|Posted 3/11/2008 at 12:55:05 AM Back to diary|
|Hi friends, another update for you...I shadowed our ICM professor today in his clinic and had a great time. I did a couple of history and physicals entirely on my own (well, no pelvis, prostate, or rectal exams - we are learning those on standardized patients in less than a month - gulp). One patient was recently diagnosed with diabetes; another presented with right lower quadrant pain (abdominal pain is a real toughie, especially in an elderly patient with a medical history longer than my Robbins' pathology book); a third was coming in to give us an update on his blood pressure meds. Typical family practice stuff. The thing I enjoy about family practice, so far, is that you have to be a really astute detective. For the most part, you're told to "think horses, not zebras, when you hear the beating of hooves," but the possibility of a herd of zebras coming into view is always a possibility.|
I noticed that I woke up with a slight cough this morning and didn't think anything of it, but then I got home tonight and spiked a 104-degree fever and feel like I've been run over by a Mac truck. I get high fevers more than occasionally and they are just miserable. Get your flu shots, people!