So since starting this housejob thingy, I’ve been working roughly 12-15 HOURS a day, for 7 DAYS a week! (no kidding)
But I am not complaining, because FOR THIS JOB, I prayed. Haha…
Btw, Lokoja is a lovely place to live in, minus the “hot weather” and the “water-rationing” (one of the things I miss about home)…haha.
Everywhere I go, people have been kind to me. From my Uncle’s family that currently hosts me, to random people giving me rides or buying me snacks. Even most of the nurses, doctors and patients’ caregivers I have met have been nice.
Also I’ve met some of my Kinsfolk (one from Magongo, two from Ogori)and what a joy it was to communicate in our local dialect.
Anyway, as per Housejob, I was told that my department (surgery) is the toughest so to speak (followed by ObGyn, Paeds & Int Med- I suppose), and my unit (Paediatric Surgery) is relatively a “soft-landing” i.e. we are in an off-season atm, with only about 20% of our patients requiring critical care.
My first call was smooth. I was summoned just twice (one case of AUR, one case of Fever) so I grabbed a couple hours of sweet sleep.
I’m thankful that I still have “windows of time” to do the things I really enjoy doing-Reading, Blogging, Spanish tutorials, Music and the likes.
Because not every time work, sometimes flexing.
I’m learning to make the most of the opportunities I get to relax and be as productive as possible rather than just while away on social media or with random gists.
I love this phrase:
So I’ve come up with a number of goals that I hope to achieve by the end of my housemanship year. (Thanks to one of the speakers at the ARD house officers welcoming). Here it goes:
– 5 Deliveries
– 5 NGT Insertions
– 5 Skin Suturing
-15 Urinary Catheterizations
-20 IV line setting
Total Procedures: 100.
Succeeded in : 0😂
Attempts: 2 Venepunctures, 2 IV lines (flat veins syndrome), 1 urinary catheterization (assisted), 1 skin suturing (no stamina to push in the needle😭).
I’m sharing this, because at the end of my Housejob sojourn I’d like to compare notes and see how far I’ve gone.
And I hope to write more about the Housejob as it progresses.
So help me God.