I observed Wednesday the 15th of February, Thursday the 16th, as well as April 21st. I was not able to get all 6 hours that first week, however finished them the 21st. I observed with Caitlin and Matt. When I was there I experienced many different rehabs of all ages, as well as workers tests. The different rehabs ranged from shoulder to foot for surgery to instability. The workers tests were testing to see if the patient was able to do the job specific duties in order to complete their job. I learned if I am able to get my masters in OT I do not want to work with older people nor in the hospital system. Younger kids seem so much more outgoing and whiling to try harder unlike older people. I do not want to work in the hospital system because its not as outgoing to colorful like privately owned clinics. I loved being in the different environment with all the different patients, who are not necessarily athletes like here at school.
This week A LOT happened.. starting off on Wednesday with imaging and radiology where I finally finished my hours. I was about to see a tibial plateau fracture with and ACL and meniscal tear, the man has biking, walking his dog and fell off the bike. Unlike before most of the images were of the knee, before it was a mixture of the brain and spine. On Thursday the AT program was able to join ETSU in the cadaver lab. That lab was the second one I had been to. They are one of the coolest things we can see as students because you actually get to experience how the muscles look in real life, unlike in the pictures, the muscles look like turkey and beef jerky. One of my most favorite things was being able to see the aorta down the spine. When thinking about the heart I really thought that the aorta did not traveled that far in the body. We were able to see many different bodies and look inside the joints. We were able to see inside the hip as well as the shoulder and knee. Inside the knee we were able to see the menisci and PCL. Inside a hip was a hole on the top of the femoral head, we thought maybe the man had had a hip replacement, but the student in the lab with us said that it was maybe where a vein commented to the bone for a blood supply. I never thought that the bones had anything connected to them. The cadaver lab is one of the best experiences any students can have because it is the ultimate hands on experience. On Friday, I was able to finish my hours for PT, I was able to experience with a PT whose patients ranged from 9-75. The younger girl was having patella-tracking issues; she warmed up on the bike for 10 minutes then did some strengthening exercises. Next was an older woman about the age of 70, she had a total knee replacement in November and had three weeks left in rehab, she was treated the same as the 9 year old, starting off with the bike. She has doing better but not to 100%, she believed she was at 90%, she was having problems was extension as well as walking with her foot in a natural position. And Finally IT’S BRISTOL BABY! Saturday was not bad we only had two rain delays in the first races and cancelled the second race after around 90 laps due to rain. Then on Sunday, the drivers were not able to get on the track due to rain, they postponed the race until Monday.
I was able to have a meeting with Brianne and DC so I was about to get around 80 masteries this week.
This week was not as productive as I would have wished but I was able to get some things done. This week was a little crazy, I was placed with Imaging/ Radiology and I had emailed them on Sunday. She was not able to get back to me until Tuesday, which threw me off a little for clinical. This week started Easter break on Friday, meaning we did not have class. Yay going home! I was able to get into the imaging on Wednesday night from 3:45 to 9:30.
We started off the night with an older man that had a potential stroke and ended off the night with a woman who had a stroke. Looking through their images was very neat, being able to see the actual black spot where the oxygen was cut off from her brain. The first man was very unresponsive, however he did not have any spots from his images. The range of patients was very large; we scanned a variety of things from a hand to a brain and a shoulder. The most interesting part of the night was an older man in his 60’s, he was having shoulder pain, and his doctor ordered MRI images. The shoulder takes about 30 minutes in the machine. When the man walked into the room he immediately looked into the tube then looked at the tech and said “no way”, there was no way he was going in the tube. He sat on the bed asking a bunch of questions, like how far in he was going to go and how long he would be in the tube. They were able to show him how far in he was going to go and he freaked out even more. He came out and said “no way!” He then asked if he could have his wife in the room with him, she was able to stand as his feet. After about an hour, his wife finally convinced him into going in. He shook, THE WHOLE TIME!!! I loved being able to experience imaging; however I don’t think I would be able to sit in a dark room 11 hours a day! I can’t sit still for more then an hour; I would be jumping around the room by lunch. I was there for 5 hours and 45 minutes, so I need 15 more minutes of clinical experience and need 20 more minutes at the PT clinic. So I will be getting that done this week.
As I said at the start, this week was a little slow and hectic so I was not able to get any more attempts or masteries. However I should be able to get back on track after Tuesday. After my presentation and paper are turned in for Gen Med and GWIC.
Also here is the picture from Nick’s National meet from last week.
This week was a little more exciting then the other because I got to be around the one sport I love more then any other, track! I have ran track/ cross country since I was in the sixth grade. I’m not sure what it is that makes me love it so much, maybe because of all the injuries that come along with running or maybe the fact that it’s a one athlete sport; where you don’t have to have a team to participate. The track meet wasn’t until Saturday, so I had to make it through a whole week of school first. Brittany and I were able to go to PH on Tuesday when there wasn’t much going on. We were able to get a lot of masteries done that day though, but that’s all we got to do. It was a pretty slow week because of the build up for the track meet on Saturday.
This week was a pretty exciting week for my family (mostly my little brother). Nick, my little brother, made it to nationals for swimming, where he was swimming the 200 yard breaststroke and 100 yard breaststroke. I couldn’t have been more proud of him; he swam very well even if he was not the happiest with his swims. That was only short course nationals, now he still has long course, where I expect him to swim even better. Once I got back to school, I only had to make it other day before the big track meet. On Saturday, we arrived at 8:30, the meet did not begin until 9:30-10ish, they first started with the field events. They were planning to begin the running events at 12:30, however the meet was running very far behind. The running events did not start until 1:30 and were not very well organized. We walked on the where the athletes check in for their races and asked if they needed any help. I helped them organize and make it more efficient for the athletes to get their numbers faster. Once the running events finally started, the favorite event to watch was up first, the hurdles. The hurdles are my favorite because of all the people who fall on their faces. Nothing exciting happened until the second to last event of the day the boys 3200, a boy fell of the track while running and inverted his ankle. I was able to do an eval on the boy. He was not very happy with himself for falling off of the track and having to stop running, so he really did not want to talk to me much. Once I finally got him to take of his ankle compression wrap and sock I was able to tell he had a grade 1 ankle sprain, nothing serious. We told him to ice and take an easy… This week is going to be a little different because I have imaging!
This week I was able to get 20 masteries and about 70 attempts to add for my book.
This week was a little hectic, however I would like to start off with saying I was able to gain over 50 attempts in my clinical book as well as over 10 masteries. I started meeting with Brianne weekly so I will not only be able to go over things in my book but also start doing test strips for my exit exam in a month. I received the masteries with Bre during clinical experience, while waiting to go out to baseball and soccer.
This week was a little slow for clinical experience off cite so I was able to do some experience on campus. On Thursday, we were over at Patrick Henry High School, where we were experiencing baseball and soccer. The events did not start until 5, so as I said above we will able to get some attempts in our clinical books. As we were walking out to baseball the head track coach walked up to us with one of his athletes, she was holding her forehead. He said, “As they were using the medicine balls, someone threw the ball while she was not looking, hit her and she hit her head on the ground.” We then began an eval to see if she could have a possible concussion. We asked questions about how she was feeling, where exactly her pain was, and then checked her eye reaction. She was in pain right on the spot where she hit her head, which did not worry us as much as if she said it was all around her whole head. While we were evaling her I realized she was not really out of it and was responding pretty fast to everything we were asking her. Bre pulled her for the rest of the day and told her that if she had any symptoms appear in the next 24 hours to see her in the morning or have her mother call her. Once we finished with her, we walked down to the baseball field; we stayed with them until the second half of the soccer game started. Soccer ended up beating Battle 4 to 1. On Friday I was able to experience with football as well as Saturday. Just so I was able to get a couple more hours for the week so I am not getting behind with my hours. One thing I love most about experiencing with football is all of the taping and treatment opportunities. I am looking forward to this wee because there is a big track meet on Saturday at PH, yay a whole day of clinical experience with track!!