Spinal practical … sublux midterm … and BIRTHDAY!

Last week was one heck of a week with my spinal practical, sublux midterm and my birthday (which all ended up being Thursday and Friday). If you are a prospective student, you may not have already heard that Spinal is one heck of a class but on a positive note, Mr. Morter really prepares you for National Boards exams (from what I hear)!

Classes have changed slightly in the past year or so. When my brother, who is in 7th tri, took spinal it was broken out in two classes, now it’s one class.

I spent the beginning of the week working through bones (spine, ribs and sternum) so that I could how to write out the order quickly with correct spelling during the timed exam. So, for example, if the posterior tubercle was colored in on C1 you would need to write it out as following: C1, posterior arch, posterior tubercle. Not so hard, but sometimes under pressure you can easily forget something! Then Wednesday night was a late night in the library with another classmate, Jen. I was so excited (you could say) Wednesday night that I couldn’t sleep, and I don’t think it was because my birthday was Thursday!

Thursday was the big day for spinal, and it was my birthday! I started the first hour of the practical in the wet lab going over muscles and ligaments, which ended up being a good confidence booster. Then ended the second hour with the bones. So many people had said it was going to be super difficult and that they had left the practical exhausted. I think I prepared myself pretty well because I felt great leaving it and was very satisfied with my grade!

Thursday evening I met up with some friends to study for the sublux midterm, which was Friday. This class can also be challenging because it is one of the first classes where you have to think more outside the box instead of just memorizing things. Anyway, my friends were great and baked me a cake, ordered some food and had some amazing gifts! It was the best way to end my birthday with a very busy day and busy day ahead of me!

Jen

Thinking back to Thanksgiving break

109412262.thbHaving a break during the trimester to go home is always nice! Although, sometimes it can get a little trying to jam pack visiting with family and friends along with spending time studying. I headed back to my parents house Wednesday afternoon, and it was about a four-hour drive.

Thursday morning my sister-in-law came to my parent’s house with my niece and nephew (my older brother is a firefighter, so he had to work on Thanksgiving). It was so nice to spend time with them, as Griffin is 3 and Myla is 6 months. Sometimes I’m not sure if Griffin or Guinness (my dog) is more excited to see each other, and I think they spend a majority of their time doing laps around the house.

Since I want to work with children once I graduate, I also spend some time palpating the two of them, mainly Myla because she sits still for me whereas Griffin is a busy 3-year-old boy. Every now and then there is a child at the Pediatric Club, but I don’t have the pediatric class until 6th or 7th trimester. So when I can, I like to compare the difference between children and adults to work on my palpation skills.

One of my friends also let me know earlier in November that she is moving to the Cayman Islands in January for a job. I’m so excited for her and was able to get all the details around her new job and I can’t wait for one of our trimester breaks to visit her!

Besides spending time with family on Friday, I was able to spend the day studying on Saturday. I initially thought I would spend the day at a library, but then my entire family left the house for the day so I didn’t have any distractions there. We’ll see how Christmas break goes at home because I think I’ll be spending a lot of my time at a local library so that I don’t get behind relaxing and eating to much!