I'm on the top of the world... looking down on creation...
Wow, done with my first medicine ward month! To say it was brutal would be kind. At times it felt like I was starting internship over, and well, yeah, I felt like an idiot every day. There's no doubt in my mind that some people hurt more because of me, and some folks suffered unnecessary injuries. I've never needed a good night's sleep more in my life.
Anyways, one of the few things that got me through were actually my call buddies - two of my fellow interns (whom I consider good friends now ^_^) were on call with me, and we always got into some sort of mischief. From the campfire (see two posts down) to breaking into the doctor's cafeteria at 2 am to get raisin bran to whatever else have you, the few minutes of play in the hours of work made for a much better experience. I'm gonna miss our little group.
The last night on call, we decided we wanted to see the city. Previously we had gotten on the roof (19th floor) but the walls were high and the stairwell to the 20th floor landing was locked behind a big door with a high voltage symbol. I had seen a landing on the 12th floor, so we tried to get there, but no luck, the walls were high around that terrace as well. On the other side of the hospital, we saw an open door to the 13th floor terrace, and although it was surrounded by high walls too, it was kind of cool just by it's odd design, and you could kind of see the city from the stairwell... not good enough.
Finally, we went back to the high voltage signed door on the 19th floor. I noticed the lock was the auto-locking kind, not an actual deadbolt... 15 seconds and 2 credit cards later, I had the lock open. (Hopefully no one from my residency office is reading this...) The promised land! Thus, the photo above, from a dizzying 20 stories up, with naught but a flimsy railing. At 2am, I just had to snap some more photos. And so, a photo of my partner in crime:
I had wanted to get a photo of all three of us, but someone didn't want to wake up to go exploring... Finally, the view I had lusted after:
A little hazy, but then again, LA always seems to be covered in that smog.