I’m pretty convinced a big plus of going into the surgical or emergency medicine fields is the stories that you get out of it. Blatantly stolen from an attending:
“You wouldn’t believe the kind of lies people make up when they present to the ER with something stuck up their butt. My favorite? A man comes to the ER with a zucchini up there, and proceeds to tell me, ‘Yeah, I was gardening naked tonight at home when I fell backwards and it got stuck up there.’”
Another hint from the attending–”If you ever get a votive candle stuck, don’t just pull on the wick. It’ll come right out, because your body has warmed up the candle wax, and you just won’t get anywhere.”
I’m tellin’ ya. It’s all about the stories.