Back to Reality

Friday, August 29, 2008

I successfully survived my first week back to school... True, I was in need of a more scheduled life again, but getting up at 6:30 am everyday was a rude awakening to my normal doze-until-9 lifestyle for the last four months. And my professors sure didn't ease up on us-- the second we walked in on Monday morning, they were raring to go. When I truly realized I was back in PT school? Monday afternoon in my Peripheral Orthopedics lab we were performing frictioned palpations on each others' groin muscles and piriformis (a very deep muscle in your butt). Hello!

My schedule this semester consists of Peripheral Orthopedics, Spinal Orthopedics, Modalities, and Research Principals and Design (lots of statistics and thesis-related work). So far, I feel like the semester will be managable-- anything's better than last year. I don't think it's academically easier, but there's much less adjustment required, less stress. I feel so bad for the first years; they just don't know what's coming. I've been trying to answer as many questions as possible for them and give them lots of advice, but there's nothing sufficient to say. First year sucks. It's just hard...socially, academically... hard.

The orthopedics classes are sort of the main focus this semester, in addition to thesis work. We're told that by the end of the semester, we'll be able to answer all of those questions we get when people find out we're in PT school: "Oh, you're in PT school? I've got this pain in my right ankle that..." One of my favorite parts of this class is that Jason, my professor, is Irish and has this great accent and pronounces a lot of medical terminology much differently than Americans. I'm partially used to this because one of my professors from last semester was British, but I heard some new ones this week. Like, umbilicus (as in umbilical cord, referring to your belly button). No, Jason says Um-bill-EYE-cuss. And he says, cerv-EYE-cul (cerv-i-cal...referring to the vertebrae in your neck). And skull-ee-tul (instead of skeletal...as in skeletal muscle). I'm keeping a running tab. He says we'll all be saying cerv-eye-cal by December, but I highly doubt it.

Another sign I'm back in school? When I go to bed at night, I'm not reading a novel under my lamp...not my Bible... No, I'm reading journal articals. Pillow talk with Tyler goes something like this: "What are you reading about?" "Acetabular labral tears and avascular necrosis." "Oh. Are you ever going to talk normal again?" "Nope."

Welcome back to PT school. Only fifteen weeks until Christmas break.

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