1. “Whoa”...

This week I was able to observe in the Operating room for a rotator cuff repair and a biceps tenodesis. I was AMAZED how they could just cut the biceps tendon, flip it out and just reattach it where they want. I literally said “Whoa” in the OR as they were excising the lesioned tendon and everyone in the room laughed a little bit.




2. “Certain things happen for certain people but not for all..” (The Chocolate Factory)

Patients constantly keep me going and help me get through each day by the comments they say like:

“I love your smile. Keep smiling!”

“You’re always laughing or smiling.”

“Hey Drea, Intern Girl! Keep smiling!”

“You’re tired today, I can tell. You normally have these sparks of happiness and always smiling. You can get through this.”

Anyways, it was a cool experience getting to see my preceptor getting needled by another physical therapist named Damien that I’m close to while Katie (PTA; I’m also close with) and I observed it happening. She happened to get needled in her calf which is was twitching a lot and her facial experience were funny through it but towards the end I felt bad because my preceptor looked like she wanted to cry. In addition to, Tie-Dye Friday, helping prepare them.

The Chocolate Factory is the place to go down the street! I ended up buying $40 worth of chocolate for my preceptor and 3 other workers that I was really developed a close friendship with. Which they kept giving me hugs, fist pumps, high fives, smiles, and constantly saying “thank you so much! I enjoyed it.”

I never know how my chocolate loves that I know and how much times I would hear “thank you!”

- Andrea

3. AVN will Destroy your Femoral Head (😱)

Never ever ever ever ever ever play basketball the day before surgery day, ESPECIALLY if you haven't played in about 3 months. I almost died. My calves almost exploded. Oh and did I mention this OR Day lasted 15 hours?! 



4. Snow Cones & Bananas

This week started off great with #Nthgivesback at the 12th Annual Feed the Homeless event. I was with Whitney Jones handing out food while some local acts performed on a nearby stage. I manned the snow cone machine which was a big hit especially with the heat! We even got a substantial amount of donations from passerbys. At the end there was a concert where Sugar Bear a DC GoGo music legend performed. It was great interacting with all the different people who came. Aside from working on research, I took some time out on Thursday to set up a station for my schools organization fair. Freshman orientation has started and I made a poster and set up a suturing practice activity for the Orthopedic Surgery Interest Society. I was able to get one practice pad and used bananas for the rest. Things ended on a high note Friday with me scrubbing in to see my first total shoulder! Nth Dimensions has been a great experience and if it ended here I couldn't ask for more!



5. Free Hair Cut? 

We went back to McAllen, Texas to work in a high volume clinic primarily serving worker’s compensation cases. We saw at least 80 patients while we were there. There was one patient that I will remember forever.

He came in as an emergency case after having hit his head on a sharp edge at work. He had a laceration measuring about 2 cm long and .5 cm deep in the front part of his head. He was calm and was just a great sport the whole time. The Physician Assistant in the clinic gave us instructions on how to prep the patient, inject the local anesthesia, and close the suture. First, the hair around the cut was shaved to give him a free haircut and then the area was cleaned with Iodine. Then using sterile tools and gloves, a 3cc injection of 50/50 .5% Marcaine and 1% Lidocaine was given on the site of injury. Irrigation was done using with .9% sodium chloride solution. A 4-0 Vicryl suture was used to place two interrupted, simple sutures. Finally, a sterile 4x4 gauze was put in place held by a bandage. The patient’s eyes were covered to prevent liquids from entering his eyes. He was given instructions on wound care.

I will miss going to McAllen very much. The people at the hospitals and in the clinic were very welcoming and friendly to us. The patients were very unique mostly because it was around 80% Hispanic and only Spanish-speaking. I hope future Nth Dimensions Scholars travel down there and learn as much or more than we did.