The Panera Lab Experiment

The first week of my summer class is officially over and only 7 more weeks to go.  Am I counting? You betcha!

The amount of material covered in just one day is somewhat overwhelming. I need to process, understand and memorize 3 hours of lecture material and 2 hours of lab material within one day because a little thing called a test will occur at the beginning of the next class for both sessions.  Since the lab portion is primarily self learn/study and you can only accomplish so much in the actual lab due to other distractions, another 4 hours today was dedicated to completing an online lab simulation in endocrinology.   Dragging and dropping a series of rats into a container with various  endocrine disorders,  then injecting every imaginable hormone into its ass or gut, to ultimately calculate the reaction, results, disorders was so happening at Panera this morning.

My friend “S” and I were almost peeing our pants while discussing the rats who developed goiter as a result of our electronic torture. We weren’t laughing at the rat or its disease, we were  laughing because we spied a medical professional walking next to our table wearing  CROCS and we both burst into uncontrollable laughter.    For those of you who know me, you know I loathe the CROC clog and especially despise them on a medical professional.  I just don’t think they look professional in the office, especially healthcare office or facility.  I could go on and on about my hate for these garden shoes in the office, but I won’t bore you with the details. I think you get the gist of my feelings.  I’m sure some of you will disagree with me on this one, and I’m ok with that.

For your amusement, I have an included a visual of plastic reptile sighting.

I’m so glad that this was only computer simulation because I don’t think I could bear to give any animal a disease by injection even for experimentation purposes only.   A nice gentlemen who was quietly reading the newspaper near our table, piped in and gave us a dissertation on the effects of too much or too little cortisol. I am thinking that this gentleman was a doctor or something because he was in the know of this topic.

What the Croc?

What the Croc?

I know, I know, I’m probably whining and over reacting and I will get through it but it feels good to write about it.

Since “S” is a lot like me, we study well together and have similar grade goals.  In fact, we created a studying schedule to keep us on the up and up so we don’t fall behind.  The goal is to rewrite our notes as soon as we get home on index cards.  I know that this is an old school way of studying and some people may think it is a waste of time; but, for me, rewriting my notes helps me learn the material.  I have tried typing my notes for neatness purposes and it’s not the same. There is something about the pen in hand writing on the surface of those white ruled 3×5 cards that makes the material sink in.    I’ll have to deal with the consequences of possible carpal tunnel in the future if the volume of notes keeps up at the same pace.

We picked Panera as our study locale for the remainder of the summer.  It is a great place for studying and has a great menu when the time strikes to fuel up.  I admit that I usually carry in coffee from another establishment in a green and white cup, but ssshhh nobody even notices the difference.

Even with all the time studying, I have been having been secretly enjoying A&P II.   There is a wealth of great information about the human body and systems to learn and it’s fascinating.  I do feel sorry for the just out of high school prospective nurses and health care professionals because these classes require so much studying time.  I don’t think I could have survived these courses back in the day with all of the extracurricular activities going on around campus.  I commend any young adult (my niece A) for such commitment and dedication to your studies. You go girl!

My goal for the weekend:  RUN & FUN!!! Have a great weekend!

What is your opinion about Crocs in the healthcare setting? Love ’em or Loathe ’em – Tell me your thoughts in the comments section.