I’m starting to get my energy back. Although I didn’t send off any of my own nasal washings, based on my energy level alone, I’d say there’s a good chance I had the flu and not a cold. I could have had the strain not covered with this year’s shot, or my shot may have been too recent to give me any immunity (which is why you should get it in november). In any case, there are still multiple flu strains floating around in any given year, which means that you can get it twice in one year!

I apologize for the dearth of exciting medical posts lately. When I started this blog during my last ICU rotation in June, I promised myself that every post would be involve some sort of interesting doctor/patient relationship issue (whether the patient was unconscious, intubated or dead didn’t matter). But as you can see, when the excitement dies down, the work gets repetative, or the workload becomes light, the interesting stuff is less frequent.

Nevertheless, I blog about what is on my mind. In a resident’s life, time for non-medical chaff is invaluable. So while I apologize for the lack of recent heart-wrenching stories like “Out of Mind” or “Raise High the Roof Beams Carpenters”, I relish the time I have for other pursuits.

Now, where was I? Oh yes, the chaff of my daily existence…

I implemented PHP based emailing at my birding website, Herodias.org. You can now get a new password via email, and new members will get a welcome email.

I picked up about 2 tons of snotty, used, moisturizing facial tissues off the floor from the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living room. I can finally walk more than two feet without feeling faint. Aren’t you glad I share this stuff?

I spent $70 yesterday at teh grocery store on fluids…cranberry juice, orange juice boxes, bottled tea, mint chocolate chip ice cream, raspberry sorbet, and saline nasal spray, popcicles and fudgecicles.

Despite my illness of three weeks, well chronicled in this blog, I did manage to get done several very important things: I registered for US medical liscensing exam step 3, required for state liscensing; I transferred $$$ from savings into Roth IRA, I deferred my student loans for another year (I don’t understand why I can’t defer them until the end of residency, so I’ll have to do it again next year); and I made reservations to visit my nephew for his 2nd birthday. Quack, quack!

There you have it. Unbelievably, I have another day off tomorrow, and I might have enough energy to get off the couch and clean some dishes, do some laundry, change the kitty litter and refill the bird feeders. Someday I have to find time to study for my in service exam in February.