Same here. I thought I would be squeamish during the anatomy lab section of my summer program. My group was a bit standoffish at the beginning, but by the end of the first 3 hours, elbow deep in the cadaver, we were making plans for lunch. Anatomy lab always made me sooooo hungary You should be fine...don't stress about it.RunMimi said:I thought I might be too. But I conduct animal research now and I'm really fine with it. I knew I was okay when I messing with the aorta and I was really hungry--no affect on my appetite whatsoever. I just got used to it. I think you will too--no worries.
After five minutes in gross lab, the wierdness will wear off. After a half hour you won't even be bothered by anything. After an hour you will start thinking about lunch and saying to yourself, "Tacos would be great."rpkall said:I'm kind of in the same boat. I'm not entirely comfortable watching procedures done or seeing people suffer (especially if there's quite a bit of blood/death). We'll see, I guess. I'm hoping that if I keep subjecting myself to gorish experiences, I'll eventually calm down and get used to them. How many times can you REALLY pass out in surgery before it gets old? Even to your own psyche.
I plan on being totally honest about it, and I'm going to try to shadow A LOT during the first two years. I'm pretty sure I'll eventually desensitize myself and all will be ok.
Have you been embarrassed by passing out in the OR or ER yet? Well if not, you have not been fully initiated yet.beep said:I am super excited to go to school!
But... I am also worried that I will be too tenderhearted or easily grossed out, and won't do procedures well as a result. Can anyone reassure me?
hey you never know which procedure is going to affect you. I actually passed out in the OR, and as I fell to the floor I knocked over their sterile tray. It was a humiliating experience but humbling and let me realize I was human and sometimes it takes something like that to realize yo're not invincible and that sometimes it is the empathetic compassionate doctor who reacts to human pain.durak said:i didn't think the blood and guts stuff would bother me, so i felt pretty stupid when i almost passed out the first time i saw a chest tube being put in on a conscious patient. it didn't help that it was a student doing it for the first time, so she had to jab him quite a few times to get the forceps through the pleura. my hands and feet started tingling...vision started to get blurry and narrow...and before i knew if i was slouched in a chair in the hallway with a nurse asking me if i was ok.
i've seen plenty of surgeries and nasty trauma that never got to me, but for some reason this one really made me queasy. i agree with what was said earlier - it's easier to do than it is to watch.
You say that now. Give yourself eight weeks of digging around, looking for seemingly unimportant structures, memorizing all the names of every body part, only to be asked "what is the embryological origin of this?" on a practical, and then going home to eat a sandwich at which point you realize your hands smell like formalin and phenol and you lose your appetite. After that, you'll be singing about the day that the lab is over.samboo said:Anatomy Lab...bring it!
awesome, i can't wait to have an equally memorable lab momentFirebird said:You say that now. Give yourself eight weeks of digging around, looking for seemingly unimportant structures, memorizing all the names of every body part, only to be asked "what is the embryological origin of this?" on a practical, and then going home to eat a sandwich at which point you realize your hands smell like formalin and phenol and you lose your appetite. After that, you'll be singing about the day that the lab is over.
Oh yeah...the smell...it gets so old.
Anyway, my favorite lab moment for our group:
Dr. Z: Hey did you guys do the dissection of the nasal cartilages?
Dr. Z: Well?
Me: Um, no we cut it off.
Dr. Z then walks off shaking his head.
I should add another story. But this only occurred with me and one other person in my group.Psycho Doctor said:awesome, i can't wait to have an equally memorable lab moment
Well, if i do pass out, it'll be today. First day of gen surgery shadowing.Psycho Doctor said:Have you been embarrassed by passing out in the OR or ER yet? Well if not, you have not been fully initiated yet.