Surgery hurts, and not just for the patient. I am one week into my surgery rotations. I am loving it!
But, it’s not easy. I assisted in a four hour breast reconstruction. I got to do a lot, considering I am new. I held a lot of retractors. It hurt. At some points, I thought I might cry. Or, that my arm would fall off. I also got to put in staples, cut knots, do suction, and all sorts of other assistant-y things. Surgery is fascinating and a lot more involved than I ever dreamed. I got complemented by the scrub nurse! And, my attending physicians are really interested in teaching, which I am thrilled about.
I am not sure how long it’s going to take for my deltoids to recover. I may need to start lifting weights again to make it through the two months. But, I am afraid to hurt my muscles more, and then ache when I need to hold a Deaver retractor.