It is completely overwhelming, starting out here. All the studying, all the "practice" and "labs" did not prepare me for this at all. For the 12 hours I am here, I am trapped in work. And if it is very busy, I am so hungry.
Take today. This morning I ate three Mr. Goodbar minis from the staff candy jar, which according to my feeble justification is actually a passable breakfast. Protein from the peanuts, carbs and caffeine from the chocolate. I also drank a lot of bad coffee. That was many hours ago. When I dropped my patient's open IV bag (panic panic panic) and dashed off to get help, one brief (panicked) thought was, "Can I get an IV of food too?" Later I looked at the liquid diet solution and shuddered. It looks and smells brutal. No, I don't care for things like Slimfast or Ensure.
I should have stayed in school. Perhaps in a few years, when I am free again. I have learned my lesson.