Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Residency Life: Nights

Well, I'm happy to report that we survived Brandon's first week of nights last week. It definitely felt like two weeks. The days were long and the nights, longer. It was quite challenging trying to keep quiet during the day so we wouldn't wake up Brandon while he was trying to sleep to prepare for his next night of work. I had to reach hard in my creativity bucket to come up with some "quiet games," most of which backfired majorly (oops). One of the games I thought was genius was doing the "shh" game. Kellan has recently learned the "shhh sign" (thanks to the Wheels on the Bus book). So I was like, PERFECT!!! He is going to do "shh" and pretend to be quiet when he hears me say or motion "shh". Nope, it turned into the "scream game." Every time I motioned "shh," he would in sign and say "shh" and then let out a high pitched squeal. Needless to say, my efforts in trying to get Kellan to play quietly didn't really work out. Fortunately for us, Brandon managed to get some sleep each day.

It has been quite the odd role reversal. For the past four years, I have been the one working nights. Brandon put up with my crazy nightshift schedule for four years, so I guess the least I can do is put up with his crazy schedule :)

Yesterday, Brandon finished his first rotation of intern year. Hard to believe it's already been a month. Today he started on the Medicine ward. With this rotation comes the much talked about and much dreaded 30 hour call shifts. Yes, 30 hours. This terrifies me a little. How can anyone function for 30 hours? He will be doing a 30 hour call shift every 5th day. Should be interesting, oh boy. I just said goodnight and see you Friday afternoon. It's Wednesday night. That was weird. Here's to no pages overnight and a few hours of sleep along the way, right? haha...wishful thinking!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Residency life: 2 weeks in

Well, we made it to the two week mark. We survived the first two weeks of intern year. It's been everything it has been cracked up to be -- long hours (14 hours give or take), early mornings, late dinners and lots of interesting stories. Averaging 70-80 hour work weeks for Brandon has definitely been a new adjustment. Kellan and I have been trying to stay busy. It's helped having Mimi (my mom) in town to pass the time away. I'm learning lots about flexibility, patience, having no expectations, and how to be a better helpmeet for my hubby. This is not only an adjustment for us, but for him. It's not easy working long hours, carrying a huge patient load (with lots of critically ill patients), having tough patients, having hard conversations about end of life wishes with patient's loved ones, functioning on little sleep, and saving up enough energy to come home and play wrestle with a 16 month old active little guy who has missed his daddy all day. Not to mention, repeat the next day and the next... You have my utmost respect, babe! It's not easy, but you do it so gracefully. 

Tonight starts the first of a 5 night stretch. It's gonna be a long week, but I know we will all make it through. Little by little. Baby steps. 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Playing catch up

Wow, what a whirlwind the last two months has been! Since my last post, we've travelled to Hawaii then across the world to Singapore and Thailand with a 15 month old, Brandon graduated from medical school, we moved into our new house in West Seattle, Brandon started intern year at U of Washington and I got hired on per diem at Overlake in the ED. It's hard to believe we were able to cram all of that in just eight short weeks! 

Blessed. If I were to use one word to describe the last eight weeks that is what it would be. We are so incredibly blessed to be where we are today. Employed x2. Living in our own home. A dream. So thankful to the Lord for our many blessings. From Him all things come and all glory goes. 

It's day 4 of intern year. We've all survived. It's going to be quite the busy year(s) during Brandon's internal medicine residency program, full of long hours, nights, call which means lots of time away from hubby/daddy, but we have so much love and support from friends and family near and far, that it will definitely help carry us through.

I'm enjoying this time off before starting my new job in August. It's been nice having this time off to get settled in our new home and be there for Brandon during this new transition from med student to doctor. It's insane that one day he just became a doctor and is now responsible for taking care of patients who are sick. Lots to learn. Oh boy. So much responsibility! 

Here are a few pictures from the last couple of months...

         Maui, Hawaii

        Krabi, Thailand
      Rai Lay Beach, Thailand
        Ao Nang, Thailand 
       Visiting Poppi at work
        With Poppi & Mimi in Singapore 
         Our new home in West Seattle 
        Med school wives/friends/nurses
                 Dr McCutie 
               Congrats, doctor!
      Our sweet friends from med school  
        Moving Day! Portland to Seattle 
        Friends reunited in Seattle 

         Intern welcome at UW
       View off the West Seattle Bridge 
       Celebrating Rowan's 1st birthday