Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WIAW: Plus a Little Weekend

My last post was a WIAW. That means it's been a week. Too much fun I guess.

Or work. Both actually.

This weekend I spent in Irvine with John. We went to the beach twice, a couple of enormous malls, a wedding venue, I got in a good run, ate some oatmeal, drank some coffee and had a great time celebrating birthdays: Happy Birthday to my future Father-in-law Mike and future sister-in-law Kellie! 


And now a proper WIAW: I'm on ENT surgery this week. It's a fun service, but still long days. 

Breakfast: Coffee and a yogurt bowl. This cereal from Cadia, Cadia Crunch, looks/tastes/has the same nutritional profile just like Kashi Go Lean Crunch, but it was a little less expensive so I thought I'd try it out. Blindfolded I'm not sure I could tell the difference. 

It's still dark outside when I eat, hence my shadowy kitchen-lit pictures. 

Morning snack: Mini Peanut Butter Cookie Luna Bar. Between rounds and the operating room.

Lunch: Fast and easy Tofurky/lettuce/mustard/Ezekiel bread sandwich. It's relatively non-perishable, portable, quick to make and has therefore been my lunch (if I bring it) almost every day I've been in the hospital for the past couple weeks. Unfortunately I ran out of bread today (note that I've used the heel for this sandwich). No idea what I'm going to make tomorrow.


During clinic: One of the attendings was turning 30 and there was cake of which I could not partake. This is like vegan cake though right? Trader Joe's. I think a box of 6 of these is less than $2. And there are no better granola bars. 

Post-hospital pre-workout: A perfect peach.

Dinner: My favorite stirfry: 1 head cauliflower, 2 crowns broccoli, 1 package tofu (cubed, pressed and fried first), 4 stalks celery, 1 onion, 1 bell pepper cooked in a small amount of water until tender. Then cooked with a double batch of Emily's peanut sauce until most of the liquid is gone. Makes about 4 servings. 

I have not yet decided if there will be dessert. I think a cold glass of soymilk might be perfect. 

Happy WIAW! What's in your favorite stirfry?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WIAW: On Pediatric Surgery

These days are cray-cray. That's an abbrev for crazy. I think I got that from my roommate Katie.

Pediatric surgery starts pre-rounds at 4:30 am. I've gotten up at 3 am to at least sneak in a baby workout the past 3 days. They're at least 13 hour days in the hospital, but at the same time, it's my favorite week so far because I'm finally working with kids. That said, tomorrow's my last day on the service (class on Friday) and I'm kind of glad. I just need a good night's sleep I think.

So how does one eat on a surgical service? Like someone's about to steal the food from you, because they might. 

It also doesn't lend itself to picture-taking. Not to worry - I made some great diagrams.

3:00 am: Alarm and quick DVD or weights workout.

3:45 am: (My favorite part) Coffee. Also half a banana, but my stomach's not awake enough for real breakfast yet.

4:30 am: (In the workroom in the hospital) Pre-rounds - looking up vitals and intake/output on all the patients on the list with the residents.

5-6 am: Rounds with the residents and fellow (the senior to the senior residents but not quite an attending).

6-7 am: A lecture on basic surgical technique.

7 am: Sprint (literally, white coat flying out behind me) to the cafeteria. Oatmeal and honeydew to go.
7:05 - 8:30: Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference.

9 - 11: Surgery

11 - 2: Tumor board. This was unusually long, but with lunch served (yay!) Can you guess what these are?

My awesome paint graphic design skills are available for hire: salad, fruit, mexican rice.

2 - 3: Consults, orders, rounds with one of the attendings.

3 - 5:30: Surgery. I snuck out for a snack between cases. Shhh. Don't tell. My absolute favorite luna bar: Chocolate Dipped Coconut:

Then we got bumped from the operating room for an emergency, so I got to go home.

13 hours of learning. It goes by fast and I like it, but I just wish I could build up my mental stamina so I could also feel like studying when I got home. Definitely something to work on.

Instead I made dinner: Sauteed zucchini, whole wheat rotini, marinara sauce, nutritional yeast. Side of a frozen lemon soy yogurt and a second run-through of coffee. I like reusing the morning coffee (still in the filter in the coffeemaker, is that gross?) It makes a weak cup that still tastes good but won't keep me awake when I want to go to bed.

Happy WIAW! What do you like to eat on rushed days?