July 24, 2009

you know an infection has hit it big when it has its own plush version on giantmicrobes.com. amidst other excitement, i admitted a little boy with pneumonia on my call night; a quick perusal of the labs yesterday evening revealed that (oops) it was swine flu. i say “oops” because this kid was not on contact precautions until several hours into the admission when i decided that flu testing was in order.

the child was not coughing or spewing mucous, so it’s possible that the flu had already run its course and the pneumonia he has is secondary, in which case he probably wouldn’t be terribly contagious. but it’s also possible that getting all up in his grill to do his physical exam without protective gear on wasn’t the brightest move on my part (or the part of many other nurses, residents, and the ED attending who saw him before me).

then again, maybe (hopefully) i already fought & conquered the dreaded swine flu. i guess i’ll see how all this plays out in a few days (1-7, according to the cdc).

just one more week
is what i have to keep reminding myself. i think i made up for all of the complaint restraint i showed previously by going in absolutely the other direction yesterday. i felt like a volcano, spewing sharp-tongued lava allllll over the hospital yesterday post-call, and i brought my acid tongue home home with me, too.

the last call night was hard and i am getting tired on multiple levels. as much as i have been trying to be positive, these are facts. i will try as much as possible to buck up and finish the rotation on a better note.



workout: 45 minutes elliptical (levels 9 – 12) + weights
– pushups, 2 x 12
– squats with ball, 10 lb weights, 2 x 12
– lat pull-downs, 55 lbs, 2 x 10
– walking double lunges, 8 lb weights, 2 x 10
– tricep presses, 15 lbs, 2 x 10
– crunches, 2 x 15
– oblique crunches, 2 x 15 each side

doin’ time: i am not superwoman. so i am not sure why i have been attempting to leap over buildings in a single bound (ie, cook martha post-call). with only 10 overnight calls left IN MY LIFE, one would think i would have learned by now that frozen pizza is much, much more realistic.

whole foods brand tomato, pesto, and goat-cheese pizza: easy, comforting, budget-conscious delicious, and even fairly healthy. will 10 most post-call days = 10 more pizzas? it’s certainly a possibility.


  • Reply Susan March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    We had a patient come up to the floor a couple weeks ago who was tested for swine flu in the ER and had reported being exposed to it in the recent past. The ER failed to mention this to everyone, so she was put in a room with another patient and of course the patient&#39s nurse didn&#39t wear any protective gear. Yikes, not so good!

    I hope your final days on call go better than the last…final stretch!!

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

    Yeah…we did that with a baby who ended up having pertussis! We haven&#39t gotten our e-mail for out z-pack yet, but I&#39m sure it&#39s coming. 🙂

  • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    nah, no tamiflu. if i develop symptoms, i&#39ll get some!

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