Originally Posted by krabmas
I am just finishing up Vascular surgery and thinking the same thing that q3 and q4 30 hour shifts are just not fun or exciting anymore. The first night it was sort of exciting but that was 2 months ago on Medicine. Next is Gen surg. I think I want another month of vascular. The stuff in the abdomen is pretty gross - and people ask why feet?
I was just thinking about this 30 hour thing. I keep telling people that we take home call for podiatry but for at least 6 months of the 3 years we are doing q3 or q4 30 hour shifts. Still better than doing it for 5 years though.
As for exciting stories - I was sewing a dehissence of a fem-pop bypass bedside w/ a subcutanious reverse GSV graft. And the patient decided to become nauseous and drop his O2 sats and gasp for air - real fun times.
You probably thought I was gonna say that I pierced the graft and the patient exsanguanated.
I'm on vascular next and looking forward to it. As for today, I began another 30 hour marathon at 5AM!