1- I had a massive clinical catchup day at work and no longer feel panic when I look at my EPIC inbox. I had a light patient day which allowed me to follow up on 25+ results and finish 12 pending notes. The relief when I got it all cleaned out was amazing..
2- I greatly enjoyed watching Sex Lives of College Girls (Mindy Kaling’s latest series on HBO). I finished in about 3 days but was thrilled to find out that not only is there a Season 2, but it’s already in the works and may come out in 2022! Something to look forward to.
3- We have 2 new physicians joining our practice and therefore I’m “losing” one week of call this year that was previously scheduled!! I’m sure our manager loved coming into my office and telling me that. We haven’t hired in many years so this is exciting. Also, this is much needed as our clinical volumes have expanded in the past ~2 years. It’s nice to know that help is on the way!
(Unfortunately far more than 3 come to mind, but I will share the most salient . . .)
1- Bedtime in our new house has been a disaster. I know I know – give it time. But omg. It was already . . . not good. The amount of jealousy I have for people whose 4 year old just freaking go to bed by 8 pm is just . . . unbelievable. A is fine, but the other two are exasperating. I know we need blackout curtains. CURSE this daylight savings BS! Josh saved my life by coming home around 7:30 pm and taking it over yesterday. But I know I will be back on duty tonight and I’m already dreading it.
2- My reading life has been downright depressing this year. I guess I shouldn’t care, but after several years of really consistent reading (2019, 2020, 2021 were all 40-50 book years) this feels like a change, and not a good one. One would think that being off of social media would help and yet . . . nope. Now I have nothing against good TV (see #2 above) but watching that was actually an anomaly. WHY can’t I seem to consistently read? If anyone has any advice to share for coming out of a reading rut, I could use it.
3- I am going to a virtual conference (Pediatric Endocrine Society) Thursday – Sunday and I am already depressed about it. I will be taking call during that time, which was my own doing — because I needed off to move last weekend, and also because I didn’t want to spend 2 weekends in a row (one on call, one at a conference) away from the kids. But now I’m kicking myself because I am fairly certain it will be hard to get much out of the conference. And I’m also annoyed because I really am craving an IN PERSON conference, which many of them currently are — just not this one. I need some inspiration and some clinical updates and for me, virtual is such a poor substitute which I made even poorer by layering on call. Next year had better be in person (and hopefully in a desirable location!!).
I recognize that my complaints are basically non-problems and that the world is absolutely in a horrifying state right now. I admit I have become somewhat numb to the news. I need to figure out how to channel the right amount of energy into doing something positive in society but right now I also feel like I just need to focus on my job and my family.
Off to run. My brain needs it.