Saturday, June 29, 2013
As I mentioned a few blogs back, I am now in nursing school. Western medicine is an art that is mechanical in precision. I've learned so much about the body and the exquisite details of hormones, the flora in a microscopic world, to the sodium-potassium pumps, the bodies' warriors that can attack invaders and also eat itself. I'm enthralled by the fine, delicate balance that keeps our lives in homeostasis. I've heard first hand accounts of people's experiences in the hospital and I'm deeply moved by the effect science and medicine has on our lives. I'm learning about some of the reasons behind diseases, the different types of test to diagnose problems, and the treatments that could potentially cause a different type of imbalance that can lead to further illness if a treatment is not administered correctly. Our body is an amazing machine. I want to pause and just ponder on that for a while...because.... I'm in utter awe. Yet the microscopic level is affected by what goes on in the macro-world. If I pause, I miss out on time to study, time to be with my baby, time to exercise and keep up with my physical fitness, time to do and make art, time to organize. But like Socrates, I believe that a life unexamined is a life not worth living. So what am I examining? Nursing school? I'm in awe of science. How am I feeling? Still grateful that UNC-CH re-opened its doors to me.