Monday, January 30, 2012

A Wonderful (but Slightly Stressful) Weekend

This past weekend was a very stressful, but yet refreshing weekend.  I headed out to Connecticut for my cousin Tom's baptism.  I was very glad I was able to make it out for it.  The only downside was that I had my first quiz of the quarter this morning.  So, at the airport and on the plane Friday night, most of the day Saturday, and at the airports and on the planes Sunday I was studying away.  I must say, that studying does not make for a restful weekend.  I got to Connecticut Saturday morning about 1AM and didn't get to bed until 230AM, got to bed at 1230AM Sunday morning after studying after the provings, and got to bed about 12AM this morning after driving from Indianapolis airport to my apartment.  Then my alarm went off at 5AM this morning so I could study pharmacology before the quiz.  To say that I am extremely tired would be an understatement!  My bed will look even better tonight!  However, despite all the studying, it was well worth going out to Connecticut to be there and support Tom!
My quiz went fine (I believe).  The pharmacology questions were easier than I was expecting so that was a relief.  There were definitely some questions I wasn't totally sure on but I still think I did okay. 

I am hoping this week will be less stressful than last week.  I am giving a vet school tour tomorrow at noon to a high school group.  I enjoy giving the tours!

Now, I will end this post with a joke told by my cardiovascular physiology professor.  (WARNING: this joke is extremely corny and vet med/medically inclined!)
It was the end of one of our lectures and he says: "Before we leave I have something very important to discuss with the class....does anyone know what the three birds of the chest are? They are the va-goose, the esopha-goose, and the thoracic duck (vagus nerve, esophagus, and thoracic duct which are three structures that run through the chest).
Most of the class laughed, partly because it was so corny, and partly because everyone I know loves him as a professor and the joke just fit him as something he would say!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Today was a rather long day.  The day started off with two straight hours of cardiovascular physiology (8-10).  Then we had two straight hours of autonomic nervous system pharmacology (10-12).  Then from 12-1 I had a lunch lecture in which a speaker comes and whoever signs up gets free lunch, a pretty good deal if you ask me!  Then from 1-330 I was in my comparative anatomy elective.  Today we talked about reptile anatomy and then got to dissect a snake and an iguana.  It was pretty neat.  I studied until 445 or so and then had my reptile medicine and surgery elective from 5-6.  Then I got to go home, eat, and study some more!  But now, it is over.  I have fallen behind a little bit on my studying just since today's four hours of lecture require a lot of studying and I just couldn't fit it into the time I had.  Oh well, I will be playing catch-up this weekend. Tomorrow I have two more hours of physiology and another hour of pharmacology.  One thing I must say about the pharmacology class, it is extremely interesting.  We are only going to be covering the pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system this quarter so tomorrow is my last hour of that clas for this quarter.  It is very interesting, however it is very difficult to remember the different drugs and what they do, side effects, etc.  I have my first quiz Monday morning, 40 multiple choice questions.  I am ready for it to be over already!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Halfway Through Week 2!

Just a quick update: I am just over halfway through what has probably been one of the more intense weeks of my schooling.  I have had seven hours of cardiovascular physiology so far with four more to go and also have three hours of pharmacology yet to go through this week.  I have done better with keeping up with studying than I thought I was going to so I am glad for that.  My cardiovascular physiology professor is actually a veterinary cardiologist from Georgia.  He is really nice and makes us laugh a decent amount.  He told us he had two problems with himself right at the beginning of the first class.  1. He can't really hear out of his right ear and 2. He has been diagnosed with Dunlaps Disease, "My stomach Dunlaps over my belt!"  I forgot to mention, last week in my comparative anatomy class we got to dissect a large frog, a fish, and a shark.  It appears that tomorrow we will be dissecting a lizard, turtle, and snake.  It's kind of neat getting to dissect these different animals.  Last night I took a class called "Alive and 25" to keep my ticket from my accident off my record.  It was actually better than I thought but it did take up a whole evening in which I could have been studying.  Oh well, so be it!

Sunday, January 22, 2012


Today, my Uncle Dan, Heather, Andrea, and Jerry and Kathy came down and went to church with me.  After church we went singing at a nursing home, toured the vet school, ate dinner and played games and hung out.  It was a lot of fun!  It was a very nice break from schoolwork but tomorrow is the first day of what is probably going to be the most intense week of school of the quarter.  Physiology and pharmacology, here I come!  To end this short post, I will put a picture of my cousins and I:

Friday, January 20, 2012

First Week of Class

Well, the first week of class is over!  I can already tell that this quarter is going to be more challenging than last quarter.  We are working simultaneously on dog, horse, and cow cadavers in anatomy lab so that keeps us plenty busy!  We started some pharmacology classes now and that is an extremely interesting class, but it requires quite a bit of studying.  Just tonight I studied with a couple friends, we spent our Friday evening studying autonomic nervous system pharmacology. I am sure many of you just wish you could have been there!  Now I look forward to having some family come down Sunday and spend some time with me.  It will be a nice break from schoolwork.  This coming week I have 11 hours of cardiovascular physiology lecture plus three more hours of autonomic nervous system pharmacology lecture.  It's going to be an intense week!  Plus, Tuesday night I get to go take a class to keep my accident off my record.  What an exciting week it is shaping up to be! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My 3rd Quarter Professors

Here are some links for those who are interested in seeing who is teaching us this quarter.

Dr. Pijanowski
Dr. Allender

Dr. Biehl
Dr. Mitchell
Dr. Lascola
Dr. Ferguson
Dr. Hoenig
Dr. Das
Dr. Foreman
Dr. Marick

Dr. Mahoney
Dr. Eubig

Dr. Berry-Miller

Dr. Dirikolu

Clinical Correlations:
Dr. Ferguson
Dr. Mitchell
Dr. Eubig
Dr. Hoenig
Dr. Marick
Dr. Clark-Price

Dr. Matheson
Dr. O'Brien

There are a few more professors who will be teaching us but they do not have photos on their pages. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

First Day of Class

Today was the first day of class for the spring semester.  It was a long morning with two hours of anatomy lecture followed by two hours of neurobiology lecture.  The afternoon lecture was better as it was a clinical case presented to us and the professor talked us through it and asked us questions.  Now, it's back to studying again! 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

My 3rd Quarter Schedule

Here is a link to my schedule for this coming quarter for those of you who are interested.

I am also taking a Comparative Anatomy elective and a Reptile Medicine and Surgery elective as well.  It is looking like it will be a challenging semester!

Friday, January 13, 2012

I'm Back

I have arrived back in Illinois today from Connecticut.  I hope to be in Fairbury, Illinois this weekend and then have Monday off of school for MLK Jr. day.  School starts up on Tuesday.  It's hard to believe that Christmas break is already over!

Thursday, January 5, 2012


The holiday rush is over and now I am relaxing a bit.  I am planning on leaving for Illinois a week from today.  Anyways, I figured I would post some pictures from the holidays.

On Friday night, the 23rd of December we had our Gerber Christmas. 

Andy ended up with this nice hat from the grab-bag (although he later ended up trading with Lanae)

Uncle Doug modeling a scarf that was in the grab-bag

The floor can get kind of messy after our grab-bag is over!

Hannah checking out her gift

Gramp and Gram

Cousins, ya gotta love 'em!

Aunt Dawn and I

Josie and I

Don't even try to tell me my family is normal, these pictures prove otherwise!

On Christmas day, a lot of our family got together again.

Dad playing "Bubble Talk" with Rebekah, Lydia, and Jennie

Uncle Dale, winner of the family's Social Butterfly Award!

 Aunt Mary-Ann brought along two bags filled with different edible items wrapped in tinfoil.  We split into two teams and each team member had to go to their bag and select a tinfoiled item, unwrap it and eat it.  Once they were done eating it, they went to their team line and the next teammate went.  First team to eat all their items won!  Some of the wrapped items included grapes, sticky buns, Hershey's kisses, onions and pickled mushrooms among others. It was pretty fun!

Looks like Andy is praying!

Laura was not a big fan of the pickled mushroom!

Go Evan, go!

Battle of the Brothers

Lanae and I
Both days were a lot of fun, spending time with family who I don't see near as often anymore!