The week has passed by quickly. So fast that we didn't realize we had finished our rotation in one area at the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department. So fast we're yet again done with our second shift.
I have planned on writing a daily log, as written on my short post, however, the time I'm left after all the works and duty is a little short, I'd rather sleep through it.
Anyway, I'm trying to write some entries whenever I have some time to spare.
So for our first week of rotation, I was assigned at the Labor room/Delivery room/Operating Room of the OB-GYN department.
We hoped to catch some babies in the delivery room via normal spontaneous delivery (NSVD), however, due to the pandemic, how things normally go isn't the way it is anymore. Before the pandemic, they say that the LR/DR duty is the very toxic one. Pregnant mommies coming in and leaving with their trophies (babies hehe), non-stop. Now that it's pandemic, some protocols has to be followed. The mother should have her swab test negative before getting admitted to the hospital, else they will be sent to the hospital's holding area where patients have COVID-19 status still unknown. And by the time their swab result has arrived, their babies have already arrived as well. So, we didn't had the chance to assist in their deliveries.
Although we weren't able to catch some babies via normal vaginal delivery, we were able to assist on the Operating room for some procedures.
I had the opportunity to assist in a case of a 60 year old woman with mass on the uterus. We removed her entire uterus and fallopian tube in a procedure called TAHBSO (Total Abdominal Hysterectomy- Bilateral Salpingoophorectomy). The uterus and fallopian tube, as we have learned in our Science in elementary are a part of the woman's reproductive system. I don't wanna get so technical here so Imma leave you with that information.
The procedure lasted almost 4 hours. 4 hours of standing, retracting, suctioning, and cutting. Along the way, the doctors throw in some questions for me, some of which I couldn't answer. Although it was tiring, it was a great opportunity for learning and skills improvement.
I have also witnessed a procedure called Hysteroscopic Polypectomy, where a small camera called hysteroscope is inserted through the vagina and into the uterus to visualize for the cause of abnormal bleeding. While polypectomy is the removal of the polyps seen.
Although I wasn't able to do the procedure myself, I have learned a lot while observing it happens.
As a locked-down medical clerks and google docs for almost 1 year, I don't know how to go about our duty. Thankfully the resident doctors and nurses were accommodating and understanding. They helped and guided us in every step of the way. I had my first ever IV insertion a success in one go, thanks to the midwife who assisted me and encouraged me do the procedure.
I commend all the staff, nurses, and midwife, for their passion and well trained hands in doing procedures I thought I wouldn't get to do at all.
As I have replied in one of the comments at noise during the start of April, "Conquer this month", I could safely say that I have conquered. I conquered my first ever IV insertion, conquered first ever OR assist, conquered my anxiety, and conquered my overthinking, and to just go with the flow!
It's nearly end of the month, and I'd say still, CONQUER IT ALL!
Love you, ten thousand! 💕