(I used to have a huge boner for T.I.)
My personal record of my longest surgery case was 8 hours as of August 2012. However, today, this record has been broken.
This surgery took 15 hours. (Of course, this was after getting only 2 hours of sleep the previous night.) Hour 1-3, I was like - wow, I kind of want to do surgery - it’s so cool. About 6 hours in, I was dozing off (see comment above) and my attending told me to take a 10-minute break (so I popped a caffeine pill and drank it down with a Coke Zero, then I inhaled a slice of old pizza. The boost of calories and caffeine perked me up a bit; I can do this, I thought. “This” being today; “this” being career as a surgeon. I also ran into Dr. DILF which was lovely. That was everything I ate today. I didn’t even use the restroom until I got home. But my badass attendings didn’t even take a break - for 15 hours straight they did not leave the room, go to the bathroom, sit down, eat, or drink. These are sixty year old doctors, folks. By about the 10th hour in, I became pretty sure that I hated surgery.
Anyway, my entire body is sore and I popped an Ambien so I can hurry up and get to sleep so I can wake up at 5 am tomorrow.
Jesus Christ, it has never felt so good to sit!
R: I never knew why this one girl was Black.
Morning texts from Mother.
I dig this.
There was a study published earlier this year that tested ~2000 men who had at least 1 male sexual parter within the prior year in 21 different US cities. It found that ~10% tested positive and nearly 70% of these men did not know. (For perspective: 5% of adults in Sub-Saharan Africa are HIV+.) The CDC has shown that the total number of new HIV infections in the US each year has been steady for nearly 20 years (usually just under 50,000 per year) but the number of young gay men (ages 13-24) who make up this total has been increasing more rapidly in the past few years.
Resident: You know what, I need a ten minute sun break. Let’s go sit outside.
Email from resident.
“Let’s start at 7 am tomorrow instead of 6.”
This bish is not having it.
Guy: Delivering live babies must be amazing.
Me: Yeah, definitely…
Me: … but delivering dead ones isn’t so much fun.
Some tips from the surgical residents about department lectures.
1) Don’t be late.
2) If you are late, don’t bring food or drink.
3) Sit on the right half of the room. The left side is for the attendings only.
4) Don’t answer questions. They’re not meant for you.
5) Surgeons are arrogant. They will argue with each other. A lot.
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
The New York Times, April 20, 1999
How insane is this? You can’t really tell from this picture but the part his left foot is on is completely horizontal.