I’m a third-year veterinary student. While we don’t learn about human medicine specifically, the majority of what we know can be applied to humans. So when I developed a sharp pain in my chest that worsened when I breathed deeply, I had a few theories. After three nights when the pain got so bad that I was having trouble breathing, I went to the student health office.
The female doctor there was very helpful. When the pain didn’t respond to an NSAID injection, she suggested that I get a chest radiograph done. Unfortunately, they didn’t offer radiographs at student health on the weekends, so she apologized and suggested that I go to a local urgent care facility. She also mentioned that she was worried about a blood clot, since I was on hormonal birth control. I hadn’t considered a blood clot (my patients are rarely on hormonal birth control), but it made perfect sense to me.
My doctor at the urgent care facility was male. He was compassionate and explained everything excellently. When I mentioned that the previous doctor had been concerned about blood clots, he began a long explanation in layman’s terms about how blood can thicken in the vessels in the legs and then break loose and travel back to the heart where it…
“You mean a deep vein thrombosis?” I interrupted, not feeling like hearing a repeat of something I’d learned in undergrad.
He raised his eyebrows at me. “I see you’ve been online,” he said.
He spoke very little, and sent me straight to radiology after I gave him a frosty, “I’m in vet school.”