The Test-To-End-All-Tests was okay–I passed. So that’s good news.
In less-good news, I had vaso-vagal reaction yesterday while seeing a patient with our preceptor yesterday. (Another classmate had one as well.) A vaso-vagal reaction is basically a drop in blood pressure in response to emotional stimuli–usually visual or olfactory, according to my preceptor.
It was the weirdest thing. We were seeing a patient with a large surgical wound on the side of his neck; it was a long incision, and had two drainage tubes coming out of it as well. We were in the patient’s room for no more than 8 minutes, but out of nowhere, in the last minute we were there, I started to feel intensely nauseous. My first thought was that some noxious gas was being bumped into the room. Another classmate had already stepped back and sat down because she was feeling a little light-headed. We left the room and I continued to feel really naseous, like I was gonna barf everywhere. Then a couple minutes later I felt a little light-headed, so I sat down in the middle of the hallway. Lost all my color. After a few minutes rest, we walked down to the cafeteria and our preceptor (Dr. Gesundheit, is that not the coolest name ever) bought us cookies and fruit.
Came back home and took a nice nap and felt better after that. It was an especially strange experience because I’d thought I’d already seen far worse–open heart surgery, heart transplants… but for some reason this did it for me.