Today started off in the worst way possible.
We had a spay and a dental to do in the morning. I’m used to starting with actual surgeries and moving on to the dentals afterwards, but Dr. Lyons decided to start with the dental first instead. I had already been setting stuff up for the spay, so I was in trouble with her for not working on setting up the dental first. First we started with dental radiographs, which decided they weren’t going to work today. We called the company and spent the good part of an hour trying to figure out what was wrong with our dental radiograph machine. Dr. Lyons started working on the dental while we tried to figure out the radiograph problem, but the dental scaler decided that it wasn’t going to work either, as no water was coming out of the scaler. We brought in Monte, who is our tech that’s good at fixing everything in the clinic, and he couldn’t figure out what was wrong either. Dr. Lyons had to clean the teeth manually until Monte could bring in and set up the old dental machine. When we finally got the dental radiograph working, the radiographs went by quickly, but Dr. Lyons didn’t tell me when she was moving on to the next section of teeth to be radiographed, so I had to be watching her while watching the radiograph while also watching the patient and bagging the patient, as he was shallow breathing throughout the surgery. I also got scolded by Dr. Lyons if I looked away from the patient for longer than a minute, which got really irritating after awhile. By the time this dental was done, it was already noon.
Immediately after the dental, I had to clean up the dental area and also work on setting up for the spay surgery. What I didn’t know before the surgery is that this was also an entropion surgery, so what I thought would be a short spay surgery turned into a surgery that lasted until 2pm. Both of these surgeries went without a hitch, but oh boy was I tired.
After the spay/entropion surgeries were done, I cleaned up the surgery suite and started working on cleaning all the instruments we had used today (a spay pack, a suture pack, and a pack of dental instruments). After all the instruments were cleaned, I helped take radiographs of a cat with a swollen front foot. This was one of the most beautiful cats I have ever seen, with a coat color that was light silver and black, and I have never seen a silver that looked that pretty. The cat was very nice during the radiographs, so it was awesome to work with this cat.
Just when I thought I could take a quick break, I found myself removing IV catheters and filling prescriptions for a variety of pets. The next thing I know, it’s already 3:15pm.
After my “lunch” break, I set to work on taking the dry instruments and putting them into their respective packs. Each surgery pack at this clinic has to go through the autoclave twice, so I started the first round of autoclaving for the first pack.
My last patient of the day was a cat who was experiencing some pain on its back right foot. Dr. Lyons was unable to find a location where the cat was in pain, so she sent the owner home with some pain medication to see if it would clear up in the next couple days. If it doesn’t clear up, the cat will be brought back for some radiographs to find the source of its pain.