Another week has come and gone through the halls of National.
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the snow is
melting. The tourists are pouring into Chicago to celebrate St.
Patrick's Day for this beautiful weekend. Where am I? Indoors at my
isolated little cubby, at my favorite study spot in Lincoln
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DC national board exams are administered twice a year, and this
weekend I am taking parts 2, 3, and physiotherapy. With the looming
740 questions in 7 sessions of 90 minutes in 3 days, I think my
brain might be fried by Sunday afternoon. We're down to less than a
week until the fun begins!
This previous week at school, we had the opportunity to listen
guest lecture by MK Czerwiec, aka "Comic Nurse." She spoke to
us about the importance of drawing in health care, and the
incredible opportunity it offers our patients to express their
experience of living with sickness and disease.
In the spirit of drawing comics and expressing ourselves through
art, I've decided to provide everyone with a few fun study-related
memes for the week!
Next week this time, I'll be free from Scantrons,
metal-detectors, and No. 2 pencils!
Another week of gorgeous weather in Illinois, and I am finding
it more and more difficult to study inside for our upcoming exams.
During the day, you'll often find National students eating their
lunches or reviewing their notes on the many park benches and
tables we have set up around campus, but this is only a temporary
activity. Many of us realize that by sitting outside and
"studying," it's much easier to find yourself people watching,
staring at the swans on the pond, or wanting to close your eyes and
daydream. All right, it looks like I'll have to keep the sun
bathing in moderation until midterms have passed.
This week, we covered quite a bit of ground in classes. In our
Phys/DX course, we continued to practice different regional exams
of the body, specifically the abdominal exam and neurological exam.
In phlebotomy lab, students are still perfecting their needling
"abilities" and learning different techniques for drawing blood.
Specifically, we are spending a lot of time on the butterfly needle
technique and drawing blood out of smaller veins. It's definitely
nerve-wracking, but a valuable experience none-the-less.
On Friday afternoon, Student Council hosted the summer's Tri
Games competition. The sport of the season was flag football, and
like any other trimester, each group of students sported their
tri's respective color and played for 4 months of bragging rights.
I unfortunately was not able to attend the event, but I don't doubt
it was a great showing! Maybe my 6th tri classmates took home the
My weekend was spent in Rochester, Michigan, for my older
brother's wedding. As a Buckeye myself in a family of nearly all
Ohio State grads, I never thought I'd see the day when one of my
sibs married a Wolverine! Despite our differences, the two families
came together and threw a terrific celebration.
Congratulations, Ben and Jenny! I loved the opportunity to get
away for a weekend and spend time with my family, but I miss them
already! It's a good thing I have plenty of studying and work to
keep me busy now that I'm back.
Classes are picking up and I'm beginning to find myself studying
pretty regularly now. The first few weeks of the trimester, it's
easy to occasionally glance at your notes and remember what the
instructor was teaching. Now that we've compiled more material and
midterms are upon us, I've been organizing my notes into binders
and prioritizing my various classes, preparing for our first exams
in a couple weeks.
Physical and Lab Diagnosis
(or as we like to say Phys DX) is the course I mentioned in my
first blog, and it is definitely proving to be one of my favorite
classes. This past week, we observed our instructor perform an ear
lavage to dislodge and wash out any built up cerumen in the
external ear canal. I can't imagine the noise of a water-pick
blasting fluid in my ear for 30 seconds at a time, but believe it
or not, it works! It appears to be a very effective way to increase
hearing in people with conductive hearing loss due to "gunk" in
your ear, and a lavage may actually be safer than the possibility
of jamming a Q-tip into your tympanic membrane!
This week, we also completed our SECOND blood draw in phlebotomy
lab, and I'm still alive! (With only minor bruising!) Now that our
class has been taught the procedure, we're perfecting our needling
techniques and still getting rid of the jitters that come with
poking our classmates. :)
I must admit that the majority of my week was spent anticipating
my trip back to Ohio for the long Memorial Day weekend. After class
on Friday, I packed my bags and traveled to the Dayton area to
visit some people very close to my heart. During my visit there, I
slept under the stars watching a meteor shower, enjoyed a couple
holiday cook-outs, and spent one whole afternoon canoeing down the
river with friends. The weather was warm, the sun was bright, and
the air was clean and fresh. It is weekends like these that make me
so thankful for where I come from and the people I'm blessed to
have still in my life back home.
Another week has passed, this one ending with a remembrance of
all the brave men and women who have served our country and
preserved our freedom. We are so fortunate to stand here today, to
have the right to follow our dreams and the opportunity to pursue
our goals. I can't wait to someday change other people's lives
through healing and do my small part in giving back to the
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