I am still recovering from my week-o-hell. I am trying to lay low for the first part of my vacation, as I am still in Hometown, but am not taking calls/seeing patients. This is difficult in a small town, for you are surely going to see someone you know or who knows you (which is more often the case for me) wherever you go. I can just picture, as I am trying to grocery shop or buy new (desperately needed) make up, "Oh! Dr. Whoo! I thought you were on vacation! I was going to call you about this rash (discharge, pain, etc.) I've been having for the last 2 years. While you're here....." Believe me, it has happened before. Unfortunately, I really do need to grocery shop, buy new makeup and clothes for the beach, get my hair done and my oil changed and everything else that I don't have time to do while I am working, so it is a risk I am going to have to run. My strategy is to either get out really early (which defeats the purpose of vacation, IMO) or right around dinnertime or later. We'll see how this pans out. I spent the entire day yesterday in pjs playing with my little one, watching movies, and reading, reading, reading blogs. It is so addictive! I find myself drawn to the infertility patient blogs (a professional interest of mine) and to the med student blogs. I know it has been a while since I was there, but reading the stories that these folks post brings me right back to that place in time. A while ago I compiled some musical quotes about my life and medical school that I am going to post in honor of all of you poor souls braving the wilds of medical school and residency. Hang in there!
"Another sleepless night, turn off my light, turn it on. Open my books, take in silence and wait for the dawn..." ~ billy pilgrim - "Try"
"How did I become a molecule in the concrete of this city? Indifferent to my endless motion in a space too small to see?" ~ Vertical Horizon - "Falling Down"
"But you will come to a place where the only thing you feel are loaded guns in your face, and you'll have to deal with pressure..." ~ Billy Joel - "Pressure"
"Finally get it together...where do you belong?" ~ Jackopierce - "Get it Together"
"Sleeping through classes, we'll make it up later. There's still so much time left to go. Misguided Roses, we bloom in October, emerging triumphant in time for the season's first snow" ~ Edwin McCain - "Rhythm of Life"
"People live below me and above me, to the side, and even if I wanted to, I've got no place good to hide. Concrete is my color and commerce, its my pride...Get me out of here...no one should live like this" ~ billy pilgrim - "Get Me Out Of Here"
"Where does the time go? Spinning my wheels, standing still...just like running on ice. I only gain a little distance when I fall." ~ Vertical Horizon - "Falling Down"
"And the sky could open up, and what would we have to say? Something cute about burning out, it's better than fading away" ~ Edwin McCain - "Darwin's Children"
"I spent four years prostrate to the higher mind, got my paper and I was free" ~ Indigo Girls -"Closer to Fine"