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26 May 2009

Dem Bones, Dem Bones...

So, I continue on the night ortho service. It was quite a week back following my wonderful time in New Orleans. I can't even begin to list all of the injuries I have seen so far, but suffice it to say that I have told my husband he's not allowed to pick up any powertools, chainsaws, table saws or use a lawnmower. He's not allowed to ride on a bike, in a car, or on a motorcycle. He's definitely not allowed on a horse. And, he can't go up or down any stairs, any ladders, and under no circumstances is he allowed up on the roof. Seriously, the world doesn't seem very dangerous until you're up all night tending to people's injuries.

Of course, I haven't even begun to list injuries caused by other people... gunshots and stabbings, assaults with hammers, baseball bats, and other metal objects.

I have had a lot of fun, for some odd reason, with amputations. I took off someone's finger this evening and then sewed their hand back together after an encounter they had with a table saw. I had another gentleman on Friday who caught his hand between a chain and the tailgate of a dump truck. It took me almost 2 hours to make his finger look like a finger again. Maybe it's the surgeon in me that keeps popping up. I get a lot of satisfaction in seeing something put back together and knowing that they are going to have a good result.

I have one more week left on this service then I start my elective. For anyone actually reading this, I am going to leave it as a surprise. Let's just say I will probably be doing some cutting... off to go do morning rounds... maybe if I figure out how to post from my iphone I will send tidbits during the next several shifts. It's hard to post because most nights I am too busy, and I spend 7 out of my 10 hours off between shifts sleeping. We'll see if the experiment works. Until then!


Donna said...

Since my husband and I ride a motorcycle, I'm glad to know there are people like you standing by in case... well, you know.

Julie said...

I know what you mean. I look at everything and can see the potential injury results that could happen. Drove my children nuts, LOL. Can't wait to see what you chose next. My doc always loved cutting also. She always hums under her breath while she cuts off skin cancers from me. Glad to make her happy, grin.

a corgi said...

Surgery for your elective?? I know its not OB/GYN (LOL). Whatever it is, I'm sure it will be exciting and challenging and full of stories to share.

Thank God there are so many great technologies out there that you can use to fix the bones, etc with all the accidents waiting to happen. Imagine how it would have been to doctor in the "old days" when these things were available. That would be something to spend some time thinking about for sure!