You know when people ask you “How’s it going?” and you answer “Good”, or “OK”, or that one answer that really annoys me and that I find myself using “It’s going”? Do you ever wonder what they’re asking? I mean, if you think about it, it’s a pretty ambiguous question… how’s it going?
How’s what going? The runs I had a couple of days ago? The process of teaching the turtle how to whistle? The mole on my back that’s getting bigger? My job?? How’s what going?? Be specific, especially if you’re interested in a meaningful answer and not just making conversation, which is what most people are doing when they ask that question.
Anyway, in case my long silence has prompted you to ask how it’s going, it’s going. It’s actually going really well, and very fast. I am now four weeks into orientation, and three weeks into actually being on the floor working. I am loving it. I am learning a lot of stuff, some really interesting, some mundane, all fun, and enjoying myself immensely. I am absolutely completely exhausted when I get home every evening, but I am always excited to wake up and go back the next day.
Life in the ER moves really fast, and doesn’t always wait for you to catch up. So I’m learning to speed up my game while still being careful and meticulous in my practice. Fortunately, I am blessed to have experienced, thorough preceptors who are taking me by the hand and teaching me what professional, safe, efficient practice is all about, sprinkled liberally with large doses of humor.