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Nice to be done with OBGYN. Hard work, pretty interesting most of the time. It was the first rotation I could see myself doing except I really don't want to invest the time required for it through my career. My favorite part was all the surgery, too. But between OB and surgery, there is a ton of time committment. Plus, they are the types of specialties that, when called, you have to go to the hospital right away. There is no finishing what you are doing, they call you when they need you. But I am confident I can figure out something to do with my life yet. On to internal medicine. Looking forward to figuring out whether medicine is something I can do or not.
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It is one week after moving into the new house. The internet is up and running, Mirinda is doing an absolutely fantastic job of not only managing the kids in the new space that is coming together, but putting said space together. She has organized many things, put most everything away. She has done so much. I am lucky that I have done things like set up the TV space, the computer (with now working internet, which is really good, see later), organizing the garage, etc. She has done basically everything else, plus made most of the meals. Amazing.

The new house is nice. We run into problems here and there. For instance, there is a yellow jacket hive inside one of the walls (they fly into the outer window frame) and we even had them coming into our bedroom for a while, but the hole they were coming into is now patched, and we will have exterminators coming soon. All in all, though, the house is awesome. No more cigarette smoke coming into the house, no more smelling other people's cooking through the hallway (not a good smell), no more sharing parking. We went to Costco today and stocked up on things like toilet paper 'cause we have space to store that stuff now! Awesome.

I am on Peds rotation right now. I actually like it quite a bit more than I thought I would. It is nice to try and care for kids, mostly because they are very honest in their presentation. A sick kid is a sick kid, a well kid acts well, at least until teenage years. Kids are more simple. I still don't think peds is going to be what I settle down with, but I like it more at least. The only trouble is there is a lot of on-line work and not having internet was a problem. Luckily it is up now, so I can try and stay on top of the work.
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The move is done, in that we are completely out of the appartment. We decided we were going to change internet services over to Comcast because with the phone line we have to pay for, we are almost paying as much for comcast high speed, and that is for the slowest DSL account. So we are without internet right now, which is lovely because I am starting a new rotation (Pediatrics) and there are tons of things they are trying to coordinate on line. Perfect. We will hopefully have internet service set up by the 9th of September. And I will occasionally be checking email when I go to campus for lecture and when I get to various free hotspots around town. Like I am doing right now. More later.
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Happy Birthday, Quinten!!! My son turns 5 today. He starts kindergarten in the fall. That is all crazy. I really kinda feel like I am just finishing undergrad work, not working on finishing med school after taking a couple years off. I feel younger than I am, which is good as long as I don't act like I did when I was twenty-one.
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We found a place to live!

We decided a while back that we were going to try and move from where we are currently living to something larger. We wanted a house really badly, but they were always so expensive, but (I think) because the selling market is so horrible right now, more houses are going up for rent, letting rent prices drop as well. We found a perfect house and were recently told that our application was accepted and will (officially) have the house held for us when we turn in our security deposit. Now, it is going to take us a few days to put the money together, but very soon we will have it, put it down, then we will be moving into an awesome place! Most places we have looked at were what you would call a fixer-upper, but this place is an actual house! It has just about every ammenity we could want! Attached two car garrage, washer and dryer hook-ups, living room AND family room AND dining room AND eat-in kitchen. Fenced yard. Right next to a gorgeous park with BIG play structures. Great neighborhood (it is a classic suburbia neighborhood, not busy streets at all, important with the kids), great schools since Quinten is starting kindergarten. The place is awesome. It is 3 bed, 2.5 bath. Can't wait to move in. Should be able to move the last week of August, with big moving day on the 30th. It is so exciting, I can actually have people sleep at our place when they come into town, there will be plenty of space!
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I am back, kind of. A lot of life happened in the last little bit, most of it exciting. I now have a second daughter, currently 2.5 weeks old. And in case you were uncertain, I am sleepy. I have just about completed my 1st month as a third year medical student, doing my 4th week in family medicine. It is going well, but I am always tired....and this is one of my easier rotations. It worries me to think of how much busier I will be during my surgery rotation. But at least it is mostly interesting.

And because I did my board exams early (mid May), I have my results. And they are good! Actually, they are exceptional. To go back in time, I took my COMLEX (the osteopathic, DO boards) on May 15th and afterward felt like crap. I honestly didn't know if I passed. 4 Days later, I took the USMLE (the allopathic MD licensing exam) and that one I felt much better about. Well my scores reflect my feelings of performance, except my COMLEX was pretty darn good and my USMLE was absolutely exceptional. And to me, that says something, especially since current statistics show DO students have a pass rate of only about 77% on the USMLE compared to MD students at 92%. So statistically I was disadvantaged yet that was the test I did really well on (which feels really good, since my score is desireable and probably better than the majority of students from even the best schools like Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton....).

So major updates: Third Child Born! Chelsea Olivia Chatfield (the name has grown on me immensely). She and Mirinda are both doing really well (other than getting very little sleep at night). Finished 1st month of clinical rotations in Family Medicine. Only 1 year, 11 months left of medical school. And performed exceptionally on board exams. Feels good, a great culmination to the first 2 years of medical school. I actually learned something....
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In less than three hours, I leave for Chicago Midway airport to meet my parents who are coming into town and pickup my wife and kids who have been in Oregon the past two weeks. My wife went home to surprise her mother for Mother's Day. I mean literally surprise her, she sent my youngest, Ashlie, in with a Burgerville milkshake for her at work. Her mom didn't have a clue, I wish I had gotten one of the nurses she works with in on it and had a camera to take some video. Oh well. The other reason she was gone was to give me uninterrupted study time to focus on my board exams (which if any of you out there know me, you know that is a bit excessive, I can't focus on my studies for more than about 2.5 hours in a row, but that let me stop and fiddle on the computer [yes I just said fiddle] or do something else for an hour or two before starting again). I miss my wife and my kids very much and can't wait to see them.
Also, it is amazing the relaxation I feel, having finished my exams. Now I just do clinicals for the next two years, which may mean longer actual hours in 'school', but not nearly as many hours after school doing work. I actually have evenings again! I may need to get a netflix account or somethin (1st time in a long time that would be worthwhile, with all the working evenings then school). Anyway, since I plan on keeping up on this now, I need to start getting pictures. So, coming soon.....

Also, I am amazed how many of my friends stopped posting about the same time I did. Here is hoping to hear from them some more, since the 10 year is coming up. I don't think I will be able to go, but it is coming up.....
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And the Bears are going to the Super Bowl. The third quarter was a little ugly (1 first down in an entire quarter's worth of drives), but at the end of the third, they said goodbye to the Saints and put them away all throughout the 4th quarter.

I move to Chicago and the Bears go to the Superbowl, first time in 20 years. Coincidence? Of course not.