I feel that I should post what I’m feeling now so that in a week I can laugh and say, “Why was I so nervous????”
Today was an overwhelming load of acronyms and patient care information. I donno if I can cram it all in my head.
The reasonable part of me keeps saying “no one learns it all in one day, take your time, it will stick, chill out.”
However, the stronger impulses telll me I’m in way over my head.
Today I learned:
- Primary and Secondary Survey of patients (this involves a metric ass ton of information)
- Endless acronyms that will soon become a pile of flashcards
- Taking BP with a cuff (and without). I don’t see how this can possibly be accurate, I suck so badly.
- My classmate/tablemate hates talking about blood and almost puked/passed out on me today.
- I want to make the perfect SOAP Note evar…
- I never want to do triage work.
- Crap sleep=crappy long day at school.
- Don’t volunteer to add traction to a femur fracture first.
- As uncomfortable as I am doing the Head to Toe assessment, I can take heart in the fact the guys were waaaaay more uncomfortable.
- I’m not the only one with bad ciruclation and freezing fingers while I palpate a patient.
- Hypothermia can begin setting in at 97 degrees…holy crap, please don’t die.
- Doc’s jokes make our instructor, Cal, groan too.
Enough playing. I’ve got to gather my gear, wash some laundry, make flashcards and glance at the CPR material for tomorrow.
One day down, seven to go.
Ed: Originally posted January 6th, 2011. Am currently a Wilderness First Responder through SOLO. Great experience and learning environment. Although I have the skills I hope I don’t find a person who I must use them upon.