Talk about a week from hell. So last I left I was sick. And then I got a LOT sicker. Which sucked because I was looking down the barrel of 72 hours on call.
Lets just say it didn't go very well.
The one redeeming feature in that crazy, delirious, feverish, myalgic, sleep deprived mess was that Adon was there for comforting hugs and monitoring of my fluid balance and food vs analgesia intakes.
And then there was a blurred drive back to perth Monday morning.
And then Seriously Badass Cold released a follow up album and the conjunctivitis kicked in, so I started my first day on Plastics RPH looking like the devil child and a seriously unwell one at that. Did I mention I was on call? I think the Plastic senior I was with must have taken pity on me, cos at 9pm when I still hadn't left, he turned up and saw 3 more with me. And around 11 when I stumbled home, Icompletely crashed. Which is why I woke up to the 7am vibrations of adon's fitbit completely panicking cos I was meant to be at the hospital by 7 and also my phone was dead. *facepalm*. Managed to make it half a day before I finally called in sick, and now one of the seniors has kindly told me that the last 3 weeks of Friday trauma meetings has backed up, (which I need to present) and oh year, I should better get cracking on it.
I'm going to make it through this week if it kills me.
(also Adon is now down with what I had sigh)
It's 1am and I'm sitting here in the midst of fevers, chills, rigors and myalgia, with my voice raspy and my throat feeling like sharp claws are scraping and tightening with each swallow. Damn you ED and intern, damn you children of Kalgoorlie that undoubtedly passed on the viral lurgy to the staff at KRH. Was meant to do a surgical talk for the juniors, but will have to beg off given I won't be able to produce sound by 3pm tomorrow. My time at Kal is soon drawing to a close... Last weekend of on call looms ahead (yet another reason to rest up tomorrow) and then I will be home!! with my darlings... And adon (ha!)... Except realistically given the plastics timetable I may or may not see sunlight until my wedding.
Please excuse the following rant:
Damn you clinical services, damn you and your ability to take all my carefully made plans and throw them out every single damn window you see. ARGH. So I had a great resident year planned out, - Gen surg, leave relief, vascular, plastics, neurosurg. HELLO DREAM ROTATIONS ANY SURGICAL MINDED RESIDENT WOULD KILL FOR. HELLO SPECIALTIES I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT (mainly the last two). Also, its kind of useful to do resident terms in them because usually they consist of ABSOLUTE CHAOS with only faint pretences at a weekly structure. So, given surgery is my go to plan, it would be nice to not have a completely alien environment thrown on me when I'm already trying not to panic at the thought of being a registrar. BUT. 1) they give me a whole term of goddamn ED which I hate with a passion, and then when big scary boss o' surgical doom goes 'o hai i remember u, maybe i will throw ALL OF YOUR PLANZ TO HELL and make you reg THIS YEAR y/y', you fight the urge to run screaming and instead nod awkwardly and wish it would all go away nao. BUT IT HASN'T. Because, in the last week, clinical services have refused 3 sets of prof development leave I applied for as a resident (BOO), ignored my request for cover because I'm working a night shift in ED and then meant to do a day in vascular AT THE SAME TIME, and sent me an ED roster AS WELL AS a vascular roster because apparantly I am meant to be doing everything all of the goddamn time. What the hell, clinical services, what the hell. My only explanation is that big scary boss has gone down there and confused everyone. In which case, what has become of my carefully planned leave? Does this mean my development leave is now back on? Because so help me if my two weeks of Alice Springs goodness is compromised I'm going down there and giving them the old F U FACULTY speech and asking them to keep me as a resident. Argh I am so sleep deprived and confused right now ://
ALSO I got an interview for SET training, which is alarming given I applied for hoots this year and also means I have to get my arse into gear and study because its a 7 part scenario based shindig this year. SIGH. At least adon and my cat are still awesome.
Yours in disgruntledness, post night shift,
I've just read a very strange fanfic involving Matilda, Tony Stark and Charles Xavier by copperbadge.
Alright I think my brain is about done processing it. ED is fast drawing to a close, which means I'll be starting my frantic attempt to learn the anatomy of everything before my Vascular rotation starts. My level of procrastination has similarly developed and the book my medical student got me (this was a surprise in itself. I'm all for book recommendations, but I find buying a book for someone just a little bit intimate and best left for those you know well) has turned out to be quite a gem (The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss for those of you playing at home) and I was exceedingly relieved to find out there is a book 2. Fingers crossed this series doesn't end up in Carmody's Legendsong limbo. Adonis spent part of today teaching me how to put together a computer which was quite fun and informative. Now I will go sleep and restrain myself from spamming you all with pictures of Stella and her penchant for crawling under rugs/doonas and hiding in an adorable cat shaped lump.
heh couldnt resist
So as I find my attention span getting smaller, my energy levels waning, the likelihood of my getting out of bed on a day off falling as fast as the temperature these days, I've come close to watching everything on the HDD so I've had to turn to the internet... Now having movies on youtube is a great thing, but a majority of the time theres a reason why its free on youtube and you inevitably wish for a way to get those hours of your life back...
Fortunately there are webisodes/webseries! And some truly fantastic ones out there... problem is that as soon as I got into them, they ran out :( So you you have any to recommend, send me a link! and I will gladly consume... In the interim, have my recs:
1) The old granddaddy of them all (for me at least)Dr Horrible's Singalong blog
- if you haven't seen thisTHEN WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS.
no, seriously, go watch it then come back. Alternatively watch it below in HD
Aaaah amazing right?! Endearing villain, annoying fillion and catchy songs. As if Whedon could go wrong.
2) The Guild. So nerdy! and funny! and reminds me of a few too many people I know.http://www.watchtheguild.com/
6 seasons no movie :(
3) Youtube's Freddy Wong also jumps on the webseries bandwagon with Video Game High School
- a gamer dream where Joe Any-Average-Gamer-Ever kills the law, gets accepted +/- gets the girl. FreddyW cameos as his brother's father and is the reason why the Adonis and I are going to name any male kid we have Theodore.
4) I'm sticking the VlogBrothers
in here because together, Hank and John Green make weekly vlogs to each other about anything/everything and they're more educational/entertaining than your standard how was your day conversation.
And the crash course series is a definite rec - pretty graphics, entertaining, 10minute summaries of everything. TheWorld history one is awesome https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBDA2E52FB1EF80C9
They've also got ones for literature, US history, biology, ecology and chemistry that I haven't seen.
5) And I a little embarrassed to put this in here, but I will be honest and admit I watched the ENTIRETY of the lizzie bennett diaries
in ONE SITTING and squeed just a little bit and yes it is EXACTLY what it sounds like... >.>
6) Wheezy Waiter
- moar funny things on the internet. Adon played episodes of this to me until I ended up thinking it was tolerable. WHY IS HE SO ENTERTAINING. i dont know, i just don't know.
Others that I have seen but cannot really recommend because either cos i haven't seen enough or a little bit disturbing:
-- The Maria Bamford Show
-- My Gimpy Life
only 6 eps
-- Break ups
- webseries on vimeo showing different people breaking up (improv) - more at his site.
-- The Divine
- only seen part of the first ep. Bit more serious supernatural-esque
So been catching up on Nat and Jeds trip and the manta rays look AMAZING. I remember feeling a little freaked out when we were all houseboating and the giant shadows would glide under the boat and under everyone who was swimming o_O but, I think I'll have to add the kona dive to my bucket list despite my fear of big swoopy things, cold water, the dark, and open water (I swear sometimes I am a rational person). In the meantime I will while away the next few ED free hours of today in domestic, adventure deprived bliss, by finishing my flower beds and painting the trim on our windows. And giving stella a suprise!bath... And maybe some left for dead 2 which I've been horribly addicted to... Nothing so satisfying after a frustrating run of days at work, as killing things mindlessly online - and after the multiple idiots yesterday who kept asking me to 'get the doctors opinion' and following it up with requests for a day off for a bruised finger (deep breath, no blinking, put down the needle and point at the red capitalised DOCTOR emblazoned over the right side of my chest) I even got a ' you dont understand the cultural importance of a finger in China'. Look dude, I get the importance of a finger, but telling me a bruised finger is a culturally significant serious injury that warrants days off, is just making me want to SLAP YOU IN THE FACE. hrg. I don't know if this term is getting to me and i'm now putting up no-bullshit vibes that patients a picking up on, but a majority of people I see seem to be starting out on the defensive o_O. Fortunately my medical student is eager and nice and as yet unjaded, so together we are less terrifying.
So sometimes you start a rotation and at the end of the first week - no five minutes you're either taking a deep breath to steel yourself or you''re slightly giddy with excitement at all the novelty, but for the first time I started back on familiar Gen surg turf and felt an overwhelming sense of relief. My last medical term was easy on the brain, great on the hours (except for nights, but hell, I only had 3 of them in 10 weeks so who's complaining), but somehow I'd end the day completely drained, deprived of any motivation to do anything other than eat instant food and sleep. Really happy and relaxed these day, largely as I'm not under any team under Mr. R and barely notice the 7-1830/1900 days. And whats more, I get oodles of theatre time :D. Annnnd. also somehow i'm applying this year... which scares me no end... But I'll give it a shot and get the interview practice for next yr.
In other news Stella has (unwillingly) had her first trip out of the house, in her cat box :D One parent is continually cooing over her, the other one ignored her for 2 hours before curiosity started getting the better of him (despite his best efforts), and I caught him 1) peeking at her when she went to the loo, and 2) asking her if she had eaten her dinner. They are in for a rude surprise at ~530am when this inevitably happens:
Have booked a holiday to Bali (apparantly if you live in Perth, this is your Mecca) and a open water PADI course there so I can avoid all the drunk backpackers. Paying a stupid amount of money on excessively lavish hotel that I only slightly feel guilty about :D :D yay so excited for last minute getaway. Also for seeing the noodles again the weekend just before we go!! :D
When playing FTL
do *NOT* name the little mens after the crew of Serenity as you will feel emotionally distraught every time they are inevitably blown up :(((
I have belatedly hit the nail craze (i blame surgery)
I went swimming today - first time in a pool since... high school - since then I've only cautiously waded into creeks/rivers/oceans/lakes, so this time it was a relatively pleasant experience where I didn't have to worry about sharp rocks, spiders, jelly fish or sharks... Only overzealous triathletes and incontinent old women, I guess... Anyway was a good slice of humble pie as it turns out a bit of competitive swimming during my teens does not weather well. My arms started giving way 2 laps in, my legs the following 2 and my jaw was aching from breathing excessively hehe. On the plus side, I now feel ridiculously healthy and feel absolutely justified in having the deeeeelicious beef burger and chips from V Burger bar, and the half litre of ice tea that came with it. huzzar!! Apparantly this is going to be a regular thing - quite useful having evening shifts as I can avoid all the scary training campers and instead splash about at my own pace.
auuugh muscles I never use, auuuuugh