Though I try to be very careful with my possessions, occasionally I make a blunder that is so extraordinary even I can’t help but laugh about it…after the damage has been done. When I finished a recent clinical skills rotation, I proceeded to the locker room to change out of my coveralls and boots and into street clothes. Normally, I empty the pockets of the coveralls. The one time I forgot to do that just so happens to be the same time that I locked my keys into my locker. I suppose it is Murphy’s Law at its finest! A campus police officer with a bolt cutter was enough to do the trick and spare me of my temporary shame. This story goes to show that there is no such thing as being too careful; an extra check of one’s pockets can never hurt.
It is a very common occurrence in vet school that the volume of information being thrown at students exceeds our capacity to retain it. As much as we may widen our mouths, the fire hydrant keeps spewing forth water at a very high rate. The nuggets of information that I think are valuable may not make it into my brain’s storage bins, and sometimes it seems the fairly useless factoids are the ones that I can easily recall. I guess sometimes it is worthwhile to purge these from one’s memory, but in this case I would not recommend using a bolt cutter!