despite my positive intentions (and i really, really did have them going in!) i was burnt out by mid-afternoon. we didn't have a horrendous number of admissions (5) but between a 2AM rheumatology admit (OUCH), a 7 AM PICU transfer post-call, and gram-negative-rod-infested central lines, it was a tough 30 hours (fine, 29.25).
it's as if something in my brain chemistry changes 12 or so hours into the shift. no matter what i tell myself going in, i'm downright crusty and just generally exhausted by that point even if i haven't done anything particularly strenuous. by 9 AM post-call, i am nearly belligerent (or at least it feels that way), which is not exactly appreciated on rounds. it is hard for me to admit this when i am trying so hard to take things in stride, but i still struggle.
i'm beginning to believe that the secret to call (other than avoiding it at all costs) is NOT going to be figured out by me during my stint in residency. and i can't say i'm heartbroken about it. 5 more to go . . .
as promised, here is a brief recap of april's culinary theme, which was defined as selections from eat, drink, and be vegan and super natural cooking. these tomes are both written by famed bloggers (dreena burton and heidi swanson, respectively) and emphasize healthy and fresh cuisine that does not involve meat.
i didn't set out to make a large number of recipes from these cookbooks. good thing, because with random shifts in the emergency room followed by my first ward week, it wasn't exactly a banner month for cooking triumphs. still, i managed to make a few recipes (i seemed to hit the ones i had heard a whole lot about via other blogs!) and had fun in the process. i would say that we probably did eat less meat this past month. though i have no plans of becoming vegetarian, i think it's important to recognize the true facts that meat is far less friendly to the environment and one does not need to eat meat all the time to enjoy a balanced, varied, and nutritious diet.
run-down of the recipes i sampled (links in the posts if available)
■ veggie sizzle burritos (ED & BV)
■ big curry noodle pot (super-natural)
■ broccoli and tofu teriyaki stir-fry (ED & BV)
■ thai chick-un pizza
■ sweet potato spoon bread (super-natural)
may cooking project: coming clean
i decided to devote this month to recipes from one of my favorite foodie magazines: clean eating. i love that their recipes encourage use of the seasonal bounty of fresh produce, and i feel like i need an excuse to experiment with more of their creations. i may also throw in some quick meals from real simple to mix things up.
this week's plans
■ pan-seared trout with caper herb sauce
■ chicken pomodoro pasta
■ bulgur waldorf salad
pictures and commentary to follow, of course.
off to bed
i think i am going to sleep like a rock. this has been QUITE a week.