Monday, July 20, 2009

Diving in...

The doctoring has begun.

We find it pretty awesome that Adam's first month of his career is in the ER...the very place he started as a tech, then an EMT, then a paramedic student, then a med student, and now a doctor.

God has a cool way of reminding you how far he's brought you, huh?

Adam and I have had some freak out moments when the white coat came back embroidered with the MD. I was at work when Adam sent me a picture of his name on the door of the clinic with the MD on it. So we're slowly getting used to the idea. But we love it. There have been a few moments when we just look at each other and realize..."I'm really a doctor now!" "Yeah, you're really a doctor!" So that's been fun for me, and fun/sobering for Adam these last few weeks.

Well, they just threw him on in. We knew they would...and they did. If you can get a copy of the first episode of Scrubs (the tv show), it is pretty true to life. So Adam is struggling through all the passwords and logins and just the sheer number of systems working in the hospital to get the job done. And then there's the issue of where to put the orders and the system of getting them to the right person or finding the supplies you need and learning the names of your upper level residents and nurses. So in all that, the physical assessment and diagnosing and treatment of the patient is not the hardest part here. But he's been really impressed with the Emergency residents hes worked with so far. They've been great, and that makes everything else so much better.

Speaking of great folks, I'm working with some wonderful people in the Pediatric ER. (Right around the corner from the Adult ER) They have been awesome for me! I'm working 11AM to 11PM. And with that schedule, I get to work with the day and night shifts. Every shift has their own personality and I love it. Everybody seems to like their job which makes work pretty great. Its a small 11 bed ER so there is a family atmosphere, and they run it like a family business sometimes :) This is so different from the spread out 32 bed ER in Birmingham. But a lot of the essentials are the same, so my transition is easy and going quickly. I'm learning a lot of what Adam's learning...where things are, names, how to work the system to get things done etc. And I can't say enough how I love driving 15 min instead of an hour and 15 min to work! Yay!

So in a lot of ways Adam and I have hit a steep learning curve, as well as getting to do what we love. Its nice to come home and relax though. We've almost got our house settled. The garage is our last hold out...of course. We love our house. Our cul de sac is almost finished. And our neighborhood is perfect for runs and evening strolls. And something awesome in our neighborhood...everybody waves. Very cool.