|So, I am in my new rotation now! It was a trick, the first day, to find the ER. One would think a rather important part of the hospital like the ER wouldn't be hidden away so carefully. But ours is, tucked in a winding hallway. It has lots of exits though, like, the most I have seen in any part of the hospital. I feel like it's so people can get away easily, but I don't know why that would be necessary. Anyway, it is cool. Much tamer than you see on TV, I saw more blood in the maternity ward than I have seen in ER. Most people come in with severe pain of one kind or another, but nothing you can see. We did have a guy today who got his finger stuck in a machine. That was kind of bloody. The first thing they did was take him for an x-ray to see if he had a fracture. Seeing as I could practically see a bone poking out from his second knuckle, I found this a little silly, but they are doctors and they do know best.
One of the best things about the ER is I have company. Elise, another volunteer from Projects Abroad, joined me on Tuesday. We make a good team. I speak more Spanish than she does, and she knows more medicine than I do, having just graduated with her Pre-Med degree. Do you graduate with a pre-med degree? I don't know, anyway, Elise is going to med school next year, so has covered the basics. Together, we make up almost a real doctor. It is fun to have her around, although we do speak more English than we should.
One of the worst things about ER is not seeing the med students. Oh, there is still class, and when I can I scamper off to Peds to see how everything is going there. It's not the same as working with them though, and I do miss it. Still, maybe next month I will work with them again, and if not, I get used to everything.
Tonight I am going to a salsa class. It is held in the same place where I dance every week, and really I just can't wait any longer to dance :) So I go tonight. That should be cool, I don't know what to expect though...