So much for regularity… Sorry! I’ve been really busy the past two months with both college and my personal life, and when I’m not doing things, I’m catching up on precious hours of sleep.
Lots of things have been happening recently, but the newest news is the saddest: this week, we had to say goodbye to one of our precious puppers, Sandy. We adopted her from a rescue home just over two years ago along with her best friend, Ash. They had been there for 7 months because they had to be homed as a pair and they’re lurchers, so they’re big girls. Sandy was the gentlest, kindest dog I’ve ever met. She wasn’t pushy, but she was always there, and she had the loveliest chocolate brown eyes. She acted like a puppy with she was outdoors, and she loved racing around the field with Ash. We were so lucky to have had those two years with her, and she’s left a huge hole in this family. Ash misses her lots, but we know it was the right decision. Her protein levels were dropping rapidly because her system wasn’t able to function the way it used to. We could have kept her alive on drugs, but we didn’t want to watch her wither away until we were forced to let her go. I keep telling myself that having the option of avoiding the pain is one of the major reasons I chose veterinary medicine over human medicine, but that doesn’t make losing her any easier. I miss her most in the mornings when I come down – she used to “sing” when we talked to her, and now the house is quiet. We buried her in her favourite corner of the woods, and I like to think that she’s gone over the rainbow bridge to join Finn and Cree, the dogs I grew up with. Rest in peace, Fluffmeister, we love you.
Other things that have been happening lately: I passed my driving test (yay!), we went on a mystery tour and ended up in Galway, I went to both my own and my boyfriend’s debs, mid-terms came and went faster than I thought possible, Halloween night in Dublin (catastrophe of the highest degree), I was honoured as an Entrance Scholar and now end of semester exams. I haven’t been able to commit to rugby training because I’ve been so all over the place this semester, but I have plans for 2017 (don’t we all) which include getting my life back to the nice organised ways of last year. I have been managing to get to the gym, though, and over the Christmas break we’re going hiking, which will be fun.
In terms of vet school life, I cannot believe how fast this first semester has gone. It’s absolutely flown! It’s so hard to believe that I’ve only known my classmates 12 weeks because it feels like forever. Of course, I still don’t know everyone in my year, but we have five years together, so hopefully by graduation I’ll at least recognise everyone! Work-wise, there is a huge quantity of information, and I’m one of those people who has to fight for every grain of knowledge I retain, so it’s been a struggle. However, my grades have improved over the semester, so I’m able to hold my head high – well, at least as high as the tower of books that I seem to end up with every time I study! Does anyone else start off studying with your desk all organised, and by the end it looks like that monster book from Harry Potter has had a go at it? Anyway, I’m very glad that it’s almost Christmas – two weeks and I’m freeeeeeeee! I have two weeks of work experience booked, one right after exams finish and the other the week before we go back to class. Tip: you have to get 12 weeks of pre-clinical extra-mural studies over the course of first and second year, so start early! I have three week booked for January 2018 already – the best places to see practice are booked up really early, so get in there!
I have a reminder on my phone now for every Saturday, so providing I stick to it, these posts will be getting more detailed because there won’t be as much to cram in – plus, since they’ll be written closer to the time of the events, I’ll actually remember them better!
I hope you’re still enjoying this somewhat fragmented journey!