Between all the mandatory classes we have had this block and me getting sick, I finally found some time to go shadow in L&D (labor & delivery). If I had to sum up my day in one word it would be WOW.
Have you ever had the feeling that you were being pulled in a certain direction? Today I just couldn't help but notice all of the signs drawing me into pursuing OB/Gyn. I know it's sort of "superstitious" of me, but when I notice things, I listen to my gut!
Sign #1: What could have been a totally awkward, embarrassing situation (me thinking an attending was a resident and asking her what year she was) actually turned out to be a funny one, because the attending just laughed and took it as a compliment! I felt so comfortable in L&D, mostly because all of the attendings, residents, nurses, etc were SO NICE! The attending I was working with for the day is a wonderful teacher who is very patient, and she shares a lot of the same philosophies I do on giving compassionate patient care and teamwork with colleagues.
Sign #2: There were a bunch of pics up in the resident lounge of kids/pets etc, and there was a picture of a cat that looked JUST like Zoey! HA!
Sign #3: I saw my very first live vaginal delivery and the baby girl weighed the exact amount I did when I was born down to the ounce! (I won't say the number to leave out identifying info just in case)
Anyway, WOW what a day! Watching the birth was incredible. I wanted to cry just seeing how happy the family was. What would it be like to see that every day at work? What an amazing job to have! Also as a side note, I did not pass out today, thank you very much (lol). I even got my first glimpse in the OR at a procedure that I had never heard of (its rare). I had no idea what I was looking at on the ultrasound monitor, but it was cool nonetheless just getting a feel for the OR!
Overall, I had a great day, and even though I spent 8 hours there, time flew by. I can't wait to go back soon!