I get this question all the time. and honestly I avoid answering it! I’m always waiting until after I see my exam grades, or stalling until a time when I’m feeling particularly on top of things (never) as to validate my position to even give advice! (confusing sentence…but basically I don’t want to say “Yeah, I’m balancing med school and a healthy lifestyle like a pro! B-)”…and then fail an exam…). However…seeing that I’ve been doing good so far and we just finished our Pulmonary exam today, I can legitimately say I’m balancing a healthy lifestyle and being in med school pretty well!
Also, I don’t want people to think I’m super awesome either. Yes, I’m in med school, I care about people, and I exercise regularly. But I’m around peers and role models who push me to grow, improve, and contribute to learning. Honestly, I’ve never been around so many high-functioning people before…everyone is so gosh-darn efficient and learns so fast!
So my next post will be about how I stay healthy!
I’m a first year medical student :D (<— literally how I feel everyday)
Hi awesome topic! I think that if you are really sore and can’t walk between classes without looking like you are constipated, then Tyenol or Advil can definitely help. It’s a short term solution which masks the pain and deduces inflammation. However, being sore is good because you know exactly what your limits are and will not over extend your muscles. OTC painkillers are deemed safe for muscle soreness, but not so that you can continue to work out push yourself. I pulled my glute last summer and took Tylenol to ease the pain so I could continue to walk around school. And, I think your methods are great for shin splints! I would add stretching your calves (downward dog) and rolling your shins on a foam roller. You can still run with sore muscles if they are not pulled or strained (just regular after-workout soreness), just make sure to do a comprehensive and steady warm-up.
I hope so; I’m gonna be a doctor!
At the Veteran’s Association Hospital (VA), I met a senior patient who “eats” entirely out of a Gastrostomy Tube (G-tube), which delivers liquid food directly to the stomach, and has no vocal cords. He’s had the G-tube since 1994…meaning he hasn’t had a bite to eat for 17 years!
This made me think about how I cannot go one day without savoring something delicious and how much I was preoccupied with food when someone can go 17 years without eating real food. He is such a brave man and I am inspired by his successful adaption to life after his major surgery of ‘94. It just goes to show that a human being can accomplish anything if it means staying alive.
Nothing says “Eat to Live, not Live to Eat” like g-tube feeding for the rest of your life.