Freedom Awaits! (Week 11)

Week’s Itinerary= Musculoskeletal Final, SA Digestive Final, and Radiology

Guess where I am now . . .

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 Yep! I am at the beach with friends!

I am so thrilled that my core classes are finally over.  This week consisted of no sleep and eating delicious junk food as I took my last three final exams.  Monday was Musculoskeletal, and I was a little nervous for this one.  For one, it was the only final out of all the classes to be cumulative, and this final is 50% of our grade (hate this!).  It was all multiple choice between three professors with three different personalities.  You could tell which professor was kinder than the others based on their questions.

SA Digestive Final (not cumulative) was challenging,, but I surprisingly enjoyed taking it.  It made me feel like a doctor where I had to read a case and make very important decisions that will best help the patient.  It can be tricky because some of the questions can be subjective, but the professors are trying to prepare us to make decisions for ourselves instead of just memorizing information on slides.  I really appreciate that type of learning.

My last final, Radiology (not cumulative), was the day right after taking SA Digestive.  I was determined to learn all of that information before taking the exam.  I did not fail!  I managed to get a B (will take it in a heartbeat).

I feel so at peace now that I am done with everything.  Thank you for listening to my struggles and triumphs this semester.  Next is electives, so you won’t hear from me until December.  Can’t wait to share my adventures with you all soon!

Here are more pictures from my trip!

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Fish chowder by the campfire followed by smores and jacuzzi action!

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Uh oh!!  Yeah. . . on our way back from our trip, I experienced another freak accident that involved another animal.  We hit a deer!  It was quite a scary experience, but I am so glad none of us got hurt except for my friend’s totaled car 😦  Why do these animals keep wanting to hurt me!?  Honestly and surprisingly, my pit bull attack was way scarier than this because this car crash happened so quickly, and I didn’t see anything (just the impact, smoke from the blown airbags, and not knowing where we would stop and end up at was the only scary thing).

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Through Him,

~Camille

Psalm 34:17-20

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”

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Bring it On (Week 5)

Week’s Itinerary= Radiology Exam 2, Respiratory Pathology Pre-test and Exam, Ovariohysterectomy Feline Surgery, and Surgery Quiz #4

I looked at the class schedule and realized that I have two exams for four consecutive weeks, on Mondays and Fridays. As a result, I can barely tell the differences between weekends and weekdays.  This Monday we had our radiology exam 2 and my feline spay surgery (ovariohysterectomy).  I was nervous before taking my radiology exam because of how revolting my quiz grade was last Friday. I approached the exam with a feeling of doom lurking ahead, but I should never have let that quiz discourage me.  The exam was surprisingly straight forward: it covered general concepts and abnormalities that can be detected in x-rays of equine forelimbs and hindlimbs.

Surgery was exhilarating!  I was finally the surgeon this time, and our patient was an adorable, 16-week-old female Seal Point Siamese.  A young cat equals a tiny reproductive tract, so this task was definitely an exciting challenge.  Another big issue for kittens is they can easily become hypotensive (low blood pressure), so we had fluids and emergency drugs ready to go for our patient.  I had the honor of taking out one ovary and the uterus while my surgery assistant took out the second ovary.  No signs of hemorrhage were detected, so our surgery procedure was a success.  And quiz #4 on Friday went well.  It consisted of an anesthesia and surgery portion.

Great news.  After our surgery, a classmate adopted our patient!  I am so happy for her because she is in great hands.

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Immediately after surgery, I had to begin studying for our pathology pre-test, which was  exhausting.  The pre-test was early Tuesday morning, so I did have overnight to review everything.  If you don’t remember from last year, we are allowed to take a pre-test before our actual test.  If we pass it with a score of 90% or better, we do not have to take the actual exam.  I love that rule.  However, passing the pre-test is easier said than done.  I did not pass the pre-test, but I did exceptionally well on the exam that was taken on Friday.

Through Him,

~Camille

Psalm 68:5-6:
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,  is God in his holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families..”

The Absurdity of a Week (Week 4)

Week’s Itinerary= Canine Neuter, Small Animal (SA) Digestive Quiz 1, Theriogenology Exam 1, Large Animal (LA) Digestive Exam 2, Surgery Quiz #3, and Radiology Quiz #4

This week has been crazy, and not just for me.  No matter what room I entered, I could feel the tension and stress from my classmates.  I am so drained, but I have to keep pushing forward.

On Monday, we had our small animal digestive quiz, which covered supplemental reading about gastric dilatation volvulus (which vets call GDV).  Because I have limited experience with working at a small animal practice, this stomach issue for dogs is new to me.  It affects primarily large, deep-chested breeds where there is more room for their stomach to twist and turn on itself causing bloating and other problems.  I was relieved when we were able to answer the questions twice, individually and then in groups.  This made it one of the week’s few stress-free experiences.

Later on that same day, my surgery team did a canine neuter.  If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you know that I love performing surgery but cringe at being an anesthetist. But this was my assignment on Monday.

The beginning got my heart pumping because as we were going to the operation room, our patient began to wake up.  A common pre-anesthetic drug, propofol, had already been given to make him unconscious.   After giving more propofol and a maintenance gaseous drug, we successfully got him in for surgery.  The only other complication was hypotension (low blood pressure), so I gave the patient more fluids to bring his blood pressure back to a normal systolic reading of > 90mmHg.  Thank you so much lab partners and doctors for helping me settle down and do my part during surgery.

I applaud to those who do anesthesiology as a career — in animal or human medicine — because it is a high-stakes game.

I really needed a long nap after surgery, but I had to prepare for our next task, our first theriogenology exam of the semester.  Before I started vet school, I didn’t even know what “theriogenology” meant. This is what we call reproductive medicine for animals.  The first test covered the reproductive systems of male and female cows, and I got a B+ even though some questions were specific and tricky

One more test and 2 more quizzes to go!  On Friday, we took our second large animal digestive exam, which covered cow and swine digestive concerns.  I was feeling really great in one section of the test, and then I got to questions written by a different professor.  It was brutal.  We have not received our grades back, but I’m hoping it went well. (Update: Got it back.  I can do better…)

Studying for so many quizzes and exams in the same week was a challenge for me and I did not do as well as I had hoped.  A difficult radiology quiz was a wake-up call for me, and afterwards I bolted for the science library to get a radiology book. I’m going to study hard before our second exam comes up next Monday.  Since I was struggling, I had to seek extra assistance by getting this textbook.

I have two exams next week!  Before I tackle that, my body needs to rest.  When I’m not studying this weekend, you can bet that I’ll be sleeping.

Through Him,

~Camille

Psalm 119:114-115 “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.  Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!”

Starting off Strong (Week 1)

Week’s Itinerary: Radiology Quiz #1 and Surgery Quiz #1

During a typical new semester, I am already feeling behind on my class work after two days.

But not this time when I felt very organized and efficient during the first week.  I was able to look at the lecture notes before hearing the professor teach, and I am soaking up new information.  I’m not sure how long this will last but I like it.

Demand peaked on Wednesday when we had two quizzes.  The first radiology quiz for the semester was not difficult at all.  It was based on our first three lectures and on the lab assignment we worked on as teams (we were allowed to choose our own groups).  We were shown 10 X-rays we had already seen and discussed during lab and asked multiple-choice questions about them.  I got an A, which is a fantastic way to begin a new school year.  Here’ a goofy cartoon:

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The second quiz for the week was for surgery.  This turned out to not to be hard, even though we weren’t entirely sure what the first quiz of the semester would cover.  The professor wanted us to review old information related to surgeries we performed on piglets last spring semester.  So we were asked about proper hygiene and etiquette techniques, when to change our anesthetic equipment, what is wrong with a surgical site projected on screen, and so forth.  We wrote short answers individually and then answered the questions again with our group members. The professor surprised us by saying that she would use higher of the two.  This an unexpected bonus was a treasure to my eyes.

I promise you the weeks will get more exciting as the semester continues.  Next weekend, after my first surgery and large animal digestive exam, I will be going with a friend to “DragonCon” in Downtown Atlanta. If you don’t already know, this is a conference that celebrates the fantasy worlds of video games, sci-fi movies, and anime.  Stay tuned for pictures.

 

Through Him,

~Camille

Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”