This is just a post-work whine-y post, there's not much funny/interesting in there. You have been warned.
Just finished my first 30-hour call in quite a while. I admitted 6 patients, discharged 3, saw a couple in clinic, several on the floor, and was up all night yesterday. Came home at 2 in the afternoon and slept for a couple of hours.
I like working at night. It is usually more relaxed and you are on your own. The night shift staff tends to be nicer. The tendency is to get the work done and get the patients comfortable; a lot of the day-time hum-drum is avoided. Last night, the patients came at steady intervals, and I spent far more time with each than I should have [90 minutes just talking]. It helped that I had a highly indecisive attending on call with me, which basically meant I could do whatever I wanted, but he would spend thirty minutes on the phone going over the pros and cons of everything [I know the pros and cons, dammit, just tell me what Your expert opinion is. The guy has commitment issues, I tell you.]
There was no time at all to vox yesterday, though I could see the comment alerts in my email, tempting me..
This place depresses me at times. Last year, I was in a different institution, and while the patients were the same, the faculty members were a class apart. We had much less time to study, but had great on-the-spot teaching. Most days I'd come home feeling I had learnt something. Not so here. The attending I'm working with now is working hard to make me hate him. He is passive-aggressive, likes to pit residents against each other, treats every patient the same way, even Talks to every patient the same way! The rest of us sit there and provide each other silent support. Others already hate him, but I'm trying not to sour a relationship thats bound to go on for a while. Humor helps, and I sometimes distract myself by doodling. Once, I ended up drawing a caricature of him, and had to quickly crush the tissue I was doodling on before anyone could see.
Argh..we moved here so hubby and I could be together. Ah, well, you have to lose something to gain something. And there's always self-study..
No-work weekend ahead. Now I must go back to sleep.