Long before I started housejob, I dreaded Paediatric Posting.
How on earth was I supposed to successfully manage those tiny, weeny, crying, sick babies?
Thankfully, it wasn’t an entirely terrible experience.
I had some cool days, but there were some really exhausting ones too, that I couldn’t wait for the posting to be over.
So I started with the least busy of the four units in the paediatrics department- Gastroenterology, where I spent the first 4 weeks.
During my last weekend in the unit, I was on a 48 hour call, where I barely shut my eyes.
To make matters worse, I resumed the Special Care Baby (SCBU) the next morning. It wasn’t a funny experience at all.
Thank God for correct chiefs and my amazing work-partner, Dr. Vicky, who I worked with for 3 weeks. It was quite a stress-free ride.
With SCBU babies being so delicate, we had to take extra caution while working, and pay close attention to basic things like handwashing.
Babies with Severe Perinatal Asphyxia, Prematurity, and Neonatal Jaundice made up the bulk of our admissions.
We also had our share of interesting cases like Noonan’s syndrome, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Choanal Atresia and Dextrocardia.
One of my worst SCBU memories was the day we lost a 25 week old preemie. One moment he was alive, the next moment he was gone. No apnea monitoring!
After my SCBU posting, I resumed Emergency Pediatric Unit (EPU) where I spent 2 weeks.
I was glad to take a break from daily ward rounds and scheduled clinics.
EPU was quite interesting, we had some busy days and some not so busy ones.
My final posting in the department was Haemato-oncology/Neurology unit, where I spent 3 weeks.
That was my worst nightmare, because I experienced the Father of all stress.
It was so demanding that I felt as though I was repeating my surgery posting all over.
From having two separate clinics weekly, to preparing for Consultant and SR rounds, unit presentations, and taking routine calls, my energy levels were depleted on a daily basis.
My chiefs were super meticulous and expected 100% efficiency, so I worked like a zombie.
I’d never felt so out of sync in my entire housejob experience.
I’ll forever be grateful to SPO and other friends, who served as a support network during those hard times. Those memories will remain a treasure.
Pediatrics is a great field to specialize in and I admire the courage of my senior colleagues who have chosen that path.
For me, it’s a No, No!
And that brings me to the end of my housejob sojourn.
I still have a few more posts to wrap up the Housejob Chronicles, so please watch this space.
Long live the Hippocratic Oath!
Long live F.M.C Lokoja!!
Long live Nigeria!!!
-To God Be The Glory-