Ever since working with my mentor (a pediatric surgeon) last summer, everytime I wash my hands, I soap up almost all the way to my elbows, and work hard to scrub under my finger nails. I’m a loser.
Late Night Rambles.
Sometimes my imagination takes me to weird places. Today I was writing a paper on fitness of sperm being dependent on their conjugation abilities and morphology. Then I ended up with the idea of a semen royale, and then an iphone app where it will tell you whos a stronger man according to their reproductive fitness. I’m sure my professor won’t enjoy my paper very much..
The Parotid Tumor at a Cafe.
So I came to study at a cafe with one of my best friends and his girlfriend to study for the night (yes, I was third wheeling it). Anyways, during our study session I noticed a man sitting in one of the booths with an unusual growth on the side of his face. It was significantly noticeable and I pointed it out to my friend. I know it’s rude to stare and point… but I wasn’t doing...
Emergency Room... embarrassed
Doctor: Eric, have you ever removed stitches before?
Me: (Nervous) No..
Doctor: Well you get to try today!
(Inside patient's room)
Doctor: This is Mr.A, he's a regular here.
(Introduces me to a 90 year old patient in a wheel chair)
Doctor: Mr. A, this is our student who will be removing your stitches today
Mr. A: No response
Doctor: (Shows me how to remove stitches)
Me: (I began to remove 9 stitches from patients arm)
Mr. A: *SCREAMS* MY SKIN MY SKIN!
Me: (freaks out and drop the scissors and tweezers)
Mr. A: *starts laughing*
Doctor: Stop doing that to all my nice students!
Know what motivates you. There are going to be terrible endless days of torture. It might be brought upon you by your photography professors, your apartment parties the night before your midterm, or other simple stupid things. But taking the time reevaluating why you are doing this, what drives you, goes a long way. Breathe, it’ll be all alright.
Emergency Room.. shameless
Doctor: So.. What's going on.
Patient: I've been having problems peeing, it burns.
Me: *getting urine sampling set ready*
Doctor: Is there any chance that you might have STDs? How many sexual partners have you had since the burning started.
Patient: Yeaup, I'm not sure.. *starts taking off his pants*
Doctor: whoa whoa! wait a minute what are you doing.
Patient: I figured I would have to have you look at it anyways.
Doctor: I guess...
Patient: *takes off his pants, has a really really really big... you know*
Doctor & Me: ..speechless..
Patient: *smiles and nods* YEAUP.
Just a Quick Thought..
A friend told me… It’s not important to tell people what you’re doing.. rather show them why you’re doing it. Don’t get so obsessed with filling in your resume and working to make yourself a good candidate for med school. Rather find the few things that you can truly say you are passionate about, and pour all your energy and heart into it. That’s what it is...