Out of Focus - the diary of a student radiographer.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Tagged too. And while I'm at it - here's an update.

Like everyone else I got tagged, which is just as well as I haven't blogged for a while. Explanation below.

I have never bought a film in my life as I haven't ever liked one enough to watch it more than a couple of times - therefore it's not worth the money. Therefore the only ones I own are presents.

1. Total number of films I own on DVD/video - 4

(I also have 2 recordings of stage shows, a Red Dwarf Smeg-outs video and some very dusty exercise videos but they don't count)

2. Last film I bought - I haven't

3. Last film I watched - Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

4. Five films I watch a lot - I don't

Tag five people to put this in their journal - everyone seems to have been tagged already. If you haven't - consider yourself tagged

Oh dear, that was a bit pathetic. So I'll try and redeem this entry by blogging about my work placement experiences so far.

The last few weeks have been busy, busy, busy. I have 4 days a week on placement, leaving home at 7.30am and returning at 6.00pm, so by the time I have made and eaten dinner I'm too tired to do much more than watch TV or have a quick surf. My study day is the day I get my errands done, then I do actually study. I have 5 essays to complete by the middle of July so my studying is starting to spill into evenings and weekends. Despite this I don't appear to be making much progress (I'm so crap at writing essays) so blogging has taken a back seat somewhat.

Still, placement is good. I'm not very confident in my abilities but luckily some of the radiographers have been fantastic and virtually forced me to go get stuck in, so now, at the end of my 4th week, I am pleased to say I have taken 2 x-rays, all my myself, with absolutely no help whatsoever!! I am rather pleased with myself. I now have a minimum of 218 more to take before I qualify.

I'm a little disappointed to find that there aren't as many nasty injuries happening out there in patientland as I expected. My fault, I suppose for watching too much Casualty, ER and just about every real-life health-related programme going. You tend to get the impression from them that A&E need a radiographer to do a full trauma series of x-rays every 5 minutes. The worst thing I saw was a penetrating leg fracture, and then only after it was bandaged up. I did get to go to theatre to see a medial malleolus being pinned (which looked something like this) but to be honest I didn't see much as I was too busy watching the radiographer show me how the image intensifier worked. I felt quite professional wearing my scrubs (even though they look like badly designed pyjamas) and going through doors marked 'No Entry'. Those paper masks don't half make your face feel hot though.

Oh, and I hope to have our contribution to the Blog Standard cache series in the field next week, all being well. That's all for now folks.