*Ring, ring* God’s calling you!

Last night I was on duty. At about 2100, a kid fell up a ladder. As it turned out, he fell down a (long) ladder while climbing up it. He was sent to the ER with a suspected hand fracture, which couldn’t be confirmed on the ship due to lack of Xray qualified personnel in the duty section. It turned out to be a rather involved fracture of his right (dominant) hand. At our morning meeting today, the following conversation occurred:

Me: ” So, I guess he’s seeing Ortho today. It’s too bad because he’s supposed to start leave today. He’s planning on going to the States tonight. Apparently, he was pretty upset when he was told he might not be able to go.”

Someone: “Well, I heard that he was going to propose to his girlfriend while he was back.”

[Everyone makes “oh that’s too bad” faces and sad sounds. Except…]

Ship’s PA: “That’s what you call divine intervention!”

Drugged up

Sometimes, I think about all the lovely drugs I prescribe and how wonderful (I think) I make people feel. Ambien? Please. Narcs? Only if you need them, sweetie. Flexeril? Make those tension headaches go away *poof*

But now, I am blogging, passing time until a Girls’ Dinner and feeling completely drowsy on Benedryl. I was so ITCHY earlier today, which is really a terrible feeling. I tell myself, “Don’t scratch, you’re only starting a vicious cycl- AUGH I can’t take it anymore!!!!” (Proceed with scratching).

And what’s worse, it’s my hands that itch. It is very difficult to scratch hands. They are bony and really, are supposed to be the scratchers and not the scratchees.

I think I am allergic to the ship’s apples, as that’s really the only thing that’s been different in my life the past few days. Oh, yes, I don’t mind waiting while you recover from passing out due to the excitement that is My.Life.

Even when I don’t feel itchy, I do have a problem with itchy being contagious. Without fail, whenever I have a patient with a rash, I invariably feel the urge to give my arm a little scratch at some point during the patient interview.

Ok, off to dinner. Italian in Japan. Totally awesome. Here’s hoping I don’t fall asleep in my plate.

BTW, the “girls?” Actually, all accomplished women- a surgeon, a dentist and a CRNA. But still, “Women’s Night Out” seems a little Tom Cruise. “It’s Kate, not Katie. She’s a WO-man.”

Magic 8 ball, meet iPod

New Year’s fortune time! Since I can’t read the fortune cookies here (they’re in JAPANESE!!!), I will play a game with my iPod on shuffle mode. I didn’t like Round 1 completely, so I gave it another go with Round 2. You can read it straight-through or after round 1, proceed back to the top, flowchart style! The questions are from another globe-trotter’s blog, someone whom I’ve never met. Embarrassing? Slightly. But not as much as some of the songs that come up…read on!
*******************************************************************

How does the world see me?
“You’re Crazy” Guns and Roses
– Um, well, at least listening to the lyrics makes this seem slightly better. Kind of?

Round 2: “Bye Bye” Jo Dee Messina
– Well, I am off to exciting West Coast adventures!

Will I have a happy life?
“For You” Bruce Springsteen
-Hmmm, this may end poorly.

Round 2: “Out Ta Get Me” Guns N Roses
– This category may need to be striked

What do my friends think of me?

“Me and Mr. Jones” Amy Winehouse

– Hey, I’m downright old lady in my partying ways by this point!

Round 2: “Almost Home” Mary Chapin Carpenter
– Cute

How can I make myself happy?

“Sexy Back” Justin Timberlake
-Well! I would tell my parents to shut their eyes except that if you actually listen to the lyrics of this song, they make no sense.

Round 2: “Brilliant Disguise” Bruce Springsteen
– Yes, more Bruce! I agree!

What should I do with my life?

“Escape” Enrique Iglesias
-Argh, this only came up to show the guilty pleasures I have on my Ipod. Why can’t this list be super cool like the majority of my library, I swear!

Round 2: “ I Hope” Dixie Chicks
– Hope! Yes, indeed!

Will I ever have children?

Bobby James N*E*R*D
– I guess that’s a yes. But considering “Young and passed out” is part of the chorus, I better read some parenting books before I endeavor on this one!

Round 2: “ Give a Little Bit” Supertramp
– Magic 8ball says, “Highly Likely”

What is some good advice for me?

“Dance of the Snowflakes” Tchaikovsky
– I am going to take this one to be a reminder to stay current with other interests during the insane next few years of residency.

Round 2: “Bubble Pop Electric “ Gwen Stefani
– Akihabra, electric town!

How will I be remembered?
“Today” Joshua Radin
– Well, this is a nice one.

Round 2: “Carolina on my Mind” James Taylor

What’s my current theme song?
“When You Were Sweet Sixteen” Perry Cuomo
– A song I have because of my grandparents. It expresses a truly lovely sentiment.

Round 2: “Ring the Alarm” Beyonce
– Fiesty!

What do others think my current theme song is?

“Boys Don’t Cry” The Cure
– I have limited, but verifiable, evidence to the contrary

Round 2: “Time to Move On” Tom Petty
– I have definitely made this a theme song at both college and med school graduations. I am leaving Japan soon and my adventures in primary care shipboard medicine…

What shall they play at my funeral?

“ Suspicious Minds” Elvis Presley
– I did sing this one night at a bar in San Diego with Christy and Liz. Please note, that Liz and Christy were NOT joining in the fun. Which may have been better in terms of looking awesome since the song has limited words so there is a lot of repetition. Add to that some Sangria to produce amazing mind melt and you MAY only remember the chorus and a bit of lyrics. I still had a beer bought for me though!

Round 2: “Amy’s Song” Joshua Radin
– I listened to this song for the first time in its entirety. Theme? Ambivalence. The love/hate type, not the completely incorrect connotation of wishy-washiness that’s made it into modern lexicon (Whew, snob alert! Over here!)

Where should I look for inspiration next?
“ Anything Goes” Guns N’ Roses
– Axl Rose, get out of my head!

Round 2: “Caring is Creepy” The Shins
– “This band will change your life” Blaugh! Did anyone hate Garden State as much as I did? Although the Shins are better than that movie, by far.


Now it’s tomorrow!

I crossed the International Date Line for the first time today/yesterday. I am still a little hazy on how it works, but I can definitely that if you look out of your window you will not see a dashed line streaking across the sky demarcating the different dates.

But I did see the line on the overhead TVs where the entire trip is played out on a nicely cycled sequence of 5 screens that give the current altitude and temperature in metric and conventional in addition to the time left in the trip and the time at the place of origin and destination. I think my favorite screen is the comically large airplane with a “Family Circus” style line showing the projected travel path.

So, now I’m in Guam waiting for the Carrier Onboard Delivery (COD) plane to take me to the Kitty Hawk. I’ll write when I’m actually on the carrier although it might be a few days. Although I’ve already been told that today is drill day and it just so happens to be a mass casualty. Welcome aboard indeed!

Graduation!

Boat school is over! Today was graduation with a certificate attesting that I earned 66 CME credits. Yay! This is something that I didn’t care about at all until very recently, when I learned that CME is how you keep your state license. Prior to that, I thought it was something I would only have to worry about when I became board-certified. BTW, that will be in about a hundred billion years.

Tomorrow, I am going to the hospital to attend morning education lectures and to talk/interview with the program director for the SD residency. It’s more for information so that I can make a more informed choice when applying for GME-2. Also, Bethesda will definitely undergo some big changes with the BRAC and combining of the hospitals. Although people say it will be the biggest and greatest, I definitely have some doubts as to how high a priority a little ol’ 2012 ENT chiefie will be in the grand scheme of things. And although I’m used to being somewhat low on the totem pole (HELLO internship year!), I think it would stink to have procedure numbers affected while bigger battles are being fought.