back on service
i hadn't mentioned it, but i'm back on 24/7 call this week for the first time in a while! so far, it hasn't been too bad. i am making an effort to keep a positive attitude about it all, and the truth is that i'm lucky, because getting phone calls from the PICU about sodiums at 1:47 am (like i did last night) and answering from the comfort of warm, snuggly bed is about 90 million times nicer than being on the other end of the line.
and speaking of the phone line -- my specific work goal this week has been to try to be as nice and as patient as possible over the phone. in truth, most of the time i am this way by default, but sometimes i can get frustrated (with residents, lab personnel, etc) and become snippy, and i almost always regret it. yesterday, i was a little bit starstruck when i got a call from paul austin about a patient who needed transfer. i read paul's book about a year ago and loved it.
one may not think that an ER doctor and pediatric endocrinologist would have much in common, but i really empathized with dr. austin and grew to really like him as i turned the pages of his work. among other lessons, he was not afraid to point out the importance of the rest of life (ie, outside of the hospital); furthermore, he emphasized just how critical it is to be nice when working in the hospital - over the phone to consultants, with patients, with nurses, or with anyone.
and i am happy to report he was as nice and lovely to work with over the phone as could be. i resisted the urge to tell him how much i adored his book (there was a transfer center coordinator on the line as well, and i don't think she would have appreciated the small talk).
after much hemming and hawing, i finally chose a race to train for:
it will be held on december 12, so when i chose it, there were only 6 weeks left to train (now there are only 5!). josh plans to run it as well, so it should be fun! and if i find myself unable to race for whatever reason, i can always just run it for fun -- after all, it's only a 5K.
always in the market to try a new training plan, i decided to give the runner's world SmartCoach a whirl.
you just enter your stats (i put in my recent 10K time), and it spits out a program to your specifications!
looks reasonable to me. i am on week 2 and about to head out for 5 miles easy (though maybe not QUITE as slowly as suggested!) as dictated by the tuesday schedule.
coming up tomorrow!
☑ two upcoming challenges i plan to undertake
☑ a very shubox GIVEAWAY! sponsored by -- well, me.
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