Hasta La Vista


Last Day 🙂 Top Row: Connie, Carla, me!, Christina; Bottom Row: Linda, Miranda ❤

Today was my last day at the nature center :’)

I woke up at ~7:30AM and had to run an errand with my mom. She dropped me off at the nature center at 8:56AM, and I waited for Connie to open the door 🙂 I was in no hurry though because I was taking some last day pictures of the building sign and flowers.

I decided to sit at the desk across from mine and took a nice picture there! I printed a few of my materials to see what they would look like on paper. Christina’s program ended at  ~11:30AM, and I ate lunch at ~12PM. At ~12:10PM, Christina said I was needed in the conference room, and I knew something was fishy! I was surprised with cupcakes (and a card), and I insisted on taking a picture with some of the wonderful people I’ve spent the last eight weeks with 🙂 Lori arrived later.

I helped with some cleanup, filled in at the front desk, and stuffed (152) envelopes! At ~3:30PM, Christina began looking at my materials, and at ~4PM, she and I decided that I would return on Tuesday. Christina copied her pictures of me onto my flash drive, and helped me lug the equipment to my car. And my mom and I were off! ¡Hasta la vista! Until Tuesday 🙂


P.S. Over the course of eight weeks and as of midnight today, this blog has had 110 visitors and 630 views 🙂

Second to Last Day

9AM – My mom dropped me off as usual! I’m filling in at the front desk.

11AM – It’s the third day of the summer camp this week. The kids are heading outside 🙂

11:30AM – A woman brought painted rocks! Another woman wanted to auction some Roger Tory Peterson paintings.

1PM – It’s been thundering nonstop since noon.

Here’s the (wordy, yikes!) brochure I made:

I keep using the same two pictures as background 🙂

4PM – Yay! The Stage Nature Center has claimed its rightful title as the #2 Thing to Do in Troy:


4:30PM – Rain:



Raccoon Masks

<9AM – I arrived early today; my mom walked the trails.

I’ve been saying goodbye to some staff because they won’t be here all week, and I emailed a professor today about his research on nitrogen and water quality.

I made some crafts (as per this post’s title), manned the front desk, met with Christina/Debbie around 4PM, attempted to converse in Chinese with a couple who just moved from Chicago, and helped with cleanup.

Here are some pictures:

On to the second half of the week!


First of August

9AM – My mom dropped me off at the nature center. This is my last week!

I had to make a call and send an email, but today was relatively tranquil.

I have information on the Rouge River and taxidermy ready, as well as games for children to play while they look at the cases.

I still have to figure out what to do with the giant map. I want to make a brochure with my findings, but we have to discuss this.

I also have to finish my report and presentation!

Here’s some random pictures of the turtle and frog here. I’ll miss the turtle at least! Just kidding, I’ll miss all of the animals when I’m done here 🙂


Red Tape

Last day of July spent in the hospital!

What my day looked like:

7:30-8:30AM – two patients (CDU)

8:30-9:30AM – two echocardiograms

9:30-10:30AM – one echocardiogram and its patient (CDU), coffee for doctor

10:30-12:20PM – eleven echocardiograms, one stress test

12:20-12:35PM – transit

12:35-4:20PM – eleven patients (two no-shows)

4:20-4:35PM – transit

4:35-6:00PM – right radial coronary angiogram


‘Red tape’ because the doctor explained that nowadays you have to meticulously (I’ve witnessed this firsthand!) fill out paperwork to be paid by insurance companies (proof that you even saw your patients) whereas back then a check-up could mean a 2″x2″ note scribbled on a piece of paper. Gave me a whole new perspective on doctors having to spend so much of their time recording information. I also see now why a 3:30 appointment could easily mean 4:00, especially when previous patients have to express their feelings/voice their concerns. To me, compassionate healthcare means doctors listening/being a source of comfort AKA someone to talk to (quasi psychiatrists!).

Other notes:

  • blood thinners are contentious (as are statins)

-thought experiment: two scenarios – (1) patient bleeds, it’s doctor’s fault, doctor gets sued (supposedly) or (2) patient gets stroke, it’s patient’s fault, doctor is fine! (note sarcasm)

-the doctor says he will always strongly advise blood thinners, especially when the risk of a stroke is higher than that of bleeding; other doctors’ fears of being at fault or sued are nonsense

  • doctors receive samples of drugs that they can give while patients are figuring things out with their insurance companies (finding out if the drug is covered and if not, finding a drug that is covered)
  • oftentimes two drugs are the same, despite what drug companies will tell you (i.e. they might only differ by frequency of intake (once vs. twice a day)); doctors should be inclined to prescribe whichever drug the insurance can pay for (i.e. the drug that is covered to a greater degree by the patient’s insurance)
  • dictation saves so much time! i almost want to invent something better than iPad Dictation!!

That’s all!