Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Have you seen my mind? I've seem to have lost it.

Yeah, so my apartment still doesn't have TV or internet installed. It's all because the people who lived there before me never canceled there subscription, which would lead some of you to think that I have been getting free internet and cable, but alas, it wasn't the case.

I marched into Time Warner Cable the other day and proved that I was now the Lord of the Manor and signed up to get it installed. Unfortunately, the earliest they can come is tomorrow. But since I hadn't memorized my scheudle I signed up for a time when I, nor either of my roommates are around. I guess I'll have to call them and reschedule. Blast it all!

Classes have been okay so far. But how often do they suck during the first class?

I think my psychology of sleep class is going to be my favorite. We're suppose to try to write down our dreams every morning. Last night I managed to forget my dreams on three different occassions. By the time I realize I'm suppose to remember them I've lost it. But I think I'll be able to better train myself as time goes on.

Here's something for ya'll to try. My teacher told us that if we have a hard time dreaming, or remembering our dreams, then we should take calcium because that stimulates nerve firings, thus giving us stronger dreams. So now all of you can lay off the acid. Just drink some milk before going to bed.


The Angry Medic said...

Take a notebook to bed, old boy, and put it in such a position that it slaps you in the face when you get up. That way you won't forget :)

Hope you have a good beginning of term! (And I say this knowing that it's completely pointless cos NO beginning of term in med school is good, but I say it cos it's polite anyway :P)

Kungfukitten said...

I doubt this is true, but I remember reading somewhere that the body only absorbs calcium at night. This made total sense to me because when I was in junior high and high school I'd only crave milk in the middle of the night, I'd get up and chug half the carton and go back to sleep. During the day it never sounded good. Strange, huh?

Another trick for remembering your dreams is to set your alarm for a ridiculous time like 3:15am and see if it wakes you from actively dreaming and write it down. Also put sticky notes on your clock radio and bathroom mirror that say "what did I dream?" to jog your memory. I also tend to remember my dreams better if I'm in an unfamiliar place. Maybe try switching beds with your roommate for a night or sleeping on the couch or taking a nap during the day.

Kungfukitten said...

Yea! I don't feel crazy and now I can call my parents and tell them my calcium story was correct. I've been eating Tums so I guess I'll have to buy another supplement. Is there a difference between the oyster calcium and the other types around or is calcium just calcium as long as you take vitamin D with it?

Alethea said...

Don't spread your urban legend too far - the extracellular calcium is orders of magnitude higher than the intracellular calcium under all circumstances, so theoretically increasing it by drinking milk or eating Tums really won't change anything (the homeostasis of calcium ions in your blood is maintained by the enormous stock in your bones). So your neurons will fire the way they will fire, whether or not you like milk at night. The craving has more to do with having some proteins in you to make it through your fast.
But I'd corroborate the notebook-by-bed and sleeping-in-strange-place advice.

The Angry Medic said...

Whoa. Now that scares me cos I should know that, but I don't.

*takes out notepad and starts taking notes from Alethea's comment*