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It’s been a while…

Guilty as charged. I haven’t been writing on this!

I can’t believe the year is > half over. This year has been a whirlwind to say the least.

January: We went to Asia for over two weeks. My parents, my sister and her husband, my husband Mark, and I. We went to Singapore, Thailand (Phuket and Bangkok), Vietnam (Hanoi and Saigon), and a brief day in Tokyo. It was amazing! Highlights were an elephant sanctuary, Thai food, and family in Singapore.

February: A primary care physician (my PCP ironically) retired from her practice at my hospital so I took over her patients and my schedule got a little haphazard and funky as I was balancing two clinic locations, one with all brand new patients to me, precepting the residents, and rounding every 6 weeks. Another fun event was the Jump Back Ball at Playhouse Square – it was sci-fi themed so Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future, and 2001: A Space Odyssey were heavily featured.

March: I’m sure something happened in March! But it’s hard to think back and recollect everything.

April: A quick weekend trip to Disney World/Orlando that started with Mark having a work trip there and me wanting to visit my friend Anita. It also just so happened to be Disney’s Star Wars half-marathon, so we ran it. Without training. And then did Magic Kingdom that day and Epcot the day after. We survived! Minus some IT band pain from Mark but… worth it.

May: We went to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands for a 4-5 days. The day before we left (Star Wars day – May the 4th be with you) we saw a house, put in an offer on a house, and signed on a house – all in one day! I literally was discussing mortgage rates and figuring things out from 7 Mile Beach in the following days because we already had this trip planned. We also had a weekend in Indy/Chicago where we saw Hamilton as a present from my parents, and a week later we saw Aladdin at Playhouse Square in Cleveland.

June: My cousin’s wedding in NYC and moving out of our apartment were highlights. We finished moving out of there and into our new house on June 30th, using every minute we could manage.

July: Settling in, unpacking, and ordering furniture – definitely a month to fill and clean and organize our new home. We went to the Yayoi Kusama exhibit in Cleveland too which was awesome.

August: Cedar Point with some friends. My dad is in Tanzania climbing Mount Kilimanjaro as we speak – updates on that later when he gets home. A big change recently was that the hospital I did the majority of my residency training at is being closed down for financial reasons. It doesn’t affect my clinic practice, but does affect where I’ll be doing my inpatient rounds every 6 weeks with the residents. I hope something better comes from this both for the community and the employees that were affected!

*upcoming*

September: Mark has a few work trips planned after a hiatus for the summer. I will be going to Amsterdam with him for a weekend. We’re also going to see Yayoi Kusama again, and I’m trying to plan another trip to Orlando.

October: This month I have a conference in Baltimore. It’s a mind-body medicine conference that I am very excited about. We also have the residency retreat, and I’m also going to visit my friend Cara with my other friend Katie.

November: Nothing planned for this month besides Thanksgiving so far!

December: Trying to plan a trip with my sister/Anish for NYE. Soon after that (early January actually) I’m going to Iceland with Mark.

Phew.

I’m not going to make any promises, but I will try my darndest to update this more often.

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Singapore. Thailand. Cambodia. Vietnam.

I just returned from a whirlwind 15 day Asian vacation with my family. I write this at 3:00 PM EST while my eyes feel as though it is 3:00 AM. The trip was beautiful, glamorous, and exciting one minute and heart-breaking, exhausting, and stressful the next. I saw poverty, heard about abuse (elephant abuse specifically), and pollution. I also saw beautiful blue waters, immensely incredible ancient buildings, and glittering skylines. I experience immense kindness and also was verbally accosted by a pseudo cab driver in Vietnam. Since coming back, my head has kind of been in a cloud. Partially jet lag, and partially with immense gratitude and appreciation for my life, the people in it, and the country that I live in. Coming back to work has been wonderful – I love the people I work with both in the clinic where I see patients [love my patients as well], and I love the residents and working in the residency clinic. I don’t want this post to be specifics about what I did as much as I want it to be about what I feel.

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resolution time?

Okay, okay, it’s been a while. I figured this would happen. But the last two months just got unexpectedly (but maybe not so unexpectedly) busy. So, it’s 2018. A new year. Time people make resolutions. I posted some general resolutions on Facebook earlier this week, but I’ll go into further depth on this blog.

  1. Don’t diet. Instead make lifestyle changes, lifestyle changes, lifestyle changes. Please don’t diet. Diets set you up for failure, mess with your metabolism, and cause forever yo yo-ing (how do you write yo yo-ing?) of weight. Instead, if you want your body to change, make lifestyle changes that you can maintain without suffering. It might take longer to get the weight off, but it will last. Eat more vegetables, eat healthy fats, don’t deprive yourself completely of your favorite foods, work on portion control, drink more water, and move more. A side tip, never mention diets and weight in front of children. I’ve seen little girls as young as four talk about calories and pinch their skin talking about fat. Create a healthy mindset about food and exercise and pass that on to younger generations.
  2. Move. Exercise in ways that don’t feel like chores – take fun classes, go skiing, hike outside, walk your dog, dance, anything you think you’d enjoy. Enjoy the process and it’s something you can continue for the rest of your life. I also use the word “move” to encourage travel. Road trips, outdoor adventures, or overseas trips if you’re able. All are amazing for the mind + soul. See a doctor once a year and talk to them if you are having difficulty with your weight, there may be a medical cause.
  3. Less screen time. I feel as though 90% of the day I am on my phone or a computer. I interact with patients and then immediately go back to my computer and type up notes/put in orders. Precepting with the residents, I’m basically on the computer the whole time. My phone seems as though it’s an appendage of my body these days. I have found that when I’m away from screens, time slows down! Less screen time will hopefully result in more time to read and create (more of that later).
  4. Reduce + reuse. I know everyone pushes recycling, which is great, but even better is to reduce or reuse. Buy better quality products, but fewer of them! For example, instead of 10 cheap sweaters, buy one of great quality that will last you forever. In fact, reduce buying in general – I know I have so many things that I bought that I really didn’t need; they are just collecting dust in my house and one day will just be thrown out. So wasteful! Buy food with less packing waste – buy in bulk bags (nuts, seeds, rice) when you are able. Refill water bottles instead of buying disposable ones – I’m using Hydroflask, and I love it. It comes in several sizes and colors, and it  keeps my water ice cold all day long. And reuse. This is something I need to work on. Reuse bags, boxes, jars, whatever you can, before throwing them out/recycling them.
  5. Read. I am going to try and read one book a month. It seems like the easiest task ever, but I get so caught up in my screens that it’s hard to make time for reading.
  6. Give. Give more presents to people, give more hugs, volunteer. Give yourself a break! Giving is the best thing you can do. If you can’t afford to donate money, donate your time – there are so many organizations to get involved with out there.
  7. Create. I’m going to work on writing more, but I also am going to work on watercolors and work on cooking and baking more. But create in any way you choose – write, paint, draw, dance, make music, etc.

 

That’s it for now. I’ll try to post more regularly (#7 up there) while still not increasing my screen time (#3).

xoxo

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well, hello.

My name is Apurva, and I’m a family medicine physician, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and puppy mom in Ohio. This blog is born from a place of boredom as well as feeling the need to share medical and non-medical finds. I hope to share a general message of health and happiness in addition to what’s on my mind and what’s in my [online] shopping cart. Additionally, I used to be an avid reader and writer. Medical school pretty significantly limited the time I could spend doing either recreationally, so this is my way to dip my toe back into that water.

xoxo