This week has been one of those unsettling weeks where I didn’t feel like I got into a routine. I felt left out of my life, as though it was running off without me and each time I caught up it would run away again. It just didn’t feel right and I hope next week I’ll be able to get back into my groove.
I guess it was because I fell very ill over the weekend and on Monday morning on my way to the Alfred I suddenly felt really nauseous, sweaty and couldn’t breathe so I headed straight to the GP. I had to stay home for 2 days taking antibiotics and suddenly my timetable was out of wack and I had missed out on several tutes and wardrounds. I was on the stroke unit this week and it was really difficult to fit in after missing the first day and then everything else seemed to be 2 steps ahead of me. But I’m much better now; still feeling weak but the nausea and headaches are gone, so I’m happy.
On exciting news, I saw an autopsy this week! The mortuary is a pretty eerie place; it’s like a giant sink slash butcher’s place with the stainless still sinks, scales and wet floors. I had to dress up in gumboots, surgical scrubs, masks and gloves. The technician opens up the body and removes the organs and places them on the table for the pathologist. While the pathologist is scanning through the organs and vessels to see if there is any pathology that could result in death, the technician stuffs the body with towels and whatnot to give back its shape. Anything the pathologist doesn’t want will be disposed of or placed back in the body. I was really surprised by the colour of the gallbladder. I always thought it would be a pale green but it’s a really leafy bright green! We dissected cadavers at uni but they’ve been stiff and pale because they’ve been preserved whereas this lady we autopsied passed away 24 hours ago, so everything was fresh and soft. Every few moments the pathologist would have to take out the hose to wash away the blood and let it drain down the sinks so he could see the organs clearer– that’s why the mortuary is so wet! It was really interesting and you definitely need to know your anatomy to become a pathologist but I don’t think I’m too fond of standing in a eerie silent room looking at organs while the body is lying behind me. Scary! When I walked in, the deceased lady was staring at me with her piercing blue eyes!!!
On Friday, we had an ophthalmology clinical tute and had to dilate one of our pupils so we could use the ophthalmoscope on one another. It was hilarious! Everyone had one dilated pupil and one normal pupil and we all looked brain dead, hahaha~ Literally 0_o
I went out for dinner twice this week. On Thursday I had dinner with my family at Occasions restaurant at the William Angliss Institute and it was pretty good. $29 for a 3 course meal! The entree was my favourite- goat’s cheese fritters with salad! YUMMMMO~ The dessert was interesting- fried lychees (hmm it reminded me of jam doughnuts) and pistachio parfait, but I’m not a big fan of mixing fruits with oil.
Last night I caught up with my lovely Monash uni friends and we had hotpot! The place was really nice and we all got our own mini hotpot!
Afterwards we nibbled on cake and sipped on iced caffeinated drinks in a little cafe in some unknown alleyway. It was a good night; it relaxed me after an unsettling & exhausting week.