Next was the really fun part – casting! Briana put on my short leg cast (of course it had to be pink!) and I put a short arm cast on her. There are 3 layers to the cast: 1) stockinette 2) padding 3) fiberglass. Once you get the fiberglass roll wet, you have to be quick to apply it because that stuff hardens pretty quickly!
Next came the scary part… the saw!!!! I don’t know what it is, but something about loud machinery with a blade coming next to my skin freaks me out a little bit. If you just barely place the saw over your skin, it won’t cut into you. However, if you apply too much pressure when you’re trying to remove the cast, your skin could overheat and you might be left with a tiny little burn mark (yikes!). Luckily, Jeff was pretty good with the saw and left me wound-less!
These labs are fun because they give us a break from the classroom and let us get hands-on with each other to learn important clinical skills. Only 1.5 months until I’ll be on my first rotation… can’t wait to use my skills on real live patients!!