8.31.2012

Education & Healthcare

Sorry for the radio-silence lately.  I'm sure I've mentioned how insane my work schedule gets in the summer.  
I'd make some lofty promises about doing better, but let's not kid ourselves.  

This may be over-generalizing, but I've come to the conclusion that about 85% of medical wives are trained or employed in either an education or healthcare job.  I've been noticing this over the past two years, and it's so true to the point that when I meet a new med wife, I secretly try to guess if she's a nurse or a teacher (or in one of the two aforementioned fields).  Seriously?  Has anyone else noticed this?  

I'm not exaggerating - I know (in real life or in blog world!) 13 med wives who are in the healthcare field, and 11 who are in the field of education.  And that's off the top of my head!  Granted, some of those women are now stay-at-home mamas, but still, the facts remain.  

There must be some sort of bizarre compatibility between personality types of those who lean towards careers in healthcare and in education.  Anyone with me on this?  

Hope you all enjoy your Labor Day weekends!  May you spend time with your loved ones. 

8.04.2012

OB/GYN

Third year.  This thing is kind of a beast, but in a good way.  My husband is liking it much more than MS1 & 2, primarily for the fact that he's actually in the hospital and putting into practice all that he has been learning.

OB/GYN has proven to be a labor-intensive (pun intended) rotation.  And a gooey one.  So far, my husband has caught babies, scrubbed in on C-sections, sutured incisions, removed various cancerous female parts, and has been covered from the shoulders down in a combination of fluids that I don't even want to think about.  As a result...I have gagged when folding laundry and seeing mysterious red rings around the ankles of my husband's socks.  I am seriously considering rubber gloves while sorting laundry!

Because what to expect during third year was such a mystery to me, I thought I would break down each rotation so that others might have a better idea of what might be coming their way for the clinical portion of medical school.  While every school has varying requirements, here is a quick breakdown of my husband's first rotation.  He has lectures on Wednesdays for a few hours, and is in the clinic on Tuesday/Thursday afternoons, but aside from that is in the hospital all day. He has to round on his patients most mornings (getting to the hospital around 5:30-5:45am) and is normally done in the 5:30pm range.

This is what OB/GYN has consisted of:
Week 1: OB/Labor & Delivery
Week 2: Night Float/Labor & Delivery (5pm-7am) 
Week 3: Pathology (lots of time in the lab).  First 24-hour call shift.
Week 4: GYN (lots of surgery)
Week 5: Oncology (lots of surgery). Friday night call/Sunday day call.
Week 6: GYN
Week 7: MFM (Maternal Fetal Medicine - aka high risk pregnancies)
Week 8: OB/Labor & Delivery

For a sample of the hours, here's what my husband's schedule was this week:
Monday: 5:30a-5:30p (12)
Tuesday: 5:30a-5:30p (12)
Wednesday: 5:30a-5:30p (12)
Thursday: 5:30a-7p (13.5)
Friday/Saturday: 5:30a-7:30a (26)
Sunday: 5:30a-5:30p (12)

I'll do the math for you - that's 87.5 hours.  This has left me saying, "Husband, who?" the past few days.  Not every week has been quite this heavy on the hours - I'd say an average week without call is more in the 55-60 hour range, not including all of his studying at home.

This past week, I had my first (of many, I'm sure), "Where the heck is my husband/dinner is ready and I'm starving/it's almost 8pm and I haven't heard from him since he left home at 5:30 this morning" moment.  He scrubbed into a surgery at 2pm and it took over five hours to complete....I am going to have to get used to this aspect of medicine.  I like schedules and plans a LOT, so this will be a major adjustment for me. 

As of this week, we have finished all of the call shifts of the OB/GYN rotation: night float (which was pretty terrible - I saw my husband for about five minutes in the morning when he got home, and five minutes at night before he left.  Since I don't work nights, we were literally ships passing. It was pretty dumb, honestly), the 24-hour call shift (slightly mind-numbing), and the weekend call (Friday 5p-7a, then Sunday 5:30a-5.30p...terrible).  I am VERY glad to have all of that done and over. 

The best part about third year so far is that we have actually had some free weekends together (or rather some free time on weekends).  We very, very seldom had any weekend free time to spend together during the first two years of med school, as those were heavy study days for my husband, so that has been a definite perk.  

Oh!  And my husband passed his boards (hallelujah!), and did well....in case any of you were on the edge of your seats!  ;)  So glad to have that done and over!