Tuesday, March 29, 2011

the price of admission

The cooking lesson today was a success.  The avocados ripened in time (if you missed my blow-by-blow on Twitter: basically, I had a clutch of rock-hard raw avocados 24 hours before The Great Guacamole Mash, and hey, putting them in a paper bag with a few bananas and apples really worked!) and the kids had fun mooshing and tasting and everyone made glorious mess.  I would have taken pictures, but I think getting lime juice on my iPhone would have voided the warranty.

Of course, the trade-off was that, in order to ensure I could make it to Cal's cooking day, I was on call the night before.  Probably there are jobs where you could arrange to go to your kid's school the next morning without having to stay up in the OR the night before, helping take some other kids' gangrenous appendix out...but that's not my life.  Not that I mind.  At least it's rarely boring.

So anyway, I'm pretty tired today.  Still.  Worth it.


  1. Hooray for things going well! And yes, it was unfortunate that you were tired, but at least you made it! That's the part that you and Cal are really going to remember anyway. :)

  2. Anonymous3:55 PM

    I love that you're so positive about the obvious stressors of being a physician and mother. It's inspiring to us out there who have those joys ahead of us!

  3. Anonymous5:38 PM

    Michelle, whenever I have a small victory in med school, I want to run around yelling "USA USA" like in your post about putting an IV in a baby.

  4. maybe i am just in a bad mood, sorry. but i can't help feeling that this has evolved into a pure "support group for overly anxious but also very cheerful med students".

    guys, relax. it's only one part of life. take it from a senior surgical resident. if you want.

  5. ...hm, i do worry that it came off a little harsh. let me rephrase: this used to be such a light hearted albeit profound blog. now there seems to be a lot of cautionary word weighing and medical details omitting but more and more political correctness tuning right in with a crowd of younger people looking for at least some amount of guidance. in my opinion this is bound to be less real than the original approach. and i see why you can't turn back time.
    but i sort of kinda miss it.

  6. I hear you, man. (Or lady? That was a generic "man." Like "dude.") But it's all evolution. I've been blogging here for a long, long time. Just like how I'm not the same person now as I was when I was 22 (thank god), this blog has also evolved over the past ten years. I find it strange myself that while I used to be the young person looking for guidance and perspective, I now am, at least in limited circumstances, a person who can dispense it. But there will always be new experiences, and with any luck, I'll still be sharing them here!

  7. I think that kris' comment was directed at Michelle mostly, but as one of the "overly anxious but also very cheerful medical students," I feel compelled to respond too. I am not a youngun looking for guidance. In fact, I am only four years Michelle's junior....shocking how many medical students have other careers before medicine, you know. I don't leave happy messages because I am trying to put a positive spin on medical training (I know it sucks, because I have another career to compare it to!). I leave happy messages, because I am...happy. Sorry that medical school hasn't dragged me down yet; I guess I have residency to look forward to for that.

  8. Anonymous6:58 PM

    An excellent book and must read for any med student, resident or physician as well as anyone who appreciates a fresh voice. Comparable in many wasy to Samuel Shem's House of G-d but marverlously updated.

    DD Cross MD

  9. You might be qualified to receive a Apple iPhone 7.