My hands were covered in soap as I leaned over the sink. With a small, sterile scrub brush, I slowly scrubbed each of my fingers, moving from surface to surface on each finger before moving onto the next. After my fingers were clean, I worked my way down my arm, and then onto the other hand.
Today marks one of the most exciting days for my fellow classmates and I. Today, we do our first surgical scrub and put on our first surgical gown. Having thoroughly cleaned each hand, it was now time to rinse. While it seemed easy based on our instructional video, rinsing my hands from fingertip to elbow while trying not to touch the cabinet or faucet head was not quite natural. Additionally, with the low sink top and my towering frame, leaning over to do it made it even more awkward.
Afterward, we headed off to the next room where we would practice gowning. As our teacher demonstrated, we all had to keep our hands up to keep them in the surgical field and help them air dry. To be honest, it looked like the entire class was being held up by a cop or someone.
My partner and I tried to get into our gowns sterilely, the key word here being “tried,” because we failed on many levels. We both had difficulty getting our gloves on properly, and at some points the gloves were even on backward. Of course, I grabbed my gown in the wrong spot initially. Despite all the hiccups, it was a great day and we both know how to do things better the next time.
When I first came to vet school a few years ago, I didn’t feel like I was all that close to becoming a veterinarian. But when I had my gown on, I realized that the end goal is much closer than I ever imagined.