Friday, May 28, 2010

Time Flies

I'm still crazy about my subinternship. It really does make the time fly when you're having a great time. I love what I'm doing at work every day. I might not alwaays love getting up at 4:30, don't always love the beautiful way my ankles swell when I am on my feet for 14 hours, and don't live for the bad outcomes that seem inevitable on this service, but I know now more than ever that I want to do this. And that counts for a lot!

So what have I been up to? I've gotten to do a lot! A couple of weeks ago I got to do an amniocentesis, the procedure where a needle is inserted into a pregnant woman's uterus and amniotic fluid is removed for evaluation. An amnio! Me! I was excited. I've been in surgery, and happily have retained my knot tying skills. I've seen lots of forceps deliveries, and now have a new greatest fear for my own delivery.

And now I feel like I'm on cruise control. I had the whole weekend off, which after the 24 hour call last weekend was greatly appreciated! And since tomorrow is technically a holiday, there are no scheduled procedures or anything of that sort. My resident is having me come in at 7am instead of the usual 5 and told me that if there's nothing interesting for me to see I can go home. This is my last week on this service, and though I'll miss it, particularly the patients I've been taking care of for the last month, I'm also happy to have some rest.

We get to see the kiddo this Friday and we're looking forward to it. If my growing gut is any indication, she's definitely a lot bigger. J has the week off to get the house ready for her, and I'm pumped to be able to set things up in her room instead of continuing to make many, many piles. One of these days I'll post an ultrasound picture of the little bug.

But it'll be sweeter to have a picture once she's here!


medicine girl said...

Sounds like you're in a great program if you've seen lots of forceps deliveries. A New Yorker article by Atul Gawande convinced me that it's a shame many OB residents no longer learn to use forceps. Sounds like it's a tough but worthy skill to learn to safely prevent some C-sections. It's a long article, but definitely worth a read if you're going into OB: