Aug 23, 2012

One week down...


Welp folks, you know how when  you are in the midst of first and second year and everyone tells you, "just get to 3rd year and it will get so much better?"  Ha!  They lied.

Josh is almost done with week one of Internal Medicine.  And I use the term "done" loosely because he still has to work tomorrow and is on call (call does NOT mean you have a pager and may get called in, it means you are at the hospital all night and you are working).  He will go into the hospital at 7am tomorrow and will not be back until 7am Saturday.  That's 24 hours straight people.  His week has looked like this:

Monday: 28 hours (overnight call)  That's day numero uno!
Tuesday:  get home at 10am and sleep allllllllll day
Wednesday: 9.5 hours
Thurs: 9.5 hours
Friday: 24 hours (overnight call)
Saturday: get home at 7am and sleep allll day
Sunday: off (hopefully this will be a spend time with wifey who has been neglected all week day!)

So, that's a grand total of 71 hours during week one. 

I suppose it could be worse.  It could be 90 hours a week, which we have heard happens.

He is exhausted, has been underfed all week, and his feet are swollen from being up on them all day.

But, it's not all bad. :)  He is learning...A LOT!  He is admitting patients, taking historys, performing physical exams like DRE's (google it!), and taking care of his own patients each day.  He is enjoying it, but to suggest that MSIII (at least in IM) is going to be anything but extremely exhausting would just be a total lie.

So what have I been doing with all my time? 

Well, working, working out, laying out, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and decorating my home!
The living room is coming along!
I definitely need to find a hobby.  Or get a dog. :)


  1. Or a baby.... :)


  2. Haha! Oh Phyllis you are funny :)

  3. OMG! Your living room is adorable. I love the chevron and the colors you picked. I'm right there with you. I need a hobby, too! Currently, my hobby is talking to my dog. I don't know how long I can keep that up.

    :P I'm sorry you have 24 hour call. NUMC isn't allowed to do that. But, they still manage to cram in 70 hour work weeks. *sigh* Our guys are tough! I don't know how they can stay on their feet that long and go without sleep. And you're tough too! Good luck! I hope the second week is a little easier on you guys. Maybe "only" 60 hours or something. ;)

  4. Holy cow, that sounds crazy!! I can't believe he worked so much his first week, and did an over-nighter his first day! Your place looks super cute though!!

  5. Thanks guys! Yes it has been a little crazy but at least he's getting good experience right? lol At least you have someone to talk to!

    Sixty hours would feel heavenly to him I think. I can handle the long weeks, just don't like having no one home with me all night so that's why I think we need a dog. Plus, I've been wanting one since about forever.

    Amber, I hope the new job is going well. I miss the island terribly!