Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Some people need to realise that "Stress" is not an imaginary thing. It's caused by hormones (corticosteroids) that affects how the body functions. People can die from stress - e.g. before/during/after surgery, if not enough pain relief (analgesia) or enough anaesthetic depth is provided, excessive release of these hormones can cause blood vessels to constrict meaning essential organs don't get enough blood supply - ie. it doesn't receive enough oxygen and the tissue dies. For example, during surgery you can get kidney failure (and its accompanying complications, including death) just from receiving insufficiently managed stress. Stress is real. Like being stabbed. Only you can't see the little knives, a.k.a. the hormones, initiating their effects.

(important to note: stress hormones obviously have an essential function that i have excluded in this rant post).
I can't believe one of the possible written assignments for Veterinary Public Practice is reviewing the NATION'S Emergency Disease Response Plan. I know it's a tedious job which is "perfect" for an intern, but should you really leave it to a 5th year uni student who doesn't have any on-the-job experience for it?

Also, the Unit of Study handbook needs some SERIOUS EDITING. So far I have summarised 114 pages into 36. I still have another 172 pages to go. It was prepared by a person who made a movie of an audio recording of herself reading word for word, university policies with powerpoint slides displayed on the screen. We had to listen to this audio with the script on the screen for 30+ minutes; but at least we could listen to her struggling to say various veterinary words.

Monday, November 19, 2012

oh, charlie ♥

Friday, November 16, 2012

need sleep... apparently, 5 hours after 2 all-nighters isn't enough.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

i have finished fourth year of vet school & will never have to attend classes again!! (well, besides lectures i actually want to attend as part of compulsory continuing education after graduation)

bring on internship year X) so terrifying but exciting at the same time!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

threadless wishlist!

pixel street (by ray_ben)


a fox with socks (by Zach Terrell)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

matchbox twenty - real world; push
rob thomas - little wonders

Monday, November 5, 2012

harry potter-themed sleepover, with beds in the lounge room to watch from. intro with Potter Puppet Pals, then movie marathon. food including both warm and cold butter beer, hagrid's chocolate cake for harry. decorations: candle stickers on the wall with glow in the dark flames.

mann, i can't wait til next week is over. (not that i'm actually planning a harry potter party, but just that i could if i wanted to).
just found sheet music to a song that i listened to on repeat nearly 10 years ago x)

the uploader won't let me embed the video of the song, so here's: the link to the youtube page
you know you're a vet student when you read the following story and only gasp at the end of the story when the police killed one of the dogs.


Friday, November 2, 2012

iron chef returns


That is all.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

this is the first time i've been sceptical about what i'm typing notes on. will hv to deal with it until after the exam period when i can email the guest lecturer for more info on the topic.

there is.... A NEW LEMONY SNICKET BOOK!!! it's the 1st in a series of 4 about Lemony Snicket's life (an autobiography) set before the time of Series of Unfortunate Events books...

the new series is called: All the Wrong Questions, and the 1st book is, "Who Could That Be at This Hour?"

here is the book trailer that's as mysterious as ever

another clip (wished i was at this train station!)

clicky click people and get a copy!
book website (excerpt of first few chapters there)
book depository 1
book depository 2