“Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting and just have faith that things will work out” -@MorganFreeman_: (parody account)
I felt like I needed to talk more about this before I begin my MCAT studies for the day. The road to medical school is one long and arduous journey, but when that freshly minted acceptance letter is delivered to the mail or inbox, the nerves, stress, anxiety, and fears subside. I am a long way from that acceptance letter, but I know that one day it will come. This year I am applying to medical school, and it is a trying, yet exciting process. I envision myself sitting in a medical school classroom or hospital learning additional tools necessary to heal. The worst thing about wanting something so badly is not having it, but thrill of the chase is enough to keep striving for it because you know in your heart where your are supposed to be, what you are destined to do. From a young age, I can’t say that I knew I was supposed to be a doctor. God helped me find out my vocation through a series of life experiences, but one thing I was absolutely sure of was that I was placed on this earth to make the lives of others easier. With that said, I worry about my future, but at the end of the day, I know everything will be alright. Wherever we end up in this life is where we are supposed to be. The decisions we make, and the events that make decisions for us are the determinants that lead us to our present situations. I am not a “boot-strapper”. I do not believe someone can always rise up from the dirt and achieve success (which is relative). Nor do I believe that we are doomed to fall into a cycle of misfortune. However, examples from both sides have shown us that rags to riches stories are real, just like cycles of poverty. With that said, I also believe elements of faith and luck are the link between the success and failure. I have faith. A little luck will go a long way…
This video is from The Los Angeles County Report. It discusses the impacts the Affordable Care Act will have on health care in Los Angeles county.
I get excited when I see videos like the one above. They inspire me to keep working hard, gain acceptance into medical school, and develop the skills necessary to be a physician. I will be a practitioner that strives each and every day to make a difference in the health outcomes of others. We are at a pivotal time in our nation, and we must progress in the right direction in the field of health care. With increased access to health care, collective efforts must be made to meet the needs of our patients. Across the country, health practitioners, social workers, legislators, businesses, and citizens must work together to make our health care system run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. If we can make a team effort to take better care of each other and ourselves, both physically and mentally, our society will continue to be more fruitful and more peaceful.
This dish is made from firm tofu and brown rice. The versatility of tofu allows it to be used in soups, stir frys, etc. In this dish it was seasoned with cornmeal, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne. It was then fried in extra virgin olive oil until brown and slightly crispy. Various recipes suggest frying in canola or vegetable oil, but olive oil is a slightly healthier option because it includes more unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. However, too much of it can be dangerous. As always, moderation is important. I also used brown rice as a slightly healthier option to white rice. This is a light snack that for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. Enjoy.
Egg and Avocado Sandwich on Wheat bread w/ cheddar cheese.
This is a healthy breakfast option packed with protein, unsaturated fats, and carbohydrates. It works for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Eggs are versatile and can create so many dishes. If you have high cholesterol, be careful with egg yolk. One egg (with the yolk) has about 70% of the daily allowance of cholesterol.
I went to bed last night with an overwhelming sense of excitement. It is very rare that I go to sleep early for an anticipated event the following day, but this is different. I went to bed excited and woke up even more thrilled to come to the LA Sports Arena to volunteer for underserved and uninsured patients of South Central Los Angeles. My delight lives in the fact that serving is what I will do for the rest of my life. I arrived at the Sports Arena and quickly realized my desire to serve this population strengthens my passion to serve these patients as a physician. Scrubs and stethoscopes adorn nurses and physicians and immediately I am reminded of my goal.
The reminders comes in droves. I see mothers clutching their babies as they check in to the women’s health section, an elderly man eagerly awaiting me to lead him to the diabetic testing station, and the eyes of a Spanish speaking mother light up as I try to communicate with intermediate spanish. Later I am summoned by the floor manager to go outside and help pass out waters to those waiting in line. I peak outside the large glass windows of the Sports Arena and see about 60 people waiting in line. I think to myself, “Oh that’s not too bad.” Then I proceed through the entrance doors and see over 300 people waiting in a compact section with hands extended for water to quench their thirst as they wait under the southern California sun. Who knows what health and mental health issues exist in the group of people. Will some find out news that do not want to hear? Will this be the first time some see a doctor, a dentist, an ophthalmologist, a dietician, or a nurse? Will a young child who is seldom exposed to health care be inspired become one of the aforementioned health providers?
In front of me I saw a group of people taking the initiative to take care of their bodies, and I saw a group of volunteers and practictioners on the other side ready and willing to provide their expertise.
Within the next decade, I will be able to provide my expertise as a physician grounded with social work values. It seems like such a long way away, but time is allowing me to further understand that the path I am taking will be more than an occupation. This journey of discernment has led me to a vocation. Before my shift was over, I received another powerful reminder from an ophthalmologist. After explaining to him my aspirations to him, he told me, “Keep focused on the goal.” His words concluded to my experience that day, and they left me reminded to maintain a delicate balance of eagerness and poise. I look forward to this journey, I will make certain to focus on the goal of healing and serving with the gifts that God has given me.
Today I participated in the weekly Twitter Health Care and Social Media talk. It occurs on Sunday night at 8pm CST and 6pm PST. It was such an amazing experience to share ideas with individuals passionate about health care. We discussed various roles social media plays in health care and ways health care can act as a resource for patients experiences health issues. I look forward to more HCSM. You can follow me @keyonrmitchell and join the debates as well.