Monday, July 27, 2009

More (writing) next month...I hope

It seems I need to hurry and get something on this page before the end of July. July 2009 will be a record month for me. I have seen more blood, sexually transmitted diseases, drug screens positive for cocaine, and dead babies this July than in any previous month of my career. I am hoping not to break more records anytime soon.

I remarked one day while rounding "If we could get some doxycycline (antibiotic to treat gonorrhea and chlamydia) in the water supply along with an oral contraceptive and do something about this cocaine, I could happily be without a job."

The residents are great, as is the nursing staff. They are up close and personal with all this stuff even more than I am. For instance, last Friday night while I was on the phone explaining to the operating room why I needed to do an emergency surgery on a lady with no blood pressure, the resident was in the room holding the patient's hand.

So, while this sounds like complaining, I am trying to make some observations. The final observation is: I am exhausted. This is truly only one month in. I have been trying to stay on a reasonable schedule. I am not sleeping in the day unless I can't help it. I want to be awake at home when I am there with my family. I am trying to exercise. I just can't on the days I am at the hospital for twenty-four hours. Tonight I had ice cream for dinner which wiped out the Lean Cuisine and fruit I had for lunch but I felt I needed it.

I have worked 184 hours this month. I have thirty-two hours to go.

And yes, I know I should not be counting.
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