-William Shakespeare, "Julius Caesar", Act 3 scene 1Greatest English dramatist & poet (1564 - 1616)
"The billeting office will require you vacate this room by 30 November."
-Camp Phoenix Billeting Manager
I am being thrown out of my own home. Good 'ole Camp Phoenix is kicking me out of my room. They want me to move into a B-hut. It is just as well, I was leaving them anyways. I am moving on to a bigger and better FOB.
Today's lectures went very well. One of the lectures was a continuation of my mascal lecture from yeaterday and then I touched on some physical exam topics. They really liked the scenerio where a soldier had a rocket granade embedded in his leg. It actually came from a real life incident. It is a tricky scenerio because if you try and remove the granade it might blow up. "How would you catagorize him?," I asked. "Immediate, Delayed, Minimal or Expectant." Bascially I was asking what order you treat this patient if you had a number of patients that also needed life saving care. Unfortunately for the soldier in my example leg amputation might have been a real possibility.
I planned to show some physical exam videos and I needed a sleeve to hold my CD. I thought that my choice of sleeve cover was kind of ironic.
They are both kind of related. They both deal with physical anatomy. One just goes into a little more gross anatomy. Emphasis on the gross.
After the lectures we then started to discuss equipment training. I set up 3 stations- an EKG machine station, otoscope/ophthalmoscope/blood pressure/temperature station, and fetal doptone station. All of the equipment was new to them. It was all fancy equipment that even I do not have in the states. I asked the ENT doctor if he wanted to discuss how to use the otoscope (the hand tool that allows you to see the eardrum). He declined indicated that he wanted me to show how to use it. After I showed everyone how to use it the ENT doctor wanted to look in my ears. He just about penetrated my brain with how far he inserted the ear speculum. Then they all took turns looking into each others ears. I tried to tell them that they should change out the speculums. I think it got lost in translation so I just let them do their thing.
All in all I think that it went very well. I heard a funny quote not too long ago that aptly describes how progress is made in Afghanistan, "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."
Thanks for reading.