Friday, August 01, 2008

Heart


I thought that it would be a shame to spend my summer doing CPE at Famous Gigantic Hospital without taking advantage of the opportunity to observe an open heart surgery.

So that's how I spent my morning, standing on a stool right next to one of the surgeons as they replaced a valve and did a bypass.

I could say a lot about what I learned from a scientific perspective, and what I added to my pastoral care perspective, and what I concluded from a theological perspective, and maybe someday I will. But for now I'll leave it at:

WAY COOL.

5 comments:

Lisa :-] said...

You go, girl... But I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have been able to stomach that whole thing...

LawAndGospel said...

Good for you to have such an overwhelming experience. Heading off to do the last intern overnight shift of summer CPE.

Althea N. Agape said...

The other gal with me at CPE would be jealous. Me, I can do without, thanks. We did see a bit of brain surgery when we did a OR tour, but it was all laproscopic (through the nose!), so not so icky.

Diane said...

WOW! and goood for you for taking the initiative.

Marshall said...

Think what intimacy that patient has allowed you! What an honor!