Yesterday, it started to snow in Minnesota.
People in Minnesota are usually pretty good about handling snow, but judging by the lack of patients in clinic, I think no one wanted to venture out of the house yesterday. It was the first time I’ve ever finished seeing patients before 5 pm, and arrived home before 6 pm. Yippee!!
If you are snowed in this morning, please be safe!! Here is my view this morning- and it’s still coming down HARD!!
This week has actually been quite excellent if I dare say so (I’m on call today, so a late night tonight has the ability to completely ruin the week… fingers crossed everyone’s eyeballs behave tonight.)
I am currently on my COS rotation, which is the resident-run emergency clinic. This is the same clinic I worked in all July-October, and then again in December. Since it’s the emergency clinic, I spend my days seeing acute ophthalmologic conditions like corneal ulcers and foreign bodies, vitreous hemorrhages, retinal tears and detachments, and a ton of other cool things.
I think I wrote about this a while ago, but I had a period of time when I didn’t see any retinal tears and I got kind of worked up about it. I felt like if I didn’t see enough retinal tears I wouldn’t be able to recognize them or find them. Well, after just a few weeks in this clinic I’ve seen plenty of retinal tears and even done quite a few laser procedures, which makes me feel much better!!
Some of the laser procedures I’ve gotten to do are for barricading off a retinal tear, like you can see in this photo:
See how the laser makes little scars around the tear? This prevents it from progressing into a full retinal detachment.
I’ve also gotten do to PRP laser, or pan-retinal photocoagulation, which is a laser treatment for diabetic retinopathy. In PRP, we put TONS of laser spots in the periphery of the retina to help decreased neovascularization in diabetes. Pretty cool right?
All in all this week is shaping up to be a good one. I only have 1 more week left of COS clinic and then I move on to my retina rotation and say good-bye to COS as a first year forever. I feel like getting through our 6 months of COS is a right of passage and I can’t believe I will be finishing up this rotation so soon!
I have lots of stuff I want to blog about in the near future (healthy living/food/workout stuff and medicine/residency stuff) so stay tuned!!
Are you snowed in today? What happens to your work when it snows like this?