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I’ve been really sick, and I haven’t felt this bad in a long time. I came down with the flu the Friday after Thanksgiving, and I’ve kept some kind of super cold ever since. But earlier this week, I was hit with some nasty strain of stomach flu that resulted in some pretty interesting bowel movements. (Now just try to get that image from your mind.)
I’m a bit better now.
BUT in the midst of all this, yesterday I jumped through my final hoop on the road to completing my degree requirements. The APU School of Education requires all graduates to publicly present the details of their study prior to the actual commencement ceremony. (The graduation ceremony is this Saturday afternoon.) After the presentation, there was the hooding ceremony, and now I am OFFICIALLY Dr. Brown.
It was difficult because I ate nothing for breakfast, nothing for lunch, and then was selected first to present. I felt like throwing up all over the interim dean. Luckily I didn’t do that. I simply talked about my study as best as I could, and sat back down.
There were three of us presenting yesterday, and we were the first three from our original cohort of 16 to make it to graduation. Melissa Dabiri and Kristina Young gave their presentations after mine (and they did MUCH better than I could have ever done). But we made it…and when we were each hooded by the faculty and referred to as “Doctor” it finally hit me that it was all over. The feeling of someone tapping my shoulder and telling me there was one more thing for me to do finally subsided.
I finally ate something around 7 or 7:30. Right now I’m congested, I can’t stop coughing, and I can’t shake the feeling of being extremely exhausted all the time.
Around 3:00 this morning, I woke up coughing something terrible, thinking to myself how awesome it would be to have a doctor in the house.