there have been several milestones in the last few days that i thought i'd share, if there are any readers left with such a long hiatus. sorry. but read on and you'll see why i've been absent.
1) i am done with the nicu. i just finished my last call of my last month in the nicu. this is a huge relief. i made it through 4 months of this crazy unit without having any babies die on my watch. some, if the universe was truly merciful, should have, but none did. to be sure, there will be consults when i am a fellow, but it just won't be the same.
2) for the first time in my life, i have pneumonia.good old community acquired pneumonia. of course, my community is a hospital and my crackles were focused in one lobe of my lungs, so i'm getting two weeks of moxi, but it could be worse. i figure better to have it now than when i'm a pulmonary fellow. better now, so i can have more empathy for my patients. of course, i haven't missed a day of work. people cringe when i cough, but i wear a mask. the mask i wear is a badge of honor. or so they tell me.
3) to explain the title, today i have broken the 200 day threshold. 199 more days of residency. but who's counting?
please feel free to share your milestones...i'm quite sure they are more impressive than mine.