Because I'm pregnant, no one wants me in the room particularly much when fluoroscopy is in use since they're all concerned M's health and safety. Honestly, I think I'm more comfortable with being around radiation than most would be. Pregnant interventional radiologists continue working and I'm going to have waaaay less exposure in two weeks of mostly observing from a ways away than they would working throughout a pregnancy at the bedside. If I'm properly shielded and radiation use is being kept as low as reasonably achievable, which is a constant goal, I'm quite comfortable being in the room. I have participated in a short procedure and hope I'll have the chance to do so again.
Just observing is fun, though. At this point in my training, I'm not really able to contribute at all (besides the fact that I always carry pens which is handy) and I know very little procedure-wise so it's not like I'm actually useful to have around. I'm mostly a black hole of time, with the occasionally useful ability to go fetch something, and so I am immensely grateful for the techs, nurses, and physicians who take the time to explain things to me or direct me to the appropriate resources for learning. Everyone is fantastic so far and it's really lovely how welcoming to students they all are. Mostly I'm trying to observe as much as possible and retain as much as I can. I make lists of things to look up later and if I'm unsure what I saw so I need help figuring out where to start, then I ask.
Part of what I'm trying to do on this elective is learn how to be a good team member in the hospital and how to be a good, useful clerk. I'm paying attention to how equipment is handled, who does what, and who to call for which things, because things like this will pay off come clerkship. I may not be intending to pursue radiology, but there's plenty that I can learn from it to take with me through the rest of my training and inti practice. That's true of everything, of course, which is why I'm just trying to learn from all of it.
At the moment though, I am so insanely exhausted its hard to describe. I haven't had time to recover from the trip yet - we got back Sunday morning and I started my elective Monday - and so my body is making sure I'm reminded of the need for downtime. Fortunately it's a long weekend coming up so I should have time to relax a bit.