- it's icky
- 4 years of new undergrad, 4 years med school, 4+ years residency, plus a fellowship. That's 12, maybe 14+ years minimum of (icky) school. 14+.
- And puss really grosses me out (yet I can pop a zit no prob)
Well, I'm taking a medical terminology class this semester, it's one of those "not required but highly recommended electives" for pharmacy school. It's a correspondence class, so it's up to a large textbook and my own devices to learn this stuff. I can handle the detailed drawings, but if there's a picture, my stomach clenches (I seriously had to cover them up so I could finish reading a section). My med school friend laughed when I told her that. Shut up. It's ICKY.
I've been making flashcards to help (sans detailed pictures), of all the terms, treatments, symptoms, word parts, everything. But every time I write puss or discharge, I have to suppress the urge to write eww in parentheses right next to it. And of the 700 flashcards I've done so far, eww would be on a lot of them. Who knew there were so many fluids that come out of the human body?
Side story: when Bailey was a puppy and had just gotten over parvo (another story, another day), she got sick with something else almost right afterward (weakened immune system). We took her to a 24 vet where they took x-ray's and discovered she had pneumonia. I looked at them, but it's the dog, I don't exactly know what I'm looking at/for. But I could see her spine and blobs that I determined (by process of elimination) were organs. So when our regular vet posted the X-rays and said, "you can see her microchip there (which is in her neck), I blurted out: "OH! I thought that was her butt!"
So maybe being a vet is out too...