The one about sunshine and diseases of poultry…

Today was spent desperately trying to absorb all the knowledge needed to pass tomorrow’s (absolutely terrible) exam on diseases of poultry. Needless to say, these are not the things I’m very excited to learn about, so finding the motivation to study when it’s full-on summer outside has been even more challenging than usual.

Well, today Juulia and I went out on the nearby dock to study… without sunblock! BIG mistake. We emerged from our study bubble (6 hours later) looking like freshly boiled lobsters! I’ve since spent nearly an hour and a half soaking in a cool-ish bath (spiced up with coconut oil and epsom salts), slabbed some hydrocortisone all over myself (the benefits of living with a person suffering from atopic dermatitis 😉 ) knowing fully well it’s not the best thing to do (#pharmacology), and forced a good litre and a half of water into my system… I really hope I’ll emerge from my bed looking less like a lobster and more like a healthy human being tomorrow morning…

Let this be a warning to my course mates who have to lay eyes on me tomorrow – please don’t comment on my appearance, and to everyone else – please use sunblock, especially if you’re a pale Nordic person like myself.

On a much more positive note (pun intended) Finland is through to the ESC finals!!! (as is Estonia 🙂 )

//jz

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The one about mental health…

I’d like to thank Dr. Carrie Jurney and Dr. Melanie Goble from Not One More Vet (NOMV) for the lecture they gave at our university today. Mental health is a difficult topic to talk about, especially when you know there are people suffering on some level in the group you’re talking to, but their lecture and workshop gave us a lot of tools and ideas to work with and use in the future, so thank you 🙂

To sum everything up in a few points:g

  1. Mental health issues are real
  2. Everyone can (and most probably will) suffer from mental health issues at some point
  3. Your mental health is just as important (if not more important) as your physical/social well-being, so make it a habit to take care of yourself
  4. Don’t be afraid to reach out – we can all help one another

 

The rate of suicide in the veterinary profession has been pegged as close to twice that of the dental profession, more than twice that of the medical profession, and 4 times the rate in the general population. (source)

Why? There are so many factors I can’t possibly cover everything in a quick little blog post, but I’ll list a few down below

  • the work is stressful and things can pile up (overworked, exhausted people on the brink of burnout…)
  • perfectionism that turns into a fear of failure + fighting death every day (with a few inevitable losses) – not the best combination
  • taking on the emotions of every single family that loses a member (empathy beyond safe limits)
  • and so much more… Basically, it’s a tough life.

As a future veterinarian knowing all of the statistics is both scary and comforting at the same time; you know what to expect, but you also know you’re not alone.

In my mind I envisioned this being a very thorough post, but I think I will leave it at this, perhaps I’ll elaborate things later. For now I really must be getting back to studying (check the “What I really do when I say I’m studying”-page at the top of the page to find out what I actually end up doing 😉

//jz

P.S. This is just to write down some things to remember. I’m okay, really, don’t worry 🙂 

The one about the ceiling renovation…

As you may or may not have seen/read/heard we had quite the eventful Estonian independence day celebration this year (read all about it here 😉 )

Today it is getting fixed… hopefully.

Originally we were supposed to be at uni all day today, but due to the teacher being out of town the lecture and associated practical work class were cancelled. This means we’re at home, able to observe the renovation process (which I’m quite happy about). During the day I’ll add some of my thoughts and we’ll see what kind of post this ends up being – we might have a glorious new ceiling by the end of today, or we might not have a ceiling at all… Everything is possible!

So far there’s just been a lot of running back and forth, in and out of the house… And there’s plasterboard crusties sort of all over the place. The neighbour has apparently enlisted an elderly lady to do the fixing… Needless to say I have my doubts about what the final product will be. However, the lady is giving quite sharp orders to the poor man, so that’s good! #ladypower

– – – – – – – – – – day goes on – – – – – – – – – –

Well… turns out, this is a paint job?! The lady will be back tomorrow morning to finish the paint job… *sigh* and here we were, hoping they would actually fix the problem and not just cover the stains…

Welcome to the not-so-good-in-the-long-run way of doing things!

//jz

The one about how we celebrated Estonian independence this year…

This year is the 100 year jubilee of Estonian independence, and today just so happens to be the actual party day – “Head iseseisvuspäeva!”

I got out of bed at around 9:45, walked into the kitchen where I was greeted by a waterfall flowing down from our ceiling (through the lamp to be more precise).

After a couple of phone calls and knocking on doors we finally got the “sort of head of the apartment complex” to keep more water from emerging, but the waterfall was (and is) still present, but has now calmed down to a drip-drop-drip-drop.

This couldn’t have happened at a worse time; no firm that could otherwise have come to dry up the mess is open, our landlord is bedridden…
Actually, the only time worse than today would be during summer, because God knows what might have happened had we not been home (this happened once before we lived here; the ceiling had come down during summer and no one had noticed, the floor had to be redone, it was an all-around mess!)

Despite this today has turned out to be a pretty okay independence day (much thanks to the lovely horses at Ado (especially my dear Adorette) and a pretty successful riding lesson). Now it’s back to the books and studying, but not for long 😉

//ja

The one about a very special potato

For those who don’t care – it’s just another Wednesday!

For those who should perhaps remember, but let it slip their mind – it’s Valentine’s Day!

For me it’s just another day that I feel incredibly blessed to be able to share with my very own potato (aka le boyfriend) – Jason ♡
Now, for those who don’t know this potato happens to be located all the way in Norwich, England, and I’m currently situated in Tartu, Estonia. For those who are struggling with geography right now, let me spell it out for you; we are not in the same city, not even the same country (which kind of sucks sometimes).

In the world we live in today Valentine’s Day has become a celebration for couples, and a somewhat sad/lonely day for single people. The other end of the spectrum has emerged on social media; the “strong, independent singles” who take Valentine’s Day as a day to show the rest of the world how great it is to be single.

In the world I lived in as a child (nursery-primary school age) Valentine’s Day was a day when we would make or give cards to friends and family. In fact, we referred to it as “alla hjärtans dag”, which translates to “the day of all hearts”, or “vändag” from the FInnish word “ystävänpäivä” which translates to “friendship’s day”. I wish we could go back to that childhood definition. It simply seems a lot more inclusive, and I think it would help make the day less mopey for the singles who choose to take the mopey path.

Anyhow, back to the idea I started off with; Potato!
This is our first Valentine’s Day together, and the hopeless romantic in me feels like just that – a hopeless romantic.
I got to send a card (really cute picture on the outside, filled with my wonky handwriting on the inside) and a little gift to the person I’ve come to love more than life itself (cheesy, but true!). A man whom I hope to share my life with for a very long time. A man who loves me. A man worth the wait ♡

A year ago I was one of the mopey singles who tried to pretend to be “strong and independent” by buying her own chocolate, but in reality I was only buying the chocolate so I could watch a romantic film and munch away my emotions.
This year, however, I’m buying chocolate so I can munch away at it while on the phone with my Potato ♡ (just to make him jealous 😉 )

A lot can change in one year, and with regards to my feelings surrounding this day the change has certainly been a positive one 🙂 ❤

Happy Valentine’s Day / Glad alla hjärtans dag / Glad vändag / Hyvää ystävänpäivää ! (choose whichever one you prefer 🙂 )

//jz