Friday, June 06, 2008

Ugh

Going through post-race depression, which is compounded by working 160 hours in 2 weeks without a day off. Welcome to the life of an intern! Thankfully it's just for 4 weeks. Still, it's 7-30 hour shifts (and if the first one was any indication it's gonna be ROUGH- 30 minutes of sleep and no time to eat dinner). I've done almost no training this week. I did get a very nice 85 mile ride in on Sunday, though so that was solid. I also had a fabulous swim on Saturday. My hardest swim session since high school by a long shot. Just in time for a month where I won't have time to hit the pool. Damn it!

So a quick update on what I've been up to:

- After Triple T I arrived home to find this character on my doorstep. We had some great meals with my training buddies, hit the Chagrin Valley for a couple bike rides, drank lots of coffee and had some good laughs. The house is pretty lonely now!

- My knee has been pretty messed up. No running since the race. I'm going to try a very short jog tomorrow morning, but I don't have a lot of hope for a pain free jog. Last week I went to buy shoes and tried to run around the store and made it exactly 1 stride before stopping with serious pain. It has gotten progressively better, but more slowly than I had hoped.

- Started my last in-hospital call month of the year on Monday. Every 4th day I'm there for 30 hours. As a third year med student you get a fair bit of sleep on call because you aren't really an integral member of the team. As a 4th year things are different, or so I found out! At 4:30 am on my first call night I finally gave up and went to bed, despite not being done with my work, because I was useless. In the next 1:20 of "sleep" I got paged 6 times. Oh, the joys of medical training! On the positive side, I feel like I'm slowly getting more competent at this stuff, especially patient care. I don't break out into a cold sweat when I have to walk into a patient's room to tell him he probably has cancer anymore. There is still just so much to learn though that it's overwhelming. And my post-call days are so worthless. I was a total zombie the other day on the brink of complete and total breakdown. Met Lanny and some friends for a last dinner with Paulo and it seems like it was a dream. Paulo even changed his flight so that I could sleep for an extra 2 hours because he didn't have the heart to wake me up at 4am to take him to the airport. I am eternally grateful!

- Oh, and I sold my house- yay! An incoming medical student bought my house and I am now officially a tenant and not a home-owner. It's really nice because I know that I will be moving next May and will need to be able to pick up and go. Such a load off my mind!

- I am officially registered for the Official Ironman Sports Medicine Conference in Kona, Hawaii and am also going to be volunteering in the med-tent from 8pm-midnight for the big race. Now I just have to get a plane ticket. They are out of control!

Ok, time for bed. Sweet, sweet sleep. I told someone I was working all weekend and he said- "Well at least you'll be in air conditioning!" True dat. The glass is half full after all....

8 comments:

triguyjt said...

Jodi...don't know how you handle the huge load....except for lots of coffee, of course.

ahh plane tickets.... the bride booked me and our 3 kids flights for a new orleans weekend for a wedding in oct...rates were going up by the hour..and down too..weird..like the stock market...

good luck with the injury....

Danny Montoya said...

Don't know how you do it either Jodi!! Congrats on the sale of the house!! What a relief, especially in todays market!!!

Stay positive kid ;-)

Bob Almighty said...

sadly yes, upon looking at the pace clock, my dreams of cycling glory were shattered, although it's supposed to be hotter than hell, so the speed demons on the bike will most likely be suffering on the run...also on Kona, travel with just the carry ons all the American carriers are starting to charge per bag per way.

iron-boyer said...

I felt like I was reading one of my posts :)
me knee hurts too, I finally got out of my lease and I work night shifts (granted I get a bit more sleep)
My knee is constantly acting up as well and i wish there was help for us. I try to work on the bike while it is too bad.
But overall it sounds like you are doing well keeping everything balanced...great job!
"Tough times don't last but tough people do!"

E-Speed said...

girl I don't know how you do it all. You are amazing. Baby that knee for a bit!

Maggs in Hawaii said...

Hope to meet you in Kona...not in the med tent though.

Bullet said...

Keep plugging. I have two friends going through the same thing right now. Hope you're able to hit the pavement soon.

Colleen said...

Wow - you are amazing! Good luck with your last in-hospital call month - sounds brutal! Keep up the wonderful work! And what an awesome opportunity to be at Kona!