Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Breaking Up with a Med Student

When normal people break up, there's a certain amount of time afterwards where you are insufferable because every little thing reminds you of your significant other and you just have to tell everyone about it.  "This song makes me so sad, we used to listen to it all the time" [most popular song on the radio].  "This is that the ice cream place we passed once and almost thought about going into."   "We're right near where his brother used to live!"  Friend's response to all of the above:  "Oh ...sorry?"

And of course long after you stop being annoying, little things still remind you of him, catching you off guard way too long after the breakup than you probably care to admit.  For normal people, the trigger could be a commercial you laughed at together, a friend suggesting a restaurant the two of you always ate at, a politician you made fun of, a dessert you shared - whatever it is, you see the trigger and your heart rate speeds up a tiny bit, or you get sadly nostalgic for a moment, and then you move on.

When two med students date and break up, it's a little bit of a different story.  I was recently reading a Wikipedia article peer-reviewed article about cutaneous conditions, and one of the pictures on the side was of Norwegian scabies (don't look it up, it's gross) and I kid you not, my heart totally skipped a beat.  I'm not sure what it says about me, or him, or the relationship in general, but Norweigan scabies (and Surinam toads - definitely don't look those up either) are always going to be my trigger.  Fortunately these are things that don't ((often)) come up in everyday conversation.

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