Two importance principles in life
In every subject we are constantly fed with prinsiples, objectives, outcomes, evaluations etc..
What is the principles behind body mechanism? What are the objectives with bedmaking? Why do we need to evaluate after every task that has been performed?
Today after our practical exam in biochemistry, where we had to make findings in urine, my teacher almost got me touched to tears after telling me about the two most important principles in life.
Am simply in a very intensive period at the moment, where assignments shall be handle in in time, I have to renew my VISA before 25th...And with all this bureaucracy in this country, one really get to check once patience...  
-You are what you eat.
- What every you think will be your outcome.
Mmmm,.. Today is saturday, 23rd... A lot of people from school is participating in "a walkatone against drugs", big event in Manipal... But I kind of didn't feel putting time in that.. and then it hit me... Hm,..where exactly do I stand where it comes to drugs?!
I don't mind having a glas of wine, and the thought of making marijuana a legal drug for medication purpose kind of tickle me...;)
But I know a friend of mine is participating who simply says "drugs are bad for you".
Am just so inspired by you, Sree!! Give some of your certainty to me, please!!


I don't know whether I should laugh or cry, as I believe the rest of my classmates are wondering...
- Who is this Karin Sofi..?
-"Me, Madam"..
- 1, 2, 3, 4... subjects failed...same as in the first sessionals, but some different subjects. You have to imprive for the third one.
- "Yes Madam..."
And so did our Dean continue to call out our name and how we had performed on our second sessionals - how many subjects we had failed and why, and what was our problem.
The boys stodd up with bended heads or with their eyes wondering around in the room with no courage to face the Dean while she was talking to them. The girls had at least the courage to face her.
Am not gonna talk about why my reasult aren't better than they should be. I just know I did better during this sessionals compared to the first one, regardless what the reasults were. And that am happy about. I also know I have so much more in me and know where and what I need to do better, and were the problem is. And moste of the problem lies in finding the focus, and to keep it.
During class today our teacher mentioned a word got stuck on my mind - determination.
One of my weaknessess is that I sometimes have very difficult in making decisions. Mostly because I tend to put so much thought into every decision with the aim of wanting to make the ULTIMATE decision in every case. And I know that is impossible, and it take so much time to maintain that way of thinking. And not just time, it takes energy aswell. And combining that with the need of making changes in your like that you are really not happy to do, doesn't make it easier... 
So, with that word on my mind I am going to continue my life in Manipal hoping that it will guide me through the spring that is approaching.
And from tomorrow onwards my mobile will be switched of untill saturday afternoon. I'll make an evaluation about how it has affected my studies, and see how I continue after that...;)
Dame, I love this college..:P


Mozart is the best!


As a member in the Editorial group we have the responsibility to write and collect articles for our school magazine that will be distributed in May. Read and tell me what you think of this one:




Albert Einstein, known as one of the smartest persons who have ever lived, had a teacher who told his parents that the best thing to do would be to take their son out of school, saying that he was “to stupid to learn”. Einstein’s mother thought otherwise, and bought her son a violin. Einstein turned out to be very good on the violin and he loved to play sonates by Mozart and Bach. This violin became the key to his success. And every time he got stuck with a problem on his mind, he took some time to think while playing the violin.

I’ve heard about it before, that listening to classical music while reading those heavy books with no ending will help you to keep the focus during your studies. And I can tell by own experience that it’s true. But how does it actually work?


Of course, most of the students want to develop and perform better during their studies, and many experiments have been done to find the ultimate study technique. 

Laurence O’Donnell tells us in his paper, Music and the Brain (1999), about a university of North Texas, USA, who let a group of college students do an IQ test. Before the test group 1 had to listen to Mozart’s Sonate for two pianos in D major; group 2 had to listen to relaxation music and group 3 did not listen to any music at all. Highest score was made by group 1 with an average of 119, group 2 had an average of 111, and group 3 had an average of 110 - a simple experiment telling us how easily we are able to increase the capacity of our brain.  


So, what actually happens in your body while listening to Mozart? Major physically changes that take place in our body may be seen as decreased blood pressure, diminished respiration rate and muscle relaxation: changes that will enhance a persons ability to keep better focus.

Still, music could also give the opposite effect, in other words, make our muscles tense and increase our blood pressure. The trick is to find the right music, and the ”secret” is found in the beat within the music, which has been fond as a common factor among the music that has been proved as good music to study to. 60 beats/ min is the recommended one, a beat that might not be found in the dancehall music.

Further on O’Donnell talks about the experience of reacting to rhythm. There are two responses we people make to rhythm; 1) the auditory response, and 2) the physical response. And the first one does not work without the other. The reaction may also be different from person to person. Every person has a certain rhythm in their body: our heart beat, while breathing, walking or if we go for a run. And so it tells us that my body rhythm is not the same as yours. And just as the music, my physical respond to certain music does not have to be the same as yours.


Lets take a look at a regular student, and see what types of nursing diagnoses that might be determined: “stress overload related to school work as evidenced by dark circles under the eyes”, or maybe “risk for compromised resilience related to diminished sleeping hours.” I believe more diagnoses could be found. So what type of nursing interventions could be done? The interventions are many; eat healthy food, get good sleep, practise yoga, engage in an stimulating hobby etc. But the intervention could also be as easy as “Mozart”. And after a week with a 60 beats/min-music in that student’s ear we might write down diagnoses as “Readiness for enhanced knowledge” and “Readiness for enhanced coping”. Diagnosis I wished would be more common that “Acute Pain” and “Impaired comfort”.

So, finally I suggest everyone to load your Mp3, Cd-player, mobile or Ipod, open that Potter&Perry-book of yours and let Mozart do the work!

Madeleine Andersson




Another sunday
And so another sunday is here. And yesteday our teacher reminded us about our comming third sessionals, and final exame... If we study 5 (FIVE) hours every day we'll all get 50 hours to study per subject until our final exames. And with that 50 hours we have a dussin assignments to write, no life and no sleep... 
At the moment am drawing diagrams for an Anatomy Diagram book... And all this work for only 10 (TEN) marks... I don't know how many hours I've been spending on this drawing... Today I found myself sitting at the library non-stop for six hours by only changing positions in the chair without leaving it.
But hey, it's not every day a teacher want you to draw sex organs and get marks for doing it...;)
While looking for pictures to the diagram book I believe I found the worst picture of a uterus ever in on of the Anatomy books in the library...
Believe I made it slightly more attractive;)
Well.. so how's life going in Manipal...
Well, am happy to be back in school after weeks of clinical practice.. Cause classes are still  more relaxed despite all asignments.
My american friends in IC (International Collage in Pre Medicine) really make me envious sometimes while telling me about their relaxed classes and saturdays off etc..
Since a couple of weeks back I've been having breakfast with an Indian/Californien guy in MBBS (Medical program). We kind of just used to eat breakfast during the same time in the mornings (during opening houre of the mess), and ended up talking. He's been during his final exames since six month until last week when he finished his last one. We've had really nice talks during our early mornings, and he would always give me that "cheer up-talk", which I really needed sometimes. He also made me feel lucky choosing the nursing profession. I didn't envy him at all after been hearing about his crazy experience and way of living while study to become a doctor. Go to bed at ten, wake up at 2.30 for studies... My god...
Well, I havn't seen him since the last mornings, and tomorrow I know he'll be leaving Manipal for good...
I really wish him the best, and believe he'll be a (what the americans would say) awesome doctor!!;)
First rain since four month came yesterday as a happy surprice... And with that the horrible smell which I forgot that comes after rain in India.. 
Monday and computer exame tomorrow, and I havn't even started reading yet... F*ck.....


15 minutes of yoga/ day
Yea, I know it's been a long time since last time I wrote aboute my life in India. But it's been busy times, indeed. Our clinical postings is now over, and 1 ½ month is left until third and last sessionals.
Am sitting with an anatomy assignment drawing diagrams with colorfull pencils. What an assignment...
All the organs shall be drawn and nicelly labeled. But f*ck it takes time...
A teacher is doing a reaserch about pain during menstruation, and I agreed to volunteer.
The investigation wanna know if or how 15 minutes of yoga every day would relieve the pain during the menstruation. It'll be interesting to see what the outcome will be;)


Let's do this!
So, time goes.. No, it runs..
Am in my second week of clinical posting at the Cardiology ward on KMC Hospital. And so many things is happening every day!! 
One day a older client got diarrhea. And her huspand wasn't there at her bed side. The thing with Indian hospitals is that the clients relatives are the one who takes care of the client if the client is not able to take care of them self: changing of clothes, bathroom manageing, feeding, paprework -you name it! Without the clients relatives there nures would have a hell...
On the other hand the nurese are extremelly lazy when it comes to taking care of the clients.
So, this client told me she wanted to go to the bathroom, and with the minimum knowledge I had about the client, I wasn't sure if she would be able to walk. And her Kannada didn't really help.  So, I asked the staff nurse how to solve  the problem. "Clients huspand is not there?" Didn't give me an answwer of how to manage the situation. So I went back and found her in her own diarrhoea. Went back and told the nurses, and asked how to solve the problem. "Clients huspand is not there?"
NOOoooo, still Noooo I said. "So, how do you manage it?" "Sertain units you use in this care?" I asked..
The staff nurse continued with her paper work and ignorred me for a short while, until she told me to take cotton.  Hm...cotton...ok.
So, I started to prepare the units while the client was lying in her bed, and I told my classmates how they could assist. And there we stood, seven nursing student helping this poor client get clean, change sheets, and my classmates helped her put on a zari.
After maybe 30 min we were finally done believing we all got a little bit close eachother after that moment where we got together to help the poor client who only wanted to go to the toilet...