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14 January 2008 @ 07:03 pm
Today I saw a baby being born - via C-section. I was distinctly underwhelmed by the Miracle of Life, but overwhelmed with my lol-reaction to it. I seriously was thinking 'LOL A BABY'.

It was very cute once they'd cleaned the white gunk off it (pod casing? amniotic fluid?) - like a small piglet. I kept getting distracted from the fascinating lecture I was receiving on the various parts of the anaesthetic machine - a lecture that was destined to be repeated four times over the course of the day. I shudder to think how well informed I shall be by the end of the week.

Anaesthetists are pretty chill people. Even more so in the regional hospital I'm in at the mo, where lists only start at nine and finish at four [insert obligatory OMG here], and everyone gets fifteen minute tea-breaks between surgeries. One of the regs was playing rugby catch with a porter using the scrub sheet bundle until the nurse took it off them to use it.

Currently my future career choices are as follows:
1. Histopathologist
2. Clinician, maybe cardiologist? But definitely not GI if poss.
3. Anaesthetist
4. Surgeon, but not obstetric

Well, that was fun, wasn't it?
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: soak up the sun (sheryl crow)
spark_of_chaosspark_of_chaos on January 14th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Cardiology, yay! :g: The mere thought makes me smile.

Can't wait to get there myself.

Wait, isn't it too early to make career choices? o.O
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue kissscoradh on January 14th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
You planning on med school? Or in it? Hee, join the club.

Not really, but I'd prefer to have my mind made up before I get to intern year. Some SHOs just float around for years, I'd like to have some idea where I want to go.

Edited at 2008-01-14 07:35 pm (UTC)
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Platinum Pair: ♥scoradh on January 14th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Infant distress isn't necessarily required, considering this is the 'too posh to push' generation. But at least in this case it was breech, and obstetrians won't even try to deliver that way. It was probably vernix, so. I actually haven't done paeds yet (although I have done pharm and it still doesn't mean I know all the drugs they're prating about).

Hello back, lovely to hear you liked my story! And congrats - was it a boy or a girl? (Today's was a girl - Holly.)
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(no subject) - scoradh on January 19th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Margravine Palavar: Bow Margravinemargravine on January 14th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
I suspect I'd react about the same way. Childbirth does kinda seem like on of nature's little jokes, doesn't it?
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Kitties: in ur quantum box... maybescoradh on January 19th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
When I witness a natural childbirth, I'll get back to you. (Didn't Metratron say that in Dogma? Or was he referring to sex?)
LOL, SCONE: nagase Örolling_scone on January 14th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
...there are at least two words there that I haven't even heard of before. D:

you're too smart. >.>
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Cinderellascoradh on January 19th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Medicine is like learning a new language.

It's called 'jargon'.

We use it to impress patients. =D
Dr Leezard: Fry/Laurie: yaye!lizardspots on January 14th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
I have yet to do Obs and Gobs (TM), so will report back and compare notes to this experience of yours! :D And I agree, it's good to have a career choice in mind at this stage. Glad to hear you weren't scared away from hospitals like I was!!

Also, is it just me or are GI docs very angry? Like, all the time? This was my experience in London, LOL.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Twins playing keyboardscoradh on January 19th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
Do! (And I've stolen your cunning nickname, much to the amusement of my friends.) I haven't done it yet either - it's just the hospital is so small obs is squashed in with general.

Were you? Oh noes! One of my friends felt the same, and she ended up quitting. I love the buzz. The endless standing? Not so much.

I've only met one - he keeps making fun of the other doctors. Does that count? I'll keep you posted! (Subject for a study, perhaps?)
ex_ella_bane358 on January 14th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
(pod casing? amniotic fluid?) I call it the cheese. Ha!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: ASS: landscape scenescoradh on January 19th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
Apt! It made me think of smegma. >.>
oh, make it non-alcoholic, I'm trying to clotort on January 14th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
Just remember, the anaesthetist is the one who gets called at 4am post-operatively when the pt's pain or nausea is not controlled.
Then again, the surgeon gets called at all other times.
Unless they have a clinician working with them....

I'd go with the histopathologist.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Medieval - seeing someonescoradh on January 19th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
This is true. The place I'm at, they've taken over ICU and all.

I think so too. Cells are pretty.
anabellhenryanabellhenry on January 15th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
I had a PCP, GP, family doctor (don't know what you call them there) - he was absolutely the most fun doctor. Sweet and nice, but with a Sopranos accent and manner. Dead smart- the guy got it right 100 out of 99 times, you know? Anyway, he was bored to tears doing general practice, so he became a cardiologist. Loves it. Says it keeps him challenged and engaged. No two cases are the same and - here he blushed, and I never thought to see that - he feels slightly heroic from time to time.

So... are you Harry, Draco, Ron, Neville, Hermione, Luna, etc.? Decide who you are and the specialty should be easy. I would think the Anesthetist would not match your personality, but I only know you from this page. Well, I have a good idea about your sense of humor and pathos from your work. But... good luck and not to be a pest, just an enthusiastic fan: I can hardly wait for more Albus and Scorpius.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: SGA: little team on the prairiescoradh on January 19th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
GP is what we call 'em, although family medicine is creeping in because we use so much American literature. I already know I'd eat my toes rather than be a GP. It sounds so lonely. In the hospitals you mix with all sorts of people, from porters to nurses to admin to patients (duh). I like the buzz, man!

I am very good with people. (Does that sound conceited? It does. Because it is.) I can put on an act like you wouldn't believe. I find it easy. I'm amazed that others find it hard. After two weeks I've already made friends with four SHOs, two porters, a couple of nurses and a doctor. My friends don't seem to be interested, or able, to bond. It's totally superficial, but whatevs.

I just liked the anaesthetic department in this particular hospital, I think. It was small and jolly. I honestly wouldn't have the maths skills to be one.

AS/S winging your way RIGHT NOW!
Rose Wood: actor [gaspard 2] quirkyrozillla on January 15th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
Oh child birth is hilarious. While one of my bffs was having her kid she had the pleasure of having her two bffs (myself and friend) there the whole time cracking jokes.
How weird is it when the baby comes out all purple? And was it a boy? Dear god. a babies balls are huge. xD
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: SGA: armed and dangerousscoradh on January 19th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Wow, I bet she loved you guys after that. ;P

I NOE RITE. Plus, all squishy.

It was a girl - so, really? OMG. I hope a get a boy next time. That sounds truly lolworthy.
(no subject) - rozillla on January 20th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC) (Expand)
Jo: kirara blinkinganimeartistjo on January 15th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Oooo~ Look at all the pretty, foreign words!

I love your med school posts, BTW. It's like getting glimpses of a different world I'm destined to see only from the patient's perspective. ^_________^

Note: this comes from a second year English major XD

Question? The only births I've seen are all on video. Do soon-to-be mothers really look like that? O.o
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Sleeping Beautyscoradh on January 19th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
I love your med school posts,

I'm glad! I often wonder is it as far removed from reality as I think it is. Then I try to explain something medical to a non-medic, with their 'BZUH?' faces, and think: yes. It is.

Like what, exactly? Remember these were C-sections - no pushing and grunting involved.
Sereniaserenia on January 15th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
I'm really hoping for a natural birth! I've seen videos of both, but I want to try things without an epidural - those needles look scary! Also, I think Lachlan would faint or run away if I was having a Caesarean. He can't even watch medical stuff on TV, the wuss.

11 days until she's due, and I wouldn't mind if she came early.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: KFCscoradh on January 19th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Go for it. I'm not saying Cs aren't good in emergencies, but they're a hugely unnatural way of giving birth. And think: an IV drip, two needles into your back, not to mention all the sawing and cutting and maybe I should stop now, right?

If you do have one, though, the guy sits near your head behind the curtain. He won't see a thing bar the baby, when the nurse carries it over.

Good luck!!
(no subject) - serenia on January 20th, 2008 07:15 am (UTC) (Expand)