Here we go . . .
I am optimistic about this call week — sort of. Mostly because unlike the usual setup, this time it is SPLIT!
I am on for 72 hours, then 24 hours, then 72 hours with ~3-4 days breaks between each. Yes, the whole thing will probably feel like it’s lasting forever but honestly that seems so much more manageable to me. This was done because of our move but I’m also excited that it will be a bit of a mini-experiment of what it feels like to split up the time.
Ways in which I will try to make things easier:
1- Sleep in until 6-7 if I’m woken up overnight. I will be flexible about my usual morning routine/workout schedule. If I’m lucky enough to sleep, awesome! But if not, I will get the extra rest I need.
2- Stay at work until I’m done with notes (and lean on some extra childcare). Our nanny is fine with covering (she’s even helping with the actual moving/packing days, though Josh will be there too and we have a professional crew coming). So I will not invent imaginary pressure to get home at a specific time. I will finish up my work each day and not leave notes to linger & stress me out. Today might be an extra-long day as I have a stack of new results to go through (since I was off last week). That’s okay — I have time to do it.
3- Order in or bring healthy + good food for lunch. I need to make this aspect easy. I will focus on salads and skip the Starbucks because unfortunately it often seems to trigger migraines. And I REALLY don’t want to be dealing with that this week.
4- Keep organized lists. I will spend extra time this morning grooming + fixing our inpatient list (unfortunately there was some EPIC malfunction and our usual list was deleted, and the last person on call created her own list but new consults won’t pop up on it so — I need to fix things). Having a clear list of patients to round on is key, plus since there will be multiple handoffs with the shared call week, this is extra important.
Here we go!
Random weekend pix leftover: