Category : Optometry School

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Today was our first day with a full schedule. Since we are still new and getting used to it, we had a few less patients than typically scheduled. I saw 8 patients today (the maximum I’ve ever seen at my other sites was 4-5 and that was a busy day). So, we’ll probably be seeing quite a few more next week than we did this week…but I am soooo tired already and ran behind schedule today. We didn’t leave until 6pm today and that was only because the hospital alarm goes off if anyone leaves the building past 6pm apparently lol. We probably would have stayed longer if we could, so that we could finish charting and looking up files for Monday.

Pauline and I have been getting lost pretty much every day to and from clinic. >_< The route is literally just going straight the entire way, and yet we still get lost. We both have no sense of direction, although I think she’s worse than I am…and that’s saying a lot :p . The streets here are very long, a lot of them are only 1 or 2 lanes, and it’s about a 20-30 min drive. So I tend to space out while driving, but since everything looks the same and there aren’t really any stores or landmarks, I end up missing the turn I’m supposed to take haha.

On the bright side, gas is cheap in Arizona. Lol.

The technician (Betty) at the hospital seems to really like me, which is a huge relief. She does a lot at the hospital and I can tell she has a lot of power in making your time at the hospital easier or more difficult. I think I get along with her quite well though.

Today the technician and our attending/overseeing doctor were both expressing their thoughts on how my classmate (Pauline) and I are handling things at the externship quite well. Pauline and I find it funny because we both personally feel we are not doing that great & could make a lot of improvements. We were joking around about how the summer quarter of externs must have set the bar pretty low. Lol. But it makes me happy to hear they don’t think we’re a disaster and that they think we are “catching on quickly.” Got a long way to go, but I think this experience is going to be good. I’m exhausted, and they’ve barely been easing us in. Tomorrow is our first full workday of patients, and then from then on it will likely be a full schedule. Here we go!

Last Saturday was the first time I had a patient in clinic ask me for my business card as I said good bye to them. I was a little taken aback. Totally a pleasant surprise and thought that was awesome! It was her first time trying contact lenses, so I had the privilege of picking out the lens power and brand for her, checking her eye health, vision and the fit of the lenses.

My shift ended at noon for lunch but since it was her first time wearing contact lenses, I had to educate her on lens wear and train her on application & removal… Let me tell you ladies, if it’s your first time trying contact lenses, avoid having claws on them nails! (You know, those very long nails that could poke an eye out…literally, since you gotta use your fingers to pinch out the lens in your eye.) It all led to no time for my lunch break but fate was kind to me and there was one chocolate chip muffin left for me that a classmate brought to share with us!

Patient was super excited about the contacts and it was really nice being able to do the whole thing smoothly, successfully. The small talk we had, the minor struggles and triumphs during training, and just getting a little more connected with my patient made my working Saturday a bit better.

My usual period of quietness is over! It’s usually a 3 month wave of silence that rolls over my blog whenever I’m in a tough quarter at school. I finished the last quarter of my 2nd year in optometry school. It’s a tough one that tends to “weed out” and leave behind a few students every year. I have one more year of learning in an academic setting and being in clinic, then one more year of rotations at different clinic locations, and then I will be an optometrist (after passing national board exams of course)! Truly exciting.

My 2nd year of opto school has been the toughest yet. I still had moments where I really wasn’t sure if I would be able to pull through and make it, but the 1st year of school definitely hardened my spine. No more consecutive nights of going home and crying in bed. I would have downer days, but I knew I had to spring back up and go through the motions again. Tackling one day at a time truly has helped me get through it – I used to be so bad at dealing with stress, but I’m getting through it much better. Those New Year’s Resolutions I made were definitely being followed (for the most part) :) I had plenty of days where you just know it’s not going to be pretty. Like that one morning I was in a rush to begin my commute to school and did this to my trial lens set (see picture below) before getting out of the house. My optometry friends should know the feels, haha. But, I made it and I’m halfway towards being an eye doctor. 8-) 

Spilled my lenses from my set

Dropped my trial lens set

It was super interesting reading the comments on my Pyramid Scheming Girl blog post! Loved all the different experiences and insight. Although I ended up blocking the girl’s phonecalls, I guess my phone doesn’t block texts because much to my dismay, I actually received a text from her yesterday. Same crap, the whole we-haven’t-talked-in-forever-how-are-you spiel. I thought about responding for once, to ask her to stop messaging me, but I didn’t because I thought to myself that maybe by responding like that she would keep messaging me even more asking why and for details. :/

Anyway, I’m officially on my summer vacation, which is a measly 12 days, but I’ll take it! I’ve kick-started it by going to an all-you-can-eat sushi dinner with some of my favorite classmates (so many good laughs were had), and spending a lot of time with my boyfriend (we are currently all caught up with Game of Thrones)! So much fun already. Tomorrow, I’m celebrating a dear friend’s birthday with some of my closest friends. Saturday, I’m going on a 4 day trip to Seattle, WA! Holy crap, I’m excited!

Winter Break: I have two weeks of freedom, yay! At the beginning of a vacation I find myself dreaming of all the things I want to do, and overwhelmed with what to start with. Before I know it, the vacation is over already, lol. I always fear that happening to me because it’s pretty common. But currently, I have to say sipping my hot chocolate while blogging and listening to some Spotify is nice. :)

Contact Lens Lab: For my contact lens lab, we have to fabricate a hard contact lens ourselves as a project. While I was working on it, I left my work bench to empty the bowl of water in the sink. When I went back to work on my contact lens, I couldn’t find it. *sweatdrop* I ended up dejectedly cleaning up in resignation. As a last resort I dug through the trash. Yep, the contact lens was stuck on a piece of tissue paper in the trash. LOL. At least I found it. If I really lost it, I’d have to wait until I can talk to my professor to get a new lens to work on.

We had our contact lens proficiency during the week. It involved hard contact lens analysis, keratometry (measuring the curvature of the eye with an instrument), and lid eversions (flipping the eyelid inside out to look at the underside of the eyelid and top of the eyeball). If it sounds scary, it is…at first. After having to practice it so many times I got used to it. It doesn’t hurt at all but it’s an odd feeling. Especially when your classmates are learning it for the first time, there’s a lot of finger slipping and eyelids bouncing back to hit the eye, eyelid pinching, eyeball poking. Lol.

I was also not blessed with long eyelashes, so my short eyelashes posed a challenge for my classmates. Rumors spread around about my difficult eyelids and I think that caused a panic among my classmates. When we have proficiencies, we are randomly paired up with a labmate. Once I put on mascara, my lashes were much more manageable but the fear was already instilled among my classmates so the girl who had me freaked out on the proficiency. I think no matter how scary or difficult something may be, confidence and calmness is super important in not botching the whole thing.

Yay, Extra Credit: I decided to go to class today (it was our last day of class before 2 weeks of winter break) and my professor told us he wanted a picture of everyone because everyone who showed up today will receive extra credit! Lol! Didn’t expect that at all, but that was a nice treat to coming in. It was funny because yesterday I was talking with a few classmates and posed the question, “So who’s showing up to class tomorrow?”.  My professor also likes to include a slide on his powerpoint with upcoming birthdays in the next week. I was the only person on the list who showed up so when he asked in desperation, “Is ANYONE on this list here?” I waved my arms around enthusiastically.

Quick Date: After class, Mart & I did some last minute shopping for his coworkers, ate some tasty ramen for dinner, and listened to a local band play some Christmas/swing/jazz music. We had to leave early because Mart had an event with the coworkers tonight, but it was a nice little date!