My parents left on Sunday morning. It was good to see them, although this time I was kind of at a loss for things to do with them given the weather. Currently, it's 4 degrees outside. I have been using my snow thrower pretty regularly, and can no longer leave the house without gloves and several layers of clothing.
I do take some comfort in the fact that the sun is now setting after 5 o'clock.
Since my last entry, I have started a rotation in pediatrics. I was on for a 24-hour shift yesterday, which I think is a rather rude way to introduce someone to a new floor. However, it wasn't that bad as I was on with a good senior resident. The floor is somewhat depressing, as there are some very sick children there with a couple of them having been victims of severe abuse. One had to have surgery after being stomped on, while the other's mother was caught putting water into a patient's tracheostomy collar in the hospital, thereby directly filling his little lungs with fluid.
There are good things too, such as examining playful infants, but I have a feeling I'm going to be at least a little down-spirited by the end of this four weeks. One good thing is that this is the last rotation of the year for me when I'll be taking 24-hour call. Our program only incorporates one month of call into the 2nd year and none in the 3rd year, so in a way, this month's kind of a milestone as far as sleeping in cold rooms with institutional sheets goes.