Well hello friends! When I last left you, I was on my retina rotation and chugging along with normal life. But then, I had a weekend on call and one week of work before I left for vacation in Mexico, as well as a poster presentation to prepare for, so I dropped off the map. Sorry I’m always doing that!
Let’s catch up, shall we? We can start with the weekend on call. It was actually a pretty fantastic weekend in that I didn’t get called in overnight at all! I did see quite a few patients Saturday and Sunday during the day, but nothing overnight = great weekend.
I always have to lug around so many supplies to do an eye exam at the bedside in the hospital! I prefer to have patients come to our eye room in the hospital, but sometimes they are too sick to sit in a chair for an exam, so I come to their hospital room for a quick exam.
While I was on call, I worked through lunch and when my tummy started growling but I still had patients to see, I made a quick run down to the cafeteria to buy lunch. I almost never buy food at the hospital because I like to pack my own lunch, and this generally leaves me with tons of money remaining in my account at the end of the year. So, I went nuts and bought a ton of stuff! I got a huge salad, a million granola bars, soup, water, coffee, and some chocolates. I think I spent $30. Maybe that’s why I shouldn’t buy lunch at work?
Anyways, everything was so good I just have to take some time to tell you about it! Have you ever bought food at the hospital? How was it?
I have to admit, after trying the soup and salad at the hospital, I was so impressed by how tasty and fresh everything was, I wanted to buy lunch there more often! Since Kyle and I were planning to leave town the following weekend, I decided to not grocery shop and meal prep like usual, but to just eat up whatever food we had at home and then buy food at work all week.
My experiment turned to to be successful and delicious! Look at all this scrumptious Mayo food I tried!
From now on, if I don’t have time to pack lunch I am not going to sweat it. I know the Mayo salad bar will not disappoint!
Trying out all the yummy and healthy food at the Mayo cafeteria really got me thinking about the experiences I’ve had with hospital food. I’ve seen McDonald’s restaurants inside hospital buildings, fast food (mainly pizza) served at every medical school events, and donuts at every morning conference. At one point, I got so discouraged with all the unhealthy food around me at hospitals I even posted a video about it:
Having nutritious food options around you is so important because when you are stressed, busy, tired, and hungry, even the most health conscious people will turn to quick, satisfying foods like cookies, donuts, fried foods, etc. At 2 am, onion rings sound a lot better than broccoli.
But, when there are lots of different options of vegetables, pre-made salads, sushi, wraps, sandwiches, fruits, nuts, and small treats like little single serving chocolates, I think everyone would be more likely to make a healthy choice.
I hope that all hospitals and non-medical workplaces make more of an effort to offer fresh, whole, unprocessed foods for their workers. It will make us all live longer and work harder, so it will pay off!
What do you think about work food options?
The week ended with the Mayo Clinic Anterior Segment Symposium on Friday and I got to present a poster on some of my research. Several other residents and consultants presented as well which was super fun.
Saturday morning, Kyle and I drove to the airport and boarded a plane for Mexico- stay tuned for the next few blog posts all about our vacation!