Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I Survived My First Day of Clinicals!!!!

OK, sorry for the lack of posts the last few weeks, but I have been BIZZZZAYYY! Finals week drained me, but I survived. Then I had a week of vacation and my parents came into town for a few days and then all four of us (me, wife, mom and dad) drove out to San Francisco to visit my brother and his girlfriend. We had a great time and I will post some pics from our trip soon, I promise.

Then I got back and promptly returned to class, but luckily only on Monday. Then came today, my official first day of clinicals. Overall, it was a good day. I spent most of it getting oriented to the hospital, filling out paper work, meeting people in the dept and trying to find the cafeteria come lunch time. However, towards the end of the day I was able to assist another tech with x-raying two patients before the end of my shift came. Easy films, just a pelvis/hip and L-spine, but still a good first experience. The highlight was when one of the patients thanked me for helping her onto the table, the lowlight was when an old man coughed on the top of my head when I was helping to take off his pants. Oh well, I'll duck next time!

It's strange. I didnt really do much today in the way of seeing patients, but I'm still exhausted. Therefore, I don't have much to say right now. But stay tuned, I will do an update post this weekend and let you know how my first whole week at clinicals went. Wish me luck.

5 comments:

Kristen said...

Congratulations on your first clinical day! Were you nervous at all? How often do you go to clinicals? I wish we got a little more class time before starting clinicals. We start in a month and a half! I'm so nervous!!

While I'm thinking about it...what kind of shoes did you buy? I found some all white Nike's. They seem comfortable but I don't know how they'll feel after 8 hours on my feet! I might go shopping this weekend.

Again, congrats! I can't wait to hear how your week goes.

Tara said...

hi! i just found your blog randomly, and was totally excited to find it! i'm a first year imaging student in australia, about to go for my first hospital prac in just under a month. i've found there's a serious lack of student radiography blogs around.. i've promised myself i'll start one when i start working in hospitals more! i can't wait to catch up on yours, and keep an eye on it in the future!

Theresa said...

Welcome back - missed ya. Good luck :)

Mary said...

fantastic! I hope you're still having fun now that the week is almost over.

I hate being coughed on. I don't understand how people can be respritory therapist. *shudder*

SVN, prn said...

You came to California (close to Sacramento) and didn't visit?!? Shame on you!!