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I’m in shock over how long it been since writing something. To be honest I’ve been a bit overwhelmed with life lately. Every now and then there is a time when you need to figure out what you want in life, who you want to have there with you, not to mention I figured out why I’ve been so tired the last year.  I’m going to try and catch you all up on what’s been going on since the vet ball.

My mum came to visit is what I ended with last time, it was really nice to have here there as usual with her support and home cocked meals. I dunno if I wrote about this, but the past year Id been really really exhausted. Getting closer to Easter break it got to the point where I would go to lectures for 4 hours then have to go home to rest because I was so tired, and even after sleeping I was still exhausted. I was lucky to have Brianna there because she writes every word the lecturers say in lectures and sent them to be of the once I missed, so I wouldn’t miss any information. Still with this help I was starting to fall behind. As you can see I didn’t blog and I wasn’t as organized with my stuff as I used to be. Id been asked to be the photographer for this year’s vet school nude calendar. This is a calendar of the 5th years (wearing very little clothes, while posing doing vet stuff). The calendar is sold and the money is given to charity. Its all very classy and no one reveals anything really. Anyway with me so tired it was a real effort for me to organize times and photograph these people, even though I love photography. I just wasn’t feeling well. As soon as id finished photographing, the pictures where sent to Scott McGinley, who has been the photographer the previous years, and he edited the pictures for me. I’ve always been a landscape photographer so he also gave me pointers on portraits.. I must say the end product turned out pretty well. I think the 5th year was happy too.

I left right before out class exam in physiology. We thought that id locked my back, because of all the back pain id been having, so we booked an appointment with my Naprapat Jannicke when I got home because I just wasn’t functioning. Jannicke did find a “locked” vertebrae in my spine, but when id explained to here that id been getting so much pain that id been throwing up, she got worried and said that I shouldn’t get symptoms like that from what she found. Jannicke even did research in here medical books to see if there were any rare occasions, which there wasn’t. Being home, it didn’t get any better.. Once the pain attacks, as I called them, came, I couldn’t do anything but lay on the floor twisting until it passed. A lot of the times throwing up helped it pass quicker. I felt like a bulimic. The problem with my pain was that I didn’t feel it as much once the attacks had passed, so by the time my mum got me to the emergency room, the doctors could only go by what I explained because most of it had passed by them. I had an open return to the ER emergency at Diakon Hospital in Oslo. It took me about 3 times before they committed me to the hospital. Id started to go yellow (jaundice) and then they figured out that what I had was gallbladder stones. I’m not really in the set age group for this problem. Your meant to be over 40, female, fair haired and fat. Well I fitted two of those. They took an Ultrasound and found that their diagnosis was right, I was sent to an MMR and there they found that one of the stones had gotten stuck in the duct leading out from the gallbladder causing a blockage. It had been the movement of these stones that caused the pain. Many people have gallbladder stones and never notice them. They are normally big stones and they will just lay there for the rest of your life without problems. My stones where small and caused problems because they moved.

Another reason why they hadn’t figured it out was that my back pain had been much lower than what’s normal with this kind of diagnosis.  I was sent to remove the stone in the duct, but when they did this, they managed to get gallbladder acid on my pancreas (bukspyttkjertelen) thereby giving my pancreatic. I was pretty touch and go for a few days there. The doctors didn’t tell us this until id gotten better luckily. I was on intravenous liquid, up to 15 liters a day. My arm was completely cold because of all the fluids going through me. It was the only way to “cure” me. To flush my system clean.  I was in a lot of pain, so I was given opiates, but the opiate made me nauseous which made me throw up gallbladder acid. So the nurses gave me opiates and nauseous relieving medicine every other time.  Ivan and my mum was there all the hours they could, from 10 in the morning until 10 at night. At was really good having them there, even though I was passed out most of the time form the medication. IVAN was telling jokes like called me his sunshine or bringing oranges in to me, because I was so yellow.

The doctors wanted to remove my gallbladder then. But well that could mean that if the operation didn’t go so well, id be stuck in the hospital for 3 more weeks and thereby jeopardizing my exams in may. Id already lost the entire Easter break worth of reading, so if I wanted to take my exams I couldn’t do this now. The doctors agreed to let me have the surgery in June after my exams, but if there was any symptoms at all I would have to get it removed in the Uk. The doctors therefore sent with me an envelope with MMR pictures, Ultrasound Pictures and a description I was meant to give the doctors there if anything happened. I managed to go to Kristiansand for a quick trip to meet Ivan’s family before heading back to Glasgow.

After my exams ( I will write another blog with the things that happened before my exams) I went home and had the surgery on the 9th of June. I was a one day surgery. I went in and got the gallbladder removed through a slit in my navel. They were meant to open me up in 4 places on my tummy, because the hepatic duct leading to the liver was so short. But the doctors where so good, they took their time (2 hours), got other doctors to come and help and managed to only have one incision. So I only have a scar in my navel now, which is amazing.  Living without a gallbladder is fine, I seem to be able to eat what I want, apart from really greasy food, that will give me diarrhea, but I don’t eat that much greasy food anyways. Well now you know…




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February is a very social month at Glasgow. The third years have their half way dinner, which celebrates the third years being halfway through vet school. I can’t wait until next year when I get to celebrate being half way done. Thursday night was Mr. Vet School, the competition where the guys of the vet school go through rounds where they compete for the title to become Mr. Vet School. This years acts wasn’t as good as last year though, but I think it’s very brave to get up in female lingerie in front of the entire school. They also played twister bathed in baby oil, drank laxative, waxed eyebrows and chests. The nasty eating round this year was completed by all the guys, so I don’t understand why then some of them didn’t continue, I think there were some problems with the QMU union during the show!

Ivan came Wednesday from Africa and got to come both for Mr. Vet School and the Vet Ball. Ryan who is Brianna’s boyfriend had come from the USA for the event as well. I don’t think the guys liked Mr. Vet School much, but seeing there were mostly girls there, Ivan actually got grabbed by someone at the bar, hehe.

Saturday Night was the Annual Vet Ball. It was held at the Hilton Hotel Glasgow again like last year.  Me and Ivan sat on a table with Brianna & Ryan, Laura & Kegan, Amy & Matt, Christina & Alix, so there were at least other guys for the guys to talk with. They had spelled Ivans name wrong, despite Christina emailed them with the right spelling, so his new nick name is now Sjoberry instead of Sjøberg, hehe! We had a table in the middle on the right side so we could see the stage pretty well. There was a fish appetizer, the main course was chicken breast filled with mushroom mousseline covered in pastry lattice, whilst for dessert they served champagne jelly, clotted cream ice cream & raspberry compote.

After the dinner the dancing started. They started by playing swing music. Me and Ivan decided that we should take a swing course seeing none of us really got it 😛 It could also be that we have never danced together before. Then it was on to Ceilidh dancing (the Scottish folk dance). The dance floor was packed so it was a bit hard to move but I must say that me & Ivan did a lot better at this than the swing, well we think we did, hehe. At the end they switched to a DJ with normal club dancing and old classics like mc hammer 😛 I can at least say the feet where soar when we left after 8 hours at 2am. All in all a really good night!

Everyone looked so good in their dressed and all the guys dressed up in their kilt. Ivan wore his Military Ball uniform so he kind of stood out. I even overheard some girls in the bathroom talking about that they wondered what he did, and all the Americans came to shake his hand to thank him for his service. It is a completely different culture with the Americans and the Army.  Today I drove Ivan to the airport and just slept to recover for another full week of lectures. I need to catch up on some reading after all these festivities. My mum is coming to visit for a week on Wednesday so looking forward to that.

Write more soon=)


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Veterinary medicine as a profession was born 250 years ago with the founding of the first school of veterinary medicine in Lyon, France. The World Veterinary Association, along with other leading veterinary organizations, have designated 2011 as the “Year of the Veterinarian”, and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences is taking part in the effort to help promote the global spread of knowledge in veterinary medicine.

Today, veterinarians play vital roles all over the world concerning people and animals alike.

I can’t believe that over 250 years ago, this wonderful profession started. A lot has changed;  For example that women now dominate the field of veterinary medicine —

As of 2010, the veterinary profession is about 50 percent men and 50 percent women, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, while enrollment in veterinary medical colleges is about 80 percent women. This wasn’t the case before – Vet med shifted in 50 years from 98 percent male to 50-50, now the profession struggles to keep the percentage of males and females 50-50. So a lot of schools will have lower marks for males to enter than females, which I really don’t find fair. I mean no one talked about making it easier for the women when veterinary was a male profession. Anyways I’m glad veterinary is such a big profession and still growing. It only proves people are caring more about their animals right. On the other hand I saw in AVMA 1,300 u.s counties have less than one veterinarian pr 25,000 farm animals, and there are 500 counties with at least 5,000 farm animals that have no food supply veterinarians to treat. The article also said that in 20 years there will be a shortage of 15,000 veterinarians, according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Maybe I call pull off this massive loan after all. At least I know I will have a job when I’m done.

Its been kind of hectic since i got back, because of the snow, we had 2 rescheduled exams the second week after we got back. I really needed the break over christmas and it was hard to find the motivation to study for exams as soon as I got back after the break. I do think on the other hand that I had more motivation and therefore did better in the two exams now than I would have if we had them with the two others before christmas. The results are not up yet, so will have to wait and see if I’m right. To be fair all the class exams are worth either 15% or 7,5% so not a lot to be worried about. It’s the may exams worth 85% I need to nail!

I had a hard time focusing because my wisdom tooth has been acting up since I got back, so in addition to reading for the exams I didn’t get much sleep. I went to the dentist who said that because I have a little mouth the tooth didn’t have space to grow, so it had started growing into my cheek causing an infection great! I went on antibiotics because taking the tooth out now would knock me out for exams. Two days ago, when the infection was gone, I went to the dentist again to take the tooth out. The dentist was really nice, and my norwegian friend Christin came with me for moral support. After pushing and wiggling the tooth for 30 minutes on local anaesthetics the dentist concluded that she couldn’t take it out because there was no room. so every time she pushed out and needed to go further my jaw spasmed because there wasnt space for here to push further. They therefore sent me to another dentist in the city centre to be sedated so they could push it further without my jaw spasming. Christin came with me which was good, because after this sedation I wouldn’t have been allowed to drive and I needed someone to babysit me for the rest of the night. Christin drove my car and I slept over at heres. I don’t remember anything from them taking the tooth out (even though I was awake), I don’t remember paying or driving home, just that I was sitting on Christin’s sofa.
I missed a day’s lectures, so I’m trying to catch up on this weeks work, my jaw is akin, but im on pain killers so it will be fine.

I’m still trying to find a room-mate in the flat im in at the moment, but because the flat it a bit outside of town its hard to get someone. I found this 1st year vet student that seemed great, she had a dog though and the landlord doesn’t want a dog in the flat, even though she’s ok with my rats and for me to watch dogs in weekend.
I havent done much this term apart from reading and the tooth. In Anatomy and physiology we  have started learning about the female reproductive system and how to manipulate reproduction, which I find very interesting. In biomolec we are learning about immunology and cancer development. There is a cancer research building at the vet campus, so I’m trying to find out if I might be able to do some EMS ( Work experience) there, seeing I find cancer very interesting. Husbandry have stepped it up with Nutrition. I’ve always found calculating energy requirement out of feeds kind of hard, so next week I’m having a meeting with the professor so that he can try to explain it more to me one on one. The guy we have in Nutrition – Peter Hastie- is a professor that used to teach at Aberystwyth before I started there, isn’t the world small!. The days are long 9-5 with lectures every day so I’m exhausted when I get home, I just have to keep on top of this=).
Ivan is coming in two weeks from Afrika for the vet ball, so I’m looking forwards to that. Talked to him on Skype today and got to see one of the monkey’s. It was adorable.

Will write more soon
~ Annette



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