So I’m officially done with my first rotation of this residency . . . 3 months at Spring Grove Hospital Center – one of the two larger state psych hospitals. I’m actually pretty sad to say goodbye. I’m so connected to that place – especially the patients in one of the stepdown units I was working at. I honestly feel like a part of me is missing when I don’t know what’s going on in their lives. It really does hurt to leave
And then of course, there were some really awesome psychiatrists and physicians there that I thoroughly enjoyed working with. Dr. Bright is one of the most dedicated, compassionate psychiatrists I’ve ever come across – she devotes her life to the adolescents in her unit. Drs. Soler and Shandelya (the psychiatrist and physician at the stepdown unit) are both friggin’ nuts – especially when arguing with each other in their characteristically blunt, sarcastic manners – but I learned so much from them. Ms. Garcia (the head nurse of the unit) was quite a gem herself – I remember her from when I rotated at the hospital in my pharm school days – and she’s still as sweet as she always was.
Then there’s the pharmacy staff – they call me “MR. GIGGLES” Gee, I wonder wherever they got such a peculiar name for me
I could go on and on . . . but the one I’ll miss the most is Kelly Gable. I first met her a few months ago when I was working full-time downtown, and she started working in my office part-time. Little did I realize that she would be my first preceptor in my residency. I figured we’d get along pretty well, b/c we always had such a good time together at the Clozapine Office downtown.
But I had no idea that I would have such an amazing experience working with her at Spring Grove. This woman is the quintessential teacher. She’s so nice, so fun, so looney – yet at the same time, she demonstrates such compassion and care for her patients. If I ever earn the respect from my peers as being a “good clinician”, I think that most of the credit will have to go to her, because she has modeled that for me. And have I mentioned that she knows her shit??
Gosh, I really could write volumes about her. But suffice it to say that I’m simply impressed by her. And more than just being knowledgeable, and an excellent teacher, and a devoted caretaker, but she was also a good friend. I mean, seriously – I felt so comfortable around her. I felt the freedom to be completely me in her presence, and I think that really enhanced the experience for me. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you can’t really make people’s lives better if you can’t enter the hospital milieu as real, whole person. And Kelly gave me the space to bring my entire being into that place. I’m overwhelmed by the beauty of it all . . .
In other news, though I’ve been stressed out of my mind lately, I’ve had some really awesome experiences as of late.
Last Tuesday nite, I joined the Emergent Baltimore Cohort for the first time. I’ve been meaning to connect with some emerging Christian types for awhile, but just haven’t had time. But Tony Jones – the national coordinater of Emergent – was able to join the group that nite, so I went along. It was AWESOME! Tony’s such a cool guy. Even better, I was able to meet the coordinator of the Bmore group (Tim Hartman), and he and I hit it off pretty well. We’re hopefully gonna get together soon and start thinking about progressing towards starting an emergent kinda church plant in the Bmore area.
Saturday, me and my pop got ourselves some basic gun training, so now I’m officially able to buy/own a gun in the state of MD. Woohoo!! I know my Canandian buddy John and Aussie buddy Phil are pretty much cringing right now, b/c I’m totally playing into their stereotypes of gun-crazy Americans, but whatever
In sadder news, it seems as if I’m just losing all the folks near and dear to me I feel so detached from all of my friends at my last church, and I’m too busy to drive out and see all my friends from Cedar Ridge. A few weeks ago, I lost Christy to Texas. Jane went and found herself a man, so I never see her anymore. Jonathan has moved off to France, and I miss him soooooo much. And now Canadian John is gallivanting around southeast Asia and Australia for the next 9 months. Eesh. I’m feeling so lonely . . . owie, it hurts
Anyway, better actually go and get some work done. Hope you all are having great weeks!
Peace and love,