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by the way, it’s sunday

I think was feeling a bit nostalgic tonight. I got out of work early and for the first time in what feels like 9 months, it was still light out for my walk home.  I also may have hallucinated the smell of spring in the air.  Not entirely sure what day it was or what to do with a whole extra one hour of free time, I decided to read through some of my old posts and I– as I have said to myself many times before– realized I need to write more.  I have so many stories from this year.  Some are disturbing, some are sad, most of them are just dumbly entertaining.

As I try to get my act together, allow me to refer you to a post I wrote almost exactly two years ago about what was, in retrospect, maybe one of my favorite days of medical school.


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Since I’m too busy (or lazy) to post, I suggest you read this:

Agraphia: a modest proposal

One of my favorite bloggers covering an issue I am forced to confront in one way or another every single day I spend in the hospital.

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because i come from the land of lawyers…

I found this amusing.

from A Cartoon Guide to Becoming a Doctor (just added to my blogroll).

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bad things

A colleague came up to me with a pained look on his face, “Something kind of bad just happened…”

I had NO idea where this was going.  Did you break up with your girlfriend? You missed your patient’s hypokalemia and she started having chest pain? You put a note in the wrong chart? A nurse yelled at you again?

“My stethoscope just fell into the toilet.”


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i don’t hate christmas, i’m just busy as shit

A few months ago when I was in my peds rotation and my roommate was on her surgery rotation I told her she was being a crank. She started to cry.

I am 6.5 weeks into my surgery rotation.  I feel shackled to the operating room and thoroughly sleep deprived.  This Sunday will be my first day away from the hospital in 14 days.

The other evening my roommate, who is now in her peds rotation, accused me of not liking Christmas.  What did I do? For no clear reason, I started to cry.

And then both of us, who are actually considering going into this ridiculous field, started cracking up.

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a joke

Yesterday a patient told me a joke:

What’s the difference between a surgeon and God?

God knows he is not a surgeon.

Funny only because it is so true.

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If I am going to be your bitch for the next six weeks, at the very least could you stop boxing me out of the circle during morning rounds? Or maybe say hello once in a while?

I understand the heirarchy.  I’m used to and okay with being treated like crap as a medical student.  I am at the bottom of the totem poll and I know what comes along with that.

For example, on my first day in the operating room at this particular site, my attending made me sing. “She’s Always a Woman,” by Billy Joel. Well, at least I knew the words.  You get used to mortification pretty quickly on your surgery rotation.  You also get used to nastiness.  If there is a gangrenous, purulent ulcer that extends from a man’s upper thigh and erodes through posterior to his testicles, guess who’s gonna pack it? Yes, me.  If someone needs vitals, a pen, a granola bar, gauze, or even coffee… I’m the gopher. If someone does something wrong, it is always the med student’s fault.  Once an attending asked me,

  • Do you know the four ways a medical student can cut a stitch?
  • No, sir, I do not.
  • 1) Too short; 2) Too long; 3) Too fucking short; and 4) Too fucking long.

I am okay with the scut work.  I’ve learned to take things less personally.  It’s all part of the process.  But I am not okay with any of this if I’m not learning.  It’s only worth it if you are learning.  Last week I began the last six weeks of my rotation at a new site and I hate it.  Traditionally it’s the residents who do the teaching on the surgery rotation.  You spend the most time with them, you are part of the their team, and they teach as they go. Our residents, on the other hand, don’t speak to us.  Actually, they don’t even look at us.  Seriously.  It’s kind of weird and creepy how they can actually act like we do not exist for the full 14+ hours a day we are at the hospital with them.

I am just disappointed.  I loved my two weeks on the trauma team so much so that I am now (crazily and perhaps transiently) considering going into surgery.  But I’m starting to reconsider, this sucks.

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