Patients seen: 88
Surgeries scrubbed into: 26
Lives lost: 7
Goodbyes said: 1
Hands held: 15
Surgery is over and I don't think I'll miss the ER/traumas or sad stories that bring the patients to the hospital. I'd rather not have to contemplate skin grafts for the women who fell asleep while smoking causing her bed to catch on fire and burn 30% of her body. Neither cup of noodles nor sparklers should never be given to children to children under 7. Gas stoves or BBQs and unsupervised cooking for children- please no. And just in case you didn't know: grandma driving while on amphetamines, uncovered empty pools without water, holding a boiling pot of beans in your lap = very bad ideas. I use to think hang-gliding sounded like fun, but after seeing the results of landings that didn't quite work out maybe I'll rethink that. I have had my fill of gun shot wounds and stabbings. Pneumothorax, appendicitis, cholelithiasis - check, check, check!
The OR was actually quite fun most of the time. I can see the appeal, and I even liked about half of the surgeons I met. I'm crossing surgery off my list but am so thankful for the long rotation (even if I wasn't always thrilled during it.) I will probably never see brain surgery or even a lap appy again, but I'm so glad I got to experience them.
(Next time I post I'll be on inpatient family med. Stay tuned.)