Assimilating back to life in the States is happening little bits at a time — trying not to be so acutely aware of the cold (at least not saying it out loud.. still am wondering how other runners are in shorts and tanks when I’m in my warmest running clothes layered!), trying not be overwhelmed by the traffic, trying not to look lost when looking at a restaurant menu, and trying not to think about Saipan all the time in general and concentrate at the task at hand.
I started my fellowship this week and as expected, it is a STEEP learning curve. I have definitely been in studying mode. While it is not exactly ‘school’ that I am in, I am in training and there is a lot of self-directed reading that has to happen to keep up. Fortunately, you just compartmentalize and take everything one little bit at a time. One patient at a time, one disease process at a time, one day at a time.
One of the benefits of having taken a year away from the medical training environment is that you have a lot more time to find out the things that make yourself tick. Things like going running helped with that so I’ve reintroduced a bit of running into my life here.
I ran through Golden Gate Park (past the bison again) up to a place I visited last weekend called Lands End. I’ve been told recently that San Francisco is really just about 7×7 miles and after my run to Lands End, it helped me appreciate how much smaller San Francisco is (rather than this expansive city I had built up in my head). I thought Lands End was at least a car ride away!
One of the other things I’ve been assimilating to is the weather. Fortunately, San Francisco was kind enough to ease me in with a few days of sunshine when I first arrived before having the cloud creep in. Here was Lands End last week..
The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. -Abraham Lincoln