Thursday, February 28, 2008

so this is it.

5 weeks of interning at Grady Hospital will be over tomorrow. I am very happy to have my life back so I can get on with training, obsessing over races, and spending time with Eddie and my two 4-legged creatures. This has been such a great experience and while I have not been riding much at all, it was important for me to do this rotation and it was totally worth it. I'm not sure what people think of when I say I'm in the field of nutrition..I know some people think that means I serve people food in a hospital. Um, no. I've spent the last 5 weeks thrown in the fire of medical nutrition therapy--i.e. figuring out the needs of trauma patients and of those with multiple diseases (liver, pancreas, kidney, heart, lung, cancer, AIDS, you name it). Hours and hours of calculations, follow ups, research, tube feedings, charting, running up and down stairs, washing my hands, and of course laughing. I think that if you didn't laugh at things and yourself that working in health care would be very very depressing. While I knew my competitors have been training and racing their asses off already, I knew the bike would be there when I finished. And, it is. I am really looking forward to some good weather this weekend and some QT with the family and the bikes.

In other exciting news, I was the lead author of an abstract submitted to the American College of Sports Medicine, and it was accepted for publication..and presentation! So, that means I have to find a way to get myself to the ACSM Annual Conference in Indianapolis to do the presentation at the end of May. It is highly unusual for a graduate student to be in this situation so I will consider myself lucky as this will be a great opportunity for me.


Blogger Hmmm.... said...

Awesome job Nam! You kick ass girl!

5:18 PM  
Blogger Mike Livingston said...

Great Job Namrita...
As usual, the utmost of professionalism and hard work! I would expect nothing less.. Enjoy the great weather that should be gracing us this weekend :)

7:28 PM  
Blogger Mallie said...

Congrats, Nam. We can all say, "we knew her when..."

3:32 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Nice job. Congrats on finishing up the rotation and on the paper. You may not have been on the bike, but it sure sounded mentally challenging for sure. And like I've heard Jeff Kerkove say more than once "it's all training" :)

Congrats, now pour yourself a beer or 6. Does Eddie get a discount from his new job? HA!

4:05 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

Congrats Nam...that's awesome!

6:43 AM  
Blogger JenyJo said...

hey N -- congratulations on finishing your commitment, and being open to the possibilities therein.... very inspiring!!!!!!

your pony is just waitin', patient yet as eager as you ... can't wait to hear about the rides and races!!!

(take pix because it's warm there and you all have nice tans -- while it's still freaking cold here and we're all whiter than ghosts)....



7:52 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Wow, congrats! Urgent care is pretty tough, and it sounds like you made it through strongly. Way to go!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

If you need an Indiana mountain bike guide while you're here, I'd be happy to volunteer!

12:52 PM  
Blogger Namrita O'Dea said...

Thanks, everyone. I cannot explain the feeling I have right now of complete exhaustion but I'm so happy! I have to somehow find the energy to drink heavily tonight and then ride a billion miles this week :)

As for the mountain biking in IN..that would be fun if I bring my bike! Not sure I will, though. Thanks for the offer, Lindsay. I will let you know!

2:48 PM  
Blogger cathi said...

congrats !! it looks like you'll have an awesome weather weekend to go out and play in!

7:44 PM  

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