Monday, September 25, 2006

Blood on the floor

Well my last weekend at Miracle Hospital and I went out with a bang...and bang...and bang. Four GSWs in all. One Chest cracking. I have found the single most coolest things that one can witness in the ER is an emergent open thorocotomy. Its messy, bloody, raw medicine. Almost primitive, with all the breaking and slicing and and tugging. The surgeon tears open the left side of the chest to expose the heart. This little bundle of muscle, nerves, blood vessels. Its alive all on it own. Without being wound, plugged in, without batteries. It just beats. Keeping time. and I had my hands literally.inside.a.mans.chest. Now that, is fucking cool. I just wanted to stand there and watch it beat. Of course I could not I had other things to do besides just standing there. But if just standing was an option, I can be very good at that. I can get distracted by things sometimes, like a gaping hole in the side of a human. With everything exposed and opened up we all look the same.

2 comments:

Maria said...

That is way cool! People think I'm macabre, but when you've worked in medicine, you understand totally. It's also why I'm addicted to Grey's Anatomy...

Lisa said...

I'm in ER nurse in a Level I Trauma Unit & I completely agree. The coolest thing I've EVER seen has been an Emergent Open Thorocotomy. One word: AMAZING.