Halloween 2014 was another holiday spent working, but it also marked the end of another month of residency. I placed my first peripheral nerve block (infraclavicular block of the brachial plexus) Friday afternoon! This was a great preview of what I’ll be doing for all of November as the junior regional anesthesia resident at the VA Hospital. 🙂
The prospect of being out of the operating room for an entire month is unnerving. I’ve spent the last 100 days or so trying to polish my intraoperative skills, but now I’ll be wielding an ultrasound probe and local anesthetic injections to provide surgical blocks and anesthetic adjuncts for pain management. Regional anesthesia has always appealed to me because of the anatomical knowledge and procedural skills required to effectively administer it. I’ll be working with some of the best faculty at the VA to learn the art of regional anesthesia.
Now I’m enjoying the extra hour of my day off thanks to the end of daylight savings. The weather is perfect. The Texans are playing. The Rockets are 3-0 to start the season. And I finished my reading for tomorrow’s lecture on neurophysiology and neuroanatomy. Life is good. 🙂