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Guys…..Guess what?! I’m done! Want to hear something even more crazy? Keep reading to hear about the EPIC last memory I will have of my intern year. Epic because there is no way to forget something like this.
I know, I know in my last post I told you about my graduation. Before you ask, yes, it was weird to still have to work even though I’ve graduated with my certificate and pen and all. However, it is now officially done. I front loaded my ED shifts to get done way earlier than most. I was lucky enough to end on my ED rotation. That allowed me to pick my shifts whenever, just as long as I got them all done. My heart goes out to my co-interns who still have 2 weeks left. YOU CAN DO IT!
Yes, it was exhausting, but man I can’t believe it! I handed in my pager!!!!! (although, alas I will get another one for residency) and even my name badge. That last part made me incredibly paranoid. I was all like, “BUT WHAT IF I NEED TO COME BACK FOR SOMETHING, OR FORGOT TO DO SOMETHING?!?!”. Granted, I highly doubt the latter since I tend to be very good at staying on top of things, but that doesn’t mean that I still don’t get super paranoid. I mean I may, or may not have triple checked that all my charts were signed (even though I knew I had done them) just to make sure. Ha!
The more sensitive the subject matter, the more paranoid I get. My paranoia was through the roof come match day last year, even though I knew deep down that I had indeed done everything I needed to, sent in all the paperwork, ranked, everything. Hehe. I can tell you more about my paranoia during that time if you want to hear about it because, retrospectively, the things that raced through my mind were hilarious. Let me know! Anyway, better to be paranoid I suppose than actually forget something.
I’ll get around to telling you some crazy things about the ER at some point, but seriously, people are nutty in so many different ways. People come in for ridiculous things, say ridiculous things and do ridiculous things. As you know my outlook on life is skewed towards seeing things with a humorous tint, which is good because practically everyday I run into situations where I’m all like:
Alright, ready for this EPIC craziness of a last memory?! WARNING THIS MAY BE A BIT GRAPHIC FOR SOME. Obviously, I can’t give many details, but here we go. Ok, so it had been a pretty typical day with a smattering of ridiculous things that occurred. I figured that would be that. Perfectly fine by me. Nothing too exciting.
Well, no, turns out that’s not what happened. So, I was just about to leave, FOREVER, when we got a call that a VERY serious, violent trauma was coming in. Given the details, a good outcome seemed unlikely even with age on the patient’s side. I wanted in and wanted to help. We all gowned up and prepared in the minute we had before arrival. I took over CPR while the patient was getting lines and intubated all at the same time (I talk a bit about some of these terms in this post) oh and we cut open the chest. Ready for my last memory? My hand inside a chest, found to be filled with hot blood (not suppose to be there), feeling a heart and literally feeling the very reason for the patient’s demise. The patient would not be able to recover from this injury, we could not fix it. I pulled out my hand just dripping blood (not good especially when you didn’t have time to pull on booties designed for this problem to protect your shoes). I made my way over to the proper disposal containers and carefully took off all my gear (just of note I did not get blood on me, major win), threw it away and was seared with yet another- intense? crazy? nutty? saddening? ridiculous? I don’t even know what word to use- memory that will likely stick with me forever. So, to sum it up it:
All I know is that remember when I disclosed to you my life was really just one big dose of ridiculousness? Yeaaahhhh…. I’ll add this and many other stories to the block of supporting evidence, lol. Granted, most of my life tales (all realms, not just medically) are along the “Wait..What?!” category, but at least I have some really awesome stories, both medically and not. And I suppose some awesome recipes in the mix too ;). Had a crazy day too? Reboot and nourish yourself with this simple, and clean 5 ingredient sweet potato bean and chicken bulgar bowl.
How was your day?
Do you ever get paranoid about things?