Thursday, September 29, 2011

The mother's whine

Kids, when I tell you to share...

I DON'T mean the pharyngitis from hell.


Monday, September 26, 2011

First One

They say you always remember your first one. And for vaginal deliveries, this is mine:

Intern year. I was on a gyn service for the July month. Gyn interns were also on the L&D call schedule. My first call was July 4th. Dr. Smith was the in-house attending for the day. Obviously no inductions were scheduled for that day but some came in in labor.

I obviously was COMPLETELY clueless. Not only did I have no fricken' idea about this doctoring bit, I had no clue about anything on this floor. Thank God we had good nurses that day (who REALLY hated July). I'm also really happy that it was Dr. Smith on for my first. I don't think anything could phase that man.

So, the patient had managed to deliver her child. And we're awaiting the placenta. Dr. Smith tells me to pull a little on the cord. So I did. Just a little. Nothing happened because, well, I was so terrified that my "pull" was about as strong as a gnat's would be. Smith smiled and said "Pull like you mean it." So I did.

And evulsed the damned cord.

Smith just looks at me then with a smirk on his face said "Well now you did it. Go after it!"


"Stick you hand into her uterus and manually remove the placenta." Which I did, after giving him the WTF look.

And that was my first delivery.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Take two

Got a phone call from the school nurse (and, no, not the world's greatest;)...the girl child has a fever of 101.


I repeat:


Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Am finally free from work. And still waking up at the crack of dawn because of school bus pickup times.  :(  But I don't know where my cell phone is and I don't care.

Hubby has leads on jobs coast-to-coast (and international!). I'm looking up real estate stuff online. I have my favorites, but the job will have to be right for him (although moving back to Boston would be wonderful...have lots of friends there in the metro area). Have also decided not to move during this school year for the kids' sake.

Decided to do some locums work while our plans are fluid. Have one set up for after the new year, filling in for a maternity leave. If it works out well, may continue to do only locums & not set up a permanent practice. I have to admit, having freedom to say "Screw it" is a privilege.

Have a family vacation to Disney set up for the holidays. We may never again have free time like this to enjoy just being a family, so we are taking advantage. The kids are a perfect age - old enough to walk on their own, not need naps but yet young enough to still like us.  ;)

So this is what a sabbatical is like.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Someone has WAAAYYY too much free time...

And uses it awesomely. I'm semi-obsessed with Harry Potter. I also LOVE Broadway musicals. My newest obsession is Book of Mormon. This video happens to combine the two of them in a great manner.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Everyone knows doctors are greedy assholes only out for money:
Where to hide money from a...

Orthopedic Surgeon: On the patient's chest.
Surgeon: In a book.
Pediatrician: On a geriatric patient.
Geriatrician: On a baby.
ER Doctor: In a woman's vagina.
OB-Gyn: Near a male patient.
Pathologist/Radiologist: Near any patient.
Plastic Surgeon: You can't hide money from a plastic surgeon. ;)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sick kids

There is nothing worse as a parent than a sick kid. My boy woke up this morning with a temp of 101.9. He looks sick, feels sick, and just needs rest, tea, and lots of love.


I would rather be sick myself than to see either one of them ill.

Going to fix homemade chicken noodle soup for supper tonight.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Winding down

Letters have been sent to patients. They are not happy. I'm running into folks everywhere, some begging me to reconsider, some thinking of following me wherever I end up. Everyone has been so kind. Small towns are a weird thing...can't go grocery shopping without seeing people I know very well.

DH has leads on several jobs...I'm jokingly pushing for the one in the tropics. Literally. He thinks I'm nuts. He's right, but not for that reason. It's going to be an interesting few months.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Because we Michiganders kick ass

I vote for him to get tough guy bragging rights.


Whoever designed THIS shirt wasn't thinking.

Pisses me off.