A Better Beginning


This post is coming to you from NOT surgery.

I am 4 days into my Child Neuro elective and I LOVE IT! The first few days were a bit tricky. Figuring out the ropes and expectation is always a bit tricky. But I’m getting the hang of it and find it so fascinating. This is such a relief. Child Neuro is something I have been interested in so I am happy to know that I can picture myself doing such in the future, after my admittedly too frequent thoughts about what life may be like outside of medicine.

The main difference between this elective and my previous is the schedule. I am not basking in the wonderful 8-5 life. And what a difference it makes! I find myself treasuring my hours off which contribute more to an overall happy Ali. For example, I went to yoga yesterday and for a run today! In the mornings, I eat a real breakfast (for me that means a bowl of cereal) and watch the today show. It. is. glorious. I am also in clinic more and am hanging with cutey kids instead of sad, old adults. I’m getting a better idea of what I want my future career to look like.

In Child Neuro, we see a lot of headaches, epilepsy, developmental delay, and concussions. In between those cases are cool, rare, genetic disorders like Neurofibromatosis and Tuberous Sclerosis, brain tumors, and trauma. It’s a great mix of medical, social, and psychiatric issues. The variety is great. Today, for example, started with a 2 year old with parainfluenza encephalitis and ended with an 18 year old with epilepsy coming in from the local jail.

Finally, the neuro exam is a really fun one when done with kids. You get to play with toys, throw balls and literally run around the office.

That’s not to say that I don’t have my bad days. Medicine will always be hard. But looking forward to another week of Child Neuro then onto Psych!


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