And sometimes your day is great because you assisted in the OR all day and had absolutely no responsibility for the outcome. 1 retractor, 2 rectractor, 3 rectractor 4... I might quit my day job and just hang around the OR.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
Why is it that different medical specialties AND doctors within the same medical specialty love to badmouth each other? He is a bad doctor because he didn't do this, she's a bad doctor because she didn't do that, surgery hates medicine, medicine hates surgery, everyone hates family medicine, psychiatrists are crazy. I have been guilty of this myself. But, you know what? We all do our best. We all have 24 hours in a day and spend at least 10 of them working, usually more. We worry about our patients when we go to bed at night, we try to do our best by them because we are responsible for them. Orthopedic surgeons ask you for help because they are busy worrying about the broken hip in the ER that they have to get to the OR and feel unsure about that insulin order, family medicine asks for your help with the Guillaine Barre syndrome because they feel uncomfortable sitting on them until a hospital with a neurologist deems the patient bad enough to take them, the internist, they didn't know the patient's fracture needed reducing when the ER doc had casted it. We all work together, we all need each other, let's pull together and stop bad mouthing each other.
at 5:32 PM
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Back from Italy, ate too many carbs, drank too much wine, had an amazing time. Feeling a bit jetlagged :) zzzz. Went in to the office today on my usual day off to work through all the messages. Found out that the person's license I took away before I left (she screamed at me for 5 minutes over the phone) came in and had a MOCA score of 1/30... for those non-medical types, that's really not good. I was dreading seeing this patient and am really glad she was seen when I was away by our superstar N.P.
One of our partners quit today so we'll be looking for fresh blood. Can't say I didn't see it coming.
All of my OB patients who acted up the week before I left started behaving themselves as soon as I was out of the country! score!
All in all, this 2 weeks off was a success. I'm still looking forward to going to the St. Paul's family med conference in Vancouver next month - another week off!
at 12:28 PM
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
This week I took an extra day off in order to spend a long weekend biking in Allegheny park in NY/PA. I took ONE DAY and came home to 40 messages in my EMR inbox and a backlog of crap to deal with. My stress level shot up to 13/10. Maybe even 20/10. I felt like I never left. I hope my 2 week vacation doesn't end up this way.
at 4:49 PM
Monday, September 09, 2013
I hate getting ready for vacation because it means:
1) doing more call in preparation for vacation so you can get the time off
2) making extensive handover notes on all OB patients just in case they crash and burn while I'm away
3) stressing about packing
4) worrying about crashing in a ball of fire and dying on the flight over
5) worrying that I'm going to forget something when packing
at 5:55 PM