the pros and cons
The great thing about the PICU is that the days pass so quickly. You get there and you see patients and you round, and then kids start doing foolhardy shit and admissions come pouring in from the ORs, and the next time you look at the clock it's 3:30pm and you haven't eaten anything or gone to the bathroom in nine hours.
I guess the bad thing about the PICU is that it's busy, and that the kids there are really fucking sick, sometimes so sick that they die. And sometimes they die in really horrible ways, all anuric and bloated and gangrenous on ECMO. But that's another thing about the PICU too--it's never boring. And I guess you can decide for yourself whether that's a good thing or not.
Currently reading: A homegrown PICU didactic about care for the post-op cardiac patient.