ARRGH! All we do is poke our fingers into people's butts, prod their gall bladders, and stay up all night waiting for more butts and gall bladders to come our way. I scrubbed in on surgery today and I got to hold retration! Whopie! I was supposed to be grateful for that! All surgeons should have special ID badges that say: Soon I will be sticking my finger up your butt. Yesterday we did a rigid sigmoidoscopy on an elderly woman. She was deaf, so we couldn't adequately prepare her for what she was about to experience. I had always thought that a sigmoidoscope was a relatively benign device. It is a 40 cm long metal tube, twice as thick as your thumb, and we rammed it up the woman's butt. She was bleeding from a rectal tumor, and there was blood and feces everywhere. The surgeon took a scraping and shoved the smelly sample right in our faces to make sure that we got a good look. Funny, I've been in Surgery only two days now. I was looking forward so much to this rotation, and now I'm just trying to think of ways to fall into a coma for 2 months so it will be over. To think I wanted to be a surgeon at one point! Any comments, advice? Thank you for listening to this rant.