The last thing I said to my parents before leaving to take my boards was, “I’ll see you on the other side.” And I’ve got to say, the “other side” feels pretty darn good.
The boards went better than expected for me. I wasn’t really that nervous, but I was dreading the exam. I headed back to Nebraska last Friday, and decided that Saturday would be my last day of studying. I tried to look over pages I had flagged, and I reviewed my entire pharmacology packet. I also attempted to finish my question bank. I had less than 50 questions to go, but the more questions I did, the worse the outcome. At about 9 that night, I finally threw in the towel.
Before every test you hit a wall where you really start to feel like you are forgetting everything. I definitely hit that point, which made me a little worried for the Big Day. I was also experiencing some serious leg cramps and general malaise associated with pregnancy, so I was really worried about physically enduring an 8 hour exam with limited bathroom breaks.
But in the end, the day went very well. I didn’t get tired. I didn’t have to use any extra bathroom breaks. Baby Howie only kicked for the first hour, and then she slept the rest of the day. And, most importantly, I didn’t go into labor. All in all, I couldn’t have asked for things to go better.
It is a huge relief to be done. I am so grateful for all of your support, all of the kind and encouraging words, and especially for all the prayers. I have no doubt that things went so smoothly because of how many people were thinking of me and praying for me during my test. I am so blessed to have so many people rooting for me.
However, now that boards are over, it is time to pack up and head to Arizona. I am really excited to move, but I absolutely hate moving. We only have a few boxes packed right now, so this weekend will be busy! Having driven six long hours to Nebraska and back by myself, I am feeling a little better about driving all the way to Arizona.
It will be so nice once we get moved into our new apartment, and we can just sit back and wait for our little baby to come. It is crazy how soon she will be here, how soon rotations will start. Things are starting to really pick up, and I just can’t wait for all the exciting adventures that are going to come my way in the next few months!