right here, right now

January 6, 2009

PICU recap
i walked into the PICU yesterday and was in for a treat — overnight, the units had been split . . . and residents were no longer responsible for the cardiac side!! no more CT surgeon angst, blue babies, or crazy handoffs of unstable post-op patients. glowing from the release of this burden, i pretty much had a huge silly smile pasted on my face for the rest of the day. our service was down to only 9 patients and rounds lasted only 2 hours rather than 4+. basically, it was as close as the PICU gets to heaven. i’m almost (not quite, but almost) looking forward to my next call to see how much better it will be!


clinic went well, too. a lot of cute, school-aged children. i made a 15-year old’s day by asking her if she wanted something to help her acne. i am way better at treating that than heart transplants. it made me feel good.

zen moment
i think that part of the reason i had such a great day yesterday was that i went in with no dread, no expectations, and just decided to enjoy my day. coincidentally, i came across a great post on zenhabits that proclaims the one true secret to enjoying life is to . . . (wait for it!) . . .

“stop waiting for happiness. happiness is right here, right now.

despite not loving his salesman-like intro, i couldn’t agree more. it’s the journey, and there really IS no destination other than the end of life, if you think about it.

shopping disaster
fine, it’s not a disaster. but i was so excited to find this pretty silk dress left — only in my size! — on anthropologie the other day, on sale for just $80! i was going to wear it to the UNC surgery holiday party (late, huh?) this weekend. but i woke up to a cancellation notice. i will post it in all of its red order to mourn my loss.

off to work — short day today! a nap may be in order.



workout: 7 miles with tempo segment, 0.5% incline
– 2 mi warmup @ 9:06/mi
– 3 mi tempo @ 8:12/mi
– 2 mi cooldown @ 9:06/mi
i felt kind of slow. i would love to get my tempo pace comfortably down to sub-8 during marathon training. we’ll see how that goes!

reading: 15-20 minutes of reading about management of increased intracranial pressure.

floss report: going strong. (don’t worry — i won’t post this alllll year long, but maybe just for the rest of this month. hopefully after that i’ll be on autopilot!)

doin’ time: returning to a kitchen near you tonight!


  • Reply Cindy March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    sorry about your shopping disaster- that happened to me recently too. update the merch, internet shop people!

  • Reply HangryPants March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Bummer about the dress. It’s super cute!

    That is a great quote about happiness. I think one thing I’ve really had to learn is how dangerous to always think “I’ll be happy when …” I need to be happy right now in whatever circumstances may exist.

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