Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Intern Year - check

Very happy to announce I officially survived intern year! And even happier to announce that 2nd year is infinitely better. Okay, so I'm only 3 weeks in, but so far it has been amazing. This month I'm on clinic/research which translates into clinic Monday-Wednesday, 3 hours of call during the week, and 2 weekends off this month. Thursday and Friday I'm supposed to be doing my research. Emphasis on the "supposed to" part. So far I've been brainstorming. But mostly I've been sleeping late and catching up on all the television and neglected household chores I've been doing over the last year. Speaking of which, have you seen New Girl? With Zooey Deschanel? It is hilarious. Finished season 1 of that and have started watching Smash now. I've also had time to cook a few meals this month. That happened approximately twice during intern year. I still get nervous before call but it's only because I feel a little rusty on L&D. Hadn't done a section in 4 or 5 months before my 1st 24 hour L&D call this month but it's just like riding a bike. Came back instantaneously. So far the transition from "baby intern" 12 hour shift call (which honestly always turned into 16 hour shifts for me) to "big girl" 24 hour call has not been bad. I think that's because my schedule has been so light during the week that I go into call pretty well rested. Enough of work stuff... Other exciting things that are happening: Signed up to run "The Color Run" in New Orleans this fall. It's a 5k where you are required to where a white shirt and at each kilometer you are splashed with a different color corn starch. There's about 12 of us from our residency going (including some attendings!) so it should be a good time seeing everyone look ridiculous. Also signed up to run the MS Blues 1/2 Marathon in January. Nervous about this one! Have a lot of training to do before then. I ran probably 4 times my entire intern year. Time to get back on the wagon. Started back this week. Ran 2.0 miles Monday and walked/ran 3.0 miles yesterday. Planning to do some either yoga or pilates tonight. Weight is essentially the same as when intern year started (lost 13 lbs, then gained 10 back), but now I'm just flab all over instead of muscle! The most exciting thing going on right now is that my sister is expecting :) She's just over 34 weeks now and we are all so pumped. 1st grandchild for my Mom. This will make my 3rd niece, but the first one from my sister. Also expecting my first nephew this August as well. (sister-in-law). Very very exciting time for our families. Hope everyone else is doing well. Planning to update this thing a little more this year.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Oh Hello!

I must get more clever wih these titles but just wanted to check in and let everyone know I'm surviving! I just finished my fourth consecutive month of my alarm going off at 3:00 AM and carrying the call pager during the day and I am so excited. On call tonight, get off tomorrow morning and will get to spend time with my family watching the Super Bowl.

Monday starts my second rotation on Labor and Delivery. I am excited and a little scared all at once. It feels like so long ago since I've been there! It was just August but feels like 2 years ago. Here's the rotations conquered so far:

OB Receiving - days
Labor and Delivery - days
OBI - 3:00 AM rounding, scheduled c-sections
HO I - 3:00 AM rounding, carrying call pager
HO I - again
OB I - again

Next up is L and D, then Gyn (the sweetest rotation), then Clinic/Ultrasound, then OB Receiving days again and intern year is finished! It gets better every day. Most of the attendings trust you to do the things they know you're competent at. We did lose an intern at the end of August and it really increased the workload. He quit without much warning and threw our schedules into a tizzy - specifically the call schedule. Most of us get one weekend off a month. And it is a glorious weekend.

But enough about work. Otherwise things are fabulous. Kris and I bought new cars back in November and are in love with them. The animals are as good as ever, and we are still hanging in our little yellow house by the reservoir. Counting the days until intern year is over but happy to be where I am.