Click on this photo If humanitarian projects inspire you, I highly recommend you read the book about this organization called, "Mountain Beyond Mountains." For more information go to "links" and click on "Partners In Health-Paul Farmer"
My campsite this past weekend at PJ Hoffmaster State Park just ouside of Grand Haven, MI (30 mintues west of Grand Rapids) First time to use my REI "MORPH" tent. I loved it!!! Can't wait to use it again.
I am doing my ICU rotation, and as a surgery bound intern I have jumped at every opportunity to put in a central line or any other procedure that is needed, so as a result I have done 7 lines this week. In addition, I was on surgery call for the weekend and had the fun experience of caring for a patient who was panic stricken by the sight of her own blood shooting across the room from her leg after a central line was pulled and the nurses were unable to stop the bleeding. As all call weekends are destined to go, I was on my way out the door when the pager "beep" goes off requesting I come see this patient, which then inevitably led to more pages and me spending an extra 6 hours in the hospital. I am learning that part of being a physician is being the calm in a storm. It is very therapeutic for a patient to see that the doctor is calm and collected in the face of what appears to be dire straits to the patient. I guess my calming presence was helpful, because as I held pressure over the bleeding site, the patient went on to tell me her rather horrific life story. Basically a "Jerry Springer" type life. Good times. ;o)
In other news... I bought two trees last week, but have yet to plant them in my yard, but when I do I will take their picture (of course) and post it on the blog :o)
I returned yesterday from amazing weekend in Trout Lake, Washington. We had a family reunion that reunited all siblings for the first time in two years, as well as my uncle, aunt, and cousins from Sonoma, California in 5-10 years. I got to guide my relatives down the White Salmon River, hike sleeping beauty, eat like a king, and socialize to my heart's content.
Caleb and Katie (Newly Engaged)
Beloved Mt. Adams from the rock face of"Sleeping Beauty"