Monday, June 23, 2008

PICU

So,
I just finished a 3 week stint in the Pediatric ICU. It was one of the most emotionally taxing and stressful 3 weeks of my life. I had my first pediatric patient die, my first patient funeral, my first death summary. I've had adult patients die before, but it just wasn't the same. At all. I'm moving on to ambulatory peds and I'm excited about it.

I'm on call tonight and hoping for good call karma. Last call I had on peds ward was a steady all-night affair. Apparently Mondays tend to be bad because everyone has been resisting coming in over the weekend. Hopefully that applies to the day moreso than the evening. I'm glad I've chosen a specialty that doesn't involve a lot of call and can be scaled back to no call when I'm old and grey.

In other news, Ben is leaving me for 3 weeks to go home and visit his family. I'm joining him for a week 3 weeks from now and I"m pretty excited about it. We have a packed itinerary already that involves climbing a monroe, going to sheep dog trials, high tea, and many other things I forget.

I think we're caught up now!

1 comment:

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

PICU sucks. My roommate is doing a rotation in the PICU right now, and thankfully the patients haven't been deathly ill, but it's still been quite emotionally taxing.