified welder. Among Erik’s many passions were his family, friends, music, motor sports, and anything mechanical. A talented musician and budding welder, Erik was a sweet and gentle soul. Even…
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    See You On The Other Side

    And so begins crunch time– 2nd year’s 1st round of exams. I’ll be taking exams from now until the end of next week. So if you don’t see or hear from me, it doesn’t mean I’m dead. At least, not yet. Here’s my schedule. Friday, 10/9: Genetics Final Exam Monday, 10/12: Pathology Exam Tuesday, 10/13: Behavioral Science Exam Thursday, 10/15: Pharmacology Exam Friday, 10/16: PBL/FCM Exams
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    “Cowboy Casanova” Music Video Premier

    You saw it first here! I think it’s cute, don’t you?
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    I’m all wedding-ed out

    Houston and I have been to more weddings this year than I can count on my fingers. The funny thing is, 10:1 of them have been his friends getting hitched, not mine. Finally, last weekend, we went to the wedding of one of my friends. Better than friend, she is my Big Sis! And no, I did not spontaneously spawn an older sister–she’s my Big Sis of my sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. And I am her Lil Sis. You typically…
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