Saturday, October 1, 2011
I've come to the conclusion that there are too many options in this world.

Take, for instance, my recent mattress hunt.  I walked into the store (after already narrowing down the many options of stores to actually go into down to one), and was met with a wall to wall options.  Really, are there 72 different ways a mattress can feel when you sleep on it?  I think not.  I want to be given four options.  Then I can make a decision.

Also consider writing ICU orders.  Okay, so maybe you don't do that on a regular basic.  I happened to be doing it a lot last night.  There's a whole long set of orders with 14 different options for glucose control and oral care and blood pressure support and vent settings.  I know what I want to do, but at 4:30AM, I don't want to have to make it a cohesive set of orders.  I just want someone to stand in front of me with flashcards, hold up a couple options, and I'll pick one.  Too many options.

Never was this more clear than when I was couch shopping the other day.  Picking a couch was pretty easy... I had some specific measurements it needed to fit within, and there were only a few sectionals that fit them.  Perfect.  But then, I had to pick a fabric.  AND PILLOWS.  There was a wall of choices.  I wanted neutral.  There were at least 97 neutral options.  At least.  Textured?  Microfiber?  Washable?  Grey tones?  Green tones?  Price range?  Polyester?  Nylon?  Rayon?  Leather?  I narrowed it down to about... 12.  Then I  walked them around the store to see them in different lighting, laid them over various pieces of furniture, put them next to each other one at a time, took pictures of them and sent them to various people, and generally was indecisive for a long time.  Seriously, there were just TOO many variables!  And then there's the issue of what it looks like as a couch vs. as a swatch of fabric.  Finally I had it narrowed down to two, and then finally made a selection.  Which I think will look awesome. 

And then I had to pick pillows.


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I am a Family Medicine intern at a community hospital in Indiana, navigating the new world of being a physician. I am privileged to work in a field I love, where every day is a new and unpredictable challenge.
I am not only a doctor, but also a cyclist, runner, DIYer in the making, lover of the outdoors, traveler, and human.
Human, MD is a glimpse into the world of a young doctor who is just trying to stay true to herself through the grueling whirlwind of residency.


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