It's been 10 days but I am back. My fifth and final day of my diagnostic rotation consisted of a lecture on forensic pathology (working on animals that were abused when they were alived) and also a lab in which we practiced making and reading blood smears as well as reading hematocrits/packed cell volumes (where we determine the percentage of red blood cells in the blood) and TP (total protein: the amount of protein in the serum). After lunch we went on the necropsy floor and helped with a horse and cow necropsy and saw part of a puppy necropsy. All in all, the rotation was a little boring for me just because I had already done a lot of the stuff at my job at UCONN but it was still fine.
After school Friday I drove to Forrest, IL to eat dinner with my uncle and aunt and another couple from CT. After dinner I drove to Tremont, IL and then Saturday it was off to Alto, Michigan for my cousin's baptism. I had an awesome weekend in Michigan. Pictures will be coming shortly.
This past week, Dad, Mom, Evan, and Carla were in Illinois so I got to spend time with them which was really nice. We were in Tremont on Thanksgiving. They left Friday morning early and I went to Eureka to spend some time with my cousins there (I even went to some stores with them on Friday evening, my first time ever going to a store on Black Friday that I can remember. However, I got a nice flannel shirt for Evan for 2.50 so it was worth it, and yes he knows about it so I am not ruining a surprise by putting it on here). Then Saturday (yesterday) it was off to El Paso, IL to spend some time with more extended family and I was in Gridley for church today. I had a really nice time getting to know some of my second cousins better while in El Paso/Gridley. Now it is back to it as I start rotations again. This week I have Small Animal Critical Care so I will be spending a lot of time in the ICU. Hope everyone has a good week!