Day 70: Tea time and concept mapping

Today’s inane image of the day:

A care package from Mike came today– among its contents was this warming blend of green and white teas! 

As the air starts to feel more crisp and chilly, I have found myself reverting back to a cup or two of tea each evening to warm me up from the inside. Not only do I believe in the antioxidant power of tea, it doesn’t hurt that it’s zero calories [having grown up drinking unsweetened tea at Chinese restaurants, I never need to add anything to mine] and I can sip it all night long [well, I can now that my caffeine tolerance has skyrocketed, I can].

This weekend I’ve been slowly building a massive metabolic pathways concept map in preparation for our TBL on diabetic ketoacidosis tomorrow. Although adding all the normal pathways really is not necessary, I found that putting it all together in concept map form has helped me organize everything. I really should harness the power of concept mapping more often… the problem is how anal I am about formatting. Sadly, I tend to waste a lot of time just making it pretty [color codes, shape representations, straight lines… etc].

Here’s what I ended up with:

I’m quite proud of it… can’t say it’s all 100% correct since I made it and then got tired of looking at it, so it hasn’t undergone scrutiny yet.
Anyway, I need to start preparing for this week’s lectures… looks like a lot of Microbiology [oy vey].
Happy Sunday!
Today’s medical school fact of the day: “Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), the complication of diabetes mellitus that causes the greatest risk for death, is characterized by hyperglycemia and metabolic acidosis due to the accumulation of ketones from the breakdown of free fatty acids.” – In the clinic: Diabetic Ketoacidosis [Annals of Internal Medicine] reading


One thought on “Day 70: Tea time and concept mapping

  • October 24, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Your concept map looks crazy cool! Lots of arrows going every which way. I like your use of color though. Makes it easier to see important stuff.


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