I’ve had a busy last week and a half, as you can see from the title. So here’s a quick update of whats been going on in my life:
- Last Sunday (8 days ago) I broke my finger playing Ultimate frisbee. I walked around with a huge sausage link of a finger for a few days but now it barely even hurts. Its funny, I was so sure that it wasn’t broken that when the doctor called to tell me the results of the x-ray I burst out laughing on the phone. All that swelling meant I couldn’t hold things like pencils or, say, my scalpel for anatomy lab. Instead I used a probe (a tool which doesn’t have a point or blade), but at one point I lost control of the probe, flicked it across the room and lobbed a huge glob of adipose tissue in my lap! After that I just watched my partners dissect; it was safer for everyone involved. (The picture is from a couple of days ago, after the swelling and bruising had started to go down, but you can still see the beautiful purple bruising.)
- Also, I had to do my OTM practical with a finger that didn’t bend. We were only checking for rotation and flexion/extension preference, so it didn’t impede me in any way. For those of you not trained in osteopathic manipulations, I was using my thumbs to feel how my partner’s vertebra were rotated and and whether they moved correctly (basically). So all my other fingers were curled up out of the way but my index wouldn’t bend so it was just sticking up awkwardly as I checked everything 🙂
- Last Friday I had my first anatomy lab practical. I spent HOURS in the anatomy lab making sure I knew where everything was. Its harder than it sounds–Its not just big things like “identify her left arm” or even “identify her deltoid.” No, they ask mean things like, What is the name of that tiny cord that could be a nerve or could be a blood vessel? And then you have sixty seconds to name the structure. After I finished it, I felt pretty confident, but after talking to people over the weekend about their answers I was pretty sure I had failed. Luckily, they just posted grades and I did pretty well. Whew.
- In other news, I have a new baby cousin born this week and we just found out the sex of my sister’s baby. So exciting! Its funny how other people’s lives keep going on while I am trapped…I mean attending medical school haha.
- Then this morning I had my second block exam. I feel like I only came home to sleep and spent the rest of my time at school. At first I was holed up in the anatomy lab, then as soon as that was over, I spent all my time in the library reminding myself that there were other other classes beside anatomy. I’m exhausted now–I’ve done nothing but study for days. I’m not sure how that went yet–I’ll update you in a few days after its graded.
- After I finished the exam, I came home and made cinnamon rolls because yum. Don’t judge me–I’m from the South and I express my feelings of stress in food. It took less than an hour and they were delicious. Feel free to be jealous.
- Finally, the ATSU-KCOM class of 2018 was challenged to the ALS ice bucket challenge by our dean, Dr. Wilson. This afternoon about 25 of us gathered to douse ourselves in ice water. It was miserably hot, so I thought it would be a pleasant experience. Guys, it was SO COLD. Also, some ice got down my shirt which is always fun. But it was a great experience for a wonderful cause. And in turn we challenged the class of 2017, so there is more fun to come!
- Its funny, I biked back home soaking wet after this and people were giving me funny looks. Did it rain only on me? Do I have some sort of sweating disorder? Nope, just voluntarily dumped ice water over my head. Don’t mind me.
Well, thats what I’ve been up too. Now I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing day of….studying for tomorrow’s osteopathic manipulation quiz. But first, a nap!