Well…. that was an exciting month in the emergency department! Let’s just say I have a newfound love and appreciation for family medicine.
Thank goodness for people who thrive in this environment and love it, but here were some of my biggest challenges:
- shift work and constant circadian rhythm disruption
- high-volume, high-acuity, & lack of predictability
- a never-ending stream of patients (and lack of incentive for being efficient — the more efficient you are, the more patients you have to see!)
- slim to none food or drink during shifts
- a minimal “team” environment
- lack of follow up with patients (until they next come back into the emergency room)
- high number of narcotics-seeking patients (how to deal with this?)
- as one of my co-interns aptly said, there’s a lot of “unprocessed trauma” among emergency room workers
As I sift through all of that, I also have some recent food-related developments:
1) I really like eggs. I had avoided them for a while during my vegan days but now find them to be an almost perfect food — filling, nutrient dense, high in protein and fat, fast, and easy to cook.
My only hang-up is the cholesterol question (and I can’t seem to find a satisfying answer on this).
2) I have a new tea. Per my sister’s recommendation during my ER blues:
3) This was my most colorful meal:
4) I discovered these tasty and affordable shaker salads at Whole Foods:
Mixed with sauteed greens in a bowl it actually looks kind of appetizing:
5) I have a new friend:
Tomorrow, I head back to my people for a month of family medicine inpatient wards (I’m pretty excited… we’re piloting ipads!)