Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Halfway There!

I made a liar out of myself and did not write my anatomy post this weekend, so I will try my best to recap the last 5 weeks while I am a little brain fried on this Wednesday afternoon. The first block, which I think will probably be my favorite out of all 3, is over and we are halfway through block 2. We started block 1 with an anatomy review/overview and then lectures and labs focused on the back, back of neck, spinal cord and vertebral column, scapular regions, pectoral regions, lateral cervical regions, the axilla, arm, forearm, wrist, and hand. It was A LOT of information, but it was extremely applicable to OT and I really enjoyed learning it. Those dissections were challenging, but definitely manageable. Now we are on to block 2 and so far we have covered the autonomic nervous system, anterior neck, superficial and deep face, cranium, upper respiratory system, thorax, and lower respiratory system. This block has definitely been much more challenging… especially in lab. The structures in block 1 were relatively easy to identify. I mean once you cleaned off the skin, fat, and fascia, the muscles were right there just waiting to be identified. The vessels veins were also relatively easy to find because once you found something you could just trace it until you saw where it was coming from and where it was going to. I cannot say as much for the face and neck. It was extremely difficult for me at first and I am still struggling to learn all the parts. In my opinion it is the hardest part of the class.

We start the heart tomorrow so my excitement for the class is kicking back up a notch!! I am really learning so much and I appreciate what a wonderful opportunity this is for me. We are really very fortunate to have so many cadavers and so much exposure. We see some amazing things in addition to the regular structures we have to identify. I have seen cancer, and hematomas, hernias, pacemakers (one went off one night… and I believe it started smoking yesterday), and feeding tubes (or parts of them). I have held a brain, cut a head completely in half, and cracked open a chest wall! These are things that most people do not get to see or experience and I thankful that I have. With that being said… is it easy to go to into the smelly lab every day with enthusiasm? Is it easy to come home and study every single day? Heck no!!! But if it was easy then I guess everyone would be doing it. One of the hardest parts (besides the material of course) is trying to balance my life and also maintain energy levels! My days pretty much consist of going to class, lab, (another class on Tuesdays and Thursdays), and coming home to study for a few hours. I don’t mind putting in the hours to study for the most part, but most days I find myself completely exhausted. My coffee intake has tripled! I used to only drink 1 cup a morning, but I find myself drinking 2 more in the afternoon just so I can look over notes. I try to exercise at least 2-3 times a week and I try to go out and do something fun at least once a week and I also try to get plenty of sleep so there is not a lot of time for extras.

The applied kinesiology class I am taking is much less involved, but still very important. We covered some basic biomechanics etc in the beginning and now we are focusing on goniometry and manual muscle testing. So far we have learned how to do goniometry and manual muscle testing on the shoulder region, elbow, and wrist.

I feel like this was a poorly written post, but at least I tried to get some info out there about what this summer is like. In a nutshell it is exciting but extremely tiring. So much information, so many cool things, and so little time to learn and see them all!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Real Anatomy Post... Coming Soon

So it turns out that things can get much much MUCH busier than they were last semester. There is so much I want to post about anatomy and our cadaver lab, but I never have the time, energy, or attention span to do it. It is a ton of work, but I am learning so much! I will find the time to do a proper post this weekend! Until then...