Though it would be wonderful if clinical rotations were all fun and games and consisted of playing with puppies and kittens all day, the unfortunate reality is that they come with their fair share of disappointment, sadness, and chronic exhaustion. Since starting rotations in March, patients get euthanized, you may forget to include pertinent information during patient rounds and get called out for not mentioning it, and goings-on outside of school make for more stress within it. A large portion of the pressure we face is heaped onto us by our educators, but much of the pressure comes from ourselves.
All that being said, there are certain days during which everything just clicks. You feel as though you are firing on all cylinders, your patients are improving to the point of being discharged, few (if any) new cases get transferred onto your service, the temperature outside is above 30 degrees, the sun is shining, and you miraculously get to leave the hospital before sundown. It is on days like this that I think of Ice Cube’s 1992 hit song “It Was a Good Day.” In the song, Cube discusses things in his life that made him feel good and how they all happened to coalesce together on the same day. The song was written around the time of the Los Angeles riots, and despite stress associated with that and all other aspects of life, he focuses on the positive…and serves as motivation for me to do the same in my life.