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The daily life of a medical resident..
a.k.a "It's 2 AM and I'm looking at urine outputs."
Day 3.235 - Third time's the charm. 
Mon, Feb. 11th 2008





Start time: 7 AM.

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Since the boy (aka Nick) left for work about 10 minutes ago, it's my job to rouse the household. Even though it's not that early (hooray for lighter workload rotations!) we all move pretty slow in the mornings. The grey lump is my cat His Royal Zotness, and the black lump is Nick's dog Hurley Q. Butt.

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7:05 AM: I shower while Zot guards my clothes. Hurley has a tendency to eat my clothing if it's off my body for more than 30 seconds.

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7:25 AM: Breakfest and general internet checking. People look at your strangely when you hug boxes of tea in the middle of the import store, but my love for PG Tips occasionally requires public displays of affection.

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7:50 AM: Dressed and ready to go, as soon as I retrieve my white coat from the drier and re-load the pockets with all my stuff (I'm a bit of a packrat when it comes to the wards). Also pictured: the ugliest and most comfortable shoes in the world- Dansko clogs, beloved by anyone who knows the pain of standing on tile for 12 hours.

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7:55 AM: The final package somehow manages to fool people into thinking I'm a person they should listen to. A confused turn around the house finally reveals the dog is waiting in his crate. He's worked out that I'm just going to wake him up again if he falls asleep on the couch, so he'll curl up and sleep in there until I'm ready to leave.

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8:00 AM: Ready to go. Since the Honda was pronounced DOA a few months ago, I have a new ride. Meed Harold. Harold the Hooptee car. Unfortunately, Harold's food is excruciatingly overpriced right now.

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8:15 AM: Oh, Detroit commutes. So much fun. And NPR is doing a pledge drive. I feel vaguely guilty.

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8:20 AM: My current hospital is sprawling behemoth that takes up something like 10 city blocks, so my parking spot leaves me with the barest glimpse of the main campus through the trees. Luckily, there's a shuttle service. I flip through my rolodex of badges to make sure the right one is facing out.

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8:30 AM: Finally make it to the temporary psychiatry offices. We make redneck jokes about our trailer status, but the inside is pretty nice, once you look past the stacks and stcks of blue moving crates.

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9:00 AM: The other med students and I hang out for a bit until the residents arrive. Rajiv demonstrates the worst possible retracting (holding the skin back with huge shaped bits of metal during surgery) position he ever had to hold, and Ted plays copycat. We then all troop over to the main building to check on the previous night's patients, passing a stained glass window based on that creepy Norman Rockwell painting.

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9:20 AM: Both my patients were discharged the night before, so after tagging along with Rajiv on his altered mental status patient, I head up to the library. A nurse named Edy goes nuts over my Wyrding Studios necklace, so we hang out in the hallway for a minute while I write down the website address for her.

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9:30 AM: Independent study time, since my patients are gone and it's my last day on the service (ie, no new admits for me). I check out the view and the review books in the library. Someone has helpfully added in trade names for the generics.

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11:00 AM: On the way back to the bullpen, I check in the call room for residents. Turns out Ted and Rajiv are light on work today too. I find out the rest of the story about Ted's extroadinarily grumpy patient and laugh at the puzzled look the stick figure is giving the bomb on the Emergency codes poster.

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11:30 AM: I get scutted out a bit by Dawn, one of the residents. She's carrying the service pager, which means her life will be hell today. I help by getting a transfer patient's paperwork in order. (I'm showing the blank version in the interest of not incurring a massive HIPPA violation and losing my future career) After that, a quick pit stop reveals the previously mentioned necklace and the three most common languages at my current hospital.

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12:00 PM: Lunch and more studying. I was just reading about Winnicot, so I was excited about knowing the answer.

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1:00 PM: Head back down to the school for lectures. Unfortunately, due to some bad blood between my school and the Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State is no longer on the signs. Not good. I distract myself from asinine hospital politics by looking at the cool historical medical stuff (a stereoscope that helped students see dermatological findings in 3-d) I also check in on the second years and remember how glad I amto not be studying neuro anymore.

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1:30 PM: Lecture. Garrick demonstrates how one of our mutual friends in tearing his hear out over bad attendings that we had to work with last month. And I counsel someone else on how to deal with a difficult person in their life, through the wonders of psych meds.

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3:00 PM: Thankfully, lecture lets out early, and I'm able to run some errands on the way home. Namely, dropping off the rent to my landlord and good friend Jen. Think my life is tough? Imagine doing all the same stuff, but with two little munchkins (note the baby toy). Thankfully, she has a husband and very loving german shepherd to help her out.

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3:45 PM: Home! Boy is home too, so I ditch my snow-encrusted clogs and find that he's waiting at the door for me.

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I greet Hurley with extra exuberace because we're about to send him packing. We're headed to Chicago for the weekend, and Nick's Mom enjoys dog-sitting. Zot's only too happy to see him go, and investigates the proceedings.

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Of course, the dog has different ideas and proceeds to pester our neighbor, which merits a game of chase-me-chase-me, and finally a successful capture.

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5:30 PM: After a stop at the bank, we arrive at Nick's Mom's house, where Hurley is warmly greeted by Mark.

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Hannah, their cat is not so pleased to see him. However, the backyard is a favourite of Hurley's and Nick's Mom loves to spoil him.

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We visit for awhile. Nick demonstates the extent of the mailman's damage, his little sister introduces us to her new cat, and Mark hooks us up with some snacks for our trip, since he started a side business restocking vending machines.

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7:00 PM: We stop for dinner on the way home. I skip the frog legs in lieu of a tasty sandwich and sweet potato fries. Nick has a large pile of dead animal.

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8:30 PM: Home for the night. Nick does the dishes and I get chastised for not putting the silverware in the correct baskets in the dishwasher (yes, really). Then my buddy Randy is generally helpful over email and I program the GPS unit my parents loaned us for the trip.

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9:30 PM: I get packed, and have a Lush bubble bath - bight blue bath bomb with gold-flecked bubble bath makes for fairly vivid green water. Is heaven.

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11:30 PM: After catching up on my reading, I burn a couple CDs for the drive and join Nick in bed. He makes funny faces for the camera, and then it's lights out.
Wayne State University Class 2009
Comments 
Tue, Feb. 12th 2008 (UTC)
wow, great entry. thank you for letting us get a detailed glimpse into a day in the life of kat. finishing off psych then?? are you glad? i'm quite terrified of starting it. the patients sound dangerous...
Tue, Feb. 12th 2008 (UTC)
nice!
Tue, Feb. 12th 2008 (UTC)
I love it when you do DITL! I feel like I get to hang out with you again. Hurley is so freaking cute, if he turns up stolen, check my apartment. Brandy sends some feline love to Zot.
Wed, Feb. 13th 2008 (UTC)
lovely entry, thanks!
Fri, Feb. 15th 2008 (UTC)
This is hilarious. A loving rip-off of this post will appear in my journal whenever I get the time to put it together.
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