Every intern wants to perform their first surgery. That's not your job. Do you know what your job is? To make your resident happy. Do I look happy? No! Why? Because my interns are whiney. You know what will make me look happy? Having the code team staffed, having the trauma pages answered, having the weekend labs delivered and having someone down in the pit doing the sutures. No-one holds a scalpel until I'm so happy I'm Mary Freaking Poppins. ~ Dr Miranda Bailey, Greys Anatomy.
Before we started our surgical rotation, I thought I had a pretty good idea as to what it was going to be like.
I've watched Grey's Anatomy. I knew how it was going to go down.
But I'm no Meredith. I never ever thought I'd want to be a surgeon. High stress, long hours, super competitive people and lots of yucky stuff. Did not sound like my cup of tea.
AND I was bracing myself to be that girl.
Boy, was I ever wrong. I have absolutely loved it. Surgery is amazing. Sure, I probably won't get to even look at a scalpel for about a million years but it's enough just to be there and get to watch it up close. Gah so much awesomeness.
One of the downsides of watching surgeries though is that you're on your feet for hours on end, so if you haven't eaten a big enough meal beforehand your face-plant risk is pretty high.
My friend Lucy and I pondered this very dilemma: what would be a good pre-surgery lunch that's filling enough to keep you on your feet but refreshing enough to not give you a food coma? My answer: Broccoli & Feta Harissa Salad with Spicy Roasted Pepita.