Hello blog world I realize I’ve been off for most of December but I was in ”study mania” during finals and then our family just got back from vacation to the great state of Texas. I have so much catching up to do that I made a list. Now that I’m on break I’ll spread out my blogs a bit so I don’t overwhelm you all too much.
In this blog I’ll mention my exciting time during my OR observation which happened at the beginning of December. The patient was scheduled to have a laminectomy and discectomy for lumbar stenosis on the L5 region of the back. The exciting thing about this experience was the fact that I knew the circulating nurse and specifically she requested that I follow her throughout my observation time. I felt so excited to be asked to come back to see my friend, with her 20 years of experience, in her element.
The patient was wheeled in awake and talking and then the anesthesia doctor did his thing and the patient was out within minutes. The nurses, techs, doctor, and PA helped to flip the patient over on his tummy and prepared for surgery. I was asked to step on a step-stool at the head of the patient so I could have a better view. The anesthesiologist asked that if I felt woozy to fall backwards and he would catch me but not to fall forwards because I’d land on the patient. I saw bone flying and just tried to not think of what was happening on a personal level but rather just stay in the moment which helped.
Another thrilling this was that the ortho doc asked me to come opposite of him on the patients other side, gown up, and come share his double microscope to view what he was doing. I felt honored and excited, even my nurse friend seemed shocked that I was asked to view the procedure. The doc showed me the spine under the microscope and pushed it around like it was a rubber band. After he removed some stenosis he asked if I could see better blood flow and I agreed wholeheartedly that I could, even if I didn’t know for sure what I was seeing.
Ultimately the procedure only took about 2.5 hours including the pre and post op times. While my experience was a positive one, the atmosphere was cold and formal and I don’t think the OR is the place for me because I love interacting way too much with the patients.