We’re only finishing up the second week of January, and I’m already a little behind on my New Years Resolutions – oops! But I’m trying to remind myself that even if I get a little behind / off track, as long as I actively strive to do better, I’m completing my main goal of a better me for 2019.
But anyways, here’s a peak back at this week
- This week I had to do a presentation on Epiglottitis and one of the biggest things that stuck out to me was how important and effective the HiB vaccine has been. Cases of Epiglottitis have gone from 5/100,000 to 0.6-0.8/100,000. Seriously amazing, right?
- Hardest case of the week? Diagnosing cancer in a young, previously healthy patient. They weren’t expecting it, and honestly I wasn’t either. I wish I could say that it gets easier every time I have to break this kind of news to patients, but it definitely doesn’t.
On Stethoscope and Sparkle
- On the blog: I shared some of my biggest fears as a new PA-C. Long overdue, and incredibly hard to write – but I try to keep it real with you guys!
- On the instagram: My mom and I volunteered at the Disney Marathon this weekend! It was a great time and so different than working in the Emergency Department. I loved seeing everyone’s expressions as they crossed the finish line – it’s such a huge accomplishment. It also made me so excited for my own half marathon in April!
- I finally broke out my Instant Pot pressure cooker to try to make something. Granted it was only hard-boiled eggs, but I was so thrilled with how easy it was to use and how great my eggs turned out! I’m definitely planning on using it more and more.
- I have the egg rack and I do think it made it easier – all the eggs stood up so nicely. I cooked them on “steam” for 6 minutes after adding 1 cup of water to the Instant Pot. I then did the quick release and transferred the eggs to an ice bath. They ended up being super easy to peel and perfectly done! So much easier than boiling them on the stove
On being healthier
- Though I haven’t been the most successful at keeping my working out resolution (oops), I have been doing really well at eating healthier. It amazing how much better I already feel after just two weeks! I’m not following any specific diet, but rather just trying to make conscientious choices.
- I’m also down 4 lbs since the first. This definitely reassures me that eating healthier can do a ton.
On something I’m grateful for
- This week really reminded me how lucky I am to be able to complete an Emergency Medicine Fellowship, and how grateful I am for the opportunity. I talked to a friend who is also a fellow new grad, and who doesn’t feel as supported at her job. I am so grateful to have an amazing group of collaborating physicians and peers who go out of their way to support me!