Saturday, March 08, 2008

Last night

Last night was awesome from a medical point of view. My preceptor did call my supervising doc for the night to tell them I'd be late so that we could attend the Weeneebeg Aboriginal film and video festival. It was really good - the films gave me a great perspective of native life. There was a film called Mino Bimaadiziwin (Touching the sky) that chronicled an all-native school's attempt to get kids to sign up to a challenge whereby they wouldn't use drugs or alcohol for a whole semester. Of 75 or so kinds who signed up for the challenge, 18 made it to the end without drinking. Better success rates than most drug/alcohol rehab programs. Fantastic film. Then there was one called "Miss Navajo" - it's about a Navajo "beauty pagent" that's so much more. It was both tranditional skills sections, which involve things like the slaughter of a sheep, and modern talents. If you can get a copy of this doc, it's super.

In my night on call I saw some neat stuff. DKA, pediatric intubation, PPROM, some toxicology in action. The stuff you learn algorithms for in med school! The DKA case was especially interesting because it's a balance act between insulin, D50W, potassium, fluids, and bicarb. Biochemistry at its best!

Tonight I think I'm just going to chill at home. Maybe make some chili and watch movies with my new dentistry student roomie!

5 comments:

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

"Biochemistry at its best!"
Ah, a nerd after my own heart ;-)

Glad you're enjoying Moose Factory! Hope your veggie chili was good -- I have an amazing recipe if you ever need one, although it probably requires some supplies that would be a little bit hard to find in a small community. I have a feeling that tofu and soy are not widely prevalent...

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