Working From Home

September 3, 2019

= not something I typically do. For obvious reasons.

BUT. I just finished a crazy week of call. Our office *is* open (they had announced closure but then reopened and called patients to see if they wanted to come in — and some did). However, I asked that they not reschedule my patients for today because quite honestly – the last week left me beyond drained and the idea of driving in tropical storm (not hurricane, but still) winds made me nervous and I just needed to not do it.

However, I have plenty of work to do, including patient phone calls, documentation, and GME-related stuff. And our nanny was willing/able to come in (I am grateful that she has far less weather-related anxiety than I do). So I have been sitting on my bed for the past 3 hours and you know what?

I was extremely productive. Thus far I:

  • Called several patients with results / dose adjustments
  • Wrote chart notes on several other patient results that did not require phone calls
  • Contact our residents to give them prep assignments for our quarterly check-in meetings
  • Contacted my former Duke colleagues to ask for help on a complicated bone case
  • Edited a poster abstract one of the residents is working on with me (a case report, which is not the fancy kind of research, but still I’m proud of both of us for doing it!)
  • Responded to several GME-related emails & messages

There is something to be said for uninterrupted time focused on work. I rarely get this because I am a social person and end up talking to people, plus my phone is always ringing and I don’t often close my office door (but maybe I need to start doing that).

The storm should be pretty much out of our area completely by tomorrow, and the kids will return to school (and me to work at work). But I am happy that I was able to be productive from home!

My only current problem is that my feet keep falling asleep from sitting with them outstretched on the bed.

(those graphs are blog data, nothing medical, as I’m clearly taking a break here!)

Well. 3 days into this daily blogging journey and I sort of feel like it’s 2009 again.



  • Reply Omdg September 3, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Put on some stretchy pants! Jeans cut off circulation and hence, feet fall asleep. Leggings = much more comfy way to work from home.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 3, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      See I’m quite a novice at this 🙂

  • Reply Amanda September 3, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    I am with you on the weather-related anxiety. It’s draining. Fortunately this hurricane roller coaster had a lame ending for south Florida. Back to normal tomorrow.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 3, 2019 at 6:22 pm

      I LOVE the lame ending !!!

  • Reply Marjorie September 3, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    I am SO glad that y’all are being spared a hurricane! Y’all had enough to deal with last year when Irma wrecked big swaths of the state, so I can understand why you’d be anxious.

    I work from home 99% of the time, and while there are days when I am not nearly as productive as I could be (I have 4 dogs, run, and have a writing project on the side, plus I’m a bibliophile and the TV is just…a room away!), most of the time I can turn on the focus and really plow through a lot in one afternoon, often more than I used to get through working out of an office. I know that for a lot of folks, remote working is not common or a possibility (my husband works in a hospital, too, doing patient work all day long so he will probably not ever work from home, at least in our lifetime), but I’m heartened to see an increasing number of companies recognize the cost & productivity benefits of a distributed workforce!

    And on a related note…I ❤️that you’re using WordPress (since I work for I followed along as you transitioned your site to the WP platform and was super stoked to see it happen and how happy you were with the results!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 4, 2019 at 6:31 am

      So cool you work for WP! Yes, I have been happy with the transition though I am still a total WP novice.
      Irma was 2017 – thankfully, b/c it was much easier going through it pregnant than it would have been with a newborn!!! Here’s to no more storms this year PLEASE

      • Reply Marjorie September 4, 2019 at 6:37 am

        Whoa, Irma was indeed 2017 because I remember that my company had our big grand meetup in Whistler that week and many of my Florida colleagues (including my bestie work colleague) couldn’t make. I can’t believe I didn’t remember that!

        Hear hear to no more storms for y’all!

      • Reply Marjorie September 4, 2019 at 8:34 am

        Oh, and as a p.s., please feel free to reach out if you ever have a WordPress question! Happy to help! 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea September 3, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    +1 to being so. so. so. over the hurricane. I can’t imagine adding call to the roller coaster of “Rush to the grocery store, we’re going to get hammered, wait, wait some more, watch the Bahamas get annihilated, and then have the relief of it moving east of us” Ugh. .

    We are supposed to have the majority of the storm move through tonight so the kids have been off today and they’ll be off again tomorrow, but it sounds like everything will be open again on Thursday as long as there aren’t any major power outages. It’s actually been a somewhat productive day work-wise for me although a lot of that involved reworking class schedules to deal with all the missed class time including a lab period for my class. @#$# storm. I’m so ready to be back to normal.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 4, 2019 at 6:32 am

      YES! It was so much drama & suspense. Being on call for it was so stressful – not really because of what actually happened, but because of all of the repeated iterations of “okay what do we need to do” as we tracked the storm. And many patients were getting sick I think b/c of all the stress 🙁 So glad it’s over.

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