Well butter my butt and call me toast. CE 1 and 5 weeks of free labor is in the books! Here we go:
- Buy in. Simple as that. The prevalence of complaining about a job is absurdly high. I try my best to only do it to help me bond with co-workers when I first start. Beyond that, I truly don’t see the point. Wherever I end up practicing, I know there will be downsides and I know their will be upsides. Internalize and latch onto the positives, buy into the mission statement and hustle in every activity no matter how small. As I work my way up, I’ll integrate change where I see fit. Way too many toxic environments out there. (Looking at you Walmart)
- Pain is…. fascinating. Abbreviated conversation. Pt walks in and plops down into chair.
Me: So you had a fall and hit your hip?
Pt: Yes, I slipped when I was….fell on it really hard.
Me: How would you rate your pain right now out of 10. 10 being the worst pain you can possibly imagine?
Pt: Yep, 9.
Me: How’s your pain doing sitting down in that chair?
Pt: Not too bad.
Me: Like a 9/10 not too bad?
Me: Got it, just clarifying.
- I’ve embraced it at this point, really. They rank it high now and it helps me look better in a couple of weeks. Plenty of time later for pain education and management
- Pulleys are hard. Some patients are incredibly creative. That is a euphemism. Nothing further.
- Pharmaceutical intervention is rampant. Yes, the science is incredible and helps a lot of people. Yes, I know the majority of the population does have health issues related to obesity and psychosocial issues as well which can be indicators for prescriptions. With that being said, I was surprised when only one patient I saw didn’t take drugs. I definitely question the sum result of the efficacy, side effects and cost efficiency of these drugs.
- Game shows are the reason geris (geriatrics (old folk)) stay sharp. Not all are created equal, but hot-diggity-dog some are superb. Our television played game show network (GSN) pretty much non-stop. My top three are The Chase, Chain Reaction, and The $25,000 pyramid. Press Your Luck and Deal or No Deal are buns.
- I’m right where I belong. It’s taken me years to finally be able to practice and learn the specifics of my chosen career. I still get frustrated by how slowly life seems to be going by, but it is what it be.
That’s a wrap. Can’t wait to start my second rotation in the fall. Back to the didactic learning.