Redband and practicals

Redband coffee ... yummm.

Redband coffee … yummm.

Week four of the trimester flew by, and I can only imagine how quickly the rest of the trimester will go. Today (Thursday) we had our first palpation practical on the pelvis. Over the weekend and last night, a few of my classmates and I got together to practice finding specific landmarks (PSIS, ASIS, etc.) along with the testing (fluid motion, seated flexion, etc.). I am starting to find these landmarks much easier with practice and am becoming more confident with then!

I remember the first day struggling to find the inferior and inferior PSIS. I am sure that as I go further along in the program, palpating different features will continue to get easier. Then I’ll look back and wondering why I stressed out over these practicals.

During the practical, there’s no talking, except when you’re performing the test and showing the landmark to the professor. Palpation is probably one of my favorite classes because it’s all hands-on compared to sitting all day. The hour always flies by! Just like I know my time at Palmer will fly by, but I’m excited to have more hands-on classes.

The test only took each person about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. And then we had the rest of the time for ourselves. I walked to Redband with two friends. If you’re not familiar with Redband Coffee, they have two locations, and one is a quick walk from campus. And they have some amazing iced coffee! If you are a coffee drinker, I highly recommend checking them out. I also love their breakfast sandwiches!


Learning to palpate

Students learning to palpate in class.

Students learning to palpate in class.

We had a great night at the sorority house with Technique Night! There are six pledges this trimester and it’s great getting to know all of them. Only three are first-trimester students. I’ve met a lot of great friends through the house, even only being in Davenport for a few months.

That night we worked on palpating different cervical and pelvic landmarks. We haven’t worked on palpating cervicals in palpation class yet, so it’s nice to get some extra hands-on to find these landmarks. Different clubs and organizations will work on palpation to help students get their hands more familiar and sensitive to finding these landmarks.

One of the pledges is in 8th trimester and was willing to let me palpate her cervicals since she does this all day long. It was great getting paired up with someone who knows what she’s looking for and how to test the motion to make sure I was in the correct location. We also worked on listings, which was very new to me. I always hear about them but wasn’t exactly sure how they worked with what I was feeling!

We ended the palpation with pelvic landmarks, which was really helpful since I have my palpation exam tomorrow. I was able to find the PSIS, sacral ala, ischial spine, ischial tuberosity, and more! Any extra hands-on work is always helpful because I find you never know who you could be palpating during your exam, so just becoming more confident is important!