Okay - another week passed, and it's been a big one. Very few lectures as we had the IPEs - interactive practical examinations to prepare for, and did we need it! My musculoskeletal wasn't bad after placement, although I had to work on the spine stuff, and had to brush up on a lot of bits and bobs. Loads to get stuck into with neuro too, but we were in most days (the snow on Monday slightly messed up plans) and all over the weekend, even hanging around drinking coffee until half past seven while working through some example questions. Stressful - you bet, but at the same time a really nice mutually supportive atmosphere, with some of the third years coming in to help out, people bringing in cakes for communal consumption, and generally everyone helping out everyone.
Then onto the practicals - never my favourite thing, and I was up first - modelling for my study buddy Lynn. We knew we were going to model for each other so had decided to work together a lot, quite apart from the fact we get on well anyway. I modelled for her, and was chuffed to see her pick exactly the three tests I'd have picked for the scenario (bar a minor foot eversion on the straight leg raise). I was confident she'd done well.
Then disaster struck - we all got swapped round, so she had a new model and I had a new person treating me. It wasn't that bad, but all our carefully laid plans went to pot. It meant I didn't work with her as my model afterwards, but it was okay. I had a nerve wracking time on the spine station - as although I thought I'd picked my tests carefully, I thought once I'd left the room that I might have misunderstood the question. Then onto the peripheral station, where I managed to have a complete brain mush and couldn't think of a third test so picked a functional one. Not a bad idea but I missed some really obvious stuff. Then I missed an incredibly obvious mobilisation that I knew backwards and did a far less obvious (albeit semi-appropriate) one. I really thought I'd stuffed the station up.
Anyway - result were out today and I got 73% for the spinal one and 88% for the peripheral one - so very happy with that
I had intended to spend the rest of Monday studying neuro, but my brain was fried, and in spite of our best efforts to kick start ourselves we barely did anything! By three pm I was ready to head home, but fortunately another study buddy Houra turned up and got me goign again. We ended up going back to her flat and studying until about 11pm, and I went home completely pooped. I was in again early to do more practice - but felt absolutely wiped out. I think the constant pressure had really taken its toll, and I wondered how I'd get through the day. I still wasn't feelign good come lunchtime, so got some paracetemol, but still felt very tired. Then it was my turn, and I got into the room, for some reason felt suddenly calm and relaxed, and read the question. Parkinson's - sit to stand. Excellent
I could do this in my sleep. You have five minutes to plan, so I wrote down the progression of exercises, and wrote a big bracket at the side with "CUEING" in large letters. Then it was time to put my plan into practice, which I did admirably, apart from the cueing, which I totally forgot until reminded by the examiner. Even so - I felt a right numpty. A bit disappointedd with the final mark of 60%, as I know I could do better, but then again without the cueing it really wasn't a good performance. Still -that leaves me with an average score of just over 70% for the practicals, which I know I don't do well on. I think everyone found it really stressful and there were plenty of tears and wibbly looking people.
Then it was time for the pub! I can't remember a lot about that tbh but I know I enjoyed it!
And so now it's time for the next placement. Elderly rehab for me, which I think is a real mix of stuff - some neuro, some geriatrics, some orthpaedics. I have a new set of books to read - no sleep until the end of the third year