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!



I’m afraid today is another ‘short post’ day. I haven’t much to say, except that the City of Troy and Detroit Institute of Arts installed “Fire in a Haystack” by Jules Adolphe Aime outside the nature center yesterday as part of their INSIDE|OUT program. A painting (albeit a replica) that looks like it should be indoors is outdoors AND people can touch it?…very cool!

I took a picture of it on my way in this morning:


In other news, I’m still working on materials for the exhibit…here’s a sneak peek:

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P.S. I went to my first Tigers game today! Everyone was wearing orange hats, and it reminded me of Reunions at Princeton 🙂

What Does The Fox Say?

^I was going to title this post “Anniversary” because it’s my mom and dad’s 29th anniversary! But I think the title accurately sums up today; Lori’s working on a program 😉

I’m still working on the text for the exhibit. I’ve been going at a slower pace than I would have liked because I’m very particular about what information to include, especially when I have to gear it towards a specific audience.

That’s all for now! I’m really tired for some reason, but I might add more later 🙂

*Edit: ‘More’IMG_5341 is a picture of the mastodon dig that I happened to take this morning…


Come What May

9AM – My mom dropped me off at the nature center (^I rediscovered Moulin Rouge’s soundtrack yesterday).

I’m working through my to-do list for the exhibit. One of the things on my list is to gather information about the Rouge River and organize it in an informative but concise way.

I made these posters very quickly…

I like them and they didn’t take very long at all for me to make, but I’m starting to realize that whatever information is interesting to me might be bulky and not so engaging for families with children.

Side note: I wonder if GPS coordinates can change over the years? A 1980 USGS entry says the source of the Rouge River is located at 42.6322554, -83.1763211, but I believe it to be 42.600257, -83.224845. Maybe I have it wrong…

I’m going to continue working on the text for the exhibit. What I should do is visit other nature centers to get a sense of their layout. I’ve been to a majority of the ones nearby because my mom loves walking/traveling, but it’s been so long. I also need to discuss the position of the giant map (pictured in previous post) because right now it seems like it would be out of place.


Final Countdown

My last day is in two weeks! Summer has gone by so quickly…

My mom came home yesterday so I had a long Monday. Today she and my brother drove me to the nature center. They met Christina and walked the trails, while I worked on my outline for the exhibit. There are 6 components: map, cases/taxidermy, kids area, kids activities, water quality testing, and 3D map ideas.

I’m deciding what information to include so that the exhibit is engaging and focuses on the ecology of the Rouge River. I also put together a really neat document zooming in from the US to the section of the Rouge River here at the nature center:

Rouge River

^for those of you who love perspective like I do/are wondering where I’ve been for the past six weeks.

I looked at taxidermy, including Walleye and Eastern Gray Squirrels:

I met with Debbie and Christina to go over my outline. They gave me the go-ahead to start working on the text for the exhibit.



Have a great Tuesday!


Fishday in Pictures

Here are 30 photos from today: