Thursday, April 29, 2010

It's not like it's brain surgery, or anything

It's been soooooooo long since I wrote! (Oops!)

Anyway, here's the deal: Since last we met (or read, or wrote, or whatever), I have finished my rotation in Psychiatry. There, I learned that we're all a little crazy in our own way--not on the curriculum, but definitely true. Since I was at the VA hospital, I also learned a lot about the military.

Anyway, after that, I left for an extraordinary weekend in North Dakota. Unfortunately, it's quite flat there. Fortunately, there IS something called the "Fargodome", which is pretty awesome in my opinion!! Regardless of that, I did have a pretty good reason to be there.

After I dragged myself onto my flight back to Indy (kicking and screaming, I might add--or might not, as the case may be), my next rotation started off with a bang this Monday. Right now, I'm on the "Neurosensory" clerkship, but what that really means is I'm on the Neurosurgery team, which is pretty awesome, if I do say so. For example, I want you to look this up, and tell me it's not awesome: conscious open craniotomy. They did that, and I was there. Tell me how that isn't awesome. Also, I actually got to assist on two cases today (hooray!).

So, that's my life. Living the dream... :)

And racking up the debt... :(

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Delusions of Granger, err, I mean, Grandeur

The inpatient psych ward is a new experience for me.

Occasionally in life I have (and I imagine other people do too) times when I have to step back, and think to myself, "this is real!" In the sense that, what's happening is not just some story, or a picture, but it's actually happening. My first time flying in an airplane is a good example. Well, in a different sense, I've had some experiences in the hospital (usually the emergency room, with a trauma case or something) where I've had the same thought. Well, I've had that same feeling quite a few times in just the first three days that I've been on the psych ward.

For some reason, it's easy to think about life for everyone as being a lot like mine (i.e. boring, and filled with studying books in my apartment), but in reality--this is the real-life reminder I've been getting--there are a lot of people out there who: spend a lot of time drunk, high, sleep in the street, and wander around with some SERIOUS delusions about life. These are people dealing (or not dealing) with some major problems.

Obviously not everyone there has got it so bad as all that. There's nothing magical or especially terrible about the psych ward (at least not that I am aware of). These aren't "bad" people, or even all that different from anyone else. But they do have some real problems.

Anyway, for me, it's totally unfamiliar, and definitely a learning experience.