24 things to do before turning 24: Review!


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It’s time, again! Well, it’s been a messy year; though I had no exams to worry about, I haven’t crossed so many items off my list. They said medical interns have all the time in the world, but it turned out being the exact opposite! So anyway, of the 24 things I had to do before my 24th birthday (that’s today!), here’s what I’ve done.

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1. Finish my novel(s): I’m almost done of my novel’s first draft, but still, it’s not 100% finished.

2. Win NaNoWriMo: Yay! I won! 😀

3. Scrub-in, preferably in an eye surgery: Scrubbed in Ob/Gyn, just for 5 minutes! Turns out surgery isn’t my thing after all.

4. Reach my ideal weight: Not yet, I’m ridiculously fluctuating.

5. Finish “Insanity” workouts without twisting any joints: I did twist many joints, so…

6. Learn to dance: No time!

7. Earn drivers’ license: Still procrastinating!

8. Read 20 100 books at least, including the Qur’an: Could barely read a few!

9. Speak French: Such a luxury!

10. Play guitar: LOL! I have the guitar, but that doesn’t count, does it? 😛

11. Volunteer in a cause:  I did volunteer at the hospital, but I’m not sure it counts, because it wasn’t charity, I was there to learn.

12. Fall in love.. or not: Not. *Sighs*

13. Pick a specialty: I’m 90% positive that I want to be a psychiatrist, so that’s something.

14. Prepare for a fellowship in the picked speciality: It’s not that easy, but I have a few plans.

15. Save a life: It wasn’t directly me, but I helped resuscitate many patients, some recovered, others died. But I like to believe I did save a life.

16. Run regularly for at least 3 months: I tried to make it regular, but shifts always happened! :/

17. Run half a marathon: Coming next April, so…

18. Buy a heart rate monitor/fitness tracker: Couldn’t yet afford.

19. Eat clean for at least a month without cheating: Hahaha! Epic fail!

20. Build abs: In progress, I like to believe.

21. Earn a belt in judo: I earned THREE BELTS! Yellow, Orange, and Green! (Yeah, I’m awesome!)

22. Go sky diving: Wasn’t that fortunate.

23. Attend a live concert: Not yet.

24. Inspire more people: It appears so. 🙂

25 things before turning 25 is coming soon! 🙂

A “blessed” birthday!!


“21 is the age of responsibility. Give it a few months and you will be wondering why you were in such a hurry to get here.” ~ Unknown.

Today I turn page 21 of my life. I never thought of it as a bewitching event! What is so interesting about having more “responsibilities”?!!

However, birthdays are all about greetings, family, friends, gifts and cheerful stuff. And whether I like it or not, getting older is out of my hands, I’d better enjoy the day and have fun. I’m quite aware of this, no weeping.. But wait, what if my birthday is linked to death?! Yes, death and disasters!!

2 Feb, “Combat of camels”… I was born on that date too!

That was last year, people will never forget that very date, not because I was born of course, but because people got killed! I wanted to get over and move on this year, but over 70 got killed in Port Said last night (another nasty act planned by SCAF)!!! Today is literally a tragic day in here, there’s mourning, prayers for the martyrs, and marches against SCAF! How dare I consider the thought of celebrating?!!

Sarcastically, a friend of mine tweeted me this, she’s right somehow!

Translation: “Your birthday causes us troubles every year by the way!!”

“#Feb2” is being hash-tagged on Twitter now, and the Tweets aren’t any pleasing! I wonder, can’t we omit this deathly date from the calendar?!

You know you’re a medical student when..


Being a medical student can be either funny, weird or pathetic…

Well, it’s funny when..

  • Everybody knows you must be so smart!
  • Most of people respect you!
  • Everybody calls you a doctor that  sometimes you hate it!
  • There’s a syndrome with your name (medical student syndrome)!
  • You know how to measure blood pressure, how to use a stethoscope and what drugs are used for!!
  • You know it’s called “Alzheimer’s” not “Zahaimar” and “Schizophrenia” not “Shezophrenia” ! 😛
  • Your neighbor catches flu and asks you to prescribe her a drug!
  • You watch medical series and  feel so happy when you understand what they’re talking about and much happier when you know the diagnosis of a disease!
  • You’ve got plenty of time (7 years) to make new friends, they become a part of your family and you become a part of theirs!

It’s weird when..

  • You use medical terms in the middle of your ordinary talk, even without noticing!
  • Your Facebook status and posts are medically related!
  • You type “Vagus” instead of “Vegas” and “Staph” instead  of “Staff” and you may even say “Jugular” instead of “Jaguar”!!
  • Your parents get you a stethoscope, a microscope or any other “scope” for your birthday & you may celebrate it at college with your friends within 15 minutes right before an upcoming lecture!
  • You’d rather spend two hours staring at a human liver, studying its anatomy, than go home later and find out that your mother has cooked “livers” for lunch!!
  • You’re not supposed to  panic when you see a dead body dissected into pieces or a blood pool in the street!

And it becomes pathetic when..

  • You forget your name!
  • You’re always supposed to be anywhere but your home… Doing what? Attending either lectures, sections, rounds or courses!!
  • You forget what  a “weekend” means since you’re out 24/7!!
  • You’re always doing something, so your biggest  fun becomes staying at home and doing nothing!
  • You either have migraines, gastritis or sinusitis!
  • You take anti-depressants, anxiolytics & sedatives without (or with) consultation!
  • You get a panic attack at least twice!
  • Sometimes you think you might need psychotherapy!
  • Your summer vacation starts 2 months after other students get bored of theirs!
  • Your younger siblings graduate before you do and even get a job!!
  • You usually miss your family gatherings, birthday parties & weddings and you spend your whole “Eid” vacation studying for an upcoming exam!
  • Peoples’ blood, urine, stools, pus, sputum and vomitus become a part of your curriculum and a part of your job later!! (Yeah, I know it’s disgusting)!!

But you know what, after all, I think I love being a medical student!!  🙂