Did I really not post since last September? Let me catch you up on the last year:
- I started physician training. (For those not familiar with the system, when you finish your internship and residency, you often then thinking about the pathway you want to do: surgery/physician training/obstetrics/general practice/anaesthetics and so on. Physician training is what you do to become a medical specialist something, don’t ask me what yet!)
- I spent six months at The Regional Hospital From Hell. It wasn’t all that bad, but it was really really hard. Like, you pick up the phone 24 hours a day for 7 days a week, every three weeks, for four hospitals spanning a large country region. And you deal with questions like, chopper or ambulance? And you keep your cool when people call you at 3am for a medical issue not even remotely related to your specialty because they don’t want to wake up the right person who is known to not keep their cool and figure since you’re so junior, you’ll just say yes. You come into work for all seven of those days too. The sleep deprivation was a bitch. As was seeing my husband once a week (when I wasn’t on call).
- Lots of my hair fell out from the stress and I discovered a bald patch! I have the best hairdresser ever though, and it all grew back.
- I made some new friends in my new network, and started working at my new home hospital which is great! I found a lovely study group…now to just err, study (more).
- I stopped being vegan
because it was too hard, I realised that the population examined in Forks Over Knives (i.e. I’m not an overweight type 2 diabetic who required bypass surgery) and there’s some great evidence for The Mediterranean Diet. So rather than treat myself for something I don’t have, I switched over to preventing something that I may easily develop.
In short, life has been boring for a blog, but exciting for me. Interesting election huh? I wasn’t surprised by Tony Abbott winning it, and I got a sausage AND a cake at my local voting station. What have you been up to?