Well, almost done with my first week in OB/GYN. The first day we were on gynecological duty, so we were seeing patients in the hospital for ovarian cysts, pyelonephritis, etc. However, we did assist on two C-sections and I got to observe a vaginal delivery. It feels very odd to see a family react to a "birth" in scrubs while surgery is still technically taking place (suturing everything up, still have half the environment sterile). The vaginal delivery setting makes a lot more sense - the delivery I saw only took about 40 minutes too so that was a pretty quick delivery. Watching the men is the funniest part because they look terrified and helpless at the same time - after all, it's not like they can relate in any way and they can't really participate in the actual process - she's doing it all herself. Of the two delivery methods, I'd definitely rather do the vaginal one personally (with epidural of course) - it just looks a lot more impressive.
The next time I was in the hospital we were rounding on patients and doing a lot of gynecological surgeries so several hysterectomies and salpingo-oophorectomies (tube/ovary removal). Not the prettiest of surgeries...especially when they do a hysterectomy through the vagina. Before heading into this rotation, I had no idea that OB/GYN doctors do so much surgery. Anyway, tonight we are on-call from 7:30pm to 7:30am, so I best be getting off to that - should be interesting. I like night time, and I'm packing an energy drink - I hear there will be many deliveries. I will post about it next time I have a spare moment!
In other news though, I got my loan disbursement, so money is not a problem for a little while. I emailed my school contact about year 4 rotations and I am still studying for the boards - Feb 4.