Day 103: Giving thanks

Today’s inane image of the day:

It has been amazing to have Mike around! Sadly, I said my goodbyes to him early this afternoon [but he’ll be back in mid-December!].

Although cliche, I think it’s important to reflect upon the things that I am thankful for:

  1. My family. They have been supportive, loving and incredible throughout my entire life. My parents gave me a comfortable upbringing that they could only dream of having themselves — I am thankful for everything they have given me. Furthermore, being close to home has given me the opportunity to be a part of and contribute to my little brother’s maturation into a respectable young man.
  2. My boyfriend. Mike has truly been a pillar of support throughout the last 21 months. He saw that I got through my relatively rough application cycle and has been there to listen to my endless number of school-related rants. Although long distance has been and still is extraordinarily difficult, each time he comes home to visit, I am thankful for the limited time we have together [plus, it reminds me why I decided to do this whole LDR thing in the first place!].
  3. My friends. One of my oldest and bestest [yes, I am aware that this is not a word] friends came home to visit and we caught up a couple of nights ago. Spending quality time with any of my friends always lifts my spirits and I am really thankful for time spent with them.
  4. My health. Being in medical school really makes you realize how fortunate it is to be in good health. I am immensely thankful for my strong immune system.
  5. My school. Last night, Mike reminded me of how he encouraged me to submit the OUWB secondary application in the days preceding the deadline — well I’m thankful that he did because I could not imagine being anywhere else! My peers, professors and the material have been nothing short of remarkable and I am thankful for the opportunity to be here.

Today’s medical school fact of the day: “The brain is surrounded by 3 layers of membranes [meninges] [listed here from superficial to deep]: dura mater, arachnoid mater and pia mater.” — Gray’s Anatomy for Students

P.S. Shara correctly guessed what Tuesday’s inane image was modeling — we were trying to show the sliding action of myosin and actin filaments during contraction and relaxation of a skeletal muscle sarcomere. If you have a moment, you should check out her wonderful entries at “This may hurt a bit.”

2 thoughts on “Day 103: Giving thanks

  • November 27, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Hey, thanks for the shout-out. Love your consistency in writing, even when the going gets tough.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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