So my honeymoon is over. This past week marked the beginning of my 2.5 months of orthopaedic trauma and it is a doozy. I had to think so much on my first day that I had a headache by 10 a.m. This past Friday was especially crazy since I had the floor pager, the ED consult pager, and my personal pager on my hip…all of them going off every 20 min. As I would be walking to a certain floor to check the wound of such and such patient, I would get a page on another pager about a patient in the ED with knee pain, then as I start walking towards to the ER I would get another page about patient so and so having lots of pain.
It was really challenging this week to decide which page would get my attention first. I suppose I will get more efficient at everything, but its pretty amazing how I never really understood how much you work as a resident until I started. After a full stressful day of floor work or ER consults, I can see how you can fall into the trap of using profanity all the time or drinking your sorrows away.
Either way I am just praying that God gives me strengths using these next couple of months.