life Weekend Work

Call is Over!

September 8, 2020


Last week was my first ‘real’ call week in quite some time. I went into it feeling pretty good. And . . .

I really lucked out.

Honestly, it was a really chill call week. I had a few patients to see each day (except for yesterday which was Labor Day! Lucky!) but the volumes were lower than usual. I can’t remember the last time I went an entire week without getting called in the middle of the night — if ever! But it happened this past week.

I am sure that less viral spread (not COVID per se, but fewer colds / GI bugs) has contributed to this, since we often get called (appropriately!) when one of our diabetes patients is sick with a URI or gastro and parents need help managing blood sugars.

Anyway, lucky me. I only have one more call week left in 2020, and it’s during election week! Maybe I’ll be happy to have the distraction . . .

(I will be voting early, which is a great option we have in FL!)

I am back to seeing patients in person, by the way. I’m very happy about this — honestly the screen only visits were getting old, and I feel protected enough with my face shield & mask (and patients are screened & masked too, other than babies). We are still offering telehealth to patients who prefer it though. And I will staying home on my GME days because . . . honestly there is no real reason not to right now.

So, I’d say our Labor Day weekend was decent! I still got a fair amount of time with the kids though Josh was in charge. G continued to nap, so grateful for that . . . crib selfie below 🙂 YES, G is still in a crib and YES I get in there with her post-nap. We play a game with two stuffed puppies and she loves it. We will probably convert the crib to toddler bed around her 3rd birthday but for now there does not seem to be any reason to mess with her setup. She has never once tried to climb out (the only one of our 3 that did that was C!).

We did takeout night on Saturday night as per ushe (sushi!) and made salmon burgers Sunday that everyone loved and zucchini / pumpkinseed soup on Monday night that Josh and I loved and everyone else rejected (not a shock but whatever, we wanted to make it knowing that was a risk, so we did). Josh made some homemade sourdough to go with it (because pandemic) so they ate that for dinner with apples.

Shown below is neither of those meals but a successful (ie everyone ate it) kid lunch that also served as fridge cleanout:

ANYWAY. Happy new week! Posts coming up down the road: fitness thoughts / 80 DO review, school updates, fall reading list, etc. Requests welcome. Now that my ‘streak’ is over I’m sort of lost as to what to write!


  • Reply Grateful Kae September 8, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Glad you had a great call week! I always check your blog and noticed missing posts, so I thought maybe you actually got slammed! Glad to see that wasn’t the case. Will definitely be interested to hear how school goes for you guys. Specifically, I’m interested in how Annabel’s is, virtually. Mine just started back up virtually and while there is way more structure than in the spring, I still feel like there is quite a lot of “independent work time”, which is when they end up needing me to direct/ organize them…I kind of actually wish there was MORE time of them just on Zooms/ being directed by the teachers, or being told more specifically what to work on, when. They get a huge assignment list at the beginning of the week, all due the following Sunday, so it requires some ability on their part to plan it out/ space it out, if that makes sense. probably good skills for the future, but not something they are really used to doing (yet)….

  • Reply gwinne September 8, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Book rec: Lakewood by Megan Giddings. I read 2/3 of it this weekend. Very wonderfully creepy fiction about experimentation on human subjects and racism.

  • Reply Lisa S. September 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    I am eager to know what you decided to order from the Hobonichi store… possible post sneak peak?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 8, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      But then the unboxing reveal won’t be any fun 😆

      • Reply Lisa S. September 10, 2020 at 4:56 pm

        Lol well mine arrived today so hopefully yours gets to you soon!

  • Reply Coco September 8, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    have a technical question Sarah now that you’re back to face-to-face work. is it safe to be in an office building without window but central ventilation system?
    i’m back to office for few hours a day without anyone in my floor but suddenly wondered if the air is safe. would appreciate your view as physician and knows more about covid than me for sure.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 8, 2020 at 6:36 pm

      Oh I’m sure it’s not 100% safe but … I also am not that worried about it. My husband has been working in the hospital in person since March (and I did from May-late June plus during call weeks) and neither have gotten it yet despite living in one of the hardest hit zones

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns September 8, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Glad your call week wasn’t too bad all in all. We saw my son’s ENT this week and she commented on how kids are getting sick less. That’s been the case for our son (knock on wood) so I hope it continues into the winter but I’m kind of skeptical. But we’ll see! With a newborn arriving in December, I’m already starting to worry about setting a visiting policy and upsetting people… but hopefully they understand? Unfortunately it’s usually horribly cold Dec-Feb here in MN so outdoor visits won’t be possible. But I figure it’s worth being very strict about this and risking offending people versus giving in to people’s wishes to meet the baby and then have the baby get a high fever that requires hospitalization… good times, especially for a people pleaser like myself.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger September 8, 2020 at 6:37 pm

      I feel like with COvId no one would be offended whatsoever!!!

  • Reply Ashley September 9, 2020 at 10:02 am

    So excited for you 80 day obsession review!!!

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