I whisper your name (ayradyss) wrote,
I whisper your name

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We go to Fort Wayne Neurology. We meet up with a patient - a multiple sclerosis patient - and chat with him about his disease, his drugs, and his life in a wheelchair. Nice guy. We do some reflex and strength testing, sensation tests, and then we're ushered into an exam room.
Me, Asher, Lindy, and Rachel. With the instructions to "practise the neurological exam". How fun is that?
We play with the reflex hammers and figure out how to get knee-jerk reflexes, I demonstrate the ankle-jerk reflexes that my family doctor taught me, we try wrists and elbows...I got a wrist jerk on Rachel once, but for the most part we just banged on our fingers until they went sore, and gave up. Gotta learn.
Get out the cotton, the tuning forks, and the pins, poke, prod and bang until we've all demonstrated that we have intact senses and know how to test them.
Pull out the nystagmus strip. This is a long blue-and-white striped strip that you wave back and forth in front of someone's eyes to see if they have nystagmus. Which is the spiffy jerking movements that your eyes make when you can't track fast enough. Watch someone's eyes when they're looking out the car window at trees going by to see it. So cool.
Tracked ocular muscles with our fingers, then set to the really hard work: the funduscopic exam. Which was when we got to try out the PanOptic. This thing is so freakin' cool. For the very first time ever I got to see the back of someone's eye. Rachel's eye. After fiddling for like ten minutes. Then we tried the regular otoscope, the kind most doctors use. The difference was unbelievable.
I want.

Got to hit up the parents-in-law, who have the wherewithal to fund my medical school education, and see if they'll help me with the $600 student price tag (list at $1000) for it. Because this thing...I can actually see with it. Wow.

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