Friday, March 16, 2012

Surgical Pearl: Nutrition

Today the locum pediatric orthopod took me down to the x-ray department to look at some films, on our way out he stopped at their desk and poached some chocolate. He clearly saw my judging questioning gaze (I have firm beliefs that you ought to contribute to the trough you graze from).

"Look, when you're a surgical resident you learn to get calories from any source available. It's an old habit. You find every patient fridge that is stocked with ensure or crackers...this hospital is great because the recovery room fridge has cheese. Cheese will be where you get your fluids from."

Residency: when you begin to see cheese as hydrating nourishment.


Jme said...

Why must residencies by so cruel and dehumanizing?

Albinoblackbear said...

The million dollar question! :) As my current flat-mate (RN) said to me tonight: if it were easy we'd all be doing it.

Allison said...

Oh dear. I never anticipated my life would lead me to seeing cheese as hydration.