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There are four main types of tissue in the body:

Epithelial Tissue: cover the various internal and external surfaces of the body. These form an effective barrier between the body and its surroundings, some also respond to stimuli from the environment. The are responsible for absorption, secretion and excretion and found in tear, sweat and saliva glands. 

Connective Tissue: binds tissues together and holds organs in place. They are widely separated by a matrix with spaces filled by fluid, fibers and solid materials. They can also stores fat and performs other functions. 

Muscle Tissue: muscle movements are the result of the contraction of elongated or cylindrical muscle cells, fibers. They are composed of proteins actin and myosin.    Skeletal and cardiac muscles are composed of this. 

Nervous Tissue: This is found within the central nervous system and in the peripheral nervous system that consists of nerves. This is also found in every organ of the body. This is consisted of neurons and glial cells. Neurons are capable of responding to physical and chemical stimuli by creating an impulse. The Glial cells support and protect the neurons. Together these controls spontaneous activity, physiological functions, learned information and initiates motor activities. 

(Source: that-science-bitch)

A patient, long before he becomes the subject of medical scrutiny, is, at first, simply a storyteller, a narrator of suffering - a traveler who has visited the kingdom of the ill. To relieve an illness, one must begin, then, by unburdening its story.

- Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies (via usedbooksandwhiskey)

To continue with the Narrative Tuesday feelings

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Life: it changes with the seasons.

It has been quite a while since I have posted, but in a way that is good because it means I have been out living life to the fullest, right?! Right.

My life has changed in so many ways just within the past few months… besides graduating college, I traveled more than I hoped, I joined a young adult discipleship group through my church, I started a new relationship, I exceeded my goal for the MCAT, I officially committed myself to attending medical school starting next Fall, I started working at a medical office for my gap year, and I am in the process of joining the United States Air Force. I am beyond thrilled by all God has done in my life!

I admit the past two years have definitely been the most challenging of my life thus far, but the past two months have been full to the brim with blessings and joy. I am reminded over and over again how God’s Perfect Plan is more magnificent than anything I could ever dream up on my own! In retrospect, I see the intricate ways He has worked through all of my “setbacks”. James 1:2-8 has been my life verse these past few years, and it’s absolutely amazing to see God follow through on His promises and grow me spiritually. Of course I should never doubt His capabilities, but I am only human. Another verse that has been most reassuring is Romans 8:28: “and we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose.” I feel as if that verse has a new meaning for me now since I have lived through it. And while all these wonderful things are happening in my life, I realize they are not “mine” to claim; they are gifts from God and could be taken away at any given moment. What if I woke up tomorrow with only the things I thanked God for yesterday? Some days, I wouldn’t have much. But I am so thankful for the challenges I have faced because I know God poured out His graces on me during those difficult times, and all I have accomplished since then is because of Him. All praise and glory and honor be to God! 

So, let us love God and serve God with all our minds, all our hearts, and all our strength. He is oh-so-good, and it is only right and just! 

Today I shadowed a med-peds doctor…

…and it was amazing. 

The doctor is actually the husband of the couple who leads my bible study. He works med-peds at the hospital and let me follow him on his morning rounds. We visited so many patients in the short four hours of my shadowing. One patient had a horrible abscess on her leg, one had gaut, one had pancreatitis, one had a stroke, and one had an infectious disease. One sweet elderly patient had lung and liver cancer and was being transferred to hospice care, and then on the other end of the spectrum, we saw a precious one-day-old infant (the circle of life at its finest).

In addition to checking on patients, he showed me how he takes care of medical charts in between cases. (He designed the electronic medical records system they use… no big deal.) I also witnessed him calling doctors at other facilities for consultations and referrals. 

Importantly, the doctor was very kind and down to earth, and I could tell the patients trusted him and felt comfortable opening up to him. I also overheard another coworker informing him of some very positive feedback he had received at a staff meeting. So that’s pretty neat. 

All in all, it was yet another exciting and enlightening experience.

[NOTE: actual date was 10/10/13]

Today I shadowed a pediatric geneticist…

…and it was like my old genetics textbook was brought to life before my eyes. 

I observed patients with Down Syndrome, Autism, and Angelman Syndrome (all coexisting with non-genetic problems as well). The patients today were all males, ages 2-6. They were so precious! 

The doctor was particularly easy going with the patients and their families. I noticed he never rushed them but rather took all the time they needed. Each appointment was given a full hour, so I didn’t see a problem of running into the next appointment’s allotted time.  

The facility is unique. It’s made up of a team of doctors and genetic counselors, the coordinator (who is kinda like a social worker), the nurses, and the administrative assistants/secretaries. 

Tests commonly used: karyotype, microarray, fragile x test. The physician even drew blood on the spot for multiple other tests to be done. 

It was a super interesting day! 

[NOTE: actual date was 9/10/13]

I walked into the doctors’ office for an emergency…

… and walked out with a full-time job!! 

My allergist is awesome. He knew I graduated college and was trying to figure out my gap year, and now that I officially got into med school, he hired me to work with his wife who is also a doctor right next door. He says they do a lot of mentoring and I will learn a lot! 

I couldn’t believe what was happening while we were talking. I asked a couple questions to clarify, and he responded, “You’re hired. I just hired you.” And then he gave me a huge smile and a high-five.

So that’s pretty cool. 

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