i feel like i’ve barely done any work all week! oh right, that’s because i haven’t. our schedules for emergency department months are kind of uneven and random — while i had it on easy street for the past few days, next week i have 6 shifts in 7 days (and it would have been 7/7 had i not traded one of them!). i really didn’t do much over my little mini-break, and (this is going to sound crazy) i felt like having the days off was sort of wasted because i wasn’t ‘ready’ for a vacation.
(yeah, i know.)
today, though, it’s back to the
grindstone hospital/clinic for a half-day of clinic topped off with an 8 (which means 9) hour ED shift. see? uneven. but at least i’m entering today’s challenges pumped and ready.
last night, i saw one of my absolute favorite artists — the talented, nerdy, and endearing mr. folds. he performed with the NC symphony, which was a fun and interesting collaboration. while i will say that not every song really worked perfectly, there were some that were spot on (“landed”, “gracie”, “narcolepsy” and “one angry dwarf and 200 solemn faces” were all excellent). at the end, he took the stage on his own and rocked out to “army” — loved it!
i did miss dancing and singing along at the top of my lungs (my usual activities at one of his concerts where the atmosphere is more noisy/dark club than symphony hall). but it was a super-fun night AND ended at 9:30 pm — bonus for premature grandmas like myself.
anyone else see any good concerts lately, or have any on the horizon? and what was THE BEST concert you ever saw?
i think my favorite concert — at least in recent memory — was the decemberists last year.
totally impressed by your giving spirits! just think of how many books this will buy, and how many kids’ lives will be touched:
i’m happy to have collected so much for such a great cause! if anyone still wants to donate and add to the (already impressive!) total, here’s the link again. i really appreciate it!
because i promised
i need to get on these built-up formspring questions! i was surprised at how many of them related to medical school — but now that i think of it, it makes sense, as this is probably the most ‘distinguishing characteristic’ of this blog.
what made you decide to be an M.D. and what do you think was the hardest about the school part before residency to learn?
honestly, i didn’t really have altruistic or save-the-children dreams, even though i really respect those who do! i just thought medicine would be an interesting career that i would enjoy (since i like science AND working with people in a service-oriented sort of way). i felt like i ‘could’ do it and would be better off starting early — and then i just sort of stayed along the track. of course later on there were some phD-related bumps along the way, but that was how everything began.
the two hardest things before residency for me were anatomy (in med school) and organic chemistry in college. both require a certain spatial sense that is sadly missing from my brain (seriously, it’s like someone cut out a chunk or something and replaced it with the ability to memorize song lyrics and/or compulsive blogging tendencies).
what do you think about peds endo in regards to “lifestyle”, as they say? i’m a second year med student, definitely want to go into peds, but not sure about primary care/subspecialties, etc. i like the more complex cases, but i also want to have a family eventually and ideally would like to see my kids while they’re awake now and then 🙂
well — ask me again in a year or so when i’ve completed a good chunk of fellowship! but i think that with that description of wants/needs, peds endo would definitely be something to consider IF you like it (not everyone is enamored with all of the pathways we have to memorize and grow to understand!). there are also other things that could fit a similar bill — hospitalist medicine, part-time primary care, and other specialties such as nephrology, rheum, allergy/immunology . . . and more!
aaaaaand speaking of primary care, i have to go to clinic! happy friday!
3.23 — 7 miles sloooowly in the hot sun (ave 9:20/mi)
3.24 — 45 minutes elliptical + weights
– 2 x 11 pushups
– 2 x 12 leg press (90 lbs)
– 2 x 12 bicep curls (12 lbs)
– 2 x 12 walking double lunges (8 lbs each hand)
– 2 x 12 seated rows (40 lbs)
– 2 x 15 ball tucks/pikes
in the kitch: my official cooking light month is almost over. but i will stil be making recipes from this fantastic magazine between sampling other cookbooks. i forgot how much i loved CL! i didn’t accomplish much yesterday other than the above workout AND making this beef stew:
made with 100% local grass-fed beef through bella bean
i guess i know what we’ll be eating all weekend! however, it felt really good to use up the carrots, parsnips, and turnip i bought for this purpose nearly 2 weeks ago. luckily, those root veggies keep for a while.