The second week of school isn’t even over and I feel like I’ve been back for a month! I am really glad to be back though, and this semester (compared to last year) is so much more relaxed! Not necessarily easier, but there is definitely more time to live a little.
This week I saw my first real autopsy. It was spectacular. It was smelly. And I can’t wait to do it again next week. The patient was suspected to have died (in hospital) due to an MI. The pathologist did find signs of an MI in the muscle of the left ventricle, along with a few other irregularities – samples of which were sent to histology.
My current classes consist of a lot of pathomorphology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. There is an introduction to internal medicine course that runs all year as well, and it’s probably one of my favorites because it’s so clinical. Finally!
My neurosurgery clerkship ended in the beginning of September. I am now a pro at drawing blood, and I learned how to suture (pig legs)! I do miss being in the hospital. One of my favorite observations was seeing how well some patients improved after having their brains and nervous system exposed and poked. It was fascinating!
I will always remember “Mr. Teletubby,” who gave himself the nickname because of the drain he had in his head after surgery. He was classic!
I’m so happy to be back!