I haven't been in the hospital for thirty hours straight in a LONG time. It's horrible, but there's also something kind of great about it. It's sort of like that joke:
Q: "Why are you hitting yourself with a hammer?"
A: "Because it feels so good when I stop."
(I actually looked up this quote so that I could get it right and I found it as a quote from Grey's Anatomy. So clearly I'm not the only one who likens being a doctor to being pummeled with a hammer.)
Anyway, things that are great about spending 30 hours in a row in the hospital:
1) Getting home
2) Turning your pager off
3) Taking that first post-call shower
4) Eating a meal that isn't from the hospital cafeteria
5) Brushing your teeth. With an actual toothbrush and not with your finger.
6) The post-call sleep