June 30, 2013 by drandmrso
That’s how long Dr. O has left in his residency program! On Friday at 7pm he officially became a second-year resident.
The second year of the five-year program is typically the most brutal for otorhinolaryngology residents at this hospital; he will be on call from 7pm to 7am every fourth night as well as one or two days every other weekend.The next twelve months will be a test of just how sleep-deprived Dr. O can be and still function, but it will also be a continuation of the incredible learning opportunities that arose over the past twelve months—for both of us.
We had a heck of a year: moving to another state, going to Europe for a month, buying a house, making lots of new friends, reconnecting with lots of old friends, celebrating our first anniversary, and surviving both really bad cheese and a blizzard in May. And Dr. O did all kinds of really cool medical procedures, including, of course, his first tonsillectomy:
He also pulled all of these things out of various kids’ ears:
- A googly eye
- A bean (of the pinto variety, not cooked)
- A popcorn kernel
- An indeterminate bean/seed thing
It might be hard to top a year like that, but I have a good feeling about the months ahead. We’re getting to know our (not so) new town better and learning to really take advantage of the few hours a week we get to spend together. That’s not to say we’re not already looking forward to the end of residency, of course. Which is why I gave Dr. O a clue as to what his end-of-residency gift is going to be:
He’ll get a new clue in one of these little jars at the end of June for the next four years, at which point I hopefully will not have divulged the secret and he hopefully will not have guessed correctly on a whim (which has happened more than once on other “surprise” gifts).
Got your thinking cap on? While I assume nobody is going to get it from this clue alone, I’d love to hear your best guess!