Residents have crazy things happen to them, often multiple crazy things on the same day. At least then you know what your resident is talking about, a little bit. Your resident does not want to perform physical exams at Thanksgiving. Recognize sleep deprivation for what it is, and not a larger sign of relationship trouble. Your resident is not trying to be difficult, or selfish, or lazy. It is likely very frustrating for your resident to watch Grey's Anatomy or its television siblings. Don't make that difficult by complaining it's late, there are dinner plans, and there is no time to shower.
Don’t get me started on trying to get a doctor to see the doctor.
I’ve been nagging Richard to see a dermatologist about a rash (since he’s not specialized in this), but he stubbornly refuses to go. You Need to Make Time to Date Residents work an insane amount of hours.
Before the cap in 2003, residents sometimes worked 136 hours per week. With moonlighting included, Richard sometimes works up to 100 hours per week.
Basically, this means I never see him—and when I do, he’s half asleep.
On the bright side, it makes our time together more valuable.
When we finally have a day off together, we’ll do something special like go on a short trip to a nearby town (San Diego! ) and sometimes even splurge on long weekend getaways (like a cruise we’ll be going on together next week! When we actually have time together, we really want to make it count. Infinite points if you recognize that even though they tell you they can come down to meet you and grab the food at a certain time, something might come up, and they might be delayed. They would rather be eating the food you have brought for them. With healthcare being so dreadfully expensive in the United States, it’s great to have Richard nearby and give me the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in regard to whether I really need to go to the doctor’s office.Many symptoms of pain and discomfort can only be diagnosed with tests at the hospital.It helps put my small, first world problems into perspective.