Who needs the beach when you've got colonoscopies?
So what did DeROK have to do this summer that was so important, he could leave all the students at Messiah College hanging on the edge of their seats to be in his presence again? Well besides day camp and volunteering at the hospital, I got to do this program. It was one of the best experiences that anyone in my major could participate in. For six weeks, I shadowed two doctors a day and got to see what it was really like to be in the profession. Besides exchanging trips to Six Flags for watching colonoscopies, I got to meet some really cool people and see some amazing stuff. I spent a few days in the pediatricians office, which I really liked, went to departments such as radiation oncology, physical therapy, sleep center, dialysis, and got to visit almost every type of doctor there is. The coolest part of it all was the couple of days I spent in surgery. I got to see a pace-maker put in, a knee replacement, a hysterectomy, spleen and pancreas removal, spinal surgery, cataract surgery, and the big one, open-heart surgery. It was truly an amazing experience to be standing right over a person with their heart and lungs exposed. To actually see this stuff working right in front of you makes you really appreciate the care that God put into creation. And it also makes you admire the skill of the doctor who can operate on these delicate organs while they're beating and pumping away. It was simply phenomenal. In addition to all of this, I got to take a trip to New York Medical College, which is where the picture above was taken. After all of this, I learned very important thing: Don't ever...Eeeeeeever get morbidly obese. The hospital is crawling with people who have had about 460 too many Ho-Ho's. If you don't want to end up with a video camera going in places the sun don't shine, pass on the brownies every now and then. DeROK has spoken.