The resident took me aside before the procedure. She asked me if I have ever seen a D&E, or dilation and evacuation. I shook my head, it was my first day on the gynecologic surgery service and this D&E would be my second procedure.
“When we remove the fetus, it is going to come out in parts. If you feel yourself getting light-headed or faint, just take care of yourself and sit down or leave.”
Outpatient burn has been a lovely reminder of how good a clinic can feel. The preceptors are warm and welcoming, the techs and nurses are friendly and conversational, and the patients have been the youngest and healthiest lot I have encountered this year (minus the burns that brought them into the clinic, of course).
Kristin Clague Reihman! Kristin is a 47yo physician, healer, and mother. She serves as a coach for students in my medical school program, and that’s how I met her during first year. I’ve been looking forward to this conversation, which we recorded in the room she birthed her fourth child. In this interview, we discuss the death of her mother when she was eighteen, her own near death experience fraught with pain, and how her spirituality is connecting with others.
We found out on Wednesday, the second week of the Surgical Clerkship. Mackenzi took a urine pregnancy test the day before, but the results were inconclusive. I felt like I knew the weekend prior that she was with child. I didn’t tell her, though.
About five appointments into my first day of outpatient ophthalmology, a succession of quick 10min follow-up visits, we walked into her room. She was quickly folding up her hand-held radio and apologizing. She likes to listen while waiting.
Michael Caron! Michael is a 40yo father, coach, and motivator. I met Michael while at a yoga teacher training and we have kept in touch ever since. I chose this time to interview him because of the recent birth of his son, Stadler, who was 1mo old at the time.
We dive deep into one of the hardest months of his life, with the death of a life-long friend as a result of brain cancer and the loss of his matriarch grandmother. He read the eulogy at both services and I’m sure the stories will leave an impression on you, like they did me.
Additionally during this energizing conversation, we discuss his formative years through a semester at sea, the wonder of being a new father while being present for a stepdaughter, and his philosophy on leadership and self-development.
With this weekend, I am finished with my 3wk surgical immersion. Lots of similar surgeries with different twists: thyroid removal, breast lobe removal, bowel surgery, kidney removal. Definitely neat. Felt that I reached diminishing returns by the end of the second week.