Monday, January 17, 2011
First module test is tomorrow night, the first 5 chapters of that NYC phonebook-sized text on Emergency Care. It is not nearly as overwhelming at the moment as it seemed it would be the first night. I am "getting it," mostly, except for Chapter 4, The Human Body. Holy cow. What IS it about bone names: femur, tibia, fibula, radius, ulna that makes me unable to remember where they go in my body? Not only that, that's not the hard part. The thing I am TOTALLY not hanging onto yet, and need to by tomorrow night, is trying to use the terms to describe where an injury on a patient's body: midline, medial, lateral, bilateral mid-axillary, anterior, posterior, ventral, dorsal, superior, inferior, proximal, distal etc., etc.
I think it is because it requires putting several pieces together at once: I have to remember if it is the front or back, upper or lower, and the name of it - and if I could just say it is on the inside of his upper left arm, that would be ok, but I have to take THAT knowledge, and then, mentally transfer it to it's proper names, and put them all together, like "it's a broken tibia on the anterior dorsal side, medial to the whatchamacallit." And for someone with ADD, that's a lot of steps to think out, and say, quickly and calmly. Hopefully, with practice, that will come. Either that, or I'm simply praying no one in my town EVER suffers a broken bone - only heart attacks and stomach pains.
Just kidding. Maybe. I'll see if I'm kidding AFTER tomorrow night's test!!