Saturday, August 25, 2007

4:45 am

I wanted to clear one thing up. Since the night I thought would never end, most of my call nights have been relatively painless. I don't want my entire readership to think that every call = no sleep and lots of work. I've had several where I got to sleep for more than 3-4 hours. :) It is best, I think, just to expect the worse so that when it happens you are not too disappointed. Last night, for instance, I was SO close to getting to lay down, but then got paged because one of our patients got very sick and had to be intubated.

One thing I am learning from the nights when I don't get to sleep: I can ALMOST fall asleep standing up if I'm still enough. This I discovered while scrubbed in to watch my upper level resident put a central line (large IV that goes into a vein that is close to the heart) into a sick patient.

I've also decided that between 4am and 6 am is the absolute WORST time for me to be awake. I do NOT do my best learning at that time. I've noticed I actually start to feel sick to my stomach. It makes me wonder if everyone feels that way, or if I'm just weak.

2 comments:

Erin E. said...

Aubrey....puh lease....you are not weak sister. You are strong---real real strong. And just so you know, I thought of you a gazillion times this weekend on my 14 mile run. I spit over the bridge and said that was for Aubrey....and then every time that Matt or Zach would spit over the bridge, they would say...For Aubrey!
talk to you soon.
e

Julie said...

Don't feel weak. I start to feel sick to my stomach around 1:30. You make it way later into the night than I do. I think it's a normal response to putting ourselves in not normal living situations. Our bodies are definitely NOT made to live without sleep.