I was strugling to study for my comprehensive test (still actually, by the time i wrote this) due to the fact that I have a 2 months old baby who needs attention in so many ways.
My husband did everything in his power to tak e care of him and gave me extra time to highlight some algorithms and guidelines. But still, at 9 pm I ended up with nursing my son to sleep while opening AO website on my mobile phone, maxillofacial surgeons’ bible for all bone-related diseases.
In such limited time, I decided to read materials that I wasn’t really familiar in my 5 years of training because the cases are rare. Just in case, it’s comprehensive test right?
It’s about congenital anomalies
While cleft lip and palate are common cases, I didn’t have much experience with hemifacial microsomia and treacher collins syndrome, whose patients have parts of their faces underdeveloped or more severe syndromes like the recent zika virus that affects skull bone and brain. I kept reading the classifications, treatment alternatives, life expectancies and other things I should know as a surgeon when It strucked me that it could be Thariq.
The numbers may be 1:600, 1: 2500 and so on. But still, it could be my baby.
It could be my baby who has to spent nights in NICU incubator and undergo extensive surgery before he could speak.
It could be me having engorged breast with breastmilk without any baby to fed.
Alhamdulillah, Thariq has normal anatomy and normal functioning organs.
Alhamdulillah, I have a healthy crying baby in my arms while I’m studying cases of special babies.
I’m so lucky..
Being grateful is one thing
I couldn’t imagine if it was my baby. But I could help.. in the near future I hope.
now back to studying.. shall we?