Saturday, September 5, 2009

Fun Procedures and One Bad Story

I'll start with my good story. On Wednesday there was a guy coming in for skin tag removal. I asked Dr. M if I could help and she of course said yes. So he comes in, and there are 25 skin tags to remove in his armpit and side area. We walk out of the room to go draw up the anesthetic and she asks if I want to go get started while she sees another patient. My first reaction "You want me to poke a needle into this man a million times while you're in another room? Hell no." So I went in the room to start cleaning the site up..and then waited, and waited for Dr. M to come in. Well, she took too long, so I decided this couldn't be THAT hard. Besides I've anesthetized plenty of times 5 or 6 times. So I started numbing the guy up...and I did a good job. She came in the room and was like "oh you did get started?" So she took one skin tag off to show me how to do it. It's pretty easy. In fact, this is something you could do at home. You take a pick ups (medical version of tweezers)..pick up the skin tag, and take a scissors and cut it off at the base. The ones I numbed up didn't really hurt, but some of the smaller ones which couldn't be numbed he flinched at. I have to say that it's really hard to continue doing a procedure that I know is hurting the guy. So after they were all cut off, I applied silver nitrate to stop any bleeding..and he was ready to go on his way...25 skin tags less.

Delivering a placenta. Have you done this before? I delivered my first one by myself on Tuesday night. I've participated in a lot of deliveries but never have I delivered a placenta. So in case any of you want to know how to do it: you grasp the umbilical cord and gently use traction and pull. All of a sudden the placenta will plop out. Then you have to check the placenta to make sure it is all there and intact. It was awesome! I was a bloody mess.

Ok my bad story- we had a fetal demise at 37 weeks. It was awful. Especially because she was one of our patients who I had been seeing pretty regularly. The screaming and crying from the mother was enough to rip my heart out. I felt so bad for Dr. M as this had been her patient for those 37 weeks. I'd only known her for 3 weeks.

So this upcoming week is my last week in Colorado. I'm really sad about it. Oh well, what can I do?

1 comment:

  1. "Delivering a placenta. Have you done this before?"

    I can honestly say I have not. But now I am prepared, just in case. ;)

    I'm so sorry about the fetal demise, Jenny. That must have been awful to go through, for everyone involved.