Mel’s blog

adventures in detroit and around the world


I’m going to Costa Rica with a group of 1st year med students through WHSO.  Here’s some things we are going to be doing.

-setting up clinics in two rural areas.
-working those clinics for 5 days.  Med students essentially play “resident” – gather data and present to attending for diagnosis
-soccer game with locals
-spending time with homestay families
-visiting Cabecar reserve
-jungle tour/beach/zipline

I was listening to David Crowder Band and thought these lyrics were appropriate:

“where there is pain, let us bring grace;
were there is suffering, bring serenity;
for those afraid, let us be brave;
where there is misery, let us bring them relief;
…surely we can change, something”

Don’t be fooled – first year med students haven’t even learned about diseases yet.  Our “healing” abilities are very limited.  But surely we can change….something.


February 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

From the burbs to the city

That’s right. After a long search, me and my two future roomies have found an apartment in downtown Detroit, about 2 blocks from school.  Everything has come together – the timing, price, location – in a perfectly orchestrated manner.  Living in Detroit is something I’ve had on my heart for a while, but something I adamantly ignored and hoped would go away – mainly for fear of losing the freedom to run outside.  But this is something I am so excited about (my commute is going from 45 min to 5 min!) and sure the running will be worked out.  Detroit is a city that desperately needs to be rebuilt, and I only hope I can play a small part in that.

Last week was the second CMA Homeless outreach.  This is my favorite event – we pack up about 120 lunches and take them along with some blankets that were collected and give them out to the homeless of Detroit.  It’s so great to serve in such a tangible way.  Pictures to come.  Also – I leave for Costa Rica on Thursday.  Watch for updates while down there (but no promises…not bringing the macbook!)

February 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A new start

Well as my first official blog, I sadly have shockingly uneventful news.  Two days ago I took my first antimalarial, and since have not had exceptionally weird dreams.  Last night I dreamt I was running and happened to see some fellow med students out running as well. Normal.

On a more exciting note, I worked out for free at Lifetime thanks to Dr. McGeorge and her awesomeness as a Mentor.


February 15, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Our blog is not our God


I am broken.
I care entirely too much about what you think of me.
And you care entirely too much about what I think of you.
The truth is we both suck.
So we admit things that suck about ourselves on our blogs and so that we get praised for admitting that we suck.
See how broken that is?

So in this brokenness of inward focused admittance of suckiness so that we don’t feel so sucky…
“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:5

Just a reminder to confess before the Lord before we confess to one another.
Because in spite of what we may accidentally believe…
Our Blog is not our God.

February 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment