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Words to strike fear... [Aug. 28th, 2006|10:05 pm]
Catherine Fischer
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OK, I know I have a ton of stuff to catch up on; I know I still have to finish typing up the honeymoon and the move from hell and the descriptions of my wonderful new house (and the unfortunate way it turns into an oven during heat waves)… but today was senior spay day, and I’m on surgery, so I was in charge. Had an utterly unforgettable moment, helping a student finish a difficult closure on a kitty with massive mammary hyperplasia.

The student behind me, the one who had no idea how to complete a physical exam of a cat, and who was afraid of handling the cat (immediately asked for help without even trying) had started the last spay. Our awesome, easy-going anesthesiologist came in to check on his student and the cat, and I hear him say “Dude, that’s not the way you look for a uterus – first, put everything back inside…”

Oh, shit. I scrubbed out and went to help her in a big hurry.

I can’t recall ever starting so many sentences with the word “Stop. Just stop…”

This, coming off a weekend I spent entirely in ICU with my diabetic patient and a bulldog who kept obstructing his airway (and had to be suctioned over and over), sleeping in the residents on call apartment, getting woken up every couple of hours...

From: lindarn
2006-09-01 12:31 am (UTC)
Sounds like quite the nightmare!! I can almost see it in my mind ... Hope you've gotten some sleep!

Linda :-)
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[User Picture]From: copper9lives
2006-09-03 10:56 pm (UTC)

Ah, Sleep.

Heh... yeah, it's been an adventure. A great adventure, though! I'm loving the clinicians here, and the cases, and all that I'm learning, and most of the students, even. But I keep getting stuck with this one student -- primarily, I'm guessing, because everyone else is totally fed up with her. Personally, I'm of the opinion that she's just not rising to the challenge, or even giving an appropriate effort, and it would be a disservice to the college, to the community, and to her clients and patients to pass her. I'm hoping that the school will offer her the option of repeating her final year and stepping up to the plate, or diverting to a PhD. Maybe some classes on interpersonal communication, logic, problem-based medicine, work ethic, and functioning under stress might help. Or maybe a course on How to Look Stuff Up In Books. Including giving answers that are not a flat "I don't know." With no further follow-through. Regardless, I refuse to spoon-feed her any more.

Wonderful, BTW, to hear all of the great news on your home front! Love and happy Harvest to the family. --C
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