Some of the highlights.
I delivered my first baby! Yes. It turns out if you harass the maternity nurses and docs enough they will call you up to catch one. I had witnessed a few during the summer but it wasn't until the day before my birthday that I got to catch my first one (thanks Doc R!) Baby Jessica was 9 lbs 4 oz, slippery, pink, screaming and born with a head of dark curls.
I was so excited in those last few pushes I had to clasp my hands together in order to keep them from inadvertently just reaching in there and taking the babe out or patting the perineum with anticipation. Doc R and I had gone through the steps verbally ahead of time but I hadn't really thought of what I was meant to do once the slippery, heavy, squirming baby was actually in my arms! I think I was giggling and cheering and almost (sorta) tearing up and then thought-- "er...do I put her down or clamp the cord or...ack!" It was a crazy wonderful blur and flurry of activity, Doc R helped me from there, "yes...just set the baby down now", "oh, right".
|Yes she did give me permission to post this photo of her.|
The next day my colleagues kindly let me spend most of the day shift (which was supposed to be spent working in the emergency department) scrubbed in on several orthopedic surgeries. Ok, let me just say now, I take back EVERYTHING I ever said about orthopedics.
How I could never do it.
How I could never stand to watch such brutal surgeries.
Oh how very off the mark I was.
Let's just say, tendon harvesting for ACL repairs is a thing of beauty. I was actually operating the arthroscope for that one. Hello that is not an easy task. When you are staring at a large screen tv it is difficult to immediately appreciate that moving the scope 1mm actually turns your field of view to a completely different scene. I could feel the sweat running between my shoulder blades and down the backs of my knees,
just don't screw up
don't lose what he's trying to look at
don't pull the scope out by accident.
Yeah, I did all three. Considering the fits of rage that I'd seen come from Dr. S I was expecting him to wrap the scope around my neck and throttle me with it. But to my surprise he only called me a 'useless assistant' a couple of times and commented on how much I was slowing him down once! He also
yelled pointed out that holding the scope for the first time was no excuse for not doing a good job. I was in bone-chip, bloody, tendon harvesting heaven so it didn't even bother me. He let me pull the finished graph through the hole to where it was anchored. Pretty amazing actually.
Other thoughts from the day included,
Wow! the plantar fascia is REALLY thick and white!
I can't believe that a hammer and chisel were just used to crack open that calcaneus!
Exposed muscle really is a thing of beauty!
I think I might faint from hunger and sleep deprivation soon!
Hey. I didn't say they were deep thoughts.
There was also a theme party--70's due to the decor in my living room. It was a combined triple birthday party/retirement from nursing for ABB party.
Things really took off when both Karaoke and Dance Dance Revolution showed up.
|Yes I am wearing a giant peace sign bindi. Thanks for asking.|