Monday, September 20, 2010

yay for today

so today i got to put in my first femoral a-line! woo! ALL BY MYSELF!!! only needed about 4 sticks to get it...kept hitting venous but then i pulled the needle out, regrouped, went a little bit more lateral, and BAM! pulsatile flow!

and, I GOT MY FIRST INTERVIEW INVITATION TODAY! yay! exciting! and they are going to provide the hotel room! i am super pumped! and i'm very interested in the program...sounds like it could be right up my alley!

now i'm laying on the couch watching food network waiting for H to show up so i can get some dinner going. STARVING!

oh, and i've gotten 3 rejections so far. that's ok. i know it's going to happen, and i'd rather get an email telling me about it than get no notification at all.

alright, going to make some dinner now...thinking salad and an omelet, or something like that.

Monday, September 13, 2010

and so it begins

i got my first rejection today. alas. i know it's going to happen, and i'm not too upset over it, but it would have been nice to know some info up front. oh well. i think surgery sends out invites later than other specialties...i have friends already getting interviews, and while i'm happy for them, i can't help but think PICK ME PICK ME!!!

today i got inducted into the gold humanism honor society...nice dinner at school. the parents came, they were really happy. it was really humbling to know i got picked for it. and the speaker said something about being humanistic meant that you are a bit irrational, and then H was like THAT'S WHY YOU GOT IN, YOU'RE IRRATIONAL. ha, nice.

i love the sicu! i have a problem...i've enjoyed all the rotations i've done so far. it's also fun being on trauma call, seeing the patients in the ER, then seeing them in the OR, then seeing them in the sicu. talk about continuity of care. you don't need a stinking clinic for that! haha...

i'm still waiting on the opportunity to put in a chest tube...I WANT TO PUT IN A CHEST TUBE. it's just one of those things, i HAVE to do one. i also want to put in more central lines. i love that satisfaction of knowing i did it, and i did it right.

ok, bedtime. still sleepy from the crazy trauma call yesterday where everyone was having car wrecks or getting shot up. and the ER was consulting surgery like crazy. and i drank some wine so now i'm really tired. holla.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

let the waiting begin...

so i just did it. i just applied to all my programs on ERAS. all bazillion of them. and then to top that off, they charge an extra $70 to submit your step transcript. > $1000 for applications. alas. but it's DONE! now let's hope that i'm a bit more competitive than i think i am and i'll be turning down interviews, but i'll try not to do that of course.


here's my procedure count so far in the SICU:
- pulled chest tubes: 1
- central lines: 1 (left subclavian)

i'm on call tomorrow, so here's to hoping i do a lot of fun things. there are some NP students in the sicu so i probably won't get to do a lot of opportunities to put in lines, but a girl can hope, right?

alright, so now i get to decide on what i'm going to do for the rest of the day. was supposed to go to a cookout, but it looks as if that might not happen anymore. at least i can stop obsessing over this application and just wait for emails and phone calls...

Friday, September 03, 2010


put in my first central line today! woo! and no pneumothorax!

sicu is a nice month so far...lots of potential for procedures and lots of learning. plus more regular hours.

got some friends coming into town this weekend, happy to see them.

on call sunday, alas. even though labor day is monday, i'll be there in the morning at least. think me and H might grill out that day too. that would be quite nice.

still fiddling around with ERAS...hope to submit this weekend!