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...a tribute to becoming a doctor.
No more curses you can't undo...
Things I have found while packing:
A white sheet decorated with streets, houses, trees, and railroads that my father made for me to put down on the floor and run my cars on. [Edit: My mother says that perhaps she was the one who made the sheet. We are unsure.]
My paper about Lancelot.
My AP Physics B folder.
My Discrete Math folder.
A metric buttload of dust.

The house, this house, is mulched in front. I have begun moving boxes and furniture to the garage. Seller's agent wants to walk through in about 10 days (panic).
We tore up carpet in the spare room today; I need a crowbar to peel up the tack strips and some eye protection. It took about 15 minutes for the whole room, sans tack strips. No call from the installers yet; we are measured and ready there.

I have resigned myself that my free time, and all of it, will be dedicated to getting this house ready to sell. I want to do this thing. I was up and mulching when Angel left at 0815. I have been working ever since. I have a veritable cornucopia of welts on my arms from my work; I have found my AMA membership card; I am exhausted and drained and all I want to do O Best Beloved is sit and stare at the computer. Or read. Or just stop getting up in the morning.
I have to do this. It is keeping me going. The approval of my mother when she came over last night - "Your house looks so cute with the new mulch!" is keeping me going. The slow progress of one more box on the pile of boxes is keeping me going. Bit by bit.

And so.
In the allergist's office, I have participated in child torture.
You see, O Best Beloved, allergy testing has evolved. Most doctors do not use the scratch test that so many of my allergic friends seem familiar with, wherein a scratch is made in the skin and a drop of the offending solution placed on it. Instead, they use the prick test, involving tiny plastic claws that pinch but do not tear. In children, Dr. N has an eight-legged applicator that allows 40 tests to be put on in less than twenty seconds. It pinches; it does pierce the skin to a specified depth. But it is fast to apply.
The problem is the fifteen-minute wait.
Those of you with little ones: imagine with me a two-to-five-year-old being told to remove his shirt and lie on his stomach. Now pinch him in the back five times over twenty seconds. Now tell him to lie down, lie still, and stay right there for fifteen minutes. Don't touch it, don't move, don't wriggle, don't sit up. This usually involves pinning the child down. And if the child is indeed allergic, these things begin to swell up and itch. No itching. No moving. No sitting up. No touching.
Yesterday, I saw a three-year-old-boy who not only failed to scream for the prick testing; he fell asleep lying on the table. An amazing display, as usually the entire office is filled with the screams of a furious darling.

"Some children," Dr. N says to me, "take it better than others."

now feeling:: exhausted exhausted

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jays_princess From: jays_princess Date: April 14th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
i love to read your entries. i really really do.
From: broken_onewon1 Date: April 14th, 2005 01:08 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
I just love the fact that the kid fell asleep. you definately have seen both ends of the spectrum.
phloxin From: phloxin Date: April 14th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
OK, I give up. What is "Discrete" math? Is it math that you don't know you've done? Equasions you hide from others so only you know they're there? Help me out here. ;)
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: April 14th, 2005 03:08 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
It's Math done with a clean whore in a quiet and secluded location.

No, really, it's hard to explain.
leon03 From: leon03 Date: April 16th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
It's math done on "discrete" objects as opposed to "continuous" objects. Standard algebra and calculus courses involve the real numbers, which is a continuous object because you can smoothly move around the real number line. However, the integers ( ... -2, -1, 0, 1, 2 ...) are not continuous. It requires discrete hops to move between one value and the next.

The topics covered in Discrete Math vary widely. Material is commonly pulled from number theory, combinatorics, graph theory, coding and information theory, but this is by no means a complete list. The expectation is to be comfortable with sets, logic, and basic proofs at the end of the course.

Being in this very same Discrete Math class, I do remember a proof that was on our homework:

Prove: There is no largest prime number.

Indirect proof: Assume that this statement is not true. Suppose that there is a largest prime number, and call it p. Now take all the prime numbers, which are less than p, and call them p1, p2, ... pk. Consider the number n = p1 * p2 * ... pk * p + 1. This number n is bigger than p, and is not evenly divisible by any of our prime numbers. So n must be prime. This is a contradiction, and thus our assumption must be false.

Now, Aryadyss, does this proof mean that if we multiply together the first n prime numbers, and add one, that we get a new prime number? :-)
staircase_wit From: staircase_wit Date: April 14th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Falling asleep during prick testing just has so much room for inuendo... but I'm sure you already knew that.
chemta From: chemta Date: April 14th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
I've only heard of the test on the back, but I witnessed my poor fiance react to all but four of the thirty-some scratches and/or injections down his arm. I remember having to keep his apartment as dark and quiet and filtered as possible in that surrounding week; his migraine started on the second of the five days he was supposed to be without medication. He was so dizzy by the time of the appointment that it took an hour to dress him and get him to the car.

People think it's hard to have allergies and go without certain foods or experiences, but I think the hardest part is finding out exactly what the culprit is. Though I suppose you see that a lot with other illnesses!
chibent From: chibent Date: April 15th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)

Wow. When I had allergy testing done, I was 17 or 18, but I still found it difficult to just lie there and not scratch. (I was supremely allergic to so very many things.)

It hurts to imagine a little kid going through that. (Even though I know it's for their own good. That's why I've never applied to a children's hospital - I'm a good enough nurse with adult patients, but I'm too much of a pushover with kids.) Or being a parent of said kid, and trying to keep kid in proper position...

I'd heard somewhere that kids sometimes "grow out of" allergies as they get older. Do you have any information on this? Is it true? I'm about to go Google it, but any words of wisdom you have would still be appreciated.
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: April 15th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Food allergies - milk, eggs, that sort - they often grow out of.
Peanut and shellfish are "adult allergies"; kids rarely grow out of those.
As far as seasonal allergies...given sufficient time and changing stimuli, they can grow out of some and into others. It kind of depends.
If you're looking for info, http://www.aaaai.org/ is a good source :)
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