Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I kind of crashed and burned when it came to logging my first week on general surgery. Should have seen that one coming!

So far things are going surprisingly well. I have a great appreciation for physicians when I rotate on their teams. They really do know so much about the human body and many of the intricasies of its management. I also know more and more how human they are. I used to think Doctors knew everything. That what they say GOES. But I know that Doctors are human. I hear a lot of people complain about the mistakes their doctor made, how they had to wait at a doctors office, about a missed diagnosis, etc. They are usually doing their best and things don't always go as planned.

Anyway, not to wax too philosophical but I have been enjoying my (very busy) time with the pediatric surgery team. I am learning a lot of good things and hope to learn a small chunk of what these surgeons know. I am getting a better understanding about how to manage medical issues such as dehydration, tube feeds for people who can't eat, and how to get people to poop. I've seen kids make great recoveries, children get diagnosed with cancer, cute little babies in the NICU, and even the loss of a child in a tragic accident. It is really fun working with kids and also very challenging.

The team is really nice. I work with 2 upper level residents, another intern, and two med students as well as a staff surgeon. It is very busy. I arrive about 5:30 am and leave about 6:30 or 7:30 at night. This week I have logged 51 hours since Sunday. Three more days until my next day off! I am at work a lot but overall enjoy the time I spend there. If only I had more time at home. Please don't come over unless you plan to do the dishes or sweep.


Marci Wittwer Butterfield said...

Your offer for me to come cook and clean for you is very tempting. :) haha. Is it weird that at times I envy your busy life? You rock.

Camber said...

Ahh, you make me feel so much better about the hours I work! Although, what you're doing sounds awesome. Also, remember who gets to clean up the poop after you make it happen :)