Holy smokes you guys! Yesterday I was on call and I was at work from 6:30 am until 9:30 pm! What a day! I had a full day in clinic and then went over to the hospital around 6:30 pm to see patients. They all ended up having complicated pathology and so it took a while to get everything done for them before I could head home, have dinner, and pass out.
But for your enjoyment, here are a few photos from call:
It’s never good when you get pages like this… what am I supposed to do?
When we see patients at the bedside, I like to pack up these old doctor bags with all my exam necessities- Tonopen for checking pressure, portable slit lamp, lenses, eye drops, etc.
Post call last week: I was up all night and exhausted, but not too tired to inhale some oatmeal and peaches before going to bed at 7 am. Luckily, our department has a “fatigue policy” so if you are working more than 4 hours between midnight and 6 am, you can skip morning clinic and go home to sleep. I don’t understand people who can go to sleep without eating everything in the kitchen post call.
Even with a few extra hours to sleep (I had to be back in clinic at 11 am to see a patient) I still felt tired and ill all day. Whenever I’m sleep deprived I start to feel nauseous and basically unwell. Water and coffee all day seem to help. I’m such a baby.
Yesterday while I was on call, I saw my first dendrite! A dendrite is the pathognomonic finding for herpes simplex virus in the eye. It’s one of those things you learn 10384938 times in medical school, but I had never actually seen in real life! My patient’s dendrite didn’t look this big, but it was there and I saw it!
Off to work again today and I’m actually on call again tomorrow- so hopefully today I can get in a good workout since my workouts on call are nonexistent.
Have a great day friends!