18 Jun
And not because I triangled the spazzy n00b who told me to my face he had to win because he couldn’t lose to a girl, but because I kept my cool and played my own game. 

Also, I got to do eye surgery last week!

That’s me with the resident, Dr. Fischer.  And no, those aren’t reading glasses–my glasses were sliding down and I couldn’t push them back up myself. 


10 Responses to “Success!”

  1. slideyfoot June 19, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    Good stuff. Also, you could have pretended that was some kind of super-special vet magnification device, and I probably would have believed you. 😛

  2. Aparna June 19, 2011 at 4:10 am #

    @slideyfoot LOL nice to hear. Actually, the thing by our heads is part of our super-special (even for human medicine!) scope which was super expensive but paid for itself in about six months because our ophtho service does that many surgeries. We even have a jealousy-inducing human grade phaco machine for cataract surgeries.

  3. slideyfoot June 19, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Out of interest, what's the cut-off point in terms of size? I'm guessing a guinea pig or something similarly small would be too risky, but I was wondering if that kind of surgery would be done on, say, one of those teeny dogs?

  4. Aparna June 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    @slideyfoot Boston Terriers are commonly done, and they usually weigh about 10 kgs. I'm sure they've done smaller dogs too, and they did a bald eagle recently. I'm not sure anyone (owner) would want to do cataract surgery on their guinea pig, or even if it's common for guinea pigs to get cataracts. So to answer your question, I really don't know. Sorry!

  5. slideyfoot June 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    Heh – I wouldn't have thought guinea pigs would. AFAIK, major surgery is too high a risk for them (or at least that's what we were told when our last pig got put down).

  6. Aparna June 19, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    @slideyfoot You can do major surgery, but a lot of guinea pigs like to stop eating after, which is pretty serious because their guts need constant roughage.

  7. Arthur June 22, 2011 at 3:57 am #

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  8. Arthur June 22, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    I never thought I'd find a blog on BJJ and Veterinary Science! How do you find the time to balance between training and study?I just started my first year of vet school and I barely get in 2 training sessions a week :\

  9. Aparna June 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    @Arthur It's definitely not easy, and I give up certain things, like hanging out with friends during the week. My first year of school I didn't do jiu jitsu, and I used to be able to play soccer and volleyball and sometimes go out with my friends. Now that stuff almost never happens. I also tend to train less when we have exams (which is pretty often), or just go for the beginner class (one hour) instead of the whole night, which is beginnger's class and advanced, another 1.5 hours. Honestly though, I probably would have gotten better grades if I didn't spend time at BJJ, but I fully acknowledge that it was a personal decision. Since I started my fourth year, it's been a bit tougher and I go multiple weeks without training, since I spend so much time in the clinic. Plus, I'm not as willing to compromise my grades/learning this year, which I think it much more important that before. Where do you go to vet school? Feel free to send me an e-mail if you have any more questions or things.

  10. Arthur June 27, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    @AparnaI go to Sydney University in Australia. I probably would get better grades too if I spent less of my time training haha. But it probably stops me from burning out and keeps me sane.

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