And it’s Monday again. How do these weeks go by so quickly?
As I mentioned last week, I haven’t really made a blogging through residency plan, but for the moment I’m thinking once a week updates might work 🙂 I’ll split it up into the usual 3 categories again.
Mayo Clinic is really good about feeding their residents, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. We have lunch provided every single day and while most days there are some healthy options, some days the choices are limited. Since I’m one of those people who starts to feel crummy and immediately gains 5 lbs when I eat out daily, I’m still planning to pack my lunch on most days. I’m all alone while everyone else goes to grab lunch!
Breakfast this week has been either oatmeal with egg whites, my favorite breakfast ever, or greek yogurt with strawberries since we did buy 7.5 lbs of strawberries last week 🙂
Last Sunday I made turkey burgers and had those for lunch a few times this past week, but I have to admit- they weren’t all that great. I don’t know what I did differently, but I didn’t like them very much. So, I ended up making wraps with deli turkey and veggies for a few days last week as well.
I’ve also been trying to go to the gym after we finish for the day, around 5pm. I’ve made a few afternoon snacks before the gym- one of which was a strawberry and peanut butter wrap that was so so good!
Yesterday was my food prep day, so I made a big batch of chicken that will be super yummy in wraps or in a pita! Here’s the recipe I used:
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
- 5 tablespoons plain low-fat Greek-style yogurt, divided
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
- 3 garlic cloves, minced and divided
- 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 4 (6-inch) pitas, halved
- 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/2 cup chopped plum tomato
- 1/4 cup prechopped red onion
1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 tablespoon juice, and 2 garlic cloves. Add chicken; toss to coat. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken mixture to pan; sauté 6 minutes or until browned and done, stirring frequently.
2. While chicken cooks, combine remaining 1/4 cup yogurt, remaining 1 tablespoon lemon juice, remaining 1 garlic clove, and tahini, stirring well. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons tahini mixture inside each pita half; divide chicken evenly among pita halves. Fill each pita half with 1 tablespoon cucumber, 1 tablespoon tomato, and 1 1/2 teaspoons onion.
This past Saturday, Kyle and I had a date night at a Tapas restaurant called Sontes. My friend Sam got us a gift certificate for our wedding and we had been wanting to go! It was pouring down rain, so I wore my ridiculously bright yellow raincoat to stay dry 😉
The restaurant is tapas style, so we ordered a few plates to share. We got spring rolls, empanadas, and olives to start.
The empanadas were supposed to be a house specialty, but neither of us thought they were that amazing. The spring rolls however, were fantastic!
Then, we split a cheese plate with 3 different cheeses which was our favorite part of the meal. We got a truffle brillat (my favorite), a parmesan, and a raw cheddar- all so delicious!!
Ahhh I just LOVE the gym here! It is so so nice- I just can’t get over it! Mayo has an incentive program, so if you work out more than 10 times per month, your bill goes down. Over time, your bill can decrease a ton if you continuously work out each month. I love that idea!
I’ve now met my 10 incentive visits for June, so I’m good to go!
I live pretty close to the gym, so I thought I would try to jog there, do a short workout, and jog back home. I wasn’t sure how far away the gym was, but it didn’t seem like more than 2 miles.
I was right! The gym is just a little under 2 miles from my house which makes running there and back a great little workout, with a pit stop in the middle!
On Friday afternoon, I went to a spin class and it kicked my butt! We did a 4-3-2-1 workout that went like this:
30/30, 45/45, 1:00/1:00- repeat 4x
Watts as high as you can 60 sec, rest 60 sec- repeat 3 times
90 sec climb, 30 sec break- repeat 2x
15/45, 30/30, 45/15, 1:00- repeat 1x
Repeat the whole thing 1 time
It seems so simple, but I was dying.
On Saturday, I wanted to watch Extreme Weight Loss (love that show!) so I did a 50 minute treadmill workout. I ran for 2 miles at my normal pace, walked for 1 mile on an incline (speed 4.0, incline 6-8), and then did 30 sec sprints for 2 miles.
It felt great and the time flew by!
Today is our last day of orientation and tomorrow is the real start of my intern year. I’ve mentioned this before, but just in case it’s confusing, I am going into ophthalmology which is a 3 year residency. Since ophtho is such a specialized field, we are required to do one year of internal medicine or general surgery. Most of us choose internal medicine for our intern year because general surgery
is crazy isn’t as applicable to ophthalmology as internal medicine. Lots of systemic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, cancer, and auto-immune diseases have components which effect the eye.
For my one year in medicine, I will rotate each month into a different area of medicine- these include cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, emergency medicine, ICU, and neurology. I am starting on neurology which has 3 different units- general neuro, stroke, and hospital consults. My first week will be on consults. That means I will be walking around the hospital seeing patients in other departments who have neurologic concerns. I’m debating whether or not I should introduce myself by saying, “Hi, I’m Andrea and this is my first week as a doctor so please don’t ask my anything hard okay?”
These 2 weeks of orientation at Mayo have been the most useful 2 weeks I could have imagined. On Wednesday, we practiced putting in central lines and were tested on the procedure. (I passed- phew!!)
We also practiced doing paracentesis, thoracentesis, and lumbar punctures on cadavers which was pretty helpful.
Between figuring out how to get around the hospital without getting lost, how to work the computer system, and everything else Mayo, my head is swimming with information! I think it will all start to come together once I’m actually working in the hospital.
But, I can’t begin to tell you how nervous I am to get my first page. You mean to tell me a nurse is going to ask me what to do for a patient, and then actually do whatever I tell them? I think for the first few weeks I won’t even feel comfortable ordering Tylenol for my patients! It’s just so surreal that I’m not a medical student anymore. I’m a doctor. Ahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!
(Just to be clear- I will always have an upper level resident helping me when I have questions and I won’t ever be completely unsupervised for the first few months.)
I’ve gotten the whole suit wearing thing down at least! I actually really like dressing up each day. It makes you feel so professional, and I think it’s a sign of respect to the patients to wear a suit to work every day.
Since this was my last weekend before my year of 80 hour work weeks begins, Kyle and I took it pretty easy and stayed in Friday night. We rented Frozen, made popcorn, and went to bed early- it was glorious.
I’m trying to stockpile as much sleep as I can!
And, I think that’s it friends! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Thank you for reading and for being supportive of me blogging less 🙂