I now have two weeks of urgent care and many hours under my belt. I treated a ton of upper respiratory infections, diagnosed some pneumonia, uncovered a few fractures, and even sewed up a simple laceration. I have a tremendously patient and knowledgeable preceptor. I am grateful for this as it has really been solidifying my knowledge base and skills.
At first I was having a hard time connecting with my preceptor. Oh she was great but I just felt like I was just another student to her and I wanted to be a three dimensional person with a life beyond the clinic - tough when there is no time to talk. One night before I was scheduled to work I said an earnest prayer that I could make a connection with her. The next day while I was standing in my preceptor's office I recognized a person in the photo on her wall. It turns out we were neighbors once upon a time. Connection made - it was a great day!
My urgent care clinical days are full. I've lost a couple pounds just because when I'm at the clinic I'm pretty much on a diet of anything that can be eaten within 2-3 minutes and in between patients. We see an endless stream of patients and most of the time our days extend well past the 12 hour mark.The days are more like 14 hour days with commute making it so I often miss out on seeing the kids during the day. One day, Lil Sister was so mad at me for being away she would not even look at me. It's been tough on all of us but last week was probably my hardest so it will start to get better.
I finally have a long weekend to reconnect with my husband and kids. It's been wonderful. Although, T Rex Dad and the kids have been struggling with a cold so we did not do much this weekend but we did sneak away for a brief visit to the Cabella's fish tank. It's been years since I've been there and the kids had never seen the trout or catfish tanks. What a fun free outing!
The sturgeon was by far the coolest and attracted the most attention of all of us. I took a few photos of the kids in proximity to it so you can see how large it is. This, of course, is a juvenile. The trout in the tank, however, are adults. I find sturgeon to be very prehistoric looking. (They are also very fun to fish - catch and release only, though.) Lil Sis also loved the albino channel catfish (meow-fish as she called them). She kept trying to show them her beloved "Meow-Meow".
It has certainly felt like survival of the fittest but we continue to survive and the little ones are even thriving. They are truly the sweetest and continue to make us smile day after day - even if their noses are red and endlessly dripping.
This was certainly a much more pleasant read than what I almost posted - last week I had two patients yell at me because I refused to prescribe antibiotics. My preceptor supported me 100% - I did my best at educating but some folks just don't understand why inappropriate use of antibiotics is dangerous and unethical. Let me know if you want me to post my rant. (I know I still owe a posting on pediatric UTIs). In the mean time, I think photos of our outing are much more uplifting.