It is Top Ten Tuesday day, but given that I can’t even keep up with the books released years ago and the list is the top ten 2014 releases I am looking forward to, I feel that it is pointless to try to do it.
So, I present to you last-day-of-rotation-Tuesday Tuesday.
Yes, I feel like the two Tuesdays in the title are necessary.
What that means, I don’t know.
I will, however say that these past four weeks, I have learned that I can learn about Infectious Diseases. The learning curve is huge and that is pretty cool.
Also, I realized this week that it wasn’t me lecturing my husband about the importance of the flu shot, me telling him that we have a few people I was following on ID with the flu or even the TV reports of deaths from the flu in another province to convince him to get a flu shot. It was… Drumroll please… His barber. True story. There is a man chopping hair who is doing his part to promote public health. That is awesome.
Seriously, he went to get a haircut and got a flu shot that I have been semi-nagging about for months on the way home. Pretty awesome. Now if only I can get him to make an appointment with our doctor to get his TDaP and MMR updated. If only.
I also learned last week that (disgusting fact) tampons cause toxic shock syndrome by acting as a physiologic abscess. ICK. Thank goodness they sorted out which materials promoted bacterial growth and that high absorbency tampons were the main culprits back in the 80s before I really considered this an important issue.
Oh, and that toxic shock syndrome can occur not in women and not in tampon use. Okay, I did know that, but I never really thought about it that much or considered it as a high level differential until this rotation.
On to Neurology tomorrow. Yet another rotation that makes me nervous due to my sheer ignorance. I can do brain tumours. Everything else is going to be a bit sketchy until I can read and see a few cases. Thank goodness for lots of references, good staff and basic medical knowledge.
I had a friend in med school who was awesome at neuro… So awesome that she plans to do it for a living one day. I wish she was here to tell me what to do.
I sense another giant learning curve about to start.
Only 6 off-service rotations to go…