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Twitter

I was introduced to the world of Twitter by my good friend Zack(@zakmo) follow him,he’s a riot! He was,at the time, all about Web 2.0 and what they had to offer. We worked together for,what…3 and half years, at a restaurant that,by the end of each day we would as k ourselves,”Are we STILL working here”? Anyways..he came to me one day and said,”check this site out here’s the link”.

I don’t remember if it was beta or not(I don’t think it was) and I said,”sure,okay”. I went home that night and signed up. At first,it was kind of slow. I didn’t send any tweets and I was following him and he was following me and,that was pretty much it. I laid low from tweeting for awhile and suddenly picked it up again. We tried to get a few people at work to sign up and try it but it never really caught on with them as it did us.

I remember telling my roommate at the time about it and her response was,”Why would I want everyone to see my text messages”. The only answer I had for her at the time was,”psshhh,everyone won’t see your text messages. It’s only those who you follow and those that follow you will see it. If you text private stuff then,they will see it”.

That’s how I explained it at the time because that was my only explain. It wasn’t as big as it is now and she thinks it’s stupid. I find myself tweeting ALL the time now. Once you get started,it’s almost hard to stop. You find yourself tweeting anywhere and about everything! I tweet while I do rounds. At the movies,in line somewhere,airports,airplanes(if you’re on JetBlue or Southwest where the internet is free),surgeons tweeting surgeries LIVE! It’s all pretty exciting.

There are apps,tools,widgets,tweetups,twitter lingo,twitter etiquette and now a “twitter” search. Celebrities,politicians,tv networks,athletes and major companies have ALL jumped on this bandwagon. People network for jobs and some have made really good friends from this new craze. How long will this last? Who knows? For now,twittering what you are doing in 140 characters or less,is what its all about.

Possible career move?

Being placed in the ER on my rotations has been fantastic! Why I say that is because I know like the hectic pace and THE absolute craziness of it. I am,by trade and PY medical student and we have been placed in different departments and I have grown to love the ER.

Dare I say it. I think I want to become an ER doctor! Ack! I said it! Here’s an example. A patient was wheeled in that was in a car accident. Patient “A” had a collapsed lung,spitting blood complaining about chest pains,and I immediately wanted to do the most difficult thing we had to do. I have yet to do a Tracheotomy. I don’t know if I will get to do it anytime soon because that takes training…lots of it. I’ve seen it being done and I would love to do it one day.

If I can keep that rush going when I am saving lives then, that’s what I want ALL the time!

My weekend

I was off this weekend from the hospital and it was great! It was also my birthday (Friday the 13th) and I didn’t want to have to work anyways. I got off work at 7:30am the morning of my birthday and all I had on my mind was sleep.

I got home and hit the sack and I heard my phone ringing. It was the first of my friends arriving into town. She said,”hey I’m just calling you to say I’m on my way”. I said,”Ok”. As soon as I hung up, I was asleep again. I don’t know how long it took her to get here but, it seemed like 2 minutes. She was knocking on the door because I forgot I locked it, and I said,”Wow,didn’t you just call me?”

My day started as soon as she got here. I was excited…because she doesn’t live here anymore and as much as I would love for her to move back,something…rather someone,is holding her back. Anyways…we went and met another friend at he mall,she has the cutest boy I have ever seen. She will be the second one of my friends with a child,the other one has a son on the way.

While I am taking time out to be a doctor and the hospital has literally becomes my 2nd home my friends are having babies. Well everyone is having kids. There is an alarming amount of pregnant women around lately. Must be that time of year.

My birthday ended with my friends and I renting a hotel room because we got locked out of my place,and spending the night there! It was fun even though I was a bitch and I complained because me not getting any sleep,starting kicking my ass. By then, I had officially been awake for 22 hours straight!

I appreciate my friends…a lot. They are some of the best I have ever had. Britanie, we are like day and night…we are complete opposites. I think we get along great because of it,that friendship is 5 years strong. She’s the party person. Stays up all night, very open,likes to talk to people and make friends. She talks to anyone,like a naive child that is too trusting. She takes care of everyone and leaves herself out. We argue about that a lot she’s always sick and puts everyone first and herself last.Good quality but she complains that no one appreciates what she does. I do!

Jamie James(it’s what I call her)…she went and got a family. LOL. I can’t hate her for it. She was ready to settle down,married a guy and became a step mom. More power to her! She’s coming back in town next month so we can all get together and have a girls’ night or two. All-in-all,I had a fantastic weekend and it’s sad that it had to end so quickly. I hope everyone had a great weekend or however you spent yours, I hope it was enjoyable.

The angry pre-med student, signing out!

The ER and rules

So,I got to work last night and they were short staffed. They pulled myself and two other interns to be techs for the first part of the night. I don’t care what anyone says, being a tech is hard work. They do just as much as we do and even more. They round, draw blood,chart and take vital signs, you give credit where credit is due!

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(Yes,that’s me and those are my navyblue scrubs. Just got in from work)

I worked with some cool people last night and kinda wanted to give them a shout out(they know who they are). After a few hours of being a tech,I was told to go and help out in the ER. I get there and there was trouble off the top. There was a CODE:Brown because they were having issues with an elderly lady. She was brought in by the ambulance that was called by her family.
They said,”we have been trying to give her some medication but she has been fighting us”. I just wanna say, that the elderly, are pretty strong. I was pushed by a 67 year old and I stumbled backwards and almost hit the floor.
There is always something going on in the ER. I can almost guarantee that, my night will be eventful. It’s fast-paced,hectic and I get an adrenaline rush. So when I was pushed by that lady, I gained my footing and by the time I ran to get a shot, security was involved so there were four more people in the ER getting in my way on top of someone else yelling in another room(I don’t know why).
The shot was given,she finally calmed down in maybe 5 minutes. We treated her and transfered her to another floor. That was just the start of my night; went to the PY ward and came into contact with another lady. There is snack time on the floor before the patients go to bed. So we helped put snacks out and, being the weekend, the food was limited because food service delivers Monday morning or something.
Anyways,one of the ladies was standing in the middle of the hallway and I saw that she had dropped a few things that she had planned on eating. It turns out,she had been hoarding the snacks like she was hibernating!
I said, “ma’am you can’t take all the food off the cart because there are other patients that have to eat as well and there has to be enough snacks for everyone”. She had all this food wrapped up in her jacket and said,” her family needed to eat”. How do you respond to that except to say, again “ma’am you can’t take all the food”.
She was NOT happy with me and she yelled and screamed at me. I am governed by rules that will NOT allow in me to feel certain emotions or take things personal. It’s hard..it’s really hard but if I expect to get through my nights or days and my career as a doctor, I have to use these rules. Now, I am not saying be stoic or harsh, but show emotions accordingly. It took everything in me to not get mad at the lady that pushed me.
People come into a hospital everyday needing and wanting help. Not matter our political views or our opinions, we made a choice to serve, help and hopefully fix things and make people feel better. I take that with me everyday.

Blogging

I know. I know. I’ve haven’t been THE best blogger lately. I’ve been really busy. Just got back in the country Monday night from a trip to The Bahamas. The hospital has been keeping me REALLY busy and have learned that x-rays, are NOT my friend! I don’t have a keen eye for it yet. Luckily that won’t be my forte! I still need to train myself to spot abnormalities.

Some guy told me and 3 other interns that he wanted an adult to work on him. I swear I’ve seen that on an episode of ER or Grey’s Anatomy… something. Who knows really. People have their preferences and,if he thinks we look like 13 year olds then, what am I to do, I just walked away.

I’ve been trying to forgive some people and be a lot nicer but I always turn out to be the bad guy. What’s up with that? I was told I should let it go and forgive. Easier said than done when you feel you’ve been wronged and whatever you do goes unnoticed.

Anyways… new year. New choices. I will try to blog A LOT more and keep it interesting!