While on my internal medicine rotation, I have had the great fortune of having two snow days, with the most recent one this past week! It has been an uncharacteristically frigid winter in Richmond and I don’t think this much snow has covered the roads and sidewalks since I started med school. Usually, any particular inclement weather alert sets people in this area into a total frenzy, but most of the time, it’s a big let-down with maybe less than an inch of snow or just some nasty ice. For these past few snow days, it’s been the real fluffy stuff falling from the sky, the kind that snowmen are made of!
Although I am not one of the play-in-the-snow types, I have enjoyed the short reprieve from the daily grind and of course, the dorky nerd in me appreciates the extra study and rest time. Moreover, since I have to commute between two different hospitals on certain days, I definitely am grateful to be able to stay off the road, considering the city is not as prepared for snow as those cities in the northeast. I’ll have more than enough opportunities as an intern and resident to experience being snowed in and working round the clock at the hospital and having to come in despite the awful weather. After all, my responsibilities will increase and I’ll be the primary provider for my patients by then.