And so begins my next rotation- neurology! Yesterday was an orientation day and today will be my first official day at the hospital for neuro. I think this will be a great rotation but I have a feeling it might be more challenging than some others.
As soon as we walked into orientation yesterday, the department graciously handed each of us 4 textbooks/review books to use to study throughout the clerkship. Super nice of them- but wow! 4 books is pretty intense.
We spent the afternoon reviewing how to perform a complete neurological exam. You test each cranial nerve individually first starting with your sense of smell (cranial nerve 1), optic nerve which controls vision (cranial nerve 2), the nerves that control the muscles in your eyes (cranial nerves 3,4, and 6), the nerves that control facial movements and feeling in your face (cranial nerves 5 and 7), hearing (nerve 8), your gag reflex (nerves 9 and 10), your tongue movements (nerve 12), and finally your shoulder and neck movements (cranial nerve 11).
After testing cranial nerves, you can move on and test the patient’s strength in arms and legs, reflexes in arms and legs, and sensation in fingers and toes. You can test balance, coordination, the list goes on and on! Basically, if someone has a focal deficit in their neurologic exam (for example, the left side of their face is numb and their right upper body is weak) you can localize the lesion to a particular part of the brain or brainstem.
Now go practice giving a neurologic exam to your significant other. It’s fun! 😉
After our day of becoming oriented, I thought about driving straight to the gym, but I wanted to stop home first because I had a feeling these babies would be waiting for me:
I finally decided to buy some gloves and amp up my weight lifting! There are a couple different exercises that I feel like I could never go up on weight because they hurt my hands! So now I’m ready to go.
I feel so intense- like a big weight lifting meat-head! Just kidding… I feel pretty cool. And the gloves are pink, so that makes them less intense right?
And now for a great recipe:
Dinner tonight can be ready in no time!
Just fill a pot half way with water and 1/2 cup of Old Bay Seasoning. Bring to a boil.
Once boiling, add 12 red skin potatoes (I cut them into halves or quarters so they were more bite sized). Boil for 15 minutes over medium heat.
Add in corn- 3 cobs cut into thirds. Continue to boil on medium heat for 10 minutes.
Finally, add in shrimp (1 1/2 pounds) and sausage cut into bite sized pieces and boil for 3 minutes.
***I bought pre-cooked turkey andouille sausage because it was wayyy less fat and calories than regular sausage. If you prefer regular sausage that is uncooked, add it in with the potatoes at the beginning.
Serve with toasty garlic bread and enjoy!
I hope you have a great day!
Does anyone else use gloves when they lift? Do you like them?
Anyone interested in neurology?