Recently in school we practiced a procedure on each other known as dilation and irrigation. (Note: We always practice procedures on each other before performing them on patients.) A lacrimal dilator is used (a piece of metal that is pointy at both ends) and inserted into the punctum (where the tears drain). Initially the smaller of the two ends is used. It is then rotated back and forth between ones fingers and then moved around in a stirring fashion (similar to how one would stir cake batter). This continues until the normally flesh colored punctum turns white. Then the larger end of the lacrimal dilator is inserted and the same procedure is followed. Next a needle is inserted. The punctum needs to be dilated in order for the needle to fit. In our proficiency test, sterile saline solution was squirted in. It actually isn't as bad as it seems.
The test this morning went o.k. It was not by best performance, nor my worst. So, in other words, I will take the score...not that I have a choice in the matter. Lab practicals are coming up soon and I always seem to get super nervous. Any suggestions to tame the nerves? I guess that was my day in a nutshell. I used to have a calculus teacher that would say "we are going to work this problem in a nutshell." He would then draw a rather large nutshell on the board and he would proceed to work the problem in it. Well, so far I have been trying the "blog thing" for two days and I have two entries. Maybe the next few will be a bit more interesting...the weekend is coming up.
I am giving this blog thing a shot. I first attempted to start a blog in August after taking Optometry Boards Part I (thank goodness I passed), but one thing lead to another and here I am. I am a third year optometry student (only a few months away from fourth year...yippee!!!). Currently, I am taking a break from studying for a test tomorrow morning. Here is a fun tidbit that might be on the test tomorrow...the secondary angle of deviation is larger than the primary. :) Well, back to the books.