Monday, June 27, 2011

This has been my second year as a “first year resident” because of my intern year that I completed last year. It is strange to think that in a few more days I will finally be a second year (for the first time). It is strange that our new first year residents are here, eager and probably a little nervous to begin. Suddenly, after two years, I’m not the lowest one on the rung. That will be a very strange change.
This next year will probably prove to be my most challenging. Starting on Friday I will begin my first of four months on General Surgery. My schedule in July already looks a little daunting. I may not have the cleanest house or be in the best shape, but I think I overall manage to find a decent level of balance. Come Friday, I am seriously concerned about my ability to do anything besides work and sleep as I will be on call (days only due to new medical resident duty hour rules) 14-16 hours per day every other day (alternated with probably 10 hour days), with only 8 or 10 hours in between shifts. As that is about the amount of sleep I need each night, I am taking volunteers for bathroom duty and meals! Abraham will also be busy on his General Surgery rotation during this time so we really will be running ragged.
Once I finish in General Surgery, I will head back to my own team for a few months until I do Neurosurgery in March. That will be another busy time with 4 am morning start times. Yawn. I am feeling more sleepy by the minute.
It should be an exciting year. I am excited to increase my surgical skills and to see some new things (I’m actually hoping I get to do an amputation—see how warped my world is becoming?). I have also turned over a new leaf and am studying much more. I only have three more years to learn everything (not really, but it feels that way) so I better get to it. I did finally teach myself the one-handed surgical knot. Just in time.
I better get going! I feel like I have a lot of sleep, cooking, cleaning, etc to catch up on before the end of the week!


brenna said...

Wow! Good luck keeping up with everything! You should probably keep the whole amputation thing to yourself ;)

Oriens said...

Hooray! You have reached the next rung on the ladder! You will excel and do great things this year! =)

Marci Wittwer Butterfield said...

You really are amazing. You do one of the best jobs at creating a balance in life. Miss you guys already!!

Tawnya said...

wow, i am tired just reading it! I don't know how you do it! I am pretty sure you might be wonder woman!

nathan n rachel said...

Yeah for "real" 2nd years residents. :) I'll make you a meal (but it will need to be when I get back from Utah). We'll be in touch on that one.