Medical student‘s gory ‘worst shift’
EVERYONE knows the medical profession is not one for the squeamish.
But a recent article written by a medical student has revealed just how horrifying the job can be.
Writing for Bored Panda, a hospital intern identified only as Abhishark described in grisly detail what really went on during the "worst shift" of his career.
Things started to go downhill when the student's first admission arrived - a diabetic man in his 70s known as "Buck".
Worst of all? The man was "not fond of showering" and as a result, "his odour was to the point that nursing [staff] refused to go in".
Despite his questionable cleaning habits, Abhishark said Buck "loved himself and his life and was proud of his lack of basic human hygiene; he even joked that he would use his odour to deter any chores delegated to him from his wife and daughters".
But his cleanliness was not the reason he was in hospital that day - he had arrived due to a problem with his leg.
"He moved aside his blanket to show me his legs; my eyes went from his normal looking plump right leg to the sun-dried black hotdog that was his left leg," Abhishark wrote.
"Even though he had his foot wrapped it was obvious that his leg from the knee down had severe gangrene.
"Buck recalled that he had foot pain two months ago and as time went on it got worse and then it got better. He only came in today at the request of his wife, whom I was still not completely convinced existed."
But then, things got even worse.
As the intern undid the wrapping on his patient's leg to take a closer look, "his pinky toe just popped off. Just like that. Pop."
"I picked up his toe husk and held it in the air; we both looked at each other in silence," the student wrote.
"Most men would freak out or cry. Not your boy Buck.
"He proceeded to reach over to his other middle toe and, with toddler-like curiosity, popped it off. He then started to laugh. And then I started to laugh while screaming on the inside."
Abhishark explained diabetes had run in Buck's family and that his mother had had similar problems, and told the man the reason his foot had stopped hurting was because it was "essentially dead".
"We spoke about amputation as the next viable step, and said that vascular surgery would see him tomorrow morning to speak to him in more detail," the student wrote.