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The schedule for a perfect work day:

7 AM- workout 1/2 hr
7:30 AM- Brekkie
8 AM- Leave for work
9AM- see up to 15 patient in 4 hrs
1-2 PM- Lunch, possibly involving a local cafe (if I could find one) and 1/2 hr work reading
2 PM- See another 15 patients in 4 hrs
6 PM- leave work on time
7 PM- pagan reading 1/2 hr
7:30 PM- dinner
8 PM- 1/2 meditation
8:30 til bedtime- Do housework and other necessary tasks.
10:30 PM get in bed to unwind and hopefully fall asleep by 11:30

OK, this looks busy even to me. And it doesn't allow for the nights I meet friends, hear music, etc. Still not a bad goal.
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This is a synopsis of the things currently bothering my brain:

Work: Aaaaaagh stress. Getting better, no errors for going on 3 wks, had one "perfect" documentation day. Now on day 4/6 straight and boy does it get old quick. Still, love the kids, like the parents, hate the papers but on the whole not so bad. Sloggin myself into doing work reading every day is getting harder, but so far I'm managing to keep up with the 2 journals/chapters I'm supposed to do a day.

Car: Back in April, a woman who can not drive back into my car which was parked across from her yard on a street 3 cars wide. She won't pay for the damage, she won't call her insurance, and now she is denying it ever happened to my insurance company. Also, now whenever we go over my friend's house we can't park anywhere in front of thier yard or they call the cops. BITCH< OWN UP! So don't need this.

Money: Also slowly getting better. I'm starting my own savings account today to make me feel less controlled and also cuz it earns good interest! This month the bills will get paid and J. should get his first pay from his job soon which goes straight to our credit cards. I really want my balance paid off this year but we'll see.

House:REALLY need to move. Found one place I like but getting any info on it is proving very difficult. I can't for real start house shopping until money stuff improves, plus being hindered by promising J that his brother could stay in the current place for a year (aka until next June). So I guess it'll have to wait but not "killing" his brother is becoming increasingly hard.

Relationship: Despite an almost fight Sunday, we're doing pretty well. All the intensive work on myself is beinging up some of my issues, which mean that J is having to deal with them too. He's really trying hard, which I appreciate. Hopefully we can bond some this wkend at con.

Dragon*con: Yes it's suppossed to be fun but between the no money and the no costumes and my current feelings about my body, it is stressing me out. Today I have to pack after doing laundry and such. Hopefully I'll spend some time with J and also get to see my friends and enjoy some puppy pile time. Or maybe I'll just collapse.

Spiritual/self: Working really hard on past stuff to evolve into something better. Also studying my pagan path a lot more. tiring, but worth it in the end. Between my shrink, my vision quest work, and my reading assignment from my priest it can get veyr hectic. I'm also noticing some changes in how I experience things and some odd out of the corner of my eye visions.

Body:I'm sleeping enough, eating enough most days though not always on the schedule I'd like, and taking pretty good are of myself. I'm not working out in the GA muck though, which needs to change. sadly our AC is broke, which means even in the house is not comfy. I'm trying to increase my fruit/veggie intake by eating an extra fruit bar a day and having either fruit or veggie with dinner every night. A gym membership is out because of the money thing, so I'll just have to find ways to self motivate.
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Because my love can NOT make anything for just 2 people (at least he cooks for 5) there was leftover french toast batter. So I had french toast and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee for breakfast.

I got to work OK with no more than the usual very slow or very fast can't use a signal and slam on the brakes with no warning drivers.

I'm scheduled for 18 patient in less than 4 hours. I've only seen one so far and there isn't even a second in the office yet. Add to that the fact that we have no running water fot the 2nd day in a row and you can imagine the madness here. *sigh*

HELP! Why isn't it Friday afternoon so I can go camping yet!?!

I earned it

Aug. 6th, 2006 11:37 pm
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...but damn today kicked me tuckus!

J and I didn't get to sleep until after 3 between the drive home, the stop for warm food, and the canoodling...and we were out the door by 9 AM to go pick up my car. Sorry it was so early P.

Then of course, I had to work, which really was fine today though after only one day off both of the last 2 weeks, I'm not looking forward to the same again this week! And the office manager already warned me tomorrow afternoon will be rough. Why do all the parent leave the back-to-school visit until the week before school starts?!?

After work, only slightly fortified by my first cup o' joe in weeks, I dragged my self over to the gracious Oji's to wait for [ profile] paldin43 and our (supposedly) weekly pagan session. When he finally got there (at the agreed upon time I was just early), it was pretty good. And hopefully he was chastened enough about not showing up last night and canceling on me last minute last week!

I dragged my asshome, barely awake enough to drive and more than slightly wonky and threw myself into the bed, only to have J. join me slightly afterwards. We ended up napping together for 4 or 5 hours.

I'm still exhausted, but feeling better after some water and some dinner. But damn I wish our AC would work! it hasn't gotten below 80 in here in weeks and weeks and tis interfereing with my sleep. Which I should go do some more of now since I have to work tomorrow. *sigh*

Sleep well y'all
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Money To say things are tight is almost laughable at this point. I fail to understand how I have a raise and still barely enough to pay the bills and none at all for books, music, movies, dinner out, or al the little things I though a doctor could afford. Things like a gym membership and a therapist are right out for the time being. We're also having to cut out non-essentials like Netflix.

Work Slowly getting better I think. I've been driving myself crazt being obsessively careful but hopefully that will pay off. In the next week of so we should get to the end of the unpaid hrs spent going over charts together. In October if all goes well, I go full time. I don't really want to be working more hrs but at this point I'm looking forward to the money.

Family My brother is awaiting the birth of his son. I asssume my sister is doing OK. We technically talking but in reality not so much. I have to send an update to family and friends about the transition, etc when I find some spare time.

Relationship Things with J and I personally have been really good lately. He's looking for a job but in the meanwhile I get a house husband which menas no dishes or vacuuming for me. Unfortunately, our neighbors have decided that since he's home he's available to DM for them 24-7, which is very annpying and about to get the kaibosh (sp?)!

His f**-in brother Supposedly has several job offers. He better take one soon. The rent is due today and J better have it in hand when I get home or there will be explosions. He quit, so it's not my f-in problem if he has to take it out of savings. I think I'll ask their father to have a talk with him as well

Health So-so. I've been keeping a diet log which reveals that I rarely eat more than 1500 calories a day though too much of it is in carbs, so I'm trying to eat more protein. I'm sleeping enough but not all that well due to stress, so I'm still tired many a day. I really REALLY have to get on more of a schedule. And meditate. And long baths. The list of shoulds is longer than that but depressing so I'll stop now.

Other My loverly [ profile] sibylla's B-daze is Sunday, so I'm on present watch for just the right thing. And some ppl are getting together Saturday evening, which should be grand. Also, Lady K is having a get together that morning which I'm gonna try my damndest to get to.

Work this week: Today 2-6, Wed 9-1, Fri 2-6, Sun 10:30-2:30 Doesn't look toooo exhausting.
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As much for myself as anyone one else who might read this at the latish hour it is.

Doctors are not perfect. They will, despite checking refernces, using calculators, and in every other way trying to do their best, make kistakes anyway.

This does not make them a bad doctor so long as they listen to the pharmacist when they question the dose, or the patient when they say something is not working or is having side effects. This makes them human.

And if you are lucky enough to find one who will admit to the mistake, apologize and correct it, then you are indeed lucky for doctors are a stiff-necked and arrogant breed.

Ask any questions you may have. If I state something you have said incorrectly, correct me. Feel free to question me until you understand what the treatment plan is, and what the next step will be. But don't expect perfection, because it doesn't exist except as an illusion, and I believe it is more important to be real with your patients that to pretend you are perfect.

Last night

Jul. 17th, 2006 04:12 pm
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Yesterday I had a somewhat intense day.

It started with rolling myself out of bed and into the car in time to meet my Pagan teacher, but forgetting shoes.

We had a lovely outdoor session where I had it drummed into me yet again that I can't in fact do it all by mysslf, at least not healthily.

Then I met up with [ profile] ashlupa, Sean, and [ profile] shaddragon for the most ridiculous gnostic mass ever. After throughly cleansing myself with water, we went and had sushi.

I made a pig of myself at Rusan's since I hadn't eaten anything all day, then since Elena had never been to a doughnut store we took her to Krispy Kreme for dessert. mmmm glaze!

After I got myself home, I had to get ready for today, my first day at work. So I did:
2 loads of laundry
cleaned the bathroom
mopped the bathroom and kitchen floor
took out the trash
took a coooool bath (ugh the AC)
laid out clothes and read until I could sleep.

More on the 1st day later
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I am now officially graduated plua about 2 hrs. Sadly, I am stil awake, still on call, and deqaling with a child who has a sodium level low enough to make him seize. oh, well. 6 hrs and counting down!


May. 23rd, 2006 10:46 am
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let's see, what going on.....

I think I'm disappearing....somehow I fail to find out about events going on with people, and when I have been somwhere and participated in something I feel is significant I fail to get mentioned even though all the others onvolved are....who knows maybe I'm dreaming said events.

I've had 3 days off in the last 6 weeks and all three of them were jam packed with stuff. most of it has been good, but exhausting. This "weekend" started going out with J and some cooking ppl until 2:30 Am post call. Saturday began with a 5 hr medical coding smeinar, followed by a marathon of planting with the vivacious [ profile] bheansidhe followed by a small but interesting party at [ profile] reprobayt's place. Sunday I got up early, packed for camping and spent the rest of the day driving up and down 400, clearing camping sites, bushwacking, hauling logs, and putting up several tents. On the way home J. called and I ended up meeting his dad and stepmom with our friend LaTonya for mega-sushi-marathon. It was yummy.

Yesterday I was on call, and of course it was the only day J. had off in the last week. Call was excruciating by dint of the fact they sent up 8 patients in less than 10 hrs of the late night anf early morning. I'm about done but I have multiple errands to run before I can crash/boom at home bothfor camping purposes and for keeping my job (they set a time limit on certain paperwork)...barring bad news this week I get my residency diploma next friday!

38 days left, including a week off for my 30th birthday and J's and my 2 yr anniversary!*bounce*
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It was all going so well!

I had a loverly weekend with much sleeping, animal cuddling, time with friends saturday night, and plans for Sunday.

But Sat night I ran out of steam and was feeling kinda queasy. Slept some more and then some more. By Sunday evening I really felt not great. Jason attempted to feed me and then took me to get a couple of movies, which turned out to be hilarious (Shanghai Noon and sequel). By 10 I was in bed trying to sleep but insidious queasys and the puppies kept me up. I spent most of the night sleeping for an hour or 2 and waking up to vomik *pout*

Vomiking, fpr those of you not at Grady hospital is like vomiting only grosser. Sadly, I'm on call tonight so I couldn't spend the day in bed like I really, truly anted to do. So far I've kept a plain tortilla down with some effort. Cross you fingers for me, I only have to make it til 7 PM.
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Last night the plan was to go home and sleep.

This was quickly derailed by the need to do dishes and laundry and grocery shopping on the way home, and make a coffee cake to celebrate my med student matching.

So I got to bed about 9 PM when all was said and done. Which would have been fine except...

J. was drinking after work with his crew as usual and went to far. Luckily he called me instead of driving himself home.

However this did meaning driving to downtown to pick him up at 3:30 AM, then taking him home, and turning right around to come to work. So now I have a full day of work where I am the intern for the afternoon while my intern is in clinic before I can go home in evening rush hour traffic.

I am tres grumpy and need more coffee! Tonight I'm going home, taking a bath, having J make me dinner (he's off today) and I will be in bed by 8 PM goddess willing.
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First of all, its Friday the 13th - ACK!

My week has been largely uneventful. Working 10+ hr days and the cimmute has been about 2 hrs each way due to the gross incompetence of drivers in the ATL. There were 2 wrecks and a fire just on 85S just one my way in yesterday.

The only social activity I've done was a lil while at [ profile] tygerlilly's bday dinner yesterday evening. It was good for everal reasons. One I had 3 hrs in between work and the dinner, so I made a ton of phone calls and spent time catching up/relaxing/unwinding at JavaMonkey. Also I got to see several people there at a place I'd never been, Cafe TuTu Tango. It was very interesting and the tapas were nummy.

Sadly, I got home after 10 PM and am runny at a huge sleep defecit for the week due to switcing from evening ER shifts to a get up early schedule, plus I haven't gotten home before 7 PM any day this week- argh! I'm working this weekend but I get MLK day off at least-woot!

The list of things I must get done in the next 3-4 days are:
Get my liscensing paperwork done
Apply for the $1400 baord exams
Take down the Xmas tree
Make somethig yummy for weekend call, prolly cheesecake
Visit CVS for meds, receipt for tax purposes, and camera battery
Further fix my CV
Actually see J awake and maybe even eat a meal together

Opptional but hopeful events are:
Thorough cleaning of the bathroom
Make a coffee cake
FINALLY get to use my trampoline
Take the neighbor's dog for a couple of long walks
Dinner with the neighbor girl Monday if I'm cogent
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My "weekend" sadly has not been relaxing, but productive yes!

Yesterday was my only day off for 3 weeks, so I went shopping with one of the neighbors, Brandy, who is very sweet. We hit Winder's first "adult" store which had a great selection of incense, Indian clothing, and Chinese satin hanging lamps. I got a couple of cool skirts. It was Target that did us in. I got a bathrobe and some jewelry, sadly failing in my quest for another pair of pants that fit.

Then I realized what time it was and freaked, since I was late for a [ profile] darkblade's b-day party and had to drive Brandy home before driving into the city to pick up [ profile] bheansidhe and take both of us to the party. The party itself was muchly fun with some of my fav people in attendance and very low-key.

Sadly, J had forgotten I was coming home for dinner and had eaten without me. I was kinda pissed but he gave me some wings for dinner and did the dishes he making me dinner tonight!

After taking [ profile] bheansidhe home I sat down to FINALLY watch Serenity that [ profile] reprobayt had given me. It was verah verah cool. Interspersed with the movie was laundry and minor cleaning. Afterwards I dumped all the things I'd been avoinding putting away on my bed so I had to deal with it and cleaned my room. Then I got ready for work today, making lunch, packing bags, more dishes, etc, etc. Also, feeding sick boys many cups of tea. It was one by the time I went to sleep.

I got about 6 hrs sleep and have been dragging all day. Luckily I have 2 procedues to do and then I get to go home!
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For [ profile] dwivian or others who want to understand the path of medical training:

Phase 1- College, 4 yrs, usually a science major

Phase 2- Medical School, 4 yrs +/- research. When you are done with this you are officially a doctor but still need on the job training.

Phase 3- Internship. You first job as a "real doctor". A year of on the job training at a major university hospital. For some specialties this is a medicine year followed by residency while for others it is just your first year of residency (the latter is for pediatrics).

Phase 3 cont- Residency. Between 2 and 8 years of more specialized training. 2 more years for pediatrics. When this stage is done you take your specialty board exams and get your liscense to practice one type of medicine.

Possible Phase 4-Fellowship. Further taining in a more specialized area of your chosen field for instance emergency medicine or cardiology.

Attending- the name we call anyone who has finished thir training however far they chose to take it and has a liscense. They can teach medical students and residents, and may do research.
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I haven't updated in a while, mostly due to the sheer amount of running around since I recovered from the bug I had.

The illness lasted 5 days which knocked out all of my New Year's time off but at least it didn't mean calling in for any more days off.

Since then I've been working between 8 and 10 hr shifts in the Egelston ER which is interesting but really hectic. I got home at midnight last night, slept about 5 hours before getting up to come to clinic this morning and from here I have to go back to the ER making for a 13 hr day, 16 if you count the driving. At least I got nummy Flying Biscuit brekkie today!

The plan for tomorrow is Rin's b-day party and a little shopping with my neighbor where hopefully I'll find a 5th pair of pant that fit or perhaps another hippie skirt . Eeeeeek I still need to find a present!

All in all I'm doing fine though a bit stressed out trying to get my liscensing papers done, DEA app, board exam app while working....I definitely not keeping up with the housework...perhaps that'll get better after I'm on a more regular schedule. Also on the exciting list is the fact that Jason graduates really soon which brings up some other money issues and stuff but is definitely of the good.

Evil plans for soon in the future include painting the bathroom and bedroom, legally changing my name, playing on my new trampoline , getting back to some craft or another since I've been taking a knitting break, and the looming threat of taxes.

Look for letters to/about some of my bestest friends soon, which is my New Year's resolution to tell pople how much I think of them.


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