Only seven days left before I take my boards. I just can’t stop thinking that next week at this time, I will be done!
Studying for boards has been such a long process. I finally feel like I am getting the hang of practice questions. Many of the topics I have seen about a dozen times, so I can answer them in about five seconds. But there are still questions that trip me up. More often than not, I forget to read something or make a stupid mistake. So the more I study, the more frustrated I get because I miss questions that I should get right.
Overall, though, I feel ready. I need these last few days to finish up the sections I have yet to go through a second time. And I still have a fair amount of practice questions left in my question bank to get through. I am not really nervous yet; I am just dreading the actual test. I know how tired I get going through questions, so eight hours straight of questions is going to be really grueling. And the more tired I get, the more I make silly mistakes.
I am also a little nervous that I am taking the test so far along in my pregnancy. It is hard to sit for long periods of time, so I will definitely have to battle leg cramps, baby kicks, and the constant pressure of a baby sitting on my bladder. If I don’t get a DVT, the day will really be a success. I just hope Baby Howie is as ready as I am.
I haven’t decided what I will do to celebrate when I am done. A cold beer sounds nice, but obviously that is out of the question. I think I will treat myself to a nice burrito and an horchata from one of my favorite fast food restaurants back in Nebraska…and then maybe go shopping and buy myself something. Who knows. I think the real treat will just be getting to stop studying.
A few days of break, and then it will be time to pack up our apartment and get ready for the REAL test…moving to Arizona and having a baby!!