God, I haven’t posted in two weeks!
I was crazy busy, since certain high school teachers like to cram exams before spring break starts. Oof. At least I’m finally on break!
Now, back to business. Last week was actually really cool. I entered the clinic and shadowed a few botox treatments, but things didn’t really get interesting until the very end.
A woman came in who had just recently gotten a boob job.
Boob jobs are very common here in ‘Murica. In fact, they’re the second most common type of plastic surgery, coming in at over 300,000 surgeries a year. That’s crazy.
In Asian countries, boob jobs aren’t as common, but they still occur in significant numbers.
I’d never really seen the aftermath of a fresh boob job. I guess I thought it would be a lot cleaner than the other procedures– maybe with some small stitches, all neatly sewn in and complete.
It was a lot messier than that. The chest was bound tightly, and a couple drains were attached, collecting blood. The patient was in a little pain, too, but I guess I shouldn’t have expected anything else since she kind of just had surgery.
Dr. Lee was calm and professional throughout the check-up, which was a good thing because I wasn’t exactly calm and professional.
I still have to get used to the immediate aftermath of surgery, or risk being mistaken for a deer in headlights for the rest of my life.
Anyways, despite the messiness, the procedure actually produced great results. Dr. Lee checked up on the condition of the breasts, removed the drainage bags, made sure they were positioned and were developing correctly, and the check-up was complete.
Unfortunately, the patient could hardly move her arms! I helped her get re-dressed and she left the clinic all intact. Woo-hoo! Point one for Maddi.
It’s great how much I’m learning from this internship. I seriously can’t wait until I can watch an actual surgery live in action.
You know, as long as I don’t throw up.
Or almost faint.
Like last time.
Well, hey, I’m getting there! No nausea or sickness from seeing the blood this time. The desensitization must be beginning.
I deserve a special sticker.