Sunday, July 31, 2005

Forgotten, but not gone

Hey there, remember me?

I created this blog several months ago for the express purpose of using it as a means of capturing my thoughts and observations during my residency -- a sort of online, ready-access, minimally-private diary. During those first few months I caught the blogging fever, posting new content multiple times per week, actively seeking interesting blogs to frequent, and even going so far as to waste hours upon hours trading imaginary shares in blog stock. Now that my residency has begun, though, my utilization of this space has dwindled to essentially nothing, and the original purpose for this blog's existence seems to stand no chance of fulfillment. What gives?

Well, I have found that, after spending thirteen or fourteen hours a day writing innumerable orders, consoling frightened or bereaved families, participating in interminable morning and evening rounds, completing any number and variety of mundane patient care tasks (such as ensuring Q3 day bowel movements from patients whose intestines have been silenced by opiate inundation), and performing surreal neuro exams on comatose patients ("SHOW ME YOUR THUMB! CAN YOU SHOW ME YOUR THUMB? MR JOHNSON!" -- performing gruff sternal rub on patient's chest, inducing him to extensor posture -- "Oh. It looks as if Mr. Johnson is herniating. Can we get the head of his bed up to 30 degrees and start mannitol, please?"), it seems that the last thing I want to do is end a sentence. Oops, I mean the last thing I want to do is come home and revisit the sights and sounds (and smells) of the day by blogging about them.

Nevermind that an 80 hour work week leaves little time for idle pursuits -- the real hindrance to my blogging of late has been that, when I'm not at work, I simply don't want to think about work. So I have come to the conclusion that if this blog is to survive, I will have to enact a concerted paradigm shift such that this forum need not be my work diary, but rather my work escape -- a place where I can write about whatever comes to mind, rather than about whatever happened at work. In other words, I will likely keep writing about the random, mindless crap I wrote about before I started work. Will that keep me coming back here more frequently? I can't answer that question for sure -- but the shift in mindset will certainly decrease my activation energy for beginning to process of sitting down at my computer and blogging.

So, if anyone out there still reads my blog (thanks, Lemming Fodder!), I appreciate your patience during these lean times. Though the realities of work will likely prevent me from posting here very frequently, I do not intend to allow Not Rocket Science to expire -- so don't forget about me!

36 Comments:

At 11:19 PM, Anonymous Mena said...

Phew! I thought you were gone forever. Don't fret; Everyone goes through a blogging drought once in a while and yours is totally understandable. Here are some good ideas for topics that are not neurosurgery related... 1. How is the new house? 2. How is the exercise routine coming along? 3. What about that book? Alright, hang in there.

 
At 8:55 AM, Blogger kingfelix said...

you've certainly not been forgotten by me, you're still there in my RSS reader, and whenever Not Rocket Science appears in bold, i'll be here to check out your latest post.

the drought will pass. at least you've not been overwhelmed by events like Extreme Unction has, i feel like the world is turning me into a Man of the People, someone who stands on boxes in the centre of Trafalgar Square and denounces Western civilisation.

but that's my problem

best wishes

Jason

 
At 6:14 AM, Blogger phoenix said...

how could I forget my first blogroll person? You were first and will always be my favorite!

I am with Mena... write about the things that interest you the most... like running perhaps? :)

Hugssssssss

 
At 8:13 PM, Blogger L said...

dude! I thought you were dead!

heh heh-- did you know Lemming Fodder is one of my little brothers?

 
At 10:12 PM, Blogger KarbonKountyMoos said...

Ian, even if you were gone, you'll never be forgotten.

He's alive! He's alive!

Missed ya,
Moos

 
At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feeds are an irregular blogger's best friend. You're being followed on Bloglines by a bunch, old chap, so whenever you write, we'll read.

I'd encourage you to not give this up: there are very few "neuro" bloggers, and as medical blogging goes, neurological stuff is extraordinarily fascinating.

 
At 4:33 AM, Blogger phoenix said...

ok ok my friend... find 5 mins out of your day and make time to tell us how things are ;) Getting worried again about you!

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger mountainputty said...

It's great to hear an update Ian. I, like many of your other adoring fans, will keep an eager eye to your blog. Good luck with your residency.

 
At 5:54 AM, Blogger Rachel said...

Glad to hear you are alive and kicking and Not Rocket Science isn't going to die.

Good luck with your residency.

 
At 9:37 PM, Anonymous m said...

I check this everyday.

 
At 10:46 AM, Blogger jpr said...

I have actually considered outsourcing during droughts. When I left the same post up for about a month I lost a ton of readers...its putting a serious crimp in my plans to take over the world.
Also, good luck in capturing your thoughts. Sometimes those things can be slippery little buggers.

 
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At 4:28 AM, Blogger phoenix said...

Awww geeeze sweety... starting to get worried about you. And now you have peeps locating your site through spam. sigh. Please tell us you are ok... please?

 
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At 11:31 AM, Blogger KarbonKountyMoos said...

I promise that I'm not spam.

Hope that all is well, Ian - we need to hear you breathing!

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger phoenix said...

Candlelight vigil time folks?

 
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At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Trisha said...

Hey you even have a new reader too! keep up the good work as a neurosurgery resident, just pray that other than on here you do not run into me cause I am pretty much the patient from hell...although the last neurosurgery resident that I refrained from killing has turned out to be damn fine although the hours did take a toll on his looks

 
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At 1:48 PM, Blogger Stuart Ressler, M.D. said...

Hey Ian...good luck over there with your residency.. I knew this would happen..but keep it up, we'll stick around and wait for those entries. I went though blogger's drought recently, and I'm just getting back blogging again. Stay strong.

Cheers,
Stuart

 
At 1:51 PM, Blogger Stuart Ressler, M.D. said...

Forgot to mention to those not in the know, my blog is also about neurosurgery, or rather about neurosurgery among other completely irrelevant things.. It's nowhere near as good as Ian's, but there's some interesting stuff there I hope

One more thing, Ian --- TURN ON WORD VERIFICATION for comments...otherwise we'll all drown in comment spam

Cheers,

Stuart

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger Stuart Ressler, M.D. said...

Well... looks like residency has gotten the better of the blogger...

 

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