Wednesday, April 20, 2011

While my classmates were watching a video of a birth in class, I was watching one live in the L&D

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!

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