Enjoying your coffee on this lovely Tuesday?
As you are reading this, I’m at the hospital knee-deep in assessing patient charts and conducting diet educations. Yesterday I began my first clinical rotation in general medicine. In other words, I’ll be working in the hospital on the floors with less critically ill patients. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to detail my patient experiences too much (HIPAA is no joke!).
I can tell you I’ll be seeing quite a few nutrition consults for conditions such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), pancreatitis, kidney failure, pneumonia, and more. By the end of the week I will be charting and conducting my own assessments and diet educations. Crazy!
I still haven’t established much of a rhythm or routine yet–which is evidenced by my severe lack-of-blogging.
I really don’t have any excuses for my absence–except for my lack of internet connection everyday. As interns, we aren’t allowed to look at our phones very often. Obviously, it wouldn’t be professional since we are with our preceptors all day. The only time I have my phone is during lunch–which we eat in the cafeteria in the basement of the hospital (which completely lacks cell phone service). Remember this post? Be careful what you wish for!
To be honest, I really don’t have that much “free” time. I spent a majority of the weekend doing my homework for my rotation and looking back on my school notes to brush up on my clinical knowledge. I spend as much time as I can each day preparing myself for the next day. This is necessary for me to be able to get the most out of each rotation and avoid feeling completely overwhelmed everyday.
I put 110% effort into my schoolwork to get to this point and I want to take advantage of it and get the most out of my internship. This means putting forth just as much effort every single day–even if I have to sacrifice my time in the blog world for a little while.
As you can imagine, the past two weeks I’ve been overloaded with information–which has been equally thrilling and exhausting.
I spend 8 hours at the hospital (on my A-game the entire time), and no day is the same as the last.By the time I leave the hospital for the day, drive home, go to the gym, eat dinner, and go for a walk with Greg and Dex– I’m beat.
Is it all worth it? Absolutely. Every single second of it.
I’ve never been so tired–but so excited and happy about what I learned that day. I love getting up in the mornings knowing that each day is different and that I can sharpen my nutrition skills even further. Can you tell I love this profession?