Family medicine is great. Earlier in the week I was completely slammed, double booked almost every hour. This morning two people no-showed and I have cleared my inbox in record time. I’ve paid the office bills that piled up on my desk all week, I’ve already had two coffees and am feeling the caffeine buzz. The phones at the front desk are pretty quiet.
The calm before the storm?
Mornings like this are nice especially when they follow a couple of crazy weeks of non-stop patients. It gives me time to reflect and regroup. It also makes me wish I had my cross-stitching tucked away in my desk. I have several projects on the go and being able to work on something while at the office would be great, especially on days like today when I have done all the work I can do and am just waiting for patients to show up.
I started cross-stitching in medical school. I was never a crafty person and can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, so this was something I was quite surprised I took to so well. Counted cross stitching is methodical, it’s relatively easy to learn and hard to mess up. Having said that, on more than one occasion I have miscounted my stitches and while it can be really frustrating at the time, for the most part it is a relaxing and meditative hobby that I absolutely love. When I haven’t had an opportunity to stitch I get cranky and irritable. So at times like this, when the office is unusually quiet, I really wish I had my hobby to go to.