i guess the 'shiny new year' glow has worn off for many of the duke students. it was an mood swing circus ride in student health yesterday! i had a string of three females who burst into tears during their visits (and no, i was not emloying any hard-nosed psychological tactics designed to open the floodgates).
it was enough to make me want to come home and drink this:
(which, of course, i did). good thing i didn't go into psychiatry (i thought about it, though!), because my liver might not be in such good shape right now. visits with depressed or anxious patients are emotionally exhausting to me! i just wanted to be able to fix things, but i don't know how to do it with those issue. i want to grab them by the shoulders and tell them to go for a run (endorphins!) and then watch the news on haiti to get some perspective -- but i know it's not that simple.
anyway, i commend practitioners who do work with and help patients with these kinds of issues on a regular basis. it's #(*&(@ hard, and very important, so someone needs to do it. someone other than me.
amazingly, today marks the end of the adolescent rotation already! it was a short one (3 rather than the usual 4 weeks), and it pretty much flew by. for the most part, i really liked working with teens -- especially out at this free clinic and in the eating disorders clinic.
i also greatly enjoyed the (basically) 8 am - 5:30 pm lifestyle most days. would have been even nicer if josh's schedule weren't flipped opposite of this, but it was still nice.
check it out:
what is that, you ask? why, it's my may/june 2010 schedule . . .for the last month ever of residency!!! approximately 5 months from now, i will have completed all training necessary to become a general pediatrician. this would give me a heart attack, except that i'm not going to become a general pediatrician and therefore have 3 more years of training on my plate in the form of a fellowship.
but still: pretty crazy. i can't believe i've been in some sort of educational pathway for the past 25 years!
i'm so excited to have this whole weekend off -- with NO pesky backup call this time. it's even sort of a 3-day deal because i don't start my next rotation until monday at 5 pm. i'm trying not to get too ahead of myself, but i can't help thinking about the fun things i have planned! including . . .
☑ dinner at jibarra (which looks sort of similar to philadelphia's famous distrito)
☑ intimate dinner party for 4 at our house on saturday
☑ more duke yoga
☑ plenty of josh-time
and just because it's friday
and because i'm feeling mean:
mean because this little peach piece of perfection is $660 and will never be mine. oh well! maybe modcloth will come up with a copy . . .
workout: 5 miles outside with 6 x 1 minute speed intervals -- it was supposed to be sort of a structured fartlek-style workout.
interval paces: 7:52, 7:53, 7:39, 7:48, 7:45, 7:43
overall pace: 8:46/mi
inspired by broccoli: or is that the broccoli hut? maybe both. i wasn't super hungry but was craving a snack-style dinner . . . and the herbed ricotta from hillsborough cheese co!
it also went well with my two-hearted ale from above.
reading: none yesterday -- i was just in the mood to relax after all of the clinic drama! but i'm about to hit some reading now . . . i will make my goal of 5/7 days this week. i'm determined!