My job is mobile and I split my time working alternate weeks in Norfolk and Nottinghamshire. I drive down country roads, enjoying rural England through the seasons.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Clinic day 3

My birthday today - and how have I spent it? In clinic cutting nails, removing corns and callus, and dealing with couple of veruccas!

And enjoying it very much - not everyone's cup of tea I know, but as they say it takes all sorts...

I think I'm ok at it. I mean, it's still early days, but it's going well, I like the patients and they like me, I'm safe with the equipment, enjoy and am interested in what I'm doing, and so far haven't made any really awful mistakes - all my patients walk out with all 10 toes, and no one has been unhappy with my work.

Having said that, tomorrow will be the end of our first week, and I'm feeling that 2 weeks is just not long enough. I want more practice before being out there on my own, I want more variety, more different cases so that I can learn and experience more.

At least I'll have my sister when I go out into the real world, some of the students really will be on their own.

I wonder how many of us will really make a go of it - if I will even?

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Clinic day 2

I'm so glad I nearly bankrupted myself and attended the intro week back in August, it has made such a difference. I'm still nervous but at least knowing what to expect, and how the clinic works etc is a real help. And because of that week and the subsequent practice I had in cutting nails etc, I'm finding a lot of the work so much easier this time round.

I'm still quite painfully slow, though, really do need to speed up a bit - or else charge a lot more when I go into practice!!

Finally today, after all the waiting, I got to use the scalpel on a real live person - well on 2 of my 6 patients to be exact. And it went very well, I found it so much easier than I thought I would, and I'm thinking with a lot more practice I'll be fine with it.

Re-reading the above, I really hope I don't sound like a trainee psychopath...

Monday, 26 October 2009

Clinical Placement day 1

Started my clinical placement today - feeling shattered, exhilarated, relieved that the waiting is finally over, terrified that I might fail, scared of what is to come during the next two weeks, and feeling that tomorrow can't come soon enough and I can't wait...

There are 7 of us in total, 6 (including me) on our final placements, and one doing an introductory week. They all seem very nice, but I miss the group I was with in August on my Intro week. I'm sure, though, that over the next few days we will get to know each other and bond as a group.

Most of the day was spent in tutorials and demonstrations, but we finally got our very first patients later in the afternoon - mine was a lovely lady with nails that needed sorting and only a little scalpel work that the tutor did. Nice and easy and I was relieved to find that the practice I have put in at home cutting nails for my family (and anyone else unwary enough to sit still for more than 5 minutes in my living room!) has helped my skills and confidence.

We did a little practice with scalpel blades but only on wax. Tomorrow I think we will be doing it for real on real live feet - but I'm trying not to think about it too much tonight or I'll end up not sleeping.

Talking of which, it's only 10.45 but I'm so tired I can't type straight so am off to bed.