5.00am: On an ideal day, I’m up! Especially if it’s an ICU week. If not, I press snooze. I check the baby monitor and give it another hour.
6.30am: Shower, get dressed and start getting the baby ready with my husband, Chad. He’s an elementary school teacher and leaves around 7:30am for work. If it’s an ICU week, I’m at work already! I’ve got lunch with my water and pomegranate juice in my Steelers lunch bag.
8.00am: Out the door to the office or starting ICU rounds. I need my coffee and granola; ICU rounds are long!
I work in the surgical ICU, surgical COVID ICU and tele-ICU. Some weeks, I’m working shifts in the Emergency Department.
9.30am: Let’s say it’s an office day: I respond to emails, attend Zoom meetings—you know the drill. I find it helpful to edit my “wish-list” for the day. I love my multicolored pens and paper calendar! I can’t function without them. I’ll admit that I get distracted by news and Twitter sometimes. I love med-twitter, great ultrasound videos, articles, and updates on what others are up to.
12.30pm: Rounds are over or I’m done with office work for the morning. I grab a quick lunch and on to the next task. More emails, write notes, draft at least one section of a grant, article, lecture, etc. I love to multitask,—I just give everything a little time and eventually, it will all get done.
2pm: Time to meet with my ultrasound fellows. I love working with advanced learners, it’s really cool to watch the dots connect. I feel good that they will use what they learn to immediately help patients. If not doing that, maybe a research meeting or lecture.
4pm: Afternoon rounds—these are quicker. Check those boxes and make sure everything gets done. Leave a little time to walk around, touch base with nurses and other colleagues. Oh yeah, its Wordle time…
6pm: ICU signout or head home. I’m really making an effort to get home between 6-7pm. Baby goes to bed around 7:45pm. I really love my mommy time and our nighttime routine. One or two nights a week, I may have a dinner or an event during that time. Mondays, I play tennis. I started taking lessons again and I really enjoy it. Look out, Serena!
9pm: Baby is asleep. I’ve prepared her food and milk for tomorrow. I read through emails in more detail, respond to a few. One more hour to focus on lecture, grant writing, manuscript, etc.
11:00p: Ok, time to wind down. “Wonder how patient in Bed XX is doing?” I think. Look through the days “wish-list” and check things off. Plan a new list for tomorrow.