Why do I have to write about this? Because I almost threw up in the O.R. today - I mean a real, honest-to-goodness near-HURL event. And over something that wasn't even that bad. I am going soft at St. Boonie's.
Like the average health care worker, talking about physiological processes or anatomical features over the lunch table doesn't bother me much. I have to admit, though, that I've never been the truly steely, never-ever-grossed-out, could-eat-lunch-next-to-a-bowl-of-innards type. I do find some aspects of my job...a little unpleasant.
-Feculent matter in an orogastric tube. Anesthesiologists often insert tubes into the esophagus to help empty the stomach of its contents. In one patient having urgent bowel surgery this action produced five liters - that's twenty cups - of pre-poop poopy stuff pouring out through the tube and into the suction canisters. I couldn't help letting a verbal "Eew! Eew!" slip out now and again as the stuff was coming out. The surgeon was amused, good-naturedly enjoying my lack of enjoyment a little too much...
10. Vaginal delivery. There, I've said it. I know I'm supposed to LOVE childbirth. I respect the process. I love children. I think motherhood is sacred. Babies are totally precious. But vaginas...Let's just say I was not meant to go into ob/gyn. I consider myself a supporter of women, women's rights, and women's dignity, and I find the idea of bringing a new human being into the world from one's own body glorious, but the actual event is...kinda messy and yucky and stressful. Vaginas all stretched and torn and bloody from pushing a seven-pound human being out make me wish I hadn't gotten out of bed in the morning. I could do my very own little vagina monologue about it (and actually did once, much to the amusement of the labor and delivery nurses and docs, who obviously aren't bothered by them at all), but I'd be wincing the whole time. It's my deep, dark secret. I find birth amazing and wondrous but at the same time, truly at the same time, a little dreadful.
Update, August 15, 2008: Please check out Dr. Bates' posts on maggot therapy. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew! (Yet, strangely fascinating...)