When I was able to watch what went on in the NICU, I learned so many new things. I thought that it was extremely interesting to see what the process was when a premature baby was born. There were so many types of doctors in the room and so many people helping each other out. I saw people who were learning how to be a Neonatal doctor, people who were going through their rounds of all of the different types of doctors they could be, people who were actually Neonatal doctors, and people who were observing just like me. Everyone worked together really well, and everyone did everything they could do to help each other out, all to make sure both the baby and the mother were safe. After seeing what it's like to be this type of doctor, my feelings about either working in the NICU or giving birth to babies has become incredibly strong. I found so much joy in seeing all of the babies, and found myself wanting to help keep them safe along with the doctors. This experience made me realize how incredibly important the doctors in the NICU are, let alone any type of doctor. It also made me realize how lucky I am to live in a community where we have the resources and people to help keep these babies and mothers alive. I am extremely blessed to be able to have experienced this because it has opened my eyes as to what I could be in my future and it has motivated me to work as hard as I can in college to become a doctor. This opportunity was incredibly important to me because it showed me what being a doctor is really like and how their days go. Without this experience, I believe that I would not be as motivated and excited as I am now to become a doctor and find joy in my job.
Once we got to Children's hospital, we went into a big room with a bunch of doctors. The doctor that I was shadowing did a short presentation on how they could improve the care of new borns because there were still too many babies dying. This was very interesting to learn about, but it was also interesting to see all of the doctors coming together and learning.
We then headed over to Ohio State. When we first got there, we saw a few doctors heading over to an OR and they said that a mother was about to deliver a premature baby. We then hurried to dress into scrubbs so that we could get to the OR. Once I entered the OR, I was so surprised and interested at everything that was going on. The premature baby was laying on the bed and the doctors were all surrounding the baby and taking care of it. They were trying to put a tube into the baby's throat to help the baby breathe more easily. The hole that they had to put it through was so tiny, and the baby was resisting, so they were spending a lot of time on it. They decided that it wasn't urgent and that the baby was okay without it and they took the baby into the ICU. After watching this, I was extremely excited to see more. We walked around and I was able to see all of the babies in the ICU, and it was a lifechanging sight. Some of these babies were so small and underdeveloped that it was crazy to watch them breathe and live like that. Soon, I was able to watch a C-section, which was another type of surgery I could observe. This type of surgery was even more interesting to me than the knee and hip replacements that I saw because it was such an amazing thing to be able to watch a baby being born. I watched a few C-sections by the end of the day. Some of the mothers and fathers were very young, which really caught my eye. It was extremely humbling to see how quickly anyone's life could be changed like that. I also watched mothers who were in emergency C-sections. It was very hard to watch a mother so worried and stressed out about their child being okay. At one point during the day, I watched a father cry when we were pulling the baby in their cart into the ICU. He saw his parents as we were walking with the baby and began to cry because of how happy he was to finally see his daughter. Seeing this brought me so much joy. By the end of the day, I learned so many things about premature babies and what the doctors do and I was able to observe incredible life-changing things.
During this school year, I was able to set up a day to be in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This opportunity is something that I had been looking for. For a couple of years, I have been extremely interested in being some type of Neonatal doctor. I have always loved babies and I thought that I would find so much joy in helping them. When I found out I was able to spend an entire day with a Neonatal Physician, I was beyond excited and eager to go. I was told that I would go with her to Children's Hospital to watch her do a short presentation to other doctors, and then we would head over to Ohio State and spend the rest of the day in the NICU.
Once I became comfortable with seeing the inside of people's bodys, surgeries were very interesting for me. This experience made me excited for my future because I have found myself able to do the things that a doctor could have to do. This has allowed me to have a much more open mind into what I could do as a job when I am older.
A picture of Jenna and I in the operating room!
When I got to the hospital, one of Jenna's co-workers came and met me and I followed her into the locker room to get scrubs on. I was extremely nervous and anxious. Once I was ready, we walked into the part of the hospital with the operating rooms. We then walked into the room where Jenna was, and I was surprised at what was going on. Jenna was stitching up a person's leg and there were a lot of doctors around her each doing different things. Everyone was extremely relaxed and they looked like they were having fun. There was quiet music on in the background, which I found funny. The room was hot, and the mask I had to wear was making it even hotter. The room also had a funny smell to it. I watched her stitch up the first layer of skin, and I soon left the room and needed to take a break. I felt very sick. Once Jenna was done, she came out to me and we walked around and I began to feel better. She told me that for some reason, the room we were in was hotter than it was supposed to be, which made me feel better. Soon, we went into another surgery, luckily in a different room. I quickly began to feel very comfortable and enjoyed watching what she was doing. I then watched a couple of more surgeries, and I even went up very close and watched the doctors replace a hip. During this hip replacement, I was able to see more of the surgery than others, and I watched the Physician do what he does during these surgeries. By the end of the day, I was comfortable with watching surgery and felt excited to see what my future could hold.
When I got to the PA's (Jenna) office, it was during their lunch, so I was brought to their table where they were the only ones in a big room. The environment seemed calm and relaxed. When lunch was over, we then went to this little hallway where their computers and supplies were located. They were getting ready for their appointments with their patients. Before we would go into the room with the patient, Jenna would look at the patient's x-rays and medical history. When we went into the room, she would ask them a few questions (like what they were going through and feeling) and she would then move around their knee or hip to see what hurt them. Next, she would either decide if and when the patient needed surgery, or if they only needed a shot. What was interesting to me was seeing the patient's reactions to the news that they received. Some patients would be upset and angry, while others would be relieved to schedule a surgery. Once they were done talking, she told them to wait and talk to the physician. We then went back to the hallway, and she would tell the physician what was going on. I noticed the physician speaking into a recorder about each patient. I was very interesting to see what the doctors were doing when the patients were in their rooms waiting for them. I have always wondered what would take them so long to come and talk to me when I went to the doctor for something. The day was not boring to me. I found it very fascinating to observe what it was like to be a doctor going through appointments with patients. I also found the things I learned about arthiritis interesting and fun to learn about.
My soccer coach happened to be a Physician's Assistant at Orthopedic One. I have been very interested in becoming a doctor for a long time, even though I had never watched what it was like to be one. I asked my coach if I could come shadow her, and she said she would love to have me. The first day I was going to watch her, she had told me that it was a day in the office. I was not sure exactly what that meant, but I was expecting to possibly be bored and spend my day watching her at a computer looking at her patients or listening to a meeting.
My teammates and I with my coach (PA).