First of all, my brother says “loo-PAY”, I say “loops”. ;)
Our dental laboratory class is almost wrapping up. We’ve been getting emails about our GRD “graduation”. I can’t believe this- one year of basement-ing it up. The lab has been hot and cold. It’s been unbearable and pure joy. Now that it’s ending I’m sad but happy (or happy but sad?).
In addition to learning all the hand skills we need for clinic this summer, we learned to use personal protective equipment and to use loupes. I feel naked without my complete get-up of surgical masks, bright blue gloves, and my Designs for Vision magnification loupes.
I got the 2.5x magnification and it’s more than enough. I’ve never not been able to do my procedures because my magnification was too low. In fact, it took me a bit to get used to the 2.5x magnification. I think I’ll be happy with me 2.5x even when I am in clinic.
My ears? Happy and comfortable. Some of my classmates absolutely have to use the croakies to keep their loupes on their faces because they slide off. Mine stay put even without the croakies and my nose bridge doesn’t hurt even after four (try seven on some days…) hours in lab.
We have one more practical exam next week then we are completely done with preclinic. I’ll be graduating to a real clinic with real patients.
I remember first getting my dental loupes and feeling so official! And drilling my first real plastic tooth then my first real (extracted) tooth. All these milestones leading me up to seeing real patients (who feel pain and have saliva!).
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