[on-call week, day #1/7]
4:40am [yes really]: up before alarm. [bedtime the night before was something ridiculous like 8:45 pm. what can i say?]. read emails + few blogs on phone while mustering the energy to get up.
5:00am drink water, eat 2 pineapple chunks [i always want SOMETHING, even if it's tiny, before a morning workout!]. run/walk 3 miles on the treadmill in 40 minutes using pattern of jog 4 minutes / walk 2. enjoy real simple + some of arcade fire's reflektor. which, by the way, i like so far.
6:10am find josh and a very awake and happy annabel downstairs. he got her just before 6 -- at her insistence. join them for breakfast of toaster waffles, sunflower seed butter, and strawberries.
6:30am clean up and play with a. while josh showers.
7:10am straighten hair, put on makeup, brush teeth, get dressed. this has become a strategic post-breakfast move because a. can be quite a mess.
my ensemble in the mirror at work.
i dressed EXTRA prego today, i feel.
7:30am g. -- our nanny -- arrives. josh heads to work, forgetting his lunch [oops]. i leave 10 minutes later.
7:40am commute while listening to NPR music podcast.
8:15am arrive in office! starting with virtual rounds, i make a [PAPER] rounding list and check the labs of all of my inpatients [consults + kids on our service]. then i head to the hospital to check off a lot of boxes: PICU, floor, discharges, etc. finish notes and discharge summaries. call other physicians to discuss patients [i have to say, this part is SOOOO much nicer not having to go up and down the chain of residents/interns/fellows/etc.]
11:00am see one outpatient. nothing crazy. write more notes and do patient phone calls.
12:30pm go to lunch. eat salad, mozzarella, pita, chickpeas, etc. discuss a mutual patient with one of the hem/onc drs.
1:15pm see outpatients. write more notes. make more phone calls. take a quick break + browse a few favorite blogs when one doesn't show.
4:00pm consult in the ED. well, 1.5 consults really. see patient, make recommendations, write note. amaze self at being able to do all of that in an hour :)
5:10pm leave! listen to freakonomics podcast on commute home. [current new fave.]
5:45pm arrive home to an energetic muffin! [disclaimer: this pic is from last week, but you get the idea]. g. has already given annabel her dinner AND a bath, so little for me to do except soak up the cuteness. we play [first pretend 'grocery store' and then a's favorite game: repeating "night night. pillow. a-bel tired" while rolling around on couch] and read.
7:00 pm brush a's teeth, change her diaper, and enjoy a particularly sweet goodnight song with annabel's cheek against mine the whole time. put her into bed without a peep of protest [this does not always happen.]
7:10 pm eat leftover tofu tikka masala that g. made yesterday [with rice and sauteed kale. i picked out the recipe for her. i realize i am hideously spoiled]. chill in front of computer, reading interesting blog posts and facebook.
8:00 pm josh gets home. watch duke game on couch with him for 5 minutes before getting up to write this post.
8:30 pm ???
admittedly, the rest of the evening is a black box! i know i will have at least one patient discussion tonight [newly discharged patient who will call to follow up] and could be paged anywhere from 0 to infinity times overnight :) i do have to check labs, and then i may read some of my book [reading history of love now, thanks to your recs!]. bedtime will be 9ish -- or really any time after the anticipated follow up phone call.
- i really like my job. today went fast.
- i actually feel like i have a reasonable work/life balance, whatever that means. clearly, it's not 50/50, but i feel fulfilled on both fronts.
- i am extremely lucky right now when it comes to cooking and household maintenance. and admittedly, i am a million times happier than i was before we had g. to help.
- my life is not very glamorous or 'big' but it is pretty lovely from day to day.
- i am in SO MUCH of a better mood when i work out.