Thursday, June 17, 2010

rotation #2 done.

i finished up my second rotation with an amazing dietitian in hem/onc and a lot of failure to thrive kids. i learned sooo so much working with this population and really liked it! so sad at times, but i still love what i'm doing. i like having a job in which i feel valued (most of the time!), except when people put a consult in because a 17 year old kid won't eat vegetables. that didn't happen to me, but it did to the last dietitian i was working with. really?! that's not what we do! haha. although working with kids can be very sad and there are so many sad situations, there are lots of funny stories that come of it! one lady said that her child wasn't throwing up on the outside, so the doctors were looking to see if she was throwing up on the inside. hahaha. i cracked up with that one.

moving onto working with a RD who does mainly outpatient GI (gastrointestinal) clinics. i'm anxious to start this rotation, i think it's going to be so interesting and something i would like to do. and the RD who i'm with is super fun and spunky which always makes the work day better :) please keep praying for the jobs i applied for. i know it will work out perfectly, but i'm still struggling with finding peace in that. working with kids is what i'm so passionate about and i know i i hope that i get the chance to do this for real.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

new rotation.

i'm onto a new rotation this week, hematology (study of the physiology of the blood & blood disorders) and oncology (cancer). i think i mentioned this in my last post, i can't remember, but the dietitian i'm with also works with a lot of failure to thrive kids. very sad stuff, but i like the challenge of working with families and kids and trying to find what works to get them to grow whether that be through a tube feeding or regular food.

saw a patient with ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia) today. ALL is the most common leukemia seen in kids and is also the most treatable. there is also a type called AML (acute myelogenous leukemia) which is treated much more aggressively and is harder to get into remission. i also will be seeing another patient tomorrow with hodkin's lymphoma (type of cancer originating in the white blood cells, that spreads from one lymph node to another). the survival rate is very high when detected early on. this patient i am seeing is having a bone marrow transplant soon for the treatment of her disease. props to oncologists...although these diseases are super interesting, it has got to be such a difficult job to lose so many patients. i can't even imagine being a pediatric oncologist. it just seems so unfair to these kids, they are perfectly normal/healthy and then boom, their worlds are turned upside down. they are amazing really (the kids that is). i suppose the doctors are too...

i think i'm doing my neurology rotation next which i am SO excited about. i loved working in neurology last year during my internship and really hope i hear back about the neurology position i applied to.