So my rotation group finally got our assignments! I’m in the smallest group, so I’ll be with just 1 other student – and the two of us are starting on Surgery.
I’m.. actually super excited about this. I get to get Surgery over with right away! Every other rotation will seem easier by comparison! Merry Christmas to me!
And yeah, I know you’re supposed to keep an open mind about specialties, but guys – I faint whenever my blood pressure drops 5 points. I have the worst vagus nerve in the history of crummy vagus nerves.
(And yes, I have tried shifting my weight around, tightening and releasing my calf muscles, bending my knees, and drinking lots of water.) (Though I am considering begging my internist for salt pills.)
Still, no matter what I do, just putting on the surgical mask makes me feel like I’m struggling to breathe, then the extra layer of the surgical gown + hot OR lights make me feel light-headed, and next thing I know? I’m backing away from the table and crumpling into a ball of autonomic failure.
So I feel it’s safe to say, somewhat conclusively, that surgery is not for me.
(Technically speaking, all of this IS actually due to a medical diagnosis by my cardiologist. But it ends in “syndrome” and is a diagnosis of exclusion, so it basically doesn’t count.)
But, right, back to my point: Thank god this rotation is first. I have all of winter break to study my ass off so that “excellent fund of knowledge” has a chance to cancel out “This student upstages the patient in dramatic hypotension and then the scrub nurse has to leave to take care of her, so I hate your school and everything you stand for“ and equal out to a “Low Pass“.
… So. Any suggestions for textbooks?