Well, surgery is officially over. And I am exhausted.
It didn’t really get better. I was still doing ward jobs all day and staying late even though not much was being achieved.
I feel like I haven’t used my brain at all these past 4 weeks. And that’s annoying.
So I am relieved it’s over. But I am concerned for my future years as a house officer when I have to do surgical rotations. My own house officer on this rotation was flustered 90% of the time, and complaining 98% of the time about her job. She would stay later than me and achieve pretty much nothing as well. No patients discharged, scans and tests ordered but not carried out, and an endless amount of paperwork to do.
She also said she hasn’t used her diagnostic skills in the whole time she has been on this rotation. Sigh. Not looking forward to this in the coming years.
I will say that my registrar and my consultants are amazingly nice people. One of my consultants, while I didn’t manage to see him a lot, he was more than happy to talk to me whenever I approached him, even if he were in a great rush. He was happy to do my report and my reference (all 3 required references done! Woohoo now I can relax).
My other consultant also offered to do any assessments I required for me, and thanked me multiple times for my hard work. Though I’m trying to figure out what exactly that was.
And my registrar was the loveliest person in the world who never got tired of answering questions, teaching, making jokes and just being supportive.
While the overall rotation was tiring and annoying, I am so grateful to the people on the team for making it bearable.
Now. Onto ED. Time to turn my brain back on!!