Anatomy is not required, but strongly recommended and I'll definitely be attending. I may have to wear a respirator because apparently there is no latex-free policy with the labs. Or the ORs. The anatomy instructor seemed rather perturbed that I have this allergy; he seemed quite concerned about me doing surgery as there are latex items in ORs. I already knew this; I can get around this by use of antihistamines, careful hygiene to avoid getting any powder near my eyes or airways, and using a respirator to prevent inhaling particles if I'm around much latex.
I've been testing myself over the last couple years to see how much I can tolerate. I managed to eat breakfast in a smallish restaurant that had lots of balloons in it recently. I needed my puffer and my tongue got a bit itchy, but the reaction didn't continue past that, so I think I should be good to avoid any major reactions during my career.
Today was day one of tutorial. I have a really nice group and today I sort of had to put their niceness to the test. I had to bring my kids with me because my husband was in the ER. Several classmates did offer but my tutor said I could bring them so I did. It was... suboptimal, that's for sure.
We definitely need to find an emergency sitter for days like this.
Good thing I forced my husband to go to the hospital. He was going to just wait things out but as soon as I checked him out I knew he had to go. Yay for first aid training and being a huge nerd who reads a lot. He's okay, but needed to be seen for sure. There were two possibilities - one would have necessitated immediate surgery, the other possibility required immediate treatment anyway. I told him before he went what I thought it could and what I thought they might do to assess because I wanted him to know why I was insisting he go. I was right on all counts - the possibilities I thought were likely were what they investigated, and it turned out to be one of them.
While I realize that I am quite literally a day one med student and my level of clinical knowledge is basically microscopic, I am hoping that the fact that I have some idea of what to expect will help me make sense of electives early on. I don't want to be completely confused while following doctors around!
So, fortunately, my husband will be fine and I got through day one of real med school despite a literal family emergency. Tomorrow all I have is procomp in the morning and then registering the kids for school in the afternoon.