I HELD A KIDNEY IN MY HANDS! AND IT HAD A WILM'S TUMOR IN IT! OMG OMG OMG!
we had a radical nephrectomy case for a kid with a humongous wilm's tumor (that had been shrunk significantly by radiation and chemo). i got to see this kid a few weeks ago when i was on peds hem/onc. the tumor then was so huge you could plainly see it sticking out of the abdomen. in general, wilm's tumor is very curable, and the type this kid has is a "better" subtype, if that makes any sense.
am i weird in that i'm actually excited to be on call (not really excited, but more looking forward to being able to suture, or hopefully suture). haven't done much on peds surgery because they don't like us students to "practice" on babies where everything is so precise. i don't blame them. i wouldn't want an M3 practicing/learning technique on my baby...but i'm still learning so much by watching. but on call, maybe there's some lac or something that will need to be sewn up that an M3 can do...i've been practicing my knots and suturing this week...i've sewed on a lemon and a magazine (it was just laying there).
ok, bedtime. i should have gone to bed at 8:30, alas. didn't see the sun at all today. 13 hour days are grueling...