Now that I have nearly finished my first year in the program, I feel like I have gained so many new experiences and relationships. This week I was back with my primary preceptor and I feel like our relationship and work ethic has improved. At the beginning of the semester Melissa and I were pretty decently friendly and worked well together. Now, I consider Melissa a great friend and an amazing teacher. I wouldn’t have survived this semester without Melissa. She has been the biggest help for me when studying for tests and practicals. She gives me the most freedom in the clinic. All the evaluations I have done this semester were under Melissa’s supervision. It was my goal to improve my evaluation skills, and even thought I did not accomplish that in the way I said I would, I know I am much better at them. I think the only thing that has changed from the begging of the semester to now is that I don’t feel like a student. Previously I felt like everything I did, the preceptors were hand holding, which may have been necessary at the time. Now the preceptors let us have more freedom. They let us decide how to treat patients, and let us modify exercises, and let us create rehab programs. I think it is nice and respectful that the preceptors have given us these responsibilities.
The highlight of this week was when I was clinically experiencing softball practice on Friday. The team was doing their throwing warm up and the all the sudden a player was bent over. A ball had taken a bad bounce and hit her straight in the nose. It started bleeding immediately. We all ran out with the kit and Melissa determined it was broken. One of the AT’s drove her to the hospital where they confirmed her nose was broken. About 20 minutes later the players were doing a scrimmage type scenario and a player hit a line drive straight between the first and second basemen. The right fielder was going for it. The ball finally bounced and hit the right fielder in the jaw. Again we ran out to check her out. She was fine that time. But then this same player was batting. She fouled a ball and it hit her straight in the foot. When she came into the AT room after practice we did a bump test and used a tuning fork on her which were both positive. We gave her a walking shoe and we are sending her for an X-ray soon. Finally, another player comes into the AT room and is complaining of shin and ankle pain. Melissa did ROM and Kleiger’s and none of them had pain. Then I did a bump test, and she nearly jumped off the table because it hurt so bad. So we gave her a walking boot and we will be sending her for testing as well. Needless to say it was a very eventful day of practice.
This week I did not get any masteries or attempts, but I am filling out my clinical packet and so far, I seem to be on track.
This is where I do my weekly clinical blog assignment. There is either a prompt I am responding to, or I just talk about something exciting I saw during the week.