Got up and went in to pre-round. Pre-rounded. Wrote my two cards worth of patients down, did the math, got the labs. Presented to K, but it was barely into the Infant unit before we had to go to PBL.
I talked in PBL, bright and early in the morning, about hernias. I didn't have to be prompted. I avoided being asked about the types of hernias or their repairs, which I don't actually know well enough to describe to Dr. G. Was not teased except about eating Reeses' Pieces for breakfast. "Your mother would just die."
Came back immediately after PBL and went to my exam. amasashi, this update is just for you :). We were given a link to a set of 19 questions by Kara, who was in peds surg last month, with the admonition that they were the first 19 questions on the exam. Studied them thoroughly.
The exam turned out to be 32 questions - 19 that we knew, 11 that we didn't, and 2 essay questions. All in all not that bad. I liked the essay questions, of a "what would you do for this situation" type. I liked the questions I didn't know; I could answer them with a degree of confidence. And today, overall, has been miraculous for my confidence.
We got new interns today. Goodbye to LG and R and J and M and J2 and A. Hello to TJ and S and M and one we won't meet. And Dr. C is on vacation, so K leads the team. And K has the personality of a neurotic jackrabbit on meth. They call her "the Hummingbird" because she's that fast. And TJ is from Japan and M is kind of shy and from somewhere in Africa, and S wasn't in morning rounds, and she's rattling off orders at them as fast as lightning, and we - the medical students - were writing intern notes and taking instructions and generally being all interny because we knew what was going on and the interns didn't. It was cool.
So I typed up my H&P and I wrote my notes and I made a taco salad and I made a few phone calls and I generally had a busy morning up until around 1400. I even figured out how to run puTTY without installing it, which meant I could login illicitly to Arcana and chat with Angel. And then there was nothing to do, and then S asked if we always sat around and chatted, and we said no, usually we were in rounds by now. And he asked if we could do a favour. And Andy did a favour that involved going and getting info on a kid. And I paged TJ (who, incidentally, is from Japan, Angel. And he says I need to go to Okinawa because it's beautiful) and asked if I could help him out.
Oh, can I ever. I love being Useful. Great. Go see this kid in Newborn and see whether he's fit to be circumcised. Yes, sir. So I saw the kid and I jotted down the info and I handed it to TJ and asked what else I could do for him.
Can you find this child? We know the kid's last name, but not how it's spelt. We know that he's supposed to arrive from another city about noon. We know he's going to get a nuclear medicine scan. That's all we know. Can I? Sure. I can find anything. And I did, trucking down to Nuclear Medicine to ask the nurse. "He's right there."
Came back, looked up labs, made myself Useful, and split at 1700. Now pondering breaking out the PSX and playing a bit of Frogger. I think I will.