I can honestly say that this semester will be more of an isolation type deal. I think I have communicated with my family less than I have in previous semesters. Mainly communication is about the upcoming big day or White Coat. Although it isn't until next semester, it is still something to look forward to and be excited for. Plus it is a mechanism for keeping my eye on the prize. So far, it looks as if it will be August 13th which is the week after Carnival. Talk about a bit of excitement.
I will mention that this semester has challenging classes but it may only be considered challenging because class is everyday until 5 pm. Yes, we have class from 8 am to 5 pm. Monday through Friday. Three of my five classes are five days a week as well. It sounds worse than what it actually is. At the end of the day, you want a doctor knowledgeable in diagnosing infections, knowing the drugs to treat the condition and if there should be any other conditions to consider.
This is also going on while my friend and I are trying to accomplish a project of educating community members on CPR (this is the undisclosed project I mentioned in my previous post). We have had everything come together at this point and it is really looking like we will be great at what we are doing. We have our school's support and students leaving this island will have one item on their AICM checklist completed. In case you are unaware of what AICM is, it is the fifth semester in which students have review for the USMLE Step 1 and preliminary rotations at the hospital in Chicago, Jackson Park. From what I hear, they are trying to move the fifth semester to the island but rumors aren't true until it becomes reality.
By training the students for a reduced fee, we are saving the money to train community members. This project is a very large commitment and more than what I expected but it is really making me rethink a lot of decisions. The fact that I have the ability to educate others in something they need makes me want to make a life long goal of educating people of this gift that I have. So that may be an introduction for a program I may want to execute in the future. Or maybe one day call Anguilla home. Who knows what the path of life will bring?
Not to mention that I am also involved in a research project of glaucoma prevelance on the island. A professor had an idea to potentially pinpoint the amount of people that would be living on the island with Glaucoma. There is no research about it thus far but we should have information regarding this eventually. Although it may appear to be a lot, it is still what I think I am called to do. I am greatful for the opportunity to participate in all of these lovely activities. After attending church yesterday, I can only end with this:
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13, NLT
Later this week, I have an assignment to visit a senior citizen's home. If I am allowed, I will try to take a few pictures and get a few good stories to give readers some entertainment. If you would like to help me with my project for educating Anguilla on CPR, please do not hesitate to email me. To all, stay blessed and I appreciate your prayers for greatness! Have a blessed week!