I have yet to mention in a post what I am studying in college and probably should since I can already assume it will be a large volume of my posts since I am indeed a whiney, stressed out yet appreciative-of-my-education student like the rest of us out there.
I am in my first semester of being a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer student. That’s a mouthful right? Well, informally we are called ultrasound technicians. AKA I will be the person taking a look at your insides through a non-invasive transducer / ultrasound machine (safe unlike X-rays because of the harmful rays). I will be the first to detect you’re A-Okay! Or, on the more unfortunate side- the first to find diseases such as Cirrhosis of the liver, kidney cysts, or a cancerous mass on the pancreas… You get the gist right? (And yes, of course… we look at babies, too.) Aside from the unhappy aspect of this field, it is also excellent because we, sonographers, are your saviors! Once any pathology is found in your body by us, (hopefully in time), we send you the a doctor that will take the necessary steps to get you back to normal.
Sounds like a lot of pressure right? Well, it is. This program I am in includes 13 other awesome individuals beside myself. (The program here is very competitive and so I pride myself in knowing I was one of the 14 who made it) In the 65 days that I have been apart of this medical program, I have learned a crap-load along side these people who were once complete strangers not too long ago, and are now my closest friends. We have stressed together, cried together, celebrated together, studied together, group texted for hours on end together, complained together, and learned from each other in just 9 weeks. I think that is one of the most awesome parts of being in any type of program with people. I can’t believe we have been around each other almost everyday for 9 straight hours without wanting to strangle each other. Ha, ha!
Hopefully in two years when I get my Bachelor’s and become a certified RDMS, I will look at these posts and laugh at how stressed I was because I made it!!!!! (Ah, I can only hope!) This is a hard, hard program and not as easy as I though it’d be. Much like a doctor, I have to be an encyclopedia of the human body. I have to memorize, and understand our anatomy like I know all the words to “Hello” by Adele. And once I know the normal anatomy, I must know everything that could possibly go wrong in our bodies… which is, not to scare you or anything- a whole damn lot.
Prior to entering this program, I thought it’d be a breeze. “Oh the liver? Cool.” “Let me show you your kidney! Bam.” “Time to look at how your baby is doing! Want to keep the photo?” It is ten………….billion………..times…… harder than that. It’s completely rewarding though. I remember the first time I ever put a transducer on someone. It was on my friend Catherine’s abdomen. I felt so awesome when I captured her aorta, and Inferior Vena Cava pumping in her body. Then the next week I felt more awesome being able to scan her right liver, pancreas and diaphragm completely. The third week, I felt even more awesome being able to see her kidneys, spleen, and gall bladder. Before I knew it, I could perform a complete abdominal scan in just nine weeks. It’s completely amazing.
We also scan each others hearts. (The point of us scanning each other by the way, is so that when I enter clinical rotations at hospitals next semester- I will be ready to scan real life patients that have actual pathology.) Seeing the heart move is surreal. It’s completely amazing in every single view. It is definitely harder to scan as opposed to other organs in the body. This makes it that much more rewarded when you finally get that perfect Apical view. I have yet to learn vaginal scanning but I am taking OBGYN classes that are beyond informative. I feel like a genius with all this new information! Ha, ha.
Hopefully, by the time clinicals come around in January- I will be prepared for what the real world has in store for me. I guess we will all find out when that time comes. I’m sure I will be blogging about it.
Stay tuned, and thanks for reading.