In the Life of a Fickle Intern

January 24, 2013


Filed under: Daily Lowdown — dailymedicine @ 21:10

Three weeks and some days later, I’m giving in and taking a short course of antibiotics. Since New Year’s Eve, I’ve had this lingering cough and sinusitis that will not go away. Though I feel physically much better (no more congestion or headache!), I still sound like I’ve been smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day for the last 10 years. (I’ve never even tried a cigarette!) Though I don’t get sick very often, when I do, it lasts for quite a while. I’ve had multiple colleagues offer to call in some antibiotics for me and I finally gave in last night at dinner as I was having trouble finishing my sentences from my coughing fit. To be fair, I STILL think it’s a virus and I ┬áSTILL believe that I’m not contagious, but to appease those around me, I’ll take the dang medicine.

As for this month, I am on trauma anesthesia.Everyone wants to tell you that you don’t need strength to intubate (putting a person to sleep to put a tube in their trachea to breathe for them) and it’s all technique, but it TOTALLY requires a little bit of arm strength. I’m very much right arm dominant and all of a sudden, I’m only using my left arm. My petite size has been a limiting factor for the first time in my life! For my first few shifts, I would come home with my left arm completely and utterly sore from using muscles I didn’t even know I had. Though my techniques have improved some and I’ve learned some tricks of the trade to help with the procedure, I still have a lot to learn! It’s been busy but it’s been good. Now I am going to go do push ups to build up some muscles (sort of kidding…mostly kidding…sort of).

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