I started this back in 2017 and then stopped because I didn’t really know where to go with it. I wanted to create some sort of weekly recap post that gave all y’all a better idea of what was going on in my life during the week and what I was looking at. It never really got rolling. I was never sure what to talk about or what all y’all would be interested in reading. I also honestly felt silly doing it – I wasn’t a huge blogger (I’m still not) and why would anyone care about what I was looking at or doing that week. It got pushed to the wayside, I deleted the sad attempts, and focused instead on the posts I knew all y’all enjoyed – medicine.
In 2019, I have goals to become a better me. Part of that is by cultivating a better future for myself, something I feel is best done by helping others. Which means I am working towards being more active on Stethoscope and Sparkle. Part of how I’ll need to do that is to move outside of my comfort zone and to try new things.
And so Sparkle Sunday will be reborn. Please let me know what you think and what you would like to see for these little weekly thoughts!
- I read a very interesting article on the number of Emergency Department visits by those with mental health concerns. The thing that stuck out the most to me was the boarding of mental health patients in the ED due to the lack of psychiatric beds. I saw it during my behavioral health rotation (at a hospital with a designated behavioral unit) and I see it now working the adult and pediatric emergency department. Its a real problem
- Twice this week I was reminded the importance of reviewing my own scans. While radiologists are excellent and typically do a fantastic job, I am the person examining the patient and I know where their pain is. Sometimes very minute things can be missed – that’s why the radiologist reviews the scans, I review them, and my attending does as well. Medicine has fail-safes in place
On Stethoscope and Sparkle
- on the instagram: I finally figured out the best way to share #FuturePAFriday with all yall! (Thanks Demi) Now every week will have the same simple, typing post and y’all will be able to find them better. Check it out!
- on the blog: I shared my goals/resolutions for 2019 and TWENTY-FIVE
On people I love to follow
- Dr. Crawford is an amazing, inspirational REI (infertility) physician who recently started a campaign #AsAWomen. I cannot recommend enough that you go check it out. Share your own story
- Ashley just graduated and is getting ready to take the PANCE! Go show her some love and support – the pre/post-PANCE stage is awfully stressful
- I have finally, FINALLY found the perfect jumpsuit. I’m 5’9″ and most of my height comes from my torso. This makes finding rompers or jumpsuits very challenging because they all end up giving me awful cameltoe. This one is actually long enough and looks amazing. I got the navy, but I’m considering buying the red as well
- I got new work shoes for Christmas and I am so in love with them. I hadn’t realized how worn out my old shoes were until I switched and no longer had any foot pain.
On something I’m grateful for
- My shift on the 4th was the first one that I left on time and with all of my notes finished. Granted the next day I stayed an hour late to finish notes, but I’m finally starting to feel confident and like I know what I’m doing at work! Which means I’m well on the way of accomplishing my goal of feeling confident as a ED PA-C by the end of February 2019