Monday, May 4, 2009

My Sx (surgery) Day!

So today i was  pleasantly surprised that i would be riding along with the doc. I usually only ride along on Tuesdays and Thursdays but one of the docs needed a hand. The first stop was out on a farm call, a float (grind down sharp point of the teeth so that the horse doesn't get ulcers on the inside of the mouth wall) and spring vaccinations (i gave 2 of them, i am becoming more comfortable with needles quickly). The next apt was a surgery. I have watched quite a few surgeries since i have been employed with the vet clinic, and have had no problems. I was not worried about being a part of this one, in fact i was quite excited that it would only be the doc and i so that i could be more apart of the surgery. our patient was an 8 day old colt-very small. we put him under and started into the procedure (he had a hole in his bladder and needed it to be stitched). The doc cut away the remaining part of the umbelical cord, leaving about 1"x 1" hole in the stomach, he brought the small part of the bladder where the hole was up (it was leaking lots of you know what). I held a lot of the tools while he sticked up the small hole. Intestine would occasionally try to pop out but the doc would just poke them back in. I found it all to be quite interesting....until he started stitching the stomach lining back together...the most un-gross part of the whole procedure! And then i started to feel light headed and sick to my stomach. After finding out that the doc was at a point where i was'nt needed for holding items, i told him i was taking a walk right NOW! i got out the door and around the corner and.....i remember i was on my hands and knees somehow and was trying to drag myself back up. I don't remember falling but i do remember trying to get back up, wiping my knees off, going into the clinic and sitting down. Apparently i was talking to myself because the receptionist told me she could hear me very well and that she was busy. The doc said i was'nt gone for very long but i thought i had take a good 10 min. I helped him finish up and cleaned up the surgery room though! Atta Girl, Right!! I had to tell everyone about it though because i have never passed out before:)