Monday, October 29, 2007

Just for fun

I don't always remember that not everyone is aware of what exactly I do all day, or even what classes I'm taking right now, so just for kicks here's a snapshot of my Monday:

8 AM: Bacteriology: day number 2 of of the genus Clostridium, which includes C. botulinum (the causative agent of botulism) and C. tetani (the causative agent of tetanus). We also covered Bacteroides and Fusobacterium, which cause things like foot rot in cattle and sheep and calf diphtheria.

9 AM: Parasitology: continued the section about nematodes, and covered lung worms, tracheal worms, stomach worms, eyeworms, esophageal worms, and gullet worms. You name an organ and a nematode could probably infect it.

10 AM: Small Animal Medicine mini-rotation. I tagged along on a case of a dog with suspected tracheal collapse. Tracheal collapse occurs when the rings of cartilage that make up the trachea go from being nice O-shaped circles to squashed D-shaped rings. She had chronic coughing issues, but only in the middle of the night, and it was productive (she was able to cough up mucous). That isn't too typical of a collapsing trachea, so they took some radiographs and found that she her lungs were mottled instead of nice and clear, which indicates that she has some sort of infection in there. She's coming back tomorrow to have a bronchoscopy done, which is a procedure where they stick a tiny camera down into the bronchi to try and see what's going on, and collect a sample of fluid to look for bacteria, viruses, or fungi.

12 PM: SCAVMA lunch meeting: free Chiptole, and we learned about Heifer International, formerly known as the Heifer Project. I didn't learn much more than I already knew, but it's always cool to see clinicians talk about something non-medicine-related that they're passionate about. The U is going to try to raise $5,000 to purchase an "ark", which is two of every animal that Heifer International supplies. Stay tuned!

1 PM: General Pathology: new section. We just finished the musculoskeletal system, so today was the first day of the alimentary tract. The alimentary tract is basically the gastrointestinal tract plus the mouth and esophagus. So today we learned about cavities, gingival disease, cleft palates, tongue infections, and all the other stuff that can go wrong in the mouth.

3 PM: Pharmacology: day 2 of anti-parasitic agents. Or, "How does Frontline work, anyway?" Not super exciting, but I guess it's important to know. Using a bowl of warm milk to entice a tapeworm out of your gut is not an effective anti-tapeworm measure, by the way- the adult worms aren't motile, so there's no way they could crawl out of your gut into your mouth. Just go get a pill from your doctor!

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