The Intestines and visiting the hospital (Day 171)

New hospital in Kosice, Slovakia

Today’s Diary Entry is sponsored by Supreme Petfoods

Well today has been long, Anatomy lecture this morning was at 7:15am and I’ve just got back this evening from self study at 9pm. The good news is that I got a B in my anatomy credit test this week on the Esophagus and the simple and complex stomachs. I got a little confused with the name of the opening between the larynx and the trachea which lost me the A today however I am still pretty pleased.

Anatomy today was looking at the intestines and the topography (layout) of the abdominal cavity which was really interesting as its at the stage where I am trying to learn every single thing possible to prepare for surgery next year! For example those that read my physiology post on digestion the other day will know that you can listen for stomach sounds on the left side of the animal which is where the stomach is located. However the intestines are on the right side meaning that the animal needs to be in a different position to access these different organs.

Something I have been trying to arrange since I arrived here was vaccinations, and with summer fast approaching I feel its essential for me to get my Tick Borne Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). I went with a friend to the hospital today to try and get this done, and also see about having my wisdom tooth with a broken crown removed. Now walking round trying to find stomatology we met a dermatologist who randomly tried to sell us a “very good cream for dry skin” for 2.5 euros which was interesting. I did however manage to get a prescription to pick up the TBE vaccine which I plan on starting once I deal with my tooth.

New hospital in Kosice, SlovakiaThe hospital here is not run like in the UK but has different private clinics run by independent doctors for various specialities. It’s kinda good as you get to see a specialist in the field you need, however can involved running around. We visited the 2nd floor for stomatology to be sent to the 4th floor before then being sent to the 5th floor to find a oral surgeon capable of doing a surgical extraction of the tooth. The good news here is however I do now have an appointment for x-ray on Friday morning at 8am, however in typical Slovak fashion the surgeon said that they would see how busy they are as too if they will do the surgery on Friday morning. I am pretty petrified of dentists (though find animal teeth fascinating) so also have arranged for some sedation for the procedure which is under local anaesthetic. It’s going be interesting as the surgeon needs to open a flap, cut the tooth in half, and then extra the two roots separately to one another.

Anyways enough about that, after getting back from the hospital I headed into self-study to recap the intestinal system covered in lecture today as its a large topic area so I wanted a head start. Looking through the digestive tract of the pig I randomly discovered that it also had the cervix, uterus, uterine horns and ovaries intact. I found this pretty interesting as it was totally unexpected so couldn’t help but snap a photo to share!

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WARNING: This image is from a dissection and shows the pigs reproductive tract

The frustrations of Language… (Day 23)


Milk Hygiene this morning was cancelled as the lecturer was out on a trip with the Slovakian students so i got an extra hour in bed (yay!). The rest of the day was then devoted to languages and self study revision for anatomy.

I am at the point now of where I am starting to hate just how simple English really is. It is one of the few languages where there is no Gender, Cases or declensions and the only case where the ending changes is with tense (past, present, future). It feels like a disadvantage as a lot of other languages have different genders in their language in addition to different structure.

With Slovak I am doing reasonably well as I am only learning to talk it and not to write it at the moment which is ok. Shopping is definately getting easier and in this weeks lesson it was suggested that we should do a class trip to town to practice which I think is pretty cool.

In terms of Latin, it is at the point where it is getting confusing again, the biggest problem is with the different declensions. I wish I understood just what they meant however I don’t and it seems no one can explain it which does kinda suck. I can work stuff out pretty well half the time, however I cannot justify or explain what I have done which I don’t like as it indicates that I really don’t understand it and most probably am just getting lucky. I am planning to spend a good few hours this weekend reading through and trying to understand it better!

This evening was once again spent in anatomy self study, for some reason the flintstones theme tune pops into my head during this session.

The Scapula and Radius-Ulna

The biggest point here is with the differences between species of animals its not enough to just learn the bone from one species you need to know them all. For example the scapula (shoulder blade) is different in Horses, Ox, Pigs, Ruminants and the Dog and Cat so thats 6 different sets of information that needs to be learnt.