I haven’t talked about how dental school has been going for our family because I figured there wouldn’t be much to talk about until the first exam was completed.
Well, first exam completed and. . .first exam aced. Way to go, Rory!
But the dental school decided to award everyone with an A, even those who didn’t earn the A.
Here’s what happened:
A test is divided into two parts. For the first part they enter the cadaver lab where the dead body is fileted open, and a professor asks the students to identify various body parts, and they must spell every one of these correctly. And some of these body parts do have tricky names like the sternocleidomastoid muscle. Spell the body part wrong, get the question wrong.
Sidenote: I do believe this is why doctors are notorious for having bad handwriting. I think it’s a habit that starts in medical school. Write the answer illegibly, possibly get the answer right. Boom. Rory says no though.
Another sidenote: those cadavers? Your husband will be spending more time with this dead body than you. That is completely not made up. And you might be thinking, cadavers for dental students? Why?
Don’t know, glad it’s not me though.
Anyways. The second part is the written test, or multiple choice. This test is done on a computer of some sort. The students take this 60 question test in small groups. They can’t collaborate on the answers, they’re just in the room together. Something went goofy when Rory’s group was taking the test. Some glitch in the test that caused the students’ answers to erase, which the professor took full responsibility for and decided to just give them full credit for the test since it didn’t seem fair for them to take the test again and possibly do better or worse than the first go around.
The news that some students were awarded perfect scores on a portion of the test got out to others, and the dean decided to give the entire class perfect scores to avoid conflict.
This was obviously good news for every student, but bad news for Rory on a competitive level, because dental school is run off a ranking system, and Rory needed this test to get him started out at the top of his class so he can get accepted to the orthodontist program. So now everyone starts out on the same playing field. Minor setback, but I’m sure Rory will get an actual A next time 🙂
Rory is doing awesome though. He’s enjoying the things he’s learning, he’s getting used to being around his cadaver (which is an important skill to take away from dental school, right?), and he’s feeling really confident that he will be a top student. I’m so proud of him.
So that’s how the dental student is doing. How is the dental student’s wife doing?
In my first post, I acknowledged that I probably wouldn’t be seeing much of my husband. I just wasn’t expecting that to happen right away. Last week, Melissa went three days without seeing her daddy. He saw her because he came in to give her goodnight kisses.
Rory is out the door every morning at 7:30. He usually doesn’t come home until after 8 pm. Then he usually comes home to heat up the dinner I’d made earlier and study some more. Honestly I don’t know how he stays so energetic and happy all the time. Well, I do know. Mountain Dew. And he’s a naturally happy and positive person.
So it’s just me and my girl every day. I know I’ve done this arrangement before and it shouldn’t be that hard for me. I did it when Rory was taking classes at BYU-Idaho and then going to work until 9:30 pm every day. I did it when he studied for the DAT every day and night. It’s pretty much been this arrangement since Melissa was born, so I should be pretty much used to it, but it’s a little scarier to go through this time.
It’s scarier because Melissa is getting older, and harder to handle. She’s starting to go through that toddler-clinginess stage where she stands at my feet screaming and crying while I try to do the dishes, clean and cook. It’s impossible to get stuff done sometimes because she simply gets too upset to let me.
Then it’s scarier because soon I’ll be living this arrangement with two babies. And if this baby is anything like her older sister, boy do I have my work cut out for me.
It’s scarier because I don’t know how long it’ll last. I mean, I know it will be all over when he graduates, but what about while he’s in school? Is the first year of school the hardest? First two? Last two? All four? I have no idea. Where does it end, and when I can I have my family awake under the same roof at the same time?
There have been quite a few times since school has started when I slump down and start crying because the stress and the fear hit me all at once. Pregnancy hormones too.
So for now, wow, being a dental student’s wife is hard and we just started. But I know it will be worth it! According to Forbes, Orthodontist is the 5th best paying job in the country. Not to mention Rory will be his boss and set his own hours. I hope to never take it for granted!
I’m going to set some goals. I want to enroll in a prenatal yoga class. I feel so out of shape and sluggish! I need to get some exercise. I’m also hoping to meet some other mommies so I can get some social interaction for me and Melissa. Exercise and making friends! I think that will help a ton.
I also want to find some more activities that Melissa can do where she can learn, have fun, and interact with kids her age.
I also have my summer projects that need doing!
I’m grateful we live in Charleston. This was harder in Rexburg because for one thing it was freezing all the time, and it was such a small town with not much to do for toddlers. Charleston is a great place to raise a family.
This ended up turning into a bit of a pity party. Sorry! But part of the reason I started this blog was to document how it is being a dental student’s wife, hence the name. I promise I’ll add more recipes and projects because those are much more fun 🙂