one of the most salient lessons from the whole medical training experience for me has been about the importance of rest. not just sleep [although that's important, too!] but full days away from the hospital/patients/academics/etc.
because the thing is: i really do like my job. and despite my recent pager woes, i still feel confident that i've made the right career choice for me. the only thing is: PUT ME TO WORK FOR MORE THAN 6-7 CONSECUTIVE DAYS, AND I'M NEVER GOING TO WANT TO DO ANYTHING.
seriously! this month was going gloriously until i was denied the magical two-day rest period otherwise known as a weekend. previously, i was patient, centered, and had no trouble focusing in lectures and the like. fast forward to now [day 10 of a 12-day stretch, with the last 168 consecutive hours spent on page] when all i can think about is when i will get to stop. it's not that i hate it -- it's just too much of one thing.
i wonder why the medical field is structured like this? i would gladly trade a lower salary in the future for more days off [above a certain threshold time >> money]. i realize that sick patients do not stop being sick for the weekend, but i'd be happy to work some saturdays + sundays if i could get at least one weekday off in exchange. obviously, i can't compare my hours to those of say, the vascular surgery fellow [ahem] and i realize i'm still 'in training' [god almighty, this whole road has taken FOREVER] but . . . i'm just saying, it would be nice.
obviously, i'm looking forward to the weekend. there WILL be a celebratory massage.
it's planner season!
i won't be indulging since mine starts in july with the 'academic' year, but it doesn't mean i'm not having fun shopping vicariously! here's one fun option:
lovely self-date layout, but i can't tell what the weekly pages look like. clearly, one of you should buy it and let me know.
are you investing in a new planner for next year? share the details so i can bask in your organizational glory.
workout: 3 mi, 9:54/mi. i feel like i look more ridiculous each time i go, but my paces have shockingly stayed fairly consistent [not sure how long that will remain true, of course]. it's looking good for my thanksgiving 5k next week!
real simple cooking
even though every time i type 'real simple' i want it to be 'realLY simple', i have to admit they have some great easy recipes. i used exactly one pan [dutch oven, actually] to make this chili. as it should be.
basically, this recipe involved prepping just a few vegetables and then dumping a bunch of cans into the pot with spices. maybe a little 'semi-homemade', but when the end result is delicious, relatively healthy, and mostly comprised of 'whole' foods . . . who cares? i would definitely make this again for its high speed/convenience to taste ratio.
reading: on hiatus until call week is over.