This is what I wore to work today.
It was yet another busy Monday at work. I knew it was going to be a shit-show, so I got into work an extra hour early. And I’m glad I did because some co-workers were out unexpectedly and so the workload was even worse than I had expected. I was non stop busy for 12 hours straight, no breaks. I took about 5 minutes to scarf down lunch, but was on the go and putting out fires all day long. Today, even though I felt pretty burnt out by the end of the day, I made sure to reflect on it and felt pretty accomplished in being able to help other doctors and their patients who are all going through some type of life crisis.
Here are some examples of consultation orders placed by physicians that I’m called for: 1) patient believes there are parasites in his skin and has been injecting his skin with fish oil, 2) patient tried to commit suicide by taking whole bottle of tylenol, 3) patient is intellectually disabled and smoking cigarettes while using at home oxygen tank, 4) patient is now homeless, feeling depressed, 5) patient diagnosed with cancer, now depressed, 6) patient using crack cocaine, hearing voices, feeling depressed…. This is an example of a typical set of consults we get on a given day. For each consult we spend time reviewing the whole medical record (20-30 minutes), interviewing the patient (45-60 minutes), talking to family members (usually 10 minutes), and then formulating our recommendations and writing it all into an often lengthy note (20 minutes) meant to be read by the physicians who placed the order. A lot goes into each consult and sadly there seems to be more and more work for us these days. I love my job though, and feel very lucky to be able to do what I do. There’s certainly never a dull day at work.
But anyway, back to this outfit. It feels a bit boring, but it’s functional, simple, and got me through the day without getting in the way. I’m wearing a cashmere blend long sleeve under a cashmere cardigan. Both are thin knits and gave me the perfect level of warmth in the hospital which has generally run cold lately. I like these pants, more so in how they function than in how they look. The pockets are generous. I can fit my iPhone plus in them with room to spare and the pants holds its crease for a quite some time before needing to be pressed again. But when I look at them in my outfit photos, I think they look just OK. I wear them often because I can get away with just one layer in 30-40 degree temps, but the minute it warms up, I won’t be wearing these at all.
I bought and then returned the big flat tote by Baggu. The bag looked really cute on the model but was overwhelmingly big on my frame. It was so large that it looked comically avant garde. Back it went. I’m debating if I should get a large bag with better organization for traveling and for carrying my notebooks to work. I don’t own a large bag, which is so weird when I think about it. But of course I’m asking myself, do you really need one? I’ve been looking at the Dagne Dover midi tote, which the internet says is the quintessential organized work bag, but I worry that it’s going to feel too heavy at 2.5 pounds! Is that a lot? Seems like it. Do you have any recs for a good work/travel bag with an organized interior?
[outfit: *marni cashmere cardigan, ATM cashmere blend stripe top, everlane slim wool pant, HOPP studios oxfords]