DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DOCTOR: Vlogging in Hospital, Intensive Care Unit (PART 2)


Hey guys. I’m Siobhan, a first year medical resident. This is part 2 of a 24-hour call shift in the intensive care unit. So if you haven’t checked out part 1, take a look first. As a recap, I’m on call with my friend Carol. She’s a second year internal medicine resident in the same program as me. We saw all the patients in the ICU in the morning and then we got called to the emergency department about an unstable patient. Her breathing was so bad and her blood pressure was quite low, so we had to go with her to the CT scanner in case she got a lot worse while she was lying down. Wow okay, so we’re really hungry. My gosh. This is actually ridiculous. It’s almost 10:00. It’s almost 10:00, yeah. And we haven’t eaten since 12:00. And just to be clear, the cafeteria closes at 10:00 and then there is like no food. So Carol was just saying… It’s just a bad situation. I was saying I was gonna pry the cafeteria doors open if it was closed right now. Yeah, seriously. Anyway, we will update you in a little while, but it’s been a crazy afternoon. I have hungry breath right now. Yeah, I don’t even want to know. Oh, no! There’s no more left. Wow, this is truly a nightmare. Okay, so thank goodness they found us some sandwiches, so we actually are gonna have some food tonight. So, all is good. Okay. Feet are up. Haha. Oh my gosh. This is actually out of control. It hurts to talk. Honestly, it’s just my feet. My feet are killing me. My head is killing me. Hahaha. Oh, so let’s catch you guys up on what happened since what?! Like 4:00 o’clock. Yeah, when we were going to the CT scan. Good news is that this patient did not have a PE, but then… She’s very sick. Yeah, very very sick. Yeah, mm-hmm. And we ended up getting we’re checking her gases regularly, so actually that sounds pretty bad. Okay, not her gases, we’re talking blood gases. So they call it an ABG and you’re basically… It helps you see how much acid or bases are in the blood and that tells you how sick a person is or at least tells you a little bit about how sick they are. And hers were very bad, so she had way too much acid. Yeah. Ehm, and… The respiratory therapists who… They do this all the time. Yeah.. This what they do bread and butter every day. And they said it was the worst blood gas that they’ve seen, like ever. And ehm… Needless to say that made us a little bit nervous. Yeah, very nervous. And then in the middle while we’re dealing with that, we get a STAT page from the ICU that someone needed to get intubated. Yeah so this ICU nurse… So ICU nurses handle a lot, they are like very calm people. They really know what’s going on, they know way more than we do yes. Yeah, they’re excellent. It’s when I have an ICU nurse telling me on the phone like I need you down here ASAP, I think this person needs to be intubated. I was like ”Oh my gosh!” So I’m looking at Carol and she’s like looking at this blood gas. So I say ”Okay, I’m gonna head downstairs and get on this patient who needs to get intubated, ehm…” While I deal with this horrendous gas. And then two minutes later, I get another STAT page from the ICU from the room that needs to get intubated. That was from me. So I come running down and Siobhan is just standing there all gowned up. I was ready to go, but then I was like ”Oh my gosh, I can’t do this alone, like I need backup.” So I was like, I told the nurses ”Call Carol STAT, like get her here right now.” So I come running down and then… Yeah, Siobhan handled it like a pro. She intubated all by herself, she got on her first attempt. Yeah. It was in a perfect place. Okay, but I had a lot of help. It was perfect. Yeah, but that was like I’ve got the whole team around me. You’ve got two respiratory therapist there, lots of help, they’re like ready to help. And now both patients are actually stable, the gasses are looking better. Yeah, gasses are looking good. Yeah. Siobhan did two central lines all by herself. That is true. Okay, I’m feeling like a very proud of that. They were not easy lines. Yeah, I’m feeling pretty proud. Yeah. Cause those are the first ones I’ve done by myself. Anyway, so needless to say, we are now looking for a little bit of resting. Yeah, just… Just like debrief, see if there’s anything else we need to do. Yeah, I think I forgot to write notes on like all people. We have to go back and do that. Go back to the notes. Check blood work again. Yeah, okay. 12:30 a.m. Literally right as I was going to my call room, just got a page and there’s a patient who’s going to the operating room, but is having some problems with their blood pressure. It’s kind of low, so they want us to see right now. So anyway, trying to figure out where this room actually is. Alright, so Carol caught up with me. We’ve got… We thought we were gonna get a moment of rest. Yeah, put my head down on the pillow and Siobhan woke me up. Hahaha, for a good reason. Turns out this patient has a really low blood pressure. We’re gonna have to put in a central line. Yeah. So that’s one of those like IVs in the neck. Yeah. We’re just gonna go get the equipment now from the ICU and bring it over to where the surgeries happen. The ultrasound, got some equipment. So dealt with the consult, walked around the ICU to see if there any other issues. I know there’s some blood work that’s gonna be coming back in about two hours. So I’m hoping to get a nap during that time, so you know… Fingers crossed and let’s see. So no other new patients so far, but I keep getting paged like quite regularly about potassium either too high or too low. And I feel like each time I nod off to sleep, I get like woken up about potassium. Oh, hahaha… And the last page that I had, I think cuz I was sleeping I thought the pager was my alarm, so I was actually hitting my phone, try to snooze it, not understanding why this noise wouldn’t turn off. Until I realized where I was and what was going on. I needed to phone someone, because I was being paged. Okay, I’m gonna try to get a little bit more sleep. So it’s 8 a.m., just heading to the cafeteria now. Carol and I are gonna meet there and then I think we’re just gonna walk around the ICU and tidy things up. Make sure, you know, there’s nothing that needs to be done before we get to go home. Do you have like post call guilty pleasures, kind of? Yeah, usually I’ll have like a bad breakfast post call. Like I’ll get a greasy breakfast sandwich. And then like post call, I’ll just let myself do anything. I’m like ”Oh, I deserve it.” Yeah, I think same with me. I don’t know, probably just sleep for a while, maybe go for a movie. It’s gonna be very very chill day. Yeah, I thought I was gonna get more sleep, then I didn’t quite get as much. Alright, so it’s now just after 9:30. We have officially handed over, pager is out of our hands. Gone, no more pager. It’s like the best moment, I’m not responsible anymore. So yeah, like crazy night. But honestly it made it fun, because it felt like I was on with a friend. Yeah. And it made me feel like we were just kinda hanging out. Yeah. And Siobhan did a great job. Did all of the lines by herself, she intubated by herself. Yeah, it was great. It’s a big night of learning, it’s exciting. Thanks so much for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe if you want to see more videos like this. And comment below if you have any comments or questions or you know, things that you’d want to know about the ICU, what it’s like to be on call together. So bye for now and we’ll chat with you soon. You

100 thoughts on “DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DOCTOR: Vlogging in Hospital, Intensive Care Unit (PART 2)

  1. At last check a medical student was not an MD. Doctor is a title that is used once earned. Sticky territory vlogging as a Med student

  2. I’m currently becoming a primary teacher but I find your videos so insightful. And your personality is infectious. Keep up the good work. The world needs more Drs like you!

  3. Do residents not wear white coats in Canada? Also, do residents have duty hours restrictions in Canada? Residents are restricted to 80 hours here in the US.

  4. Hi! I just found your channel and I love it. I was hoping you could do more scary moment/story time videos! I love those.

  5. I am first time watcher and now subscriber. Just gotta say what a inspiration and I hope you continue doing videos. I was in the ICU for a week and I feel like the nurses/doctors don't get enough credit for all the hard work they do.

  6. If Dr gave a SHIT about people then the
    obama opieod epidemic wouldn't be
    happening, Dr just give out pills because
    obama (don't) care
    does not PAY there price, so no help, just
    dope with no hope!

  7. Hi Siobhan! I am a fellow Canadian, and I LOVE your vlogs! Although I am only a pre-med, I am currently hoping to go into Critical Care from the Internal Medicine track or Emergency Medicine, and so your vlogs keep me super motivated! I was just wondering if you had any ideas yet about what you may want to sub-specialize in (if at all) for fellowship? Also, do you know if Critical Care is becoming more of a shift-based specialty like Emergency Medicine? Thank you so much again for all of your inspiration!

  8. I'm 17 and a grade 11 student, just choosing my post secondary pathway. I'm fascinated by medicine and hoping to pursue it! Have any tips for a teenager looking ahead?

  9. This is so so cool to watch!! I'm a nurse in neonatal ICU and it's awesome 😂😂 some of our IV fluids run at like 3ml/hr 😂

  10. Hey Siobhan!!! I'm a new subscriber to your channel! I wanted to know what path would I need to take if I wanted to be a doctor/surgeon. I'm currently a senior in high school and was accepted to LaSalle University. I did pretty average in high school I took normal classes I got accessional grades the average A's B's and occasional C's. I had a low SAT score but was accepted into LaSalle as a nursing major but I really want to be a doctor/surgeon. Do you have any advice on what options of paths I can take to purse this dream? Thank you so much!

  11. You are so bubbly, I wish all of my medical professionals were like you! This is so cool to watch, thank you for sharing!

  12. Just discovered your channel and subscribed. You're videos are very interesting and show an interesting point of view. Hopefully one day this will be me! 😁

  13. I LOVE your vlogs! I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was a kid, so watching your vids lets me live my dream through you in a way lol. You’re so blessed to do what you do!

  14. hey im an IMG, i was wondering how much of a skill set i needed to be starting of. I did half of my rotations here and abroad, and i honestly feel like i learned nothing mainly cause i was limited to what i can do. That being said I've done 36hr and 12hr shifts scheduling so im not really all too worried about getting used to crazy scheduling, but i remember i was burnt out. Is it gonna be hard to keep mentally stable during stressful times?

  15. I could watch Shoban all day lol 😂 She is so compassionate♥️We desperately need more of that in our world 🗺

  16. Hey Siobhan! I really love your videos about life and your vlogs in the hospital. I want to become an orthopedic doctor/surgeon when I grow up. Your videos inspire me even more. I know it is a lot of school, but I love school. I am only 13, so my mind could change. Keep making great videos!

    -Matthew

  17. you remind so much of my fav nurse (i think it was a nurse) who inserted an NG drainage tube for me and I'm the most squeamish person ever and she was so relaxed and kind the whole time. I wish all my nurses/doctors were like you! ahah

  18. Are you Norwegian? Asking bc I had a friend who came to the US for an exchange year and you remind me a lot of her in the way you look and speak.

  19. That was awesome insight… I love it …can't get enough…
    I love how this is a part of your life … like you are not huffing or puffing or even cringing at the thought of being soooo overwhelmed…

    I love that .. u have an amazing personality

  20. I'm a Cyber Security major, so maybe i should be watching those kinds of videos lol. Fun to see what a doctors life is about though. Thank you!

  21. New subscriber here! Just wanted to say your videos are amazingly entertaining & educational! Also, really enjoyed this one with Carol! 😊

  22. Do you have a specialized field? How long were you in Med School? I love your videos! I want to be a doctor too so your videos are fascinating?

  23. Hi Siobhan , i like all of your videos they r very interesting and we do get some knowledge out of them too love u watch more , thanks 🌹

  24. I'm watching new videos as they come and catching up slowly through all the old ones from the beginning. Haven't seen Carol in the new ones. I wonder if I'll see her again in the old ones. They work together really well.

  25. My mom is an rn and alot if this reminds me of what she has to do at work and the hospital she works at is a critical care hospital thanks for all you do

  26. DO YOU REALLY WEAR STETHOSCOPE AROUND YOUR NECK ALL THE TIME AND IF YOU DO, WHY? You could keep it in YOUR POCKET as doctors here in Finland do.

  27. Oh pls more videos w Carol, you are awesome solo, so y’all together are like triple extra bonus 🎹💃🔥❤️

  28. Hi Siobhan! I'm a Respiratory Therapy student who just discovered your channel (hence why I'm binging all of your videos)… I love how you always give a shout out to the RTs (and other allied health professionals) you work with! Looking forward to following the rest of your journey! 🙂

  29. I stumbled across your videos while studying on my day off today. Binge watched about 80% of them today haha! Love your stuff! I’m an accounting major so this is officially become my go to guilty pleasure when I need a study break! 🤗

  30. I love your videos!! You are awesome and give such an interesting look into the life of a doctor. Your caring, smart, and positive energy is contagious (in a good way ;). Thank you!!

  31. I love these videos! I worked in a hospital in labor and delivery. I was the clerk entering orders and in another video you talked about and writing and it can be a challenge. We had a dr that her hand writing was like calligraphy. I decided to go back to school and I now work for a college as an IT tech. Your personal is infectious. The people you work with are like a second family and you would be fabulous to work with.

  32. First time watcher ..Watch part one and then part two very interesting to see how your night actually goes in the hospital

  33. As someone who's phobic of needles when I learned what a central line was I literally just about passed out 😓

    Edit: but I still watch these vlogs so honestly if I faint it's all on me, I know I'm needle phobic I just love these vlogs hahahaha

  34. Your videos have become part of my morning routine while I drink my coffee. I love how informative they are and your attitude motivates me for my day.

  35. I just discovered you this weekend and I have been BINGING your videos. I'm not even watching them in order (except I watched these two in order 😉) I just cant get enough. I love your energy, the way you talk about things and explain things, how you put your videos together… you're great!!!

  36. YouTube recommended your channel and I’m already on your 6th video.
    Omg I love it 🥰 thank you for sharing with us!

  37. After watching several of your videos I've actually figured out what hospital you work at. I drove up from Ottawa and spent a lot of time there this past summer while my Nana Was there before she passed. I spent a lot of time Sitting and appreciating the view while she was there. As far as the cafeteria goes… It's probably one of the better hospital cafeterias I've ever seen! Thank you for sharing your journeys with us.

  38. really informative I have often wondered how you cope with the sad ones though 1 remember seeing a documentary some time ago where you had what you in Canada call a code blue if I remember correctly basically fast bleep page cpr needed the patient didn't make it to make matters even worse it was a child so so sad this poor student understandably not long afterwards was absolutely in bits poor girl

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