That being said, I want to share a bit of my day yesterday. Like I said in another post, this week is a little crazy with a ton of random meetings/appointments/obligations. Even in all the busyness I've been trying to go to the gym because I know my physical health contributes to my mental health and performance. I did a quick circuit targeting chest & calves and then hopped on the treadmill for an incline workout.
My random appointment yesterday was with my dentist and I'm happy to say I'm cavity-free for yet another year!! Woo hoo!!
Only downside is that my wisdom teeth are half-erupted which puts me at risk of nasty infections back there (boooo). I'm going to be having a consult with a dental surgeon to talk about getting these little puppies removed! I actually love going to the dentist...love it! Many positive experiences as a child and I probably have the best dentist in the world. Besides, who doesn't love getting a free toothbrush and floss as a reward for taking care of your teeth?
During lecture I received an email from my preceptor's admin assistant asking if I wanted to come see a rare(ish) procedure taking place later in the day...
Because of patient confidentiality I can't give details of the procedure that took place. So instead I'm reflecting on some lessons I learned from the experience:
- Cutting, cauterizing, and suturing are like an art and the tissues/structures of the body are like different forms of media in that they react uniquely to what you do. Yes, that means I got to cut, cauterize and suture. It was amazing!
- When another resident is suturing, make sure you keep your eye on the needle...otherwise it may come VERY close to your face.
- Speaking of the face, eye protection is pretty important when you're dealing with a high-pressure system (aka the heart and surrounding vessels...some of them squirt!)
- Also on the same note, always check your face before leaving the OR. You don't want unwanted stares from the public for presents left behind on your forehead.
- Patience is truly a virtue especially when waiting for blood to clot.
- If your preceptor tells you to hold an instrument, do not move it until they tell you to!
- If the surgery ends in the wee hours of the morning take a cab back to your place, even if you live a few blocks away. It's better to shove out an extra $5 for safety.
- The heart is AMAZING...but you already knew that ;)
It was a bit of a struggle pulling myself out of bed this morning and I can tell my energy is low. My body is actually craving high-fat foods like peanut butter and avocado. I've succombed to those cravings, making an avocado/lemon smoothie which turned out to be delicious. I had my doubts but the lemon juice really smoothes out the avocado taste...and the avocado makes the it oh-so-creamy!
Avocado Lemon Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 small/medium avocado
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup milk (I used soy)
- 1 Tbsp lemon
- 1/4 cup yogurt (I used plain)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
Blend all ingredients on until smooth. If you want increased thickness, add 1/2 tsp xanthan gum. Enjoy!