Friday, November 4, 2011

We have survived!

One of my favorite childhood memories is making a thankful tree every November. Cole and I have continued this tradition in our home. We like to focus on being thankful to the Lord for His provisions and blessings in our life for the entire month. It is also an excuse to get out my crafts! Every year it looks a little different, but here is what the Sims are thankful for in 2011.

Step 1: Draw a tree
 Step 2: Cut out leaves and paste on the limbs.
 Step 3: Add Bible verses about God providing for us and having hearts of thankfulness.
Step 4: Gradually write on the leaves specific things we are thankful for.

First on our list is Cole finishing his surgery rotation! He is taking his SHELF exam as I type, and will be finished around lunch. It has been a very long 6 weeks!! But, WE HAVE SURVIVED, and for that we are thankful!  I haven't shared much on the blog about it, but it was the hardest rotation I think he will have as a medical student. I hope he is right! Here is just a taste...Our alarm went off between 3:30 and 4:00am every morning. (I did not wake up then!!) He would head to school and work in the OR and clinic until about 5 or 6pm. His latest day was getting home at 8:45pm (that is a 16-hour day!). He rarely had a spare minute to eat. Once he got home, he had to prepare for the patients and cases he would see the next day. Bed around 10:30-11:30pm...not much sleep! He worked one 21-day stretch and a few 25-28-hour shifts. I got more practice staying by myself, but most nights I would go to Marian's! Cole decided that surgery is not the field of choice for him, but he absolutely loved being on the surgical oncology team and would choose that over studying any day! There were high and low points and unfortunately, he received a lot of experience with how to handle telling sad news to patients and families. He also experienced his first patient to pass away right in front of him. There were many high points as well, especially when he was able to finally convince his dad into getting a colonoscopy!! I am really proud of him for all his hard work and dedication to his career! I am glad it is over!! Now on to family medicine rotation...

What are you thankful for this month?

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