Wednesday, November 13, 2013

something new (but old): first alginate impression

We saw our first snow of the day yesterday morning. One exam and it’ll be Thanksgiving!

Dental school is going. We have classes and lab and assisting. I spend a lot of time in the library and a lot of time in the basement lab.

It’s been hard for me to keep that sense of wonder and gratitude when I’m caught up in everyday details of A’s and B’s and assignment due dates. Our clinic (that I’m assisting in) temporarily got moved upstairs and I’ve been walking in every week thinking, “are we really in this place?” We get sunlight! (until 4PM anyway…) I remembered I felt this way first few weeks of school about every chandelier and every portrait plaque around Penn dental. Now I just run by them angry and stressed.

Today in clinic I took alginate impressions on a patient. I had totally butchered X-raying a patient an hour ago and I wanted to something right. And I did. It’s so weird: I explained what I was doing to the patient, mixed up the alginate dough, and talked the patient through the procedure. Just like D3’s and D4’s who seem so confident and in charge, I almost watched myself from outside doing this entire thing. I’m still faking it but sometimes it’s almost me.

It reminded me of this TED talk by Amy Cuddy: your body language affects YOU. It can transform you. (Dr. Cuddy says: “Don’t fake it til you make it, fake it til you become it.”)

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Things get better.

Same for preps we just started for our fixed prost class; my preps suck. There’s no sugar coating it. It takes me hours to make something that sort of looks like a prep… and my eyes and back hurt by this point.

My brother sent me this Adventure Time meme and I have to remind this. Who enjoys sucking at something? Nobody, duh, but I can’t be good at every single thing I try. I am just silly sometimes.

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