Friday, April 11, 2008

The OR

There is very little that compares to a good OR day. The one where every patient is thin, all of the instruments work without needing to jigger this-n-that, the anatomy is normal, and the patient has a virgin belly. You have your CD player going, you are running on time, and the conversation between the nurses, CRNA, assist, and me are teasing in nature. It is honestly a hell of a lot of fun, although it can be physically draining. And if everything goes right, the patient improves quickly post-operatively and feels much better. And THAT'S why we love to operate.

The above paragraph is a dream...most patients are fluffy (to be polite), the damn bovie machine is acting up again, we're hours behind schedule, I forgot my CDs, and conversation consists of me and the assist swearing because of distorted anatomy and our legs/back/shoulders ache. It's still a lot of fun, even when I'm bitching and moaning about why I hate vaginal surgery.

My OR day this week was more like the second day...it beat me up! But I'm still operating tomorrow...

6 comments:

rlbates said...

Hope you had a great day in the OR! or at least a good one.

ER's Mom said...

I hope so...primary section, virgin belly, thin patient. Should go well, even if I have to do it on a Saturday. :(

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Thank you so much!

dr. whoo? said...

Hope the section went well! I had a whopper of one this morning (320 lbs,) but seemed to go ok.

ER's Mom said...

I ended up doing 3 sections in 9 hours. Nobody was very happy with me: my husband, L&D staff, and least of all anesthesia. :) And I was inducing a pre-eclamptic on top of that. Smaller hospitals do not like doing that stuff on the weekend.

There's a reason why my nickname on L&D is "Mischief and Mayhem". :D