|5:30||Wake up freaking out I’M LATE
Oh wait… I’m not on surg anymore I’ve got another 2 hours sleep. Thank god for 9-5 psychiatry.
|7:30||Alarm goes off… Snoozed|
|8:00||Three snoozes later… damnit still late|
|8:15||Sprint out the door coffee in one hand, toast in the other.
CRAP my keys
|8:17||Sprint out the door coffee in one hand, toast and keys in other|
|8:30||Ok I’ve got half an hour to find all-day parking somewhere near the hospital that should be ok right?|
|8:50||WRONG. I’m a 15-minute walk away and WHY did I choose today to wear in the new clinical shoes.|
|9:05||Me and my blisters sneak in to handover… turns out the consultant hasn’t arrived and everyone is just going to get a coffee. So glad I rushed.|
|9:55||Handover ends. I’m already emotionally exhausted.|
|10:00||Divvying up of patients – don’t know enough about acronyms to know what patients to avoid…. Why are BPAD, BPD and BPSD so vastly different??|
|10:20||Finally make it up to the wards
|10:22||Introduce myself way too cheerfully to the patient with major depression
Introduce myself way too sadly to the next patient’s family
|10:55||Spent way too long with patients and the registrar has forgotten me
Spend way too long looking for registrar. Why didn’t I get a contact number?!
|11:00||Report back to reg
|11:30||Multi-disciplinary team meeting
|12:30||Reg: time for lunch!
Me: don’t we have to see the rest of the patients?
Reg: nah we’ll see the rest tomorrow
Wow I’m starting to see why people choose psych.
|12:40||Insurance reps in the lobby. SCORE
· Listen to spiel and nod politely for required minute before cramming as many turkey salad sandwiches I can into my mouth
A real-life photo of me getting asked a question by the team
|1:30||*Code grey, emergency department entrance*
*Code grey, emergency department waiting room*
*Code grey, bed 25, emergency department*
*phone rings* surprise surprise we’ve got a new patient to admit in ED
|1:45||Medical student advised not to come in to patient room before restraints are fitted|
|1:55||Sit in computer pod for an hour while the reg sees the patient
|2:55||Reg spends half an hour writing detailed patient admission noted
|3:30||Reg: want a coffee?
Mouth: “oh I’m ok”
Brain: *switches off completely in protest of caffeine drought*
The great caffeine drought of 3:30 had many casualties
|4:30||“If there aren’t any more patients maybe I should head off?”
New patient to see
Why do I jinx myself like this
|4:40||Off to ED again
Leave the room feeling great
|5:20||TIME FOR HOME YES
|7:00||Out for dinner with friends
Eva Matthews Staindl
Year 4 med student