Do all working people feel like caged animals sometimes?
Today, when my co-resident pressed herself against the window and we all longed to go outside for 2 min (mostly do defrost since Bellevue’s AC is blasting in clinic), I thought to myself “we really are like caged animals.” Tied down by pagers and a strong urgency to get. things. done. Preferably, 5 minutes ago .
The benefit of this is not knowing anything that is going on in the world. If we get blown up by Iran, then it will be a surprise to me. And, apparently, Donald Trump said something derogatory (again) about something (are we surprised?). I’m fine not knowing.
What I do know is that math is confusing. And math is everywhere.
I was reading a paper today (two, actually, as I have to prep two articles to present this week). You know what will make you head spin really fast? Reading the statistics in a paper.
“In the intention-to-treat group, vaccination also statistically significantly reduced the risk of any high-grade cervical lesions (19.0% reduction; rate vaccine = 1.43, rate placebo = 1.76, difference = 0.33, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.13 to 0.54), vulvar and vaginal lesions (50.7% reduction; rate vaccine = 0.10, rate placebo = 0.20, difference = 0.10, 95% CI = 0.04 to 0.16), genital warts (62.0% reduction; rate vaccine = 0.44, rate placebo = 1.17, difference = 0.72, 95% CI = 0.58 to 0.87), Pap abnormalities (11.3% reduction; rate vaccine = 10.36, rate placebo = 11.68, difference = 1.32, 95% CI = 0.74 to 1.90), and cervical definitive therapy (23.0% reduction; rate vaccine = 1.97, rate placebo = 2.56, difference = 0.59, 95% CI = 0.35 to 0.83), irrespective of causal HPV type.
Really cool information but my eyes are very overwhelmed!
Reading papers also makes me still realize that I can’t grasp some concepts without writing them down. Paper to pen is powerful, guys. side note: I still want to buy this weekly schedule notepad. Its graph paper!
Question of the day: How many salted cashews a day is one too many?
Gave up dessert. Replaced that vice with almonds, pistachios, and cashews.
Until next time…
Daily coffee tally: 2 (one was even “high elevation grown coffee” which is apparently a fancy coffee thing now)