Today was my first radiology lab where we got to learn about the X-ray machines then take an X-ray and develop it. So we went through the lab and played around with moving the equipment around to get a feel for how to work all the buttons and the placement. Then we went into the dark room, used for developing films. What is really neat about the dark room is, well, it has to be extremely dark. There is only one red light on the ceiling because the films can’t be exposed to light until they are completely developed. What is neat is that when you go to open the drawer to put out the films it shuts off the lights so you don’t expose the films in storage and ruin all of the films.
So the TA left us to get a film prepared in the pitch black room where we literally couldn’t see anything. Luckily we succeeded in our task and make it out without anyone getting lost or injured. Then we got to actually take the X-ray. We were able to use whatever we wanted as long as it wasn’t any part of a person. Well, my friend Jenna and I planned ahead and brought our electronic Harry Potter wands with us so we could X-ray them! Jenna’s is one that has sound effects and mine is a remote control for my TV.
We took the X-ray and had to go back into the dark room to develop it. This time I did get lost and almost ran into the opposite wall before I was grabbed and pulled the right way. We got the filmed developed and it looked so awesome! We took it to the library and cut it in half so we each got the picture of our own wands. We plan on framing them!
It’s been another busy week in fifth trimester. We’ve exactly one week of classes left before we jump into finals. I believe most of the lower trimesters are finished with most of their testing then. Our class has practicals and quizzes almost every day until finals. It probably wouldn’t be this packed had we not missed four days of classes. I had the majority of my practicals Monday and Tuesday, so the rest of the week is pretty steady.
It snowed a good chunk yesterday and last night, and it seemed like the main concensus from most of the people I talked to was they were not going to be happy if classes were cancelled again. Although there are still people that are on board with snow days. To their disappointment, we were in classes Thursday even though the surrounding schools were cancelled.
Another cervical X-ray!
This Monday was supposed to be my first adjusting day in my cervicals class. I got through the full work-up in a timely manner, made sure my patient was in good condition and was even able to isolate an atlas subluxation. A full work-up includes having a detailed case history on your patient, finding out everything about them to make sure there are no contraindications. Visualization–looking at your patients posture. Leg checks–range of motion of the cervical spine and reflex testing cervical nerve roots. Then I had to perform a few orthopedic tests that were related to the cervical spine to make sure she didn’t have any significant injuries or pathologies. We did our first check for subluxations using the nervoscope then confirmed our findings with static and motion palpation.
Unfortunately, my patient’s X-rays were not marked properly so we weren’t able to adjust. She is going to get the proper markings on them this week, and we are going to give it another try the last day of classes. I will let you know how it goes.
I have only had one experience adjusting in toggle, but it’s exhilarating so I am really looking forward to hopefully getting that opportunity next Wednesday in cervicals. My partner gets her opportunity to adjust me during our next class!
As for now, there isn’t much else really happening this week. Everyone is just trying to prepare for finals!