Monthly Archives: October 2011

Staycation

I had a pretty amazing few days. Scott was in town, which is always the best ever. He got in Friday night instead of his usual Thursday night because I had a Food Animal Med exam Friday morning. After the week I had, it was so amazing to see him and basically collapse into his arms. All week I had about 4 hours of sleep a night – three exams and surgery (being the surgeon) really took it out of me. So it was a very welcome sight to see him at the airport :)

I pretty much crashed that night, haha, and slept in Saturday morning. Which was much needed! That day we went to the movies and saw “50/50,” and it is a really wonderful and touching movie. You should go see it. On Sunday morning I had an outreach event, and spent some time talking to kids about vet med and why it’s the best profession ever. We brought some radiographs of various animals with us, and they were a huge hit. I love doing outreach! Afterwards I came home and relaxed with Scott for a bit, then we were off to Lord of the Rings in concert!! Holy crap, it was so amazing! The score is usually the background of a movie, and having it played by an orchestra added so much to the movie. The music was no longer background, it was front and center and breath taking. It helps that those are my favorite three movies of all time. :)

Then on Monday Scott came to class with me (only 3 hours, yay!), and after class we went out with some friends to an Indian buffet, which is always a hit with me. That night we went out to sushi for dinner, to celebrate my externship at Johns Hopkins and the success of my first surgery. I adore sushi and would eat it every day if I could! And we found our new favorite place, because it was delicious! Mmmm sushi!

This morning Scott made me breakfast while I got some studying done, and we mostly just hung out around the apartment (I only had one class today, so skipped it). Secretly, that’s my favorite thing to do with Scott :) He also made lunch for us and did some chores. I have the most incredible husband on the planet, he takes care of me and I love him more than anything. And then around 7pm I took him to the airport and said goodbye for three weeks. I’ve mentioned this before, but saying goodbye continues to get harder instead of easier. :( Now I’m trying to get some work done for Friday’s exam (Small Animal Med), but am getting sleepy and think I’ll head off to bed soon… maybe after some wine. It’s always hard to get to sleep the night Scott leaves, no matter how tired I am. The bed is just so big and empty.

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Doctor Doctor

Today was the first day that I really, truly felt like a future doctor. I completed my first surgery. It was a canine castration, and I know that’s a routine surgery, but it was my first time ever cutting into a live animal. I prepared for hours last night, and all day leading up to it I was very nervous and extremely anxious – I even skipped class to practice my suturing skills. When we got to the lab, I became so busy with giving our patient medications and getting the setup area and operating room prepared that I my nerves settled quite a bit. We got him all set to go, wheeled him into the OR, attached all of the monitoring equipment and fluids, and then my assistant and I went to scrub, gown, and glove. This was also my first time doing that – I’ve never even scrubbed in for a surgery! Then we got our patient draped, and it was time… I loaded a scalpel onto my scalpel handle, and there was nothing left to do but get down to business. I took a deep breath… and made the skin incision.

From there, the surgery went very smoothly. My assistant and anesthetist were both amazing, and my nerves quickly vanished as I concentrated on what I was doing and what needed to be done. It was a mostly uncomplicated surgery, except for some bleeding from the cremaster muscles, which needed to be ligated. Closing was a bit difficult, but it went well and the incision looked pretty good after surgery. And before I knew it… I was done with my first surgery!!

We did a physical exam on him at 7am, surgery started around 2:30pm, we put him back in his run around 6:30pm (he had a pretty prolonged recovery), and then did a post-op check at 9pm (everything looked great and he was non painful!). That was 15 hours on campus today! I had to write up all of his medical records (PE, SOAP this morning and after surgery, surgery report) and I have to be back tomorrow morning to check on him at 7am. It’s currently 11pm, so I guess I should get to bed. But this was an amazing day, and for the first time I really felt like a doctor in the making – it was a turning point in my career and I wanted to document it while it was fresh. :)

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Home and Hell

For me, my living environment is extremely important. When  I come home, I want a space in which I can relax and do whatever I need/want to do. This is one reason I’ve lived alone for so long – before I got married and now while I’m in school away from my husband. If there is a sink of dirty dishes, it’s because they’re mine. If I want to lie in front of the television all day long and do nothing – and watch whatever trash I want to watch – I can do that. I can sleep without interruption, stay up late without feeling guilty, and it’s amazing. My current apartment feels more like home than any apartment has in a long time. I’m sitting here on the couch, the office is down the hallway for studying, and my dishwasher and dryer are both going. It’s pretty sweet. The only thing that could make this place better is if my wonderful husband lived here with me. :)

But… this is a vet school blog, so about that… I have a hell of a week coming up. Tuesday is my Surgery final, Wednesday is my VERY FIRST SURGERY EVER (it’s a neuter, and I know that’s a simple surgery, but I’m still super nervous… I’ve never cut into a live animal before!), Thursday a take home exam opens (Companion Exotic Small Animal Medicine and Surgery – LOVE that class, but the last exam was pretty damn hard, despite being take home), and Friday I have a Food Animal Medicine exam. How’s that for a packed week?! I’m a bit anxious about it, but I spent the entire weekend preparing for the Surgery final and am feeling pretty decent about it. I still have tomorrow night to study that, and then Tuesday I’ll be watching the castration video about 1 million times, as well as reading over everything I need to know for the next day’s surgery. Then Wednesday and Thursday night I can study for Food Animal, and hopefully knock out the take home Friday after the exam. Once this week is over, my schedule evens out a bit more and it’s pretty laid back for the remainder of the quarter. Just gotta get through it!!

And on Friday night Scott flies in, so the weekend will be pretty great :) It will be my reward for getting through hell week! And now, I should be going to bed, but I think I’ll work a bit on my Food Animal Medicine study guide. After all, I would feel guilty getting more than 6 hours of sleep!

One last thing… I can’t believe I’ve never posted this before, but it’s pretty much my favorite thing ever and I always watch it when I need a quick smile:

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