I just realized it's been a significant amount of time since I've posted. Not that residency is boring - quite the contrary - I just haven't felt the energy to de-sensitize information enough to let you all in. Until I realized I'm depriving you of the tough stuff, the God stuff, the everyday stuff.
Friday, September 18, 2015
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Friday, August 8, 2014
It's hard to know where to start this post after an entire year of residency. I sat down to blog a few times and came up empty handed. There was always so much to say that couldn't be said and so much I couldn't figure out how to get in text... but I figure one day, I'll be interested in how I felt my first year and since those memories will dull with time, I should probably get them down.
In a nutshell: WOW. God amazed me every. single. day. I learned more than I ever thought possible and still feel like I'm just scraping the surface. This kid-doctor thing isn't for sissies. There's a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and heartache - a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of losses, and a few wins that make it all worth it.
In general, intern year wasn't that bad. It's exhausting in a new way of exhaustion (even though you got to go home after 16 hours on call and didn't spend the night). I really started to enjoy my own clinic. I stayed in love with the NICU and fell in love with more than a few snotty-nosed, tear stained faces.
July 1 was a bit of a rude awakening because I started this year in the PICU. Once again, WOW. Almost unexplainable the changes that place will put forth in your heart, your practice, and your life. I'm finally recovering from the Q4 call (no longer limited to 16 hours... welcome to "big girl residency") and glad to have that month behind me.
This post was boring, I can assure you my last year has been nothing but. The secret parts of patient's lives that you are privy to and trusted with forever change who you are and how you practice. And occasionally, you realize you made a difference.
And that is worth everything.
Posted by OleMissBabyDoc, M.D. at 2:55 PM
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I've officially been "Olemissbabydoc, M.D.", for 42 days. It's still strange, still different... But I'm adjusting, along with my fellow interns.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Graduation has come and gone. The hoopla, the long coat ceremony, the heavy velvet regalia, the after parties.
I woke up the following morning a doctor, no longer a medical student.
Scratch that. No longer a STUDENT.
Yes, there's lots of learning involved in residency and being a doctor in general... but I will never, ever be a full time student again. As exciting as that was, it was still a tiny bit sad. No matter who will actually admit it, most of us must've liked school or we wouldn't have made it this far. The thought that that part of my life is officially over (when it's all I've ever known) is still strange.
Don't have too terribly much time to think it over though, as somehow the last week flew by and there's only two more before orientation kicks off, along with all the daytime exhaustion and night-time fun it can bring. I'll be working myself into a more "night" schedule towards the end of the month to prepare for night float July 1.
I've waited my whole life for this. Even though it's more than a little terrifying, I'm as ready as I'll ever be. Bring it!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Long coat tomorrow night. Graduation Friday. WOAH. Family starts coming in tonight, friends and more family tomorrow. I'm soooo excited to celebrate with everybody and let them see the house!
At the same time as my grad celebration, we're having EK's 1st birthday party. The pupcakes are currently in the oven, the smash cake is done. This mom goes all out.
I've gotten into these make money from doing random things apps lately. iPoll and Surveys on the Go specifically. So far, SOTG is easier, and I'm making Amazon.com money from both, so pretty excited about that. Hit em up if you've got a few extra seconds of time :)
Happy Graduation week, everyone!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Tomorrow is my last day EVER of medical school. Woah. It's been a super fun, super busy month. Genetics is wonderful. I've learned a ton and look forward to many more years of it.
In the meantime, we've moved into our NEW HOUSE and it is just great! Ellikate loves having not one, but two yards to play in (our front is courtyard fenced), and we've got about three times the amount of space we had before. It's open air and play room!
Tomorrow our hardwood floors arrive in the bedrooms, and then the furniture can move in and our lives can come together completely.
25 days til MD. Woah.
Posted by OleMissBabyDoc, M.D. at 7:08 PM
Sunday, March 17, 2013
On the other hand, do we really want to?
What a week. Monday I found out that I matched. But to back up a little bit, I started house shopping last Saturday with Melissa to get an idea of what I liked and mainly to keep my mind busy. I found two that I just loved.
Monday, I went with my awesome realtor for Round 2. Found two more that I liked better than most of Saturday's, with the 4th house we saw still remaining by far my love.
The week in general is a blur. I did some furniture shopping, we returned to "the house" (and I was still in love). And we waited. Waited on Friday, waited on God, waited on my future to be revealed.
Friday was exhausting. Terrifying. Nervewracking. Worth every moment of sweat and tears it took to get to this point. "Olemissbabydoc, Pediatrics, University of Mississippi". With that, the next three years of my life were sealed. The people I would train with, grow with, cry with, laugh with. In that moment, I knew I was blessed beyond measure - and then it got better.
Momma, Daddy, Me and N went to the "top three" houses with my wonderful realtor V. Mom and Dad liked the first two, but loved the one I loved. It has a courtyard in the front for ElliKate to play, and a huge fenced yard. The details are simply perfection, the master bed and bath are awesome, the scored concrete will be a godsend for cleaning. The kitchen island will easily hold several dozen cookies for cooling and decorating (a baker's dream). The location is perfect. I made an offer that was set to expire in just a few hours.
When I woke up Friday morning, I was just a kid. When I went to bed, I had a pediatrics residency and was a pending homeowner. It was surreal and still is. All I can say is God is SO good, and we are full of praise. I continue to pray for my friends and colleagues to whom "the match" was less kind. All over the country, very qualified US seniors were denied training positions - there just aren't enough spots for the demand. And that is heartbreaking. We all worked equally as hard for this dream and we ALL deserve it. "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord".... I know He is in control on His throne as always, even when we can't understand it.
A big thank you to all of you who've been with my on this journey so far, for your support and encouragement. Please join me as I begin "Growing into my Long Coat" :)
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