Sharing my experience on pediatrics so far. This post includes what I think of the people, the medicine the hours and some of the not-so-fun parts.
This is not at all the first post I wanted to write this week. I made this whole editorial calendar of topic-specific posts and reader requests for the next few months, but I’ve been a tad bit busy with pediatrics! It will take time to get used to my new schedule (just in time for it to change, naturally.) Those types of topical posts take more time and thought, so I’m going to have to write them on my day off. Perks of having a job where you’re the boss 🙂 For today I thought I’d just do a quick update on how pediatrics is so far.
Spoiler: I love it. It’s only been two days, so take that with a grain of salt, but it’s been awesome!
The people are so nice. It think that’s sort of a requirement if you’re working with kids all day. You get to talk in baby voices, play games with patients, work in an environment full of bright colored walls and finger paint, and listen to Disney songs play from hospital rooms. I’ve been so impressed with how genuinely kind and fun the residents and physicians are. They have included us, checked on us, given us tips and tricks, and taken extra time for teaching.
We have a ton of sick kids right now since it’s flu and RSV season. It seems like almost every room has some sort of contact and droplet precaution! But aside from those patients that are expected this time of year, I find the rest of the illnesses and conditions a lot more interesting than in the adult world. And I’m not trying to say it’s ever cool for someone to be sick! (I’ve had people accuse me of that before.) I just mean I think it’s more intellectually stimulating and therefore rewarding for me to handle pediatric cases. It must stem from my interest in child development and psychiatry. The unique pediatric conditions are more fascinating to me compared to the chronic diseases seen in adults.
My current hours are 6am to around 4pm each day, and the early mornings are truly the only not-so-great part. That initial 4:45am alarm clock is jarring, but once I get some coffee in me I’m okay. I’ve been getting my coffee and hopping back into my warm bed to read the day’s She Read’s Truth each morning, which is such a great way to start the day. I really enjoy having just a little bit of quiet reflection time before the go-go-go begins.
Usually by the time I leave the hospital, get to the gym, eat dinner, and get a little studying in it is time for bed!! I haven’t quite figured out how to include blog work in my routine, but hopefully things will start to get easier. I’ll do a day-in-the-life post soon so you can get a better idea of what a full day on pediatrics looks like.
The Not-So-Fun Stuff
I love babies and kids, but often times what people don’t like about peds is dealing with the parents. Parents with sick kids are of course going to be stressed out and perhaps not handle what’s going on very well! Can’t blame them one bit. I luckily haven’t dealt with any sticky parent situations yet, but I know that can’t last forever. I also haven’t had any sad cases yet, where a kid has been newly diagnosed with something awful or is just going down hill instead of getting better. In some ways I want to experience that since I know it’s unavoidable and I’d like to know how it would affect me. But,of course, I’m very grateful that all of my patients have done well so far.
I’m looking forward to the next 7 weeks! It’s still early, but peds has jumped back up into my list of possible careers already. All you peds lovers out there – convince me!!