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Me when the attending is there: “this is Miss Xyz who has a PMHx of HTN and DM2 here with HTNive urgency, now with improving headache”

Me alone with the patient: “GIRRRL I SEE YOU TODAY WITH THE BONNET! WHERE YOUR WIG GO”

Patient: “ooh girl I took the wig off and cured myself it was cute tho”

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Next comic- trying to politely exit a room of a patient who keeps talking without looking like you’re trying to escape

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WHAT’S THIS? Two posts, two days in a row??? What the what?? Anyway, i just got off of two weeks of nights, and man was it a struggle! I have an incredibly stubborn circadian rhythm, and so I spent the first week yawning and the second one alert but still struggling with insomnia. One of the best things about nights is that your patient census gets more than quadrupled during the course of it- you’re on call everyday, and provide crosscover for all the cardiology and some of the Gen med teams overnight, so after a couple of days I already knew most of the patients pretty well. Because, well, I’d admitted them. On top of that, I’ve read (slash been pimped on) a million EKGs, and so for once I think my understanding of them will stick.

I’ve got to switch to days tomorrow bc Residency, so I’m going to attempt to stay awake all day today so I can return to the land of the living! Wish me luck!

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I spend a good five minutes in front of the mirror in stunned, silent self appreciation the first time after a rotation I put on eyeliner . . .

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Some patients really roll up in here acting like this is an Applebee’s…. Ok, treating pain is a big ol, complicated topic, especially for those of us who are getting our training during the opioid crisis. I follow a lot of artists, and many of them speak to how doctors ignore, belittle and under or even over-Medicate their pain, especially if they are women and minorities. Doctors miss diagnoses all the time, and blow off patient complaints. I am terrified of one day doing that. This comic isn’t about that.

This is about that patient that your team labels as “drug-seeking” because they are. The one who lives at the edge of your sympathy bc you know their lives are hard but they also know that they’re harassing your nurses, setting ultimatums, being disrespectful and making your job even more difficult than it already is. This is the one who you do thousands of dollars of increasingly out there tests to find a source for the pain- because they’ve been worked up for everything under the sun already, often at different institutions- and who become belligerent when you inform them that they came out squeaky clean. Thing is, those patients are sick too. In a lot of ways, opioid addiction is an iatrogenic disease, and there are myriad social issues that are tied up in it too. But a lot of these issues are not what we’ve been trained to deal with, and the hospital isn’t really equipped to best serve these patients. And so instead we end up admitting people for lengthy but likely unnecessary workups and being, well, fairly grumpy for their (usually lengthy) stay.

How do you handle your interactions with patients who have opioid addiction?

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Fr if I’m going to spend 12+ hours of my day in the hospital the least I can do is trauma-bond with my seniors… #resident #pgy1 #inpatient #doctor #relatable #uchicago #pritzker #womeninmedicine #graphicmedicine #premed #premedmotivation #professionalism #residency #internyear #internalmedicine #medschool #medicine #medicalschool #medlife

I took forever to post this bc I wanted to draw the second page but was too lazy to REALLY draw the second page but you get it #medicine #internalmedicine #residency #resident #intern #interyear #pgy1 #medschool #medicalschool #doctor #medstudent #premed #premedmotivation #graphicmedicine

I wrote this comic a week ago, when I was just starting MICU. Everything was very overwhelming- vent settings, new presentation styles, and frequent run-ins with mortality. I was exhausted after multiple back to back 12+ hour days (let me tell you, just having that one Friday off was CLEANSING.) My patients dying was affecting me emotionally and I didn’t have the time or space to engage in my usual kinds of self care, and so feelings just bottled up. Later in the week I ran into a couple of my co-interns and realized that I hadn’t had a face-to-face conversation with a human that wasn’t my boyfriend about something that wasn’t medicine in days, and that that in itself was affecting me negatively. I felt like my seniors- who were used to this- couldn’t really empathize anymore.

The last few days I’ve been able to breathe more, but I’m still struck by how strange our profession is. In the ICU more than anywhere else, I can see how medicine straddles the line between marvel and torture. I also see how we’re both cursed and privileged to be privy to some of the worst days of a person’s/ family’s life. Most people don’t spend their days terminally extubating patients and nights watching Brooklyn 99 like they didn’t just witness some trauma nah mean? Anyway I’m hanging in there. Hope you are too. #resident #icu #MICU #inpatient #doctor #relatable #uchicago #pritzker #womeninmedicine #graphicmedicine #premed #premedmotivation #professionalism #residency #internyear #internalmedicine #medschool #medicine #medicalschool #medlife

I just finished my first inpatient rotation of intern year (and thus, my first month!) You know everyone says the learning curve for interns is crazy steep? They’re not kidding. As a student, I carried a max of 3-4 patients, and my list was curated for me- I got fresh ED admits! I got the “interesting” cases! As an intern, I’m carrying up to 10, handling all aspects of their care, haven’t been shielded from either the mundane or the belligerent, and am 7 days into an 11 day stretch of work with no day off. A girl is tired!! I also had a medical student, the lovely @mariaesp94 , who follows this gram and so already knows what my internal monologue is like. I remember what being an MS3 was like (so bad I had to make a comic page to cope) and really wanted to make sure I didn’t do all the things residents did to me that I thought weren’t productive- plus I wanted to make the best use of her time! Anyway Maria, you did great, go crush the rest of your rotations like you did this one! ❤️ #medschool #medicine #medicalschool #medlife #relatable #medstudent #uchicago #pritzker #preclinicals #womeninmedicine #graphicmedicine #premed #premedmotivation #professionalism #residency #internyear #internalmedicine

I’m still outchea! Just finished my first day ever resinterning. The transition from consults to cards is rough, and I have an 11 day block ahead of me with no days off. If you’ve been in my stories, you know that I’ve been working on a proposal for a book about my intern year experiences! Well, now, that proposal is submitted and all I’ve got to do is keep drawing and intern-yearing. Wish me luck!

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