Friday, 12 April 2013

Update: Abdo Surgery

The past two weeks have been crazy getting fully used to the hospital and the way things work around there. Who knew it could all be so complicated? Even though most of the time we were just so busy doing nothing and waiting around to be sent somewhere. And I can't even tell you the number of times I found myself lost, walking down some deserted, dodgy looking corridor!

But besides it all, it has been quite a learning experience! I've met some really great doctors that don't mind teaching whenever they have a minute to spare, and I had the privilege of speaking to and learning from some really humbling patients. Words cannot express how grateful I am to all of them for having patience with us while we fumble around looking for the right drip, or trying to draw blood like 3 times without any success. All the while they are in so much pain and are just frustrated at being stuck in hospital. It really must be tough for patients that have been in hospital for a few months to have to keep readjusting to new students with every change of rotation. I could never truly understand what it is like.

This rotation has been divided in to 2 parts: Abdominal surgery which i just finished, as well as Trauma which starts on Monday.

I assisted in my first surgery last Friday. It was absolutely surreal to be standing there. I have always known that surgery just wouldn't be something that I would study further, but it was still great being able to experience it. And I must admit, that I handled it much better than I thought I would.

The best part of the mini rotation was seeing patients on clinic day. It was really great to see patients for their check up, and to see the progress that they have made. It gives you hope that all these surgeries and long hospital stays are not always for nothing. Patients do get through it. It does really help.

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