I woke up at Dark O’Clock and downed some coffee before shuffling off dejectedly to the OR. And I stood politely off to the side for about an hour while Events Unfolded and the decision was finally made to cancel the case.
I can’t even begin to describe how I felt walking home.
The best part is that cancelling the case was the best possible outcome for the patient, so I don’t even have to feel guilty.
Now I just have ED call tonight and tomorrow – and then Nightmare Week is over!
This is the best day ever.
Congratulations! Did you feel like a giddy little kid who just found out they got a snow day? 🙂 By the way, I’m really enjoying your blog. Not only is it highly entertaining, I’m digging all the A&P/academic help and commentary too.
Yes, it was totally a snow-day! Don’t listen to anyone who tells you they can’t happen as a grown-up! 🙂
Thanks so much! I feel like I should put some more A&P stuff in here if people are digging it, haha.
I’m glad it was in the best interest of the patient, but weren’t you just a little annoyed at having to get up so early for nothing? Sleeping late is my favourite activity ever.
Hah, yup. Normally I would’ve been – but I sort of over-caffeinated myself to get mentally and emotionally ready for the surgery, so I was in a gung-ho sort of mood.
So instead of going back to sleep, I went to the clinic and did all the work I was supposed to do TOMORROW morning.
And now I get to sleep in tomorrow morning! 🙂 So it all worked out in a pretty awesome way.
Too clever! Enjoy sleeping in tomorrow morning 😉
I love that feeling!
That’s about how much I loved my surgery rotation, too.