Sweet Summer

Hello everyone!

Does anyone else know the song “Sweet Summer” by Diamond Rio? You know the lines;

Even though I was out of school
I was learnin’ a lot

Well, those two lines sum up how I feel about this summer so far! So far my summer has consisted of the Puebla Service Project, my first IPPE, my internship with the Public Health Service, and more vacations time than I have had in a very long time! So what have I been learning from all of these experiences?

1) How to live on bottled water

The summer started with me heading off on the the Puebla Service Project. At the time, it was not big deal to drink out of bottled water-it was only for one week and it was either drink the bottled water or get sick! Upon my return home, I immediately headed off to my IPPE location; Thief River Falls. Well it turns out that there is tons of Iron in the water there (the water where I was staying literally had an orange/brownish tint to it). The lady I stayed with didn’t even drink the water and at my IPPE site we had the big five gallon water jugs for the break room. Currently I am staying at my aunt and uncle’s house-and while the water there was certainly drinkable, it has a gross taste to it, so I chose to drink bottled water. Then, when I went on a camping trip to Blue Mound State Park for a weekend camping trip with friends, we were greeted by this sign:


At this point it is beginning to feel normal to drink bottled water, and I have a feeling it will take some time when I get back to school before it feels normal to drink water from the tap. (Update; it still doesn’t feel normal-I have to keep reminding myself that I can drink water from the tap).

2) Sam Brown and the Browns Valley area-the Paul Revere of MN; Big stone lake state park, Agriculture

The first weekend I was out here was Browns Valley Days. For the first time I learned about the Paul Revere of Minnesota; Sam Brown-seriously, why did we never learn about this man when learning Minnesota history in middle school? I have also enjoyed visiting Big Stone Lake State Park, and attending a Threshing Bee with my aunt and uncle.

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3) How to navigate the “blue screen”

We’ve all seen pictures of old computers with the blue blackground and white text across the screen (or from when our computers decide to crash).  Well, both my IPPE site and the IHS still use this old system, so I have spent a lot of time getting used to navigating it. I am finally starting to get used to it, though I still have to ask how to do things in it at least once a day it seems.

4) CPR

While I have been certified in CPR since I was 16, this summer I became a CPR instructor for AHA! I am looking forward to getting to teach CPR to other pharmacy students!

5) Just Give Them a Pickle!

As part of my internship with the IHS this summer, I had to attend a yearly training that covered items such as employee safety, emergency weather protocols (for when things like this storm happen-I was glad to be out of town during that one!), and customer service.  For the customer service portion; we talked about the “Just Give Them a Pickle” video, which everyone else had seen except me, so of course I had to go home and look it up. I thought it was pretty great and worth sharing!

6) Wall Drug

One cannot go on a road trip across South Dakota with out stopping at one of the most famous drug stores in the U.S. What started out as a pharmacy has now turned into a popular tourist attraction after the original owner started offering a free cup of water to thirsty travelers. While I wouldn’t really call it a pharmacy anymore; it was cool to look at their display of old pharmacy objects and medicines. And of course we had to get our free cup of water!

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7) Living without Internet

Even though I grew up without internet access at home, this was still much harder than I thought it would be! For one, I had assignments that needed to be submitted during my IPPE. Second, the number of e-mails from the College and classmates during the summer was way higher than I was expecting; despite school being out, a lot of planning for events during the school year is still going on.

8) The Legend of Crazy Horse

On my trip to the Black Hills, my favorite site was definitely the Crazy Horse Memorial. Since I was working at an IHS facility for the summer, I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about Native American culture! I also really enjoyed the light show that they put on every night.  In fact, the Heads were kind of a let down after the Crazy Horse Memorial.

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9) Physiology

As PD2s we have to take a Physiology assessment so I spent a lot of my time when I was driving listening to some of my old Anatomy & Physiology lectures.

10) Summer is sweet, but home is sweeter.

What can I say, I missed seeing my Pharmily this summer, and can’t wait to catch up with everyone! Three months is too long to go without seeing any of these lovely faces!