Electrophysiology!

Electrophysiology!

Today was amazing.  I had the opportunity to shadow a cardiologist (electrophysiologist to be exact) when he used 4 catheters to test for tachycardia in a patient! After the 40 minutes procedure Dr. Igino took the time to explain to me and the 2 other girls that went (Whitney and Bianca) what exactly he was doing and what he was looking for.  I never thought I would be able to say that I watched a surgery in another country but hey, ya never know.

An electrophysiologist is someone who studies arrhythmias of the heart through the electrical circuit.  We actually meet Dr. Igino last night and he gave us all a two and a half hour lesson on how the electrical circuit in the heart and what types of diseases come along with it.  It was extremely educational and made today so much easier to understand.

I would just like to thank Whitney Warner for allowing me to tag along on her visits and Dr. Igino for being so kind to us girls.  It is incredible to be able to do this and I cannot wait for the many more visits that are to come! Yes, I realize that I am having a nerd moment.

Ps. I’ll blog about London when I get free time. Ciao ragazzi!

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London (almost)

London (almost)

I was lucky enough to have an Italian holiday while studying abroad so we had the opportunity to travel outside of Italy for 4 days!  My heart was set on going to Greece but I’m still ballin’ on a budget and my wallet couldn’t afford that so my lil travel group and I decided to head to London.  Kara, Mandie, Maggie, Veronica and I headed to the train station Wednesday as soon as we got out of class thinking that we were gonna barely make our train.  It was 15 minutes late which I guess was a good thing. Read more

Weekend 2: Florence

Weekend 2: Florence

I finally started my classes, but we all know that wouldn’t be as fun to write or read about so I’ll save that blog for later.  Instead I’m dedicating this blog to the most beautiful cities that I have ever seen.  Florence was a literal scene from a movie.  Its hard to write about it because I know that no matter what I say and pictures I show they will never do the city justice. Read more

Verona: The City of Love

Verona: The City of Love

Per usual, I put off everything that I need to do in my life (just like how I’m avoiding a project by writing this) so I am more than a week late writing this blog. But last weekend was our first taste of freedom.  Freedom to choose to where to travel, how to get there, what we were going to do and everything in between. Read more

Reggio Emilia, The First Few Days

Reggio Emilia, The First Few Days

Before I forget, on my 8 hour flight to Frankfurt (where my connection was) not only did I get stuck in the middle seat, but the guy in front of me spill water on me twice.  I’m not talking like a few drops, I’m talking like a full water bottle… twice.  If that was any indication of how my trip is going to go, this is gonna be rough. Read more

Study Abroad; The Before (Kinda)

Study Abroad; The Before (Kinda)

I heard blogging or journaling was one of the best ways to remember a trip so I decided to give it a shot, but no promises.

I have been given the opportunity to study abroad in Reggio Emilia, Italy for 5 weeks! I am so excited to start this journey (even though I am already experiencing the country) but I didn’t always feel this way.  For weeks leading up to the trip I was a hot mess and have never been more nervous in my life.  Central’s Study Abroad advisors helped a lot but there was only so much they could do.  I was a ball of nerves, although I’d like to think I didn’t let too many people see it. Read more

Track & Field: Year 2

Track & Field: Year 2

Being a member of the Track and Field team is honestly an emotional roller coaster.  Some days being on the team is one of the best decisions I’ve made while other days I question why I put myself through all the stress.  It definitely challenges me both mentally and physically and there are so many things that I have to give up in order to be on the team that sometimes it doesn’t seem to be worth it.  Then I have to remind myself what I am getting from being a part of the team and all the people I am lucky enough to meet through it.  Read more