In my previous post I mentioned that I made a work change recently. I used to work in pediatric critical care, specifically surgery and traumas. I loved the people I worked with and I appreciated being able to help my patients, but I found myself bringing the stressors and emotional baggage home more than I would like. I decided late last year that it was time for a change.
SO… I’m still working in pediatrics but now I am working with children who either need or have had a heart transplant. It’s incredibly challenging but also very rewarding. The new role still has a fair bit of critical care but also clinic time talking with families about general healthy eating and wellness goals.
The first couple months have been crazy trying to get to know the patients and families and just adjusting to the work flow and the new care team. But I finally feel like I know which way is up so to speak, I’ve got my daily routine and I know many of the patients pretty well… Not enough for a perfectionist but a vast improvement over say 6 weeks ago.
My new challenges include how to get toddlers through teenagers to follow a heart healthy diet and give up the hot cheetos and takis. The conversations I have in clinic with families are certainly different from inpatient conversations but I love when they come in for follow up visits and tell me about the changes they’ve incorporated. I anticipate that I’ll use this space to share more of what I learn from my patients and families about weight gain, weight loss and healthy diet changes.