In the Life of a Fickle Intern

March 9, 2013

Wealth Inequality in Motion.

Filed under: Uncategorized — dailymedicine @ 10:13

Kind of crazy. Thanks for sharing.

March 24, 2012

Negative Nancy

Filed under: Uncategorized — dailymedicine @ 16:49

I’ve been such a bad sport about this whole Obstetrics rotation. Apart from that initial rough first day, it really hasn’t been all that terrible. I got the routine down. I semi-know what’s expected of me. I’ve even gotten to catch some babies. However, despite my willingness to see the good in everything, I dread going into work every single day, whether it’s waking up at 5 am for the day shift or 5 pm for the night shift. I cannot say exactly why I’m miserable, but I am definitely counting down the days…the hours until I am done. The residents I worked with this last week were actually really nice too and I even get weekends off! Nonetheless, five more days. Five, long more days. It’s just not meant to be. 

 

August 31, 2011

Skepticism

Filed under: Uncategorized — dailymedicine @ 16:02

I’m not sure when it happened, or really even how it happened, but somehow, I have become very skeptical. This is very unlike me, and I’ve only been working for a few months. It is as if I automatically assume people are lying until proven otherwise, especially at three in the morning when they’re telling me they are having the worst pain of their life yet I cannot barely keep them from falling asleep as they talk to me, and not in the sense that they are getting somnolence from a medical cause. The worse part is that in my one-man attempt to stop the perpetuation of these drug seeking activities, I have become amazing stingy in prescribing narcotics, or so I would like to be more stingy than I actually am because my seniors and attending are all very liberal with their pain control. I understand their point when they say it is better to over treat ten people for pain to not miss that one person who is actually in pain, but I hate that so many people abuse the ED just for this reason. I guess I am still naive and not fully aware of how extensive the spectrum of pain really is. With this new found skepticism, I have two fears. One, in my biased point of view, I will under treat people for pain who really are in pain. Two, I will lose my skepticism and become indifferent to this drug seeking war and start just giving people what they want when I don’t think it’s necessary.

Oh, the dilemmas of narcotics. Hopefully with experience will come a systemic approach to pain management. If only people can be more forthcoming. I think I would appreciate them more if they would just outright tell me that they want some drugs.

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