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Yesterday morning’s clinic was pretty slow, so my classmate and I were poking around the team room not doing much of anything. (Definitely not studying and spending our extra time wisely… who does that?)
He found this SUPER COOL old school lumbar puncture kit! A lumbar puncture is also known as a spinal tap. It is a procedure performed to extract a sample of cerebrospinal fluid. Your brain and your spinal cord are all connected and enclosed in a big sack that is full of fluid. We can test this fluid for all kinds of things- bacteria, viruses, cancer, blood, autoimmune markers, you name it! When something is going on in your brain, the CFS can help us decide how to treat it.
A lumbar puncture (LP) is performed right at bedside. You don’t even have to leave your hospital room! We numb your lower back all up with lidocaine so you don’t feel much besides pressure when we do the actual LP. The needle is inserted in your lumbar spine below the level of the spinal cord. Once it’s in there, we can measure the ‘opening pressure’ or the pressure at which the fluid starts to come out.
All of this is done with disposable supplies now but check out what we found:
An old LP kit that is reusable! You just autoclave (sanitize) the needle and go ahead to the next patient. This image is from 1913. Maybe they were using this kit?
By the end of our slow morning, our main doctor decided to take us on a tour of the hospital. The hospital I was working at yesterday has been there since 1850 something. After turning tons of corners and going up elevators I didn’t know existed, we ended up somewhere in the hospital I don’t think I could ever find my way back to.
This is an old teaching amphitheater. Student would stand along the edges and look down to the center. In the center of this room, a professor would perform autopsies for the students to watch and learn from. Isn’t that crazy? Of course, they don’t do those things today. He assured us that no surgeries were performed in this room while all the students watched, just autopsies. Before imaging and the surgical techniques we have today, autopsies really were the only way to figure out what was ailing someone.
What a great morning we had! At noon I hoped on the shuttle to go to a different hospital for the afternoon. Lunch was a wrap with turkey and lettuce, dipped in salsa, eaten on the shuttle.
The rest of the day was busy busy busy. I have been battling a cold, and by the end of the day… I was feeling less than alright. Came home, ate a greek yogurt with PB2, did some laundry, and went to bed at 8pm. Cool Friday night right?
Hope you have an amazing Saturday! Do you have weekend plans?
Do you workout more on weekends or less?