Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Sleep

Tough weekend. Trauma and ER emergencies kept me scrambling. I think I slept four or five hours Thursday, Friday, and Saturday combined. (Don't tell the work hour Nazis.) It happens every once in a while. The pager won't stop. Rounds go on forever. As soon as you get home, something else shows up and back you go. Waiting around in the office for a case to start at three in the morning, mindlessly playing TextTwist on Yahoo games......

So I've been a bit of a zombie the past couple days. A few nights of solid sleep should recharge me. In the meantime some random bits....

Nice post from the Pallimed blog about withdrawal of care. Interesting perspective from a non-surgeon. I still think my idea of leaving the endotracheal tube in, along with snowing the patient with propofol/morphine, is the way to go. Love to hear other opposing viewpoints...

I tuned in to Dr Anonymous' podcast last Thursday for the first time. He interviewed Bruce Froedtert MD, an ENT doc from Wisconsin. It's actually a cool thing he's got going. There's also a chat room where you can interact with other med bloggers and pose questions for the guest. Be sure to check out the next installment.....

Hillary roars to a win in Puerto Rico. Now, if only she can sweep the Grand Cayman Caucuses and the Aruba Primaries, she may yet win the nomination...

One of the hardest things about being a younger attending? Getting used to calling older physicians by their first names. Addressing silver haired guys who look like my grandpa as "Rich" or "Mike" is just a little bizarre. I'm getting used to it though....

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

it's fascinating how are you able to balance such workload with family life? how do you do it, if i may ask?

Dr. A said...

Thanks for listening to the show last week, and for mentioning it here. Hey, the invitation is still open to be a guest on my show a some point - You'd be great!

I'm totally with you on being the young doc thing. I still call some "Doctor (insert last name here)" instead of first names. I agree, weird.

rlbates said...

I continue to call most of the other docs by Dr. ___. Only the ones I work with a lot or went to school with do I manage to call by their first names.

[oh, and Bruce is Dr Bruce Campbell, not Froedtert)

Cathy said...

it's kind of weird for patients also, when a Doc. refers to another Doc.by his first name. I once took one of our sons to an OS for an evaluation on a birth defect in his elbow. We wondered if some sort of surgery could correct it. He sent us to one of the other Surgeons in his group. That Doc. came in, looked at my sons elbow and then said to me..."I Don't know why Mark sent him over here to me." I had to stop and think for a minute about who "Mark" was.

Buckeye Surgeon said...

Ramona- Oops....where did I get Froedert??? Thanks for the correction

Christian Sinclair, MD said...

Frodtert is the name of the Hospital. I made the same mistake as well.

Thanks for reading my post. Any time you are in Kansas City I would be happy to have you on palliative med rounds to possibly work through a terminal extubation.

I keep meaning to listen to Dr. Anonymous, but I always forget about it even with Kevin reminding me.