Upstate NY and C-sections.


Farmer’s markets and hikes in the woods.



We got into Bard after midnight on Friday night because we left DC at 6:30pm.  Why did we leave so late?  Because I had clinical all day on Friday.  It was a fabulous day at the hospital.  I scrubbed into the operating room for two c-sections.  Not only interesting because I’ve never scrubbed into an OR before, but also because a c-section is the only surgery I’ve had myself.  So now I can count myself: twice on the table, twice at the table’s end.

All I can say is that I needed to sit down for a few minutes after the first one.  Not because I was on the verge of fainting, but because it was amazing, crazy, interesting, bloody, and then after all that – you miraculously had another person in the room!  I did not know how much tugging, pulling and yanking happens in a surgical suite.  I did not know how much fluid just flew around the operating table.  I did not know the surgeon stuck his/her whole hand/wrist inside a person’s insides.  The surgery staff was very nice to me, I got to put in Foleys for both surgeries (my first sterile procedure), and I got to see a bunch of anatomy – appendix, large intestine, small intestine, ovary, fallopian tube. Yipes!  It’s all there, just like in the book.

Today I had a classmate tell me she wanted to be a surgeon.  I was momentarily confused because how do you become a surgeon from a nurse?  But it makes sense, because this is a BS degree, this is the bachelor’s degree she’d use to get into medical school.  So useful to have a nursing degree and 2 years hospital experience and then head to med school!  I told her that I had to live vicariously through her – I think now I’m too old to be a surgeon.   She laughed and said that that wasn’t true.  But it’s true.  I’m too old.  Just like I’m too old to become a gymnast or really learn another language.  It will have to wait for another lifetime.  After watching the c-sections, I think perhaps surgeons should start training when they are 4 years old, like a truly exceptional violin player, the hand skills are probably best imprinted in a person’s muscles/tendons and brain/reflexes even before they can spell episiostomy.

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