Spring Fever!!!!

 ACK!!! It’s almost the end of march and its in the 30s today and I am suffering from Spring Fever sooo bad. I do not feel like doing any work at all. (Actually I have been like this for about the last three days). I am totally starting to get Senioritis!! July 31st is not going to come quick enough.

Lost in a Mass of Papers and the Dr. Becomes a Patient

Ok.. so I am supposed to be typing three history and physicals for three new patients I saw on Monday…but that does not seem to be happening so figured I would post instead.

Anyway.. this whole getting a new medical license in another state and getting creditentialled is turning out to be a huge pain in my rear. Not that I am complaining about having to do all this for this job but it sure is a pain. So first I fill out the paperwork for my georgia license. First I dsicover after I have filled out all of the papers that I am apparently using an old and outdated version of the application. ok.. fort. the woman says send it in and we will make do with what you send in. One form gets sent back to me for no payment (Who knew I had to send money to the State of KY for them to tell GA my license is active and valid. ( I should have figured nothing is for free anymore ) Anyway so today I find out that a woman at the georgia board says my specialty does not match her s and I checked a box maybe I shouldnt have.. This is soo darn confusing ( I apologize I am doing a terrible job of describing it ) anyway who knows what the end result will be.. Oh catch this.. the georgia board is telling me that my residency program should opnly certify me for one year (on the licensing paperwork ) insteasd of for 5 years because they cant certify for something that hasnt happened yet.. Even my residency director does not understand this!!!

Then there is the 168 page packet my new employer sent me to read. Called the staff by laws and staff manual.. 90% of it does not even seem to apply to me since I am not working on an inpatient unit and i am not actually going to be working in MD. (teh info. comes from the parent organization of where I will be working which is based in MD) PLus they sent 10 pages to fill out with references, education job history etc.. (most of the information is asked for twice in all of the papers they sent me plus they want a CV .. I do not understand why they need to know my medical school three times.. It does not change from one application to another …

Ahh yes.. so now the Dr. becomes a patient part… ok so for the last two months I have been undergoing a workup for two totally indepenent medical problems.. Long story short I was taking medication to prevent migraines and slow my heart rate down. I went off of it in August in anticipation of the babymaking craze H and I want to engage in.. anyway since going off of it I notice episodes where my heart rate speeds up for no reason . No other symptoms .. anyway so saw cardiologist had my heart looked at through all sorts of tests, went to an endocrinonologist to make sure my thyroid wasn’t causing it.. everything is negative so far. The last test to make sure it is nothing but me just having a fast heart beat was today’s adventure… I am now wearing an event monitor for the next 30 days so that when I have an ” episode” I can press record and record the event adn then transmit the information to the company by telephone.. its a cool system but the leads have ffallen off four times in four hours.. I was walking around the grocey store and realized I was dragging a lead on the flooor.. This could get really interesting with patients .
My other medical issue is even more annoying becasue I do not feel good… for the last two months I have been on and off nauseous (and to answer the inquiring minds… no its unfortunately not anything related to the babymaking craze I mentioned earlier) I have several serum pregnancy tests to verify. Anyway.. the nausea was bad for awhile.. had my gallbladder ultrasounded which was negative.. by that point I started to feel better so I let it be.. second week of Jan.. I began to feel some nausea again.. this time developed a boring abdominal pain right in the middle of abdomen.. and spent one whole night retching… ended up at the doctor where she gave me some medicine which is helping some but I am still not better and does not tell me what the problem is. So to do that I am scheduled for an endoscopy… for anybody who does not know its where they send a microscope in a tube down your throat and into your esophagus and stomach.. Considering I gag on a tiny dental xray I am not looking forward to having to swallow a tube ! Anyway so keep your fingers crossed that on the 6th my endoscopy goes well… or at least they figure out whatt the problem is so I am not so nauseous all the time…

Sorry I vented for so long !

It’s Official

It’s official! I signed on the acceptance line yesterday. I have accepted a job at the Marcus Institute . I am very excited although sad about leaving friends behind that we have made here and the friends and family we have in Ohio esp. Linda and family. Its an amazing job with flexibility and diversity within my job description. Plus Atlanta has many of the things we want ina place to live (except for maybe the terrible traffic that plagues there !) Plus the added bonus is that Hubby will be able to work from home. Basically his boss said as long as it doesnt cost him any money we can go. So we are excited as things are slipping into place.

As for the board scores, I finally called the board yesterday and they were either going out yesterday or will go out on monday.

Waiting …

Ok… so i think I posted last thurs. that I had a job offer letter on the way. Its now tues night and I am still waiting for it to arrive… plus my board scores should be arriving any day now. They said 6-8 weeks. Last friday was week #6… I am not sure how much more waiting my nerves can stand …

Sounds of Silence

OK.. so I am sitting with a partially started draft about my trip to jamaica which it seems like i am never going to have time to finish and I figured I should post something…

Well I am frenetically recontacting many of the job recruiters and others I have spoken with about jobs as it seems my “Dream” job in atlanta is not going to work out… at least I dont think . No official word yet but basically it comes down to budgeting. The company is scared to hire somebody without knowing for sure that they are going to be able to cover their salary. Which clearly I cant prove that I can do for sure. Plus, after speaking with the psychiatrist, it appears that if things are not fiscally feasible after a year they could drop me or drop me to part time. Well since my husband may have to give up a job, and we would be relocating to six hours away I really dont want to pick something where they can drop me like a hot potato after a year. So although I havent ruled them out completely, I am definitely considering other options. Staying in the city where I am now may be a serious consideration.

Plus I have not been feeling well… nauseous for the last two weeeks… and found out today negative serum pregnancy test so it is defintely not because I am pregnant. I am off to the PCP tomrrow to see if they can figure anything out to make it better… nothing like trying to do therapy with a patient when you feel like you are going to YAK up your lunch.


TORONTO (AFP) – A Toronto area man was acquitted this week of sexual assault after a judge ruled he was asleep during the attack, a Canadian newspaper reported.

The acquitted 33-year-old landscaper had met a woman at a party in July. Both had been drinking and fell asleep on a couch.

The woman woke up to find the landscaper having sex with her and pushed him off. He immediately woke up, but told the court he only suspected they had had sex after going to the bathroom and finding he was still wearing a condom.

A sleep expert testified at his trial that the man suffered from sexomnia, a sort of sleep walking that includes sexual acts, likely brought on by alcohol, sleep deprivation and genetics.

The man had previously had “sleep sex” with four girlfriends, the court heard.

The judgment outraged women’s groups, according to the Toronto Sun report.

“This is infuriating. It’s another case of the courts not taking a woman seriously, adding yet another item to the list of excuses which men use for sexual assault,” Suzanne Jay of the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres told the newspaper.

Here are my thoughts on this:

  • She had to be awfully drunk to wake up only AFTER he was inside of her.
  • Oddly, he had enough capacity of thought to put on a condom. Wouldn’t you think that a condition such as this that eliminates personal responsibility enough to be aquitted would be one that deals with a more unconscious event?
  • Two out of the 3 things that are thought to contribute to this disorder are controllable. Where is the personal responsibility here?
  • Keeping with the personal responsibility train of thought, if this happened with 4 other girlfriends, shouldn’t have he anticipated that it was a bad idea to fall asleep with someone he hardly knew?
  • Outraged women’s groups? What about women who are aquitted of doing harm because of PMS? Is that disorder any more valid than this one?
  • I’m not saying that the sexual assault should be excused. However, can we please agree that there was an error of judgement on the part of both people? Obviously, if this has happened to him before, he could have taken steps to protect this girl. Also, obviously, perhaps she shouldn’t have fallen asleep with someone she just met at a party. For both, the drinking was the most obvious error.

Sexomnia was discovered by sleep disorder researchers and a study is published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

I Can Now Count My Chickens

School was looking like it was out of the question at the beginning of this month. In order to attend I was going to have to obtain a private loan, which with my credit was a long shot. Well, I’m here to tell you that the long shot paid off. I can’t believe it, but I will actually be able to attend school here in Columbus all the way through graduation (God willing).

The process of obtaining this loan did not occur without interesting events, though. It was pretty uneventful until I contacted the school to get my confirmation of admittance. At that time, they told me that my file had never been updated and completed for entrance this coming quarter, despite the fact that a note on my file showed that should have been done months ago. They informed me that I needed to get a current transcript from my last attended university before they could even review my file. Did I mention that many students have already registered this quarter? Uh huh. Remember when I said I had to go to Lexington for a second time a couple of weeks ago? Well, that little trip was to obtain a copy of my transcript that would have taken over a week and a half to obtain if I did everything by mail from one school to another. It was worth it. As soon as they received it, they began working on my file and a few days later I was admitted. Whew! I have orientation on December 7 and begin classes on January 2.

One major thing I’ve had to do is collect syllabi from all of my previous psychology courses in order to get psychology specific credit. Can I just tell you how much of a pain in the ass this was?! I had to obtain syllabi from 2 major universities and 2 junior universities. Two of the syllabi needed were from courses taken in 1997 at UT. Matthew McConaughey had already graduated from there and filmed Contact. Anyway, I finally have that done and will be submitting that tomorrow. Then I’ll be able to see what psychology specific classes I have to take to graduate.

I’ll have to take foreign language and I’m stumped. I have to have a full year (4 quarters) of the same language. Right now, I have 1/4 French and 1/2 Spanish. I think it’s been so long since I’ve had either one that I would need a refresher course anyway, so I’m thinking about taking Hebrew. At OSU they do conversational Hebrew instead of the biblical Hebrew that was offered at UK. I think that’s super cool. I’m still undecided, but I have a week to figure it out. Jeez…just a week.

Anyway, when asked this past week what I was most thankful for, aside from family & friends, it would have to be the ability to attend school. This has been a primary goal for too long. How many people do you know have been working on a bachelor’s degree for 13 years? Well, to be fair, in that time I have lived in 5 states, met and married my husband, developed a fabulous career in Data Analysis/Management, lived overseas for nearly a year, had two kids, 3 dogs, and owned 3 houses. Ha! Most people don’t do that in a lifetime, let alone 13 years. I guess I’m ahead of the game in some respects.

My Brain is Mush!!

Well… for better or for worse its done. I walked out of my exam not knowing if I should laugh in celebration or cry. It was hard. It was very hard… The second half was harder than the first . One good thing many of the questions where I couldn’t narrow things down to one choice, I could at least narrow it down to two. The test was 420 questions over 7 hours… a combination of neurology and psychiatry. Despite the fact that I as a child psychiatrist will hardly ever treat an adult stroke patient, almost a third of the test was neurology.

Now I just wait six weeks -8 weeks to get results. Then I wait for the next exam to come (To be board certified in General and Child Psychiatry its a series of four exams; two written and two orals).

In the meantime I am going to enjoy spending some time with Hubby, meeting friends for dinner this weekend (We will miss Auterrific and her Hubby!) and trying to reenter a life of somewhat normalcy. Sometime soon decisions will need to be made about my job for next year too.

Good Vibes

KidDoc is taking the first set (of 4) of her professional (psychiatry) boards today. Please put all good vibes out there for her.

Thinking of you, KidDoc. Please let us know how it went.