Friday, April 11, 2014

7 Quick Takes #32


#1 I had to skip the weekly 7 Quick Takes last week.

Because I was up until 4am writing a DI (Drug Information) Consult paper!
I slept for 3 hours, then got right back up at 7am to finish writing it. I had no idea it would take so long to write, so I, unfortunately had to skip my morning therapeutics lecture that went from 9-11am, since my paper was due at noon.I turned in my paper, then went to a 2 hour lecture on diabetes, and that was my Friday.

"But why didn't you write your paper earlier Agnes?" you may wonder



 #2 I started my first clinical specialty rotation
at Rush University Medical Center last Thursday!

My first day on rotation was sooooo cool and so exciting! I was so fascinated with all that went on and all that I was learning all day long. I wrote about this here: 5 Latest Pharmacy School Achievements. Meanwhile, here is some more pictures. 

The mugshot they took for my name badge at Rush

All the students on Rush pharmacy rotation with me..and I (second from left)


#3 Weekend on the farm in Michigan

 Last weekend, my husband and I went out to Michigan to visit my parents and their new ducklings! Yes, I can now officially say they live on a farm...with a one dog, two cats, 15 ducklings, and now little chicks newly-acquired-this-week as well.

 I was so excited to feed them! They're so darn cute! They also followed me was pretty cool.

I took the doggie for a walk. This used to be my doggie when I lived with my parents. I got her for my 16th birthday...But she was so used to my parents and she slept with them every night that we did not bring her along into our new house. Now I visit her and she gets so happy when she sees me.

My brother and husband built a shed for the ducklings...all in one day!


#4 Meatless Friday Lenten Snacks

My friend (bridesmaid) came over the other Friday to watch the wedding video and to catch up with me since I pretty much have not seen her since our wedding in August. I had a hard time figuring out what to make for food since it was a Friday. So I ended up making yummy veggies sandwiches, a veggie tray, a fruit tray, and some baked goods!

Mini Veggie sandwiches

Meatless Lenten Snacks



Spring finally found its way to Chicago after a 6 month winter! Took it to my advantage and decided to wake up my body from this winter's hibernation and to oxygenate both my muscles and my brain via a 3 mile jog around the neighborhood. (Of course I ran and walked intermittently...don't worry, I did not just spring into running 3 miles after a 6 month long hibernation. Even though I walked a lot...I have still been sore and feeling every muscle in my body for the past 2 days. Today, I could barely get out of bed in the morning. But it felt good to jog...the sunshine in my face and smell of spring in the air!)


Yesterday I went to adoration and to confession. As always, it lifted a weight off my heart and it was very refreshing and renewing! Here are some amazing things that confession does for/in us.

The Benefits of Confession. Father John Hardon


Today was my second Thursday on rotation at Rush. Today, all of us students actually split up and were assigned to different types of pharmacists on different units of the hospital. I got to shadow a pharmacist and a pharmacy resident on the oncology unit...which is found in this brand new building of Rush UMC.

We went on rounds with the main attending doctor, two physician's assistants (PA's), and 3 physician residents that actually presented all the patient cases to us. It was very cool to witness all that goes on and all the decisions that have to be made by health care professionals about patients' lives every minute of every day..but it was also kind of depressing to see and hear about cancer patients...a lot of them end-stage or not responding to treatment. 

Then our preceptor gave us some time to eat lunch and work on our patient care plans and patient case presentations (the two big projects we have to deliver within the next few weeks). After that, we all went to this talk that a pharmacist was giving on the new treatment guidelines of hypertension, cholesterol, and heart failure. That was on the 14th floor of the "tower building" and it gave us a beautiful view of downtown Chicago. Anyways, the lecture was in a small conference room and it was more like a round table discussion with 14 students sitting around the table as well as the pharmacist.  I happened to be sitting right next to the lecturer and she happened to be probably about 8 months pregnant. I tried hard to pay attention to what she was saying but really, I found myself staring at her beautiful belly in amazement and just her whole person...she was glowing. It has been increasingly hard to have to tell myself that I need to wait to be done with school to have a baby. I have been having some serious baby fever over here. I don't know why I feel this way but I just do. I absolutely cannot wait to be pregnant!!!! I daydream about it all the time haha. Hopefully these next months will pass by quicky so I can finally fill my heart with the love it has been yearning for lately! :-)

And that is all, folks!  Leave some love in the comments!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

5 Latest Pharmacy School Achievements

See Hallie for more 5 favorites!

A lot has been happening in pharm school lately, since I am now in my last quarter of didactic learning! 5 more weeks to go and then real life *tear, sob, whine* ..then off goes the young birdy, outta the nest, and onto a year of experiential education aka pharmacy rotations. Here are my latest pharmacy school achievements and other cool pharmacy things:

#1 Being all grown up and so darn cool to be on rotation at Rush Hospital

Pharmacy Rotation at Rush University Medical Center

Right smack downtown in Chicago!

I am soooo excited to be able to learn at this hospital, alongside some of the best clinicians. The 1hour 40 minute drive downtown on the first day was not fun, but this week my plan is to get on the highway before 6am (before all highways leading to Chicago become standstill) and get there by 7am and just study for an hour and a half...until I meet with my preceptor at 8:45am and then go on rounds at 9am.

#2 Even more cool with my Rush badge. 
OMG... This was probably the most exciting part of our first day on the rotation site.  
(Okay, okay, hearing about what our preceptor does and how he helps to save lives of critically ill and/or dying patients because he is a CCU (Critical Care Unit) pharmacist was even cooler.

Clinical Rotation at Rush University Medical Center
through Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy

#3  Shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots, shots


I'm officially immunization certified through APhA (America Pharmacists' Association).

I even gave my pharmacy manager a pneumovax shot last weekend (this was my first shot in real life, beyond our immunization training) and she said she didn't even feel it! I was so proud of myself! I really was. I'm so excited. I overcame my fear of blood and needles and I can totally give shots and they don't even hurt!

 #4 I got a thousand bucks from Walgreens! Cool
(Charles Walgreen Pharmacy scholarship)

And this coming Friday is our award ceremony. I made hubby take off work to go with me and be proud of his nerdy wifey and takes tons of pics of her ;-) Be on the lookout for pictures!

At least it's a $1000 off the heart-attack-worthy pharm school tuition haha


# 5 I gotta mention this little kitty of mine. 

He has been following me every single step of the way...and been with me while studying for exams and writing annoying Drug Consult papers. Thanks kitty...we're glad we found you just as you are glad you found us!



Love, Aggie :-)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dear Papa John Paul II (Favorite Quotes by JPII, 9th anniversary of death)

 Dear Papa,

It's been 9 years since you've been gone. I never really knew you in person but all I know is that I miss you like crazy...I miss you so much it brings tears to my eyes. It's amazing how one can love someone they never even, so much. There are no words to describe the feelings you inspire in me. 

I cannot believe it has been this long, papa.

I have been watching a lot of movies and videos about you, as well as listening to a lot of audios. I love watching films or even short video clips about you...just hearing your voice just shakes me up inside. There is something unbelievably powerful about your voice...something profound.

I talk about you on this blog quite often...but that's because you are probably my life's biggest inspiration. Your books have touched me in indescribable ways. Your life, the beautiful example of holiness you set before our eyes, even more so.

You completely revolutionized my life, especially my beliefs about love, marriage, and sexuality. I have been dating/engaged to my husband for close to 7 years before we got married (since we were teenagers when we met) and it is largely because of YOU that we remained chaste for that whole long 7 year period. If I had not read your Love & Responsibility and your teachings on Theology of the Body as well as interpretations of some of your secret writings and speeches kept at the Vatican until recently, I would have surely fallen to the sin of adultery and fornication...and probably contraception as well. I know I would have. YOU SAVED ME FROM IT ALL!!! Can I say you saved me from lying with my body, killing my soul, separating myself from God...from hurting God, myself, my now husband, and all the people we are an example to in our lives? Yes, dear Papa. I know can. I do not even want to think what my life would have been and would be like now without your influence, presence, love, wisdom, and holiness in it. It is truly hard to describe your greatness and just as hard to describe the way I feel about you...just as if you were my Father.

You are most definitely MY BIGGEST HERO. MY PATRON SAINT for life!

3 more weeks until your canonization! I am so excited. Even though I cannot be there, I will be with you. I'll be watching. And probably crying tears of joy.

Here is a little something I made for you...because you are already a Saint to me and have always been. No need to wait until the official day to declare it:

Saint John Paul The Great. Always in our hearts.

Some of the most amazing quotes by Pope John Paul The Great:








Read my other posts on John Paul II:
  1. My John Paul II Book Collection
  2. What We Stumbled upon in Colorado
  3. In memory of my Favorite Pope and Hero John Paul II
  4. Recap of Epic Summer 2013 Part 1
  5. Roe v Wade - A Death Sentence for our Nation

Friday, March 28, 2014

7 Quick Takes #31



I'm very much buried in pharmacy school assignments and have some tests coming up, so I'm going to have to make this week's Quick Takes what they are meant to be: QUICK.  I have to write a 5 page Drug Information Consult paper, all based on original clinical research, have a quiz coming up in pharmacokinetics, and on the same day, an exam in pharmacotherapeutics. Oh....and 2 days after those two, I have 2 other papers due.  

Remember how I used to always complain about med chem aka drug structure evaluation class? Well, after 5 exhausting quarters of is now OVER. Thank God. But now I have pharmacokinetics. I have always been a math wiz (I was a mathlete in High School and I helped our school win regional championships 4 years in a row) but integrating math, therapeutics, and pharmacy dosing kinetics is a bit much. But apparently, it's important in the hospital when you're monitoring someone's drug levels to make sure they're getting treated with the appropriate dose, but not exceeding the toxic threshold of the medication. So, PK is the new bane of my existence, haha! But no complaining Agnes, it's Lent!



Is it me, or has it been winter for like 6 months now??? Come on Midwest (Chicago especially!), warm up already. All this sitting-at-home-on-my-butt-all-the-time for so many months straight is causing me to feel very I have no motivation to do anything! (Plus, according to new research, I might get a blood clot by all this sitting and not moving my blood around.) I just want to be able to go on a walk outside with my husband and go jogging outside and oxygenate my brain and tissues after like 6 months of them practically hibernating! Not only has it been winter for like 6 months...we have only had a handful of days where it was actually above freezing. No likey. I need some vitamin D, oxygen, and sanity back in my life.


I found pictures on my phone that I took at my pharmacy school / university during 3 different seasons....and once again realized how badly I am over winter.

Midwestern University in late spring / early summer


Midwestern University in Fall


Midwestern University in winter

Now....can we go back to green grass and sunshine again? By the way, this will be my last spring on campus. A little depressing....(YES, I will actually miss school, I know I will. #NerdGirlProblems)


Going along with cabin fever and because this post has to be quick and I still have 3 more Quick Takes to fill is some more pictures I found on my phone of things I am missing TERRIBLY about summer.


Our Pool is surely missed
The pool which we broke before we fixed it because we're such geniuses...but that's a whole another story. I swear this winter has been so long that I seriously almost forgot we had a pool until I looked out the patio door the other day (hey...we're pretty fresh to this house...and only used the pool for one one can forget haha)

My plants are missed
But I'm even more excited about this year, because hubby and I are planning on starting a veggie garden! Yaaayyy!!! We cook a lot so it'll be awesome to use our own garden veggies!

Burgers fresh off the grill are very much missed! Come on summer!



What have we been up to?

Just watching our wedding video a million times over! Haha. We got it last month and probably played it like 5-6 times already (it's 4+ hours of footage). It really turned out great. I didn't cry the first, or even the second time I watched it. But then the third time I watched it, all by myself, I cried at this one particular very cute part where it's just me and him, holding hands and walking and smiling at each other and laughing and running into each other's arms. Too much cuteness!


#6 Touching

I went to my brother's house and was surprised to see these pieces of art hanging up on their pantry door. My 8 and 6 year old nieces made these. My brother said that they made them right after a really bad tornado hit their area a few months back. Wow. I'm glad to see that little ones like them understand that it is important to Thank God for just being alive...and not just for material things etc.


And while you're at it, also read about what a fool I am! It'll make you feel better about yourself and assure you never mistreat your husband the way I do :-)

May the peace of Christ be with you!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

5 Tips for Lent from "The Way" by Josemaria Escrivas

I loved Saint Josemaria Escrivas' (The Founder of Opus Dei, for those who are not familiar with him) book "The Way." The book consists of very easy to read (conversational style) tips that help us walk "The Way" to holiness. St. Josemaria gives tons and tons of tips that one can employ in every day that will slowly, but surely, make one wiser, more disciplined, and holier...and thus closer to God.
From the author's preface:
"Read these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things that I whisper in your ear-confiding them-as a friend, as a brother, as a father. And they are being heard by God. I won't tell you anything new. I will only stir your memory, so that some thought will arise and strike you; and so you will better your life and set out along ways of prayer and of Love. And in the end you will be a more worthy soul."

Tip #1 Do Not Argue

(I failed at this last weekend)



Tip #2 Do Not Gossip

Tip #3 Persevere in Prayer

Tip #4 Exercise self-discipline

(in routine activities such as waking up as well as your specific lenten resolutions)



Tip #5 Do not worry about what others think
or say.....KEEP ON DOIN' GOOD!

Leave me some love in the comments! Makes my day! :-)
Love, Agnes