Thursday, 3 January 2013

New Year...New Update

It's been a couple of months since I last updated the blog so I thought it was about time I did it again.

Uni Life - As you might expect I've been enjoying a break over Xmas. Before the break though, we enjoyed a class 'outing' to the pub (where else) for a Xmas dinner, even persuading a lecturer and placement mentor to join us. A few drinks were sank and a few people went on to a club...me, I had to catch a train for a two hour journey feeling 'slightly inebriated'. I still managed another couple of pints in the Toon, while waiting for my better half :-)

So on with the relaxation....or rather I would have been if I hadn't work to complete, 2 assignments and an exam to revise for. I'm not going to lie and say I've spent all my time reading and researching, the truth is I've not put anything down on paper (or screen) until the last week or so, but I've definitely not been sleeping well (I think due to thinking about work I should be doing). So much for my revised work ethic at the start of the course!

 

The Great Outdoors - I haven't been out much lately, rather down to the weather as much as my inability to organise anything. I managed a damp walk in Teesdale, along Fremington Edge. It's been a while since I was there but it makes for an easy walk with some great views. And some nice pub options for the must-have post walk pint.

My climbing has taken a back seat too, although thanks to the fat guy with the white beard and red suit I have recently acquired a pair of Evolv Geshido SC's - they are slightly more aggressive than my current 5.10s and a tighter fit but I'm hoping that the reviews are right and the extra precision will help me push my grades.

Evolv Geshido SC

Evolv Geshido SC corkers!


I've also splashed some cash on a new harness - the Wild Country Elite Synchro. It's got loads of racking space (definitely overkill for the indoor wall) so I've got the perfect excuse to get out and about when the weather eventually improves. My current harness will be retired, or rather stored away, until it's right for my nephew or neice to adopt it.

Wild Country Elite Synchro Harness

Wild Country Elite Synchro Harness

 

Well, I'll leave all of this here now and no doubt I'll forget to provide a further update as the time gets by. But if I don't forget, I'll hopefully be back before the break is over!

 

Today's Shower Song : Zombie by The Cranberries

Friday, 26 October 2012

[2nd] Placed

Placement hospitals have been released so we all know where we're going to be spending the next 3 years (and potentially first 'real' jobs).

I'm going to try and refrain from mentioning my placement hospital by name for confidentiality reasons, but let's say it was my second choice. Not that that is really a problem, I think my first choice would have given me better trauma experience, but I'll still get to see plenty of variety with my post.

A bonus is that I'll be able to have a lie in! For half of the academic year I won't need to get up at 5am! Doesn't sound much but I'm sure actually getting home at tea time will make all the difference...

We've started seeing the clincal mentors during the pracitcal sessions so I'm sure I'll get to meet mine soon, hopefully I'll make a good impression and remember everything we've learnt so far!

 

Today's Shower Song : Blow Me (One Last Kiss) by Pink

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Ar$e From My Elbow

Anatomy, 'yeah great!' I thought, a chance to get hands on and learn something new. Something physical that we can feel is the start of this journey to enable us to see through clothes and skin, down to the bones! Yep, I want to be able to look at someone and see their skeleton :-)
The first lesson started with the hand and wrist, I was quite suprised to learn there were quite a few bones in the tiny space. It remains to be seen whether I can retain all of the bone names, joint spaces, names of fractures, ligament attachment points etc, etc...it's no wonder radiographers start seeing skeletons everywhere! Next week - the rest of the arm!
Today's Shower Song : Finally by CeCe Peniston

Thursday, 11 October 2012

I Get The Point

Today I had another of my jabs to ensure I'm fully covered for some of the sticky situations I may find myself in. It's all starting to feel real now, especially now that we've been warned of the risks of needle sticks and such like. Oh well, I guess it's all part of the job and as long as we keep ourselves covered then we'll be fine...

 

Today's Shower Song : Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House

Monday, 1 October 2012

E=MC Battered Head

Physics, I guess you either love it or hate. Or is that understand it or don't have a clue.

Well, I knew there was going to be quite a bit of physics involved in this course, it kind of goes without saying that Radiography is very science focused. I think I have a sciencey orientated brain, after all, working with computers meant I had to think in 'numbers' a lot.

I'm finding that the physics we're being taught is taxing my brain a bit, yeah I understood all the concepts and theory, but I think remembering the equations is going to be tricky. 

What make's things worse is that my younger, fresher classmates aren't having a problem with any of this, most of them having learnt all of this at school or college just last year. But at least I'm not alone, us 'old ones' are sticking together and battling through it. We'll be fine, I'm sure...

 

Today's Shower Song : Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams

Friday, 21 September 2012

Week 1. Done.

As the title suggests that is the first week over for me. Yes, my first Friday off, result. Well, kind of, I'm going to a wedding so not the lie in I was hoping for.
OK, a short review of the week - there have been several 'welcome' talks, most of which were irrelevant to me as they focused on keeping safe, looking after your health by monitoring your alcohol intake, what to do if you're homesick and where to go to party. There was also the expected library tour and it seems they haven't changed much since I was 'a lad'.
I've been pretty impressed by the fresh faces of the youthful members of team radiography each morning, or they've learnt of new ways to hide student party hangovers quickly.
We got a taste of what is to come in our first anatomy class, being asked to identify where all the thoracic and abdominal organs are and told in no uncertain terms we will succeed or be off the course before we know it.
The group is slowly starting to mix although there is still a slight division between us 'oldies' and 'the kids' (I must get out of the habit of calling them that). I'm trying my best to make headway here but I still haven't had an invite to a freshers party :-)
Oh yeah, small problem with my commute on my second day. A late bus meant I missed my train which led to an hour and a half wait at the station and me getting to my uniform fitting 45 mins late. I'm just glad it happened in this first week. I've learnt my lesson and now get out of bed at 4.50am for a 9.30am lesson. I'm going to be tired!

Today's shower song: Driftwood by Travis

Monday, 17 September 2012

First Day Over

There'll be many blogs out there today with posts very similar to this one - my first day marking the beginning of the next 3 years of my life is over.
How did it go?
As you'd expect there wasn't any work to be done, only a registration session enabling me to collect my ID card - which incidentally, gives you VAT free purchases in the canteen and bar (although sadly, not on booze). I'm already on chatting terms with the bar-lady after having to drink copious amounts of coffee between sessions, I'm sure I'll be seeing a lot more of her too!
I'm still only provisionally registered as apparantly my clinical visit form needs to be verified, considering the Uni received it sometime in March or April, I feel it may have been lost.
And then there was the 'ice breaker' class, (these always make me nervous) an informal introduction to the course, the lecturers and each other. It helped I recognised a few faces from FB immeadiately and the course tutors kept it very informal - 'genitals in a mincer' was a phrase used to great effect during the 2.5hr session.
There seems to be a good mix of age ranges and experience in the group and although it's early days, I think I'll be able to get on with everyone and with an almost 1:4 male/female ratio (better than I was expecting) I'm sure us lads will be able to hold our own :-)
Tomorrow we get measured up for uniforms, so I'm heading home to dig out my best pair of pants!
Today's shower song: Mama Do Hump by Rizzlekicks