Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Climbing out of a funk

I haven't posted here in about 6 months and still am not sure if I'll come back to it. But things are definitely looking up. I started intern year with about a 7 month stretch of very hard, stressful and time consuming rotations. I completely underestimated how hard it would be on my body (and the mental toll) to spend every third or fourth night in the hospital getting no sleep. I was mentally and physically spent. Didn't do any races after I moved here, and to be honest had very little motivation to train. But on the positive side I have learned so, so, so much. Going into the year I was terrified of how the schedule worked out. But I knew that once February came my life would get better. And here I am!

This past week the weather started getting better and I started to miss cycling (outside). I was feeling sorry for myself because I still didn't have a group of people to ride with. So one day I decided to be proactive about it. I started a cycling group and less than a week later it has 47 members. I went on a fabulous 56 mile ride with a new training buddy up into a canyon, Joined a pool, started running again and booked my flight for the first week of April to do a little training camp with my buddy Lanny in Florida. Not sure about racing this year since I have to see my schedule, but I'm doing the Copper Triangle bike ride in August (three mountain passes in one day). Hopefully some other races including one or two tris. Kicking around the idea of doing a half marathon the third weekend in April. Highly doubt I can get my flabby butt into shape that fast, but it could be fun to try. I didn't reapply to Timex for obvious reasons but I am really looking forward to getting back to doing what I love because I love it and not worrying about anything else. I want to swim, bike and run for the joy of it. Because let me tell you... it ain't gonna be fast!

Ok, to end on a funny note, here are some of my favorite quotes from the past few months...

ED board where patients chief complaints get put up for the docs and nurses to see:

"DOG ate toe"

Yup. Accurate statement, unfortunately

Overheard by chief resident before rounds when he didn't know that the whole department was listening in:

"She had the most perfect vagina!" (The backstory was that he did a speculum exam on a woman that used to be a man without knowing that little fact)

Leaving a patients room with a spanish translator:

Translator: You don't want to know what we just talked about

Me: Oh yes I do

Translator: She asked if condoms would prevent her and her husband from transmitting chlamydia back and forth...because even the XLs are too small for him.

And then I knew why he was sitting back smirking

Hope everyone out there is doing well!!!


Xavi Garcia said...

Just remember "to balance personal and professional life"!

Cheers from Hong Kong!

"XTB" Xavi.

Kate said...

Congratulations on a big year- remember triathlon will always be waiting for you!

SSB said...

Just keep the funny medical stories coming!

ADC said...

Welcome back to blogging, we've missed you.

Wes said...

Hi Jodi! :-)

Vic said...

OMG - you're writing again!! Yippee. Good on you for surviving the first 6 months of internship.

Colleen said...

Welcome back... glad that the first part of your journey is complete! Loved the stories! And best of luck getting back into something you love! :)

Bob Almighty said...

Welcome back.

I'm still laghing at the Spansh translator story.