Here’s something important, which not many attendings will include in their list of valuable advice: Enjoy the last two free months of your life. Get out in the sun, get some exercise, spend time with family and friends – because that’s the last you’ll see of them.

Maybe not quite that bad, but after July 1, you’ll have to plan ahead and ration your time carefully, between errands and housekeeping, to get time with people outside of the hospital. (I have to plan for a week to get to the store for bread. Maybe I’m worse at time management than some other people.) Having only four days off a month, and those randomly assorted depending on your chief’s whim, makes it difficult to get things done outside of the hospital. Again, maybe I lack willpower; but I am not good at getting home from work, and setting out to clean the house, wash the dishes, run the laundry, and take out the garbage, before bed, instead of sitting down to read or get on the internet. One of the other female residents lamented the other day, “It’s not like we wear anything but scrubs; so why are there piles of laundry all over my house?” And we all said, “Yes.”

Anyway, enjoy your last two months.  <evil grin>

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