Haven’t heard such a beautiful song in a...
Ear Nose Throat
I start ENT tomorrow for a week with one of my favorite people! Excited! Hopefully I find the ear-nose-throat to be captivating and more.
Week 6 of Surgery
“Are you nervous?” “Did you pay off your residents?” These are some of the questions posed to me by my evaluator this afternoon, with whom I had just finished a lumpectomy case with a half hour before. I received my final evaluation today for Gen Surg and I gotta admit, combining the no solid food all day + no water + a minor feeling of trepidation for possible mayhem was...
DIAGNOSE. STAGE. TREAT.
The steps to saving a patient from cancer.
Surgeons love sbux
Surgeons are people. They used to be medical students, they used to be interns, and then somewhere down the line they became legit, larger-than-life surgeons. Today, I witnessed kindness, quirkiness, and humor amongst these unfeeling machines. It made for an awesome day. Some new Passion Pit.
Tumor Board Tuesdays
Breast case was awesome today. It was so awesome that I ran out of time between that and class and tumor board, having no time to prepare for my presentation. I felt really really bad for letting down my intern, who did a superb job preparing it the last minute. This is why I am an 3rd year and they are the intern. Will do better tomorrow!!
Can't stop thinking about breasts
Not in a weird way! In a medical way! I have a secret (brain) crush on one of the (female) surgeons. She is awesome and she was excited to hear that I was interested in women’s health! While I don’t see myself operating for the rest of my life, I do see myself working in a team of like-minded colleagues helping patients find the best package of treatment that is effective, efficient,...
Had a really cathartic rant with my bf regarding Obamacare, global warming, preconceptive “child abuse,” and frank, unabashed gossipers and all-around haters. Passed my Step 1. :) I learned how to do the breast exam today (from a legit breast surgeon) in exchange for making a starbucks run for her (and myself). Good deal. One more day to go this week. I hope I accomplish a lot...
My poor insecure soul... survived.
Guess who got through tumor board? MEEE! Of course I didn’t express such glee in front of my colleagues. So YES, the brilliant “Ned Flanders” did fluster me for a bit, but I felt like I won the face off with his final question regarding the patient’s current reason for admission. Which I KNEW. And thank goodness for kind attendings who still have their soul. Instead of...
I’ve been so caught up with trying to survive my first day of Surg Onc, the oh-so-terrible-rotation that I got through the long day without feeling much empathy for the patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and are waiting for surgery or waiting for some kind of hope. I jumped at the chance to place a foley catheter during pre-op (for my required skills book), but didn’t really...
Today is my last shift on trauma- a night shift actually- and then I’ll be starting Surg Oncology on Monday. After a near traumatic (get it?) and awkward presentation on Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome to a group of surgeons who didn’t seem to care very much about it (or for me), I went home, ate the guava pastry from Porto’s that was the only highlight from the whole ordeal (thanks...
There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.– C.S. Lewis (via sorakeem)
Let everything happen to you Beauty and terror Just keep going No feeling is...– Rainer Maria Rilke (via serendipitousromance)
Beer for your trouble
It’s been an exciting 8 days of trauma surgery, seeing so many things from knife wounds to two thoracotomies (one in the ED and the other in the OR) to classic textbook delirium tremens (DTs) with the alcohol withdrawal patient seeing spiders crawling on the ground as well as confusion and tremors. While I’ve had this unprecedented burst of energy throughout my 12+ hrs in the hospital,...
To the end as I know it
I took Step 1 exactly a week ago. Now I am about to start my first rotation on surgery on Monday. Acute Care Service. Night flow (aka 7pm-7am). Oh boy. Studying for Step 1 made me feel confident again in my knowledge, but now I feel like I know absolutely nothing. I just stole my boyfriend’s roommate’s “Surgical Recall” review book in hopes that I can familiarize myself...