So what’s a year in the pharmacy world without a conference. The only reason for going really was to gain a little bit of pharmacy knowledge, to network a little bit, but really to see old friends. How random is it that I was able to reconnect with people rom such differet phases of life. Shayna was my nieghbor when I was 6 years old, Vanessa was a fellow flute player with me in middle school band, and Enjoli was a friend from high school.
I met up with Vanessa in between pharmacy continuing education sessions.
Messing around Target with Enjoli.
Meeting up with Shayna at a nightclub.
Saying goodbye after spending the weekend at Enjoli's instead of a hotel.
For nearly 9 months I had the pleasure of working for the
V.A. Hospital atop the city of Portland. Even having worked for years in
different pharmacies already, I had no idea what I was getting into. I could
not believe the receptiveness of the patients. Maybe it was because many of the
men were Vietnam vets would had no one left in their lives. It was rewarding to
feel like I was giving back to those who served our country. It was also
pleasant to hear a thank you here and there which is more than I had received
by working in communities where every prescription to most patients was
provided free to the patient by state aid. It is a constant challenge working a
tireless and mostly thankless job, even more so since I happen to be a very
giving person. It was a long nine months, working sometimes an exhausting
amount of hours and usually waking up much earlier than the sun, but I learned
so much. I will always value the time I spent working at the V.A. and hopefully
one day I will have the chance again.
When I didn’t have to commute by the bus-train-bus route to
the Vancouver campus, I would walk down the hill from my rented house to OHSU,
the university hospital, and walk across the skybridge to get to the VA
hospital. The pedestrian bridge happens to be the longest suspended skybridge
in North America at a length of 660 feet. Here are a few of my views from the
I work hard and love harder. I sing with rapture, even in the shower. I like to play soccer and run in the rain. I am an expert at doing everything and nothing at the same time. I have a wacky family, but I love them anyway. I watch too many movies. I use chapstick as much as an addict would sniff crack. I need Cheerios, no not coffee, in the morning like I need air to breathe. I rock out in my car all the time. I enjoy dancing, especially in my underwear. I tell the truth and keep it real. Basically, I am completely AWESOME.