Once more, with estrogen
It’s like I’m back on surgery except there’s a lot more women everywhere. I just started Ob/Gyn on Monday and wow, I’d forgotten how exhausting these days are! I got lucky and I’m on Benign Gynecology surgery (tubal ligations, hysterectomies, prolapse repairs, etc) instead of on Gyn Oncology (all the cancer surgeries; general far more complex operations) but the hours are fairly similar (the students maybe work up to an hour a day extra, which yes, is still significant). My schedule will be about 6am to 6pm most days, which is better than my Colorectal Surgery hours, but surprisingly worse than Pediatrics when I was averaging 10hrs a day on Inpatient.
I come home tired, and hungry, except I’m too tired to eat a meal so I snack on the nearest sugary thing and then I’m not awake long enough to get hungry again and eat a proper meal. I also come home, and wake up, with all sorts of intentions to write this email, or put up that curtain, or cook that eggplant that might have gone bad by now, but I just don’t have the energy.
I only have two weeks of surgery, followed by two weeks of outpatient (which will be better hours), but then that will be followed by two weeks of night shift on Labor & Delivery right before the exam. So as much as I just want to come home and vegetate, I need to make some magic happen and find the will to study.
I’m really liking Ob/Gyn, btw. It’s actually what I came into medical school thinking I’d do. But ultimately, I’m not sure it’s right for me, so I’m trying to make the most of this 6 week experience! I already have some (rather tragic) patient stories to share in vague detail, but I don’t like to share them immediately after they happen.