The reason why I didn’t move to Adelaide with Andrew at the beginning of the year is because I wanted him to go there and make sure medicine was absolutely what he wanted to do. There was no point packing up everything here only to return a year later because medicine actually wasn’t what Andrew wanted or thought it would be.
Last week Andrew called me after uni.
Andrew: Hey babe, guess what? I watched open heart surgery today. It was so cool. Now I want to be a Cardiothoracic Surgeon! Haha.
Me: Of course you do.
Andrew: It was pretty amazing.
Me: What happened?
Andrew: I got to watch a triple bypass surgery. I scrubbed in and walked into the surgery and the doctors had already opened this patient’s chest. There was one surgeon cutting a vein out of the patient’s leg, which was later going to be used to bypass the blockages in the heart. In the room were 2 Cardiothoracic Surgeons working on the guy’s heart, a Perfusionist and an Anaesthetist. I could literally see the heart pumping in the chest. The surgeons were happy to poke around and move the beating around to show me what they were doing. After a while they paralyzed the heart and inserted tubes into the major blood vessels and veins. The Perfusionist pumped the blood out of the body and put it through a machine that acted as an artificial heart and lungs while the Cardiothoracic Surgeons worked on the paralysed heart. When they were about to start stitching the vein to the heart I had to leave to go to class. The surgeons said this was bread and butter stuff and they were sorry I couldn’t see anything more exciting. If that’s the boring stuff, imagine how cool the exciting stuff is. I seriously want to be a Cardiothoracic Surgeon now.
Me: You’re just going to say that you want to become whatever surgeon you see. You do realise that.
Andrew: Yeah probably. But it was so awesome.
Me: Well, today I used masking tape to create a place value chart on the carpet for my students. It worked really well…
Andrew is now 6 months into his course and loving life. This place he is in right now is exactly where he wants to be and I’m looking forward to joining him in 6 months time. To think there is 9.5 years left of study is a bit daunting, but to tell you the truth, these last 6 months have gone by so quickly, it is ridiculous. I’m hoping the next 9.5 years will go by just as fast.