A half-day today - we are given wednesday afternoons off to pursue sports or leisure activities, which definitely feels like a luxury given the amount of material we need to cover. We started with a really interesting diabetes lecture, which is a staple of A-level biology education as far as hormonal control and interactions go. This time however we looked into more depth at the specific cellular transporters involved and the influence of additional hormones beyond insulin and glucagon, as well as the clinical diagnosis of diabetic conditions and their treatment.
Anatomy then followed, the followup to our previous lecture on the structure of the gut. Again I find that I am not intuitively a whizz at recalling anatomic structures, but it's sufficiently interesting that I'm looking forward to going through it again in revision with a textbook and cementing my knowledge. I need to do this before the hospital sessions on Friday, as there will be an opportunity to ask questions that about anything we haven't understood.
The last talk of our shortened day was on the physiology of the thyroid, and again the clinical problems that can arise if it is damaged or impeded in some way. This half day seemed to fly by, and before we knew it we were headed home.
Three of us traipsed into Leamington to find food for the evening - we had planned to make fajitas communally. I also needed to pick up a parcel that could not be left at the house, and despite excellent directions from my housemate Emily, I still managed to get lost and walk nearly all the way out of the town. It is very pretty however, so it was a nice walk regardless.
When I eventually got home (a not-inconsiderable amount of time later) the package turned out to be my very first stethoscope. It's a Littman Classic III, a standard model that seems to be very popular among medical students, in the 'all black' edition with a smoke black finish. It came with a free pen torch courtesy of Medisave, and a hard carry case. Of course the first thing I did was check my own heart rate to make sure I wasn't dying, and clocked a resting rate of 62bpm - healthy, but it has been better before.
Despite my best efforts I fell asleep at about half past five and surfaced just in time to help my housemates with cooking the food. I had also contributed an extremely gooey chocolate cake which I think removed any resentment at my tardiness. It was really nice to eat together and chat about things other than the course - even though we've only just started it really does feel like an all-consuming beast at the moment. Of course we all opted for that and don't regret it, but it was a nice respite nonetheless.
Plenty of work to do tomorrow in preparation for the anatomy and clinical skills sessions, although thankfully we have some self-directed learning time in the timetable. I'm in CBL first thing, but most of the morning and some of the afternoon can be spent that way - must not fall asleep.