Volunteering in Frederick
On the rare offering of an opportunity to be surrounded by medicine, I always take advantage. In downtown Frederick, I was able to help out at the medical clinic within the Community Action Agency complex which also provides shelter, emergency shelter, and meals to those in need.
After growing up in California, and working in the ED for the last 2 years, I have been able to develop a relatively comfortable understanding of Spanish. Despite how painfully slow I can articulate, I can almost understand everything I am told (especially in a medical setting). I filled this role of temporary translator for the afternoon while shadowing Dr. Michael Flessner, a volunteer physician, Nephrologist and NIH Researcher. My help was apparently a welcomed change; not a single patient we saw spoke fluent English, if any English at all.
I was just happy to be surrounded by medicine again. Days like that remind me that I have made the right decision to pursue medicine.
I can't imagine doing anything else.
Fun With the Family
I'm almost never alone on this trip. Excluding a stretch in the midwest, I have been constantly staying with friends and family friends, and friends of friends. But in Maryland, I finally felt like I wasn't a guest. I felt as if I was home; that I had been gone for a few months, and returned, rather than staying with a branch of the family that I haven't seen in more than 10 years.
The air was barely crisp and completely still and, the leaves had all changed and carpeted the forest floor. It was a perfect morning and here are some of my favorite photos from the short hike: