Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Nap time

Why am I finding uni so boring at the moment?

Having worked so darn hard to get in, currently lectures make me sleepy. The background information is interesting to look at, but sitting down and learning it is awful.

Am I doing the right thing? Should I even be here? That question is easy to answer. My old job was even more boring than sitting down and learning basic science. I'm not going back to it.

I probably need to try to put it into context and see that even though the little part is quite dull, and having to memorise it is also not very exciting, it should help me become a better doctor in the long-run.

So for now I just have to endure the pain, push through it and look forward to the time when we will be concentrating more on the disease processes rather than just the basics.

I just wish I didn't feel so damn sleepy.


Bel said...

If it makes you feel any better, I feel the same way. I am useless in lectures. Watching them at home is a slight improvement but not much better. I last until about halfway through and then my hand just gives up. All I do is hope it gets better with time! There must be a condition called med school tiredness because all I want to do all the time is sleep.

The Girl said...

Thanks for the comment, bel. I would kill to be able to watch the lectures at home, that way when I fell asleep I could just rewind them back to where I dozed off!
It could be stress. I tend to get tired and tune out a lot when I feel stressed.
Sometimes I miss being a caffeinated coffee junkie!

Milk and Two Sugars said...

I'm still struggling to stay awake in hospital - including in Outpatients clinics when it's just me, the doctor and a patient, and there's no way the doctor doesn't notice! The only reliable trick I've found (other than getting enough sleep, which is a pipe dream) is to pinch my clavicles. The supraclavicular nerves are so superficial there that you can compress them, and that rouses your brain dramatically. But you have to keep repeating it every time you feel drowsy.

The Girl said...

Thanks for the tip, milk & two sugars!

Polly said...

I totally sympathise with you Girl! In my lectures I feel like falling asleep ALL the time. (Especially in boring ones when the lecturer just reads the slides!). Drug lectures are fun though! They tell us it will get better- I can only hope!

The Girl said...

Thanks, polly. Your lectures are going to get better? I'm jealous.

Perhaps for now you should pay the person who sits next to you to pinch your supraclavicular nerves when you nod off! :)

Milk and Two Sugars said...

Don't joke, I bought someone tea for that very favour once!

Liz said...

so are you married too? being in med school and being married is crazy! we should get some sort of metal.

The Girl said...

Thanks for the comment, Liz.

Honestly, I find it much more relaxing than living with flatmates. But then, I got married a few years ago - I don't know how you handled planning a wedding in another country while completing first-year medicine. It would have driven me up the wall.
(I got married in the last year of my first degree - it was a very casual event. I'm low maintenance.) :)