I recently was back in the Hospital for Large Animals (HLA) at Tufts, completing a rotation in large animal medicine. It was nice to be there this time of year. Spring means that it’s “foal season.” There were several mare/foal duos, and it is cool to think that I played a small role in their stories. One foal had a partial failure of passive transfer. Another also had this compounded by a cardiac abnormality called a ventricular septal defect, which months ago studying for boards I recalled as the most common congenital defect of horses (and cows for that matter). A pig with erysipelas (diamond skin disease), a couple of alpacas, and a handful of goats rounded out the species I encountered.
During the third week of the rotation, I randomly bumped into my two of my best friends, Nyasha and Carolyn. I had not seen them for weeks. While Carolyn and I were on the pathology rotations together, Nyasha and I had not crossed paths or even been in the same hospital for almost two months. Though Carolyn was packing for a cross-country trip to head to her next elective rotation, Nyasha and I had ample time to reconnect; it was just funny that we did so in the stall of one of my patients. While reminiscing and sharing updates, we brushed nearly every square inch on him. It was just a passive activity, but I think he enjoyed the massage! Despite not doing any medical treatments during that hour, it was truly wonderful to catch up and talk about life.