Sunday, March 2, 2008

In Like a Lion...

I hate subject/title lines. When I email, I usually use some variant of hello, hey, hi. Now I have a blog and a never-ending series of "hello, hey, hi" titled posts just aren't going to cut it! I had toyed with the idea of numbering the days but I think that would come too close to that "excerpt from a cat's diary" that's floating around on the net. You know, the one that starts:

Day 752: My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.


I wasn't able to cert on anything last week but I did manage to comp on everything in the chest category and I'm finished with that. I'm still waiting to cert on a tib-fib, patella, hand, forearm and elbow.

I was having great difficulty the week before with my hand images. One hand come through last week and I asked to go down to the ER to do it. My images were absolutely beautiful with no retakes necessary. So, as I thought, for some reason I was just psyching myself out. Now I'm ready to cert on that and hopefully another one will come through this week.

Tib-fibs don't come through very often (while I'm there, at least) but one did come through the ER and I thought I was going to be able to get some experience with positioning. Unfortunately for both me and the patient, it was a pretty severe break (spiral fracture to the distal tibia and a fracture of the proximal fibula) and the tech had to stay in the room holding the leg in place while I went to the controls and shot the images. While I didn't actually get to position or assist, it was a good exercise in thinking outside of the box and how to compensate for the inability of your patient.

Other than that, it was a pretty quiet and slow week.

Goals for this week are to work on getting those remaining certs. Although I need to cert in everything I have left on my to-do list, once I have 4 in each extremity category, I can start comping in that category. In each category, I need 2 more certs before I can start comping. Hopefully I'll be able to do that soon. This clinical rotation is finished at the end of the month and we're supposed to be done at that time with all certs and comps. We've been told, though, that something will be worked out should we be missing any because our site is slow. I'd rather not have to go there, though!

1 comment:

Gaile said...

Hi - just wanted to say hello. I just found your blog and am reading your back entries. I'm applying to school for the fall, but trying to get as much info from you folks already going through it as possible. Really liked your entry about the conference - sounds like a great opportunity.