November 1, 2009

morning? night? whatever.
i’m sitting here drinking coffee at 3:36 PM in preparation for what feels like leg #2 of some sort of weekend emergency department adventure relay. my body is totally confused (and somewhat miffed) at the complete day/night reversal! i’m waiting to get to that point where i am so tired that i can sleep a full 7-8 hours during the daylight. unfortunately, i’m not there yet, which means that the looming 12 hour shift is not going to be a lot of fun.

at least it’s not call, though. i like that i will always have the extreme pain of a 30 hour shift (worst case scenario: in the PICU!) to compare everything else to. nothing will ever, ever be that bad.

PERSPECTIVE !!! such an amazing, valuable thing.

honestly? despite my huge buildup, last night wasn’t all that bad. i surely did not appreciate the extra hour (“hey, look, it’s 1:15 . . . AGAIN!”), but we were not all that busy. i was facebooking up a storm by 3 am with just two patients hanging around (one getting a fever workup and a drunk + underage student sleeping off her halloween hangover!), and i got to leave the millisecond my shift ended with nothing to sign out.

the only low point was an EASY missed IV — arughgh! in my defense, the nurse should have let me keep trying! the tipsy teenager REALLY couldn’t have cared less (trust me — she said so! multiple times . . .), and we were not in the least bit pressed for time. oh well.

maybe tonight will be a good IV night.

random treats
my gym bag is tired and at least 5 years old. i am thinking about replacing it with this cutie from lug, which i noticed in a magazine.

look: compartments! including one for sweaty shoes.

i especially like the quilting on the pockets.

on the fashion side, here is a dress that i do not need and therefore will not buy:

but OH i had to post it because . . . just look at it. sigh. enough to brighten even this dreary fall day.



workout: 9 miles, average 8:51/mi pace in chapel hill. i have to say my legs were OVER IT on this run. i think that doing 13 on thursday and weights/elliptical on friday did not put me in a rested place to start this run, which was supposed to be done at a slightly faster clip (40 seconds over 10K pace, says the FIRST plan). i churned out the last few miles with sheer willpower, talking myself through each bit as preparation for my race . . . i mean, what if my legs just aren’t feeling it on race day?

doin’ time: upon arriving home, i made myself a hearty carb-replenishing late lunch à la martha — i’ve been digging these dinner-like lunches on days when dinner is cold and eaten between patients in the ED!

fetuccine with easy meat sauce + arugula and tomato salad

i used ground bison for the meat — yum! and, annie’s tuscany italian dressing for the salad. while i often make my own salad dressings (olive oil + vinegar + whatever spices i am feeling at that moment!) i have really been liking this dressing recently . . . it has sundried tomatoes and creamy, slightly tangy taste.

reading: peds in review article on male genitourinary problems. i MUCH prefer dealing with females with these sorts of things!


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

    inI am not envious of your time repeating work shift. But it&#39s over and that bag and dress are really cute, right?

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

    On the bright side: You will be even better prepared for race day with a few runs like that under your belt. Oh, and I noticed that we are both running marathons on 12/12!

    The gym bag is cute! But I need mine to be a running backpack so that I can run-commute.

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

    I LOVE that dress– but it will need to go on sale before I even consider buying it. $218?!! Really?

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

    You really need to get that gym bag. Love the shoe compartment. I&#39m glad the Halloween shift wasn&#39t too bad.

  • Reply Jennifer Lynn March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    The dress AND the bag are yummy!!

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

    Love the bag. If it&#39s any consolation, the time you spent working in the ER I spent on a bus with teenagers driving from NYC to WI. That was a trip I didn&#39t need 2 hours (one for the end of DST and one for the change from Eastern to Central time) to.

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

    marathon: i&#39ll let you know how it is if i get it!

    hjlongmo: OMG!! i totally feel your pain. i&#39m glad you had a decent "race" anyway!! even if unofficial.

    jess: fortunately i missed the actual turnback — was in with a patient. instead it was like, "wait — it&#39s 1:15 . . .but wasn&#39t it just 1:30?"

    doctors rheum: oh good! i&#39m glad to hear it is as nice in person. i think i am going to get it!

    susan: YES i hear you. we are sad!

    lee: i will restrain myself and NOT buy the dress. but just looking at it makes me a little happier.

    jenny: YAY 12/12!! i will think of you as inspiration as i run my 26.2 miles!

    aimee: totally agree. part of the reason i am NOT buying it!

    lu and jennifer lynn: you are all such shopping enablers!

    chelsea: sounds . . painful. i think i&#39d rather be in the ED!

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

    Actually that&#39s an astonishingly cute gym bag… And I LOVE the shoe compartment! (Usually I just keep a plastic bag in my gym bag and throw my shoes into there when I&#39m done.)

  • Reply Meredith (Pursuing Balance) March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I LOVE that gym bag! Glad you made it through your long shift 🙂

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