I, as acting student physio, C as assistant.
Gets patient up into standing, mobilise with rollator, one on each side of patient.
Teacher points out mistake, prompts to correct.
C and I make swift swap in position and look proud of ourselves.
Teacher looks at us like we’re the most ridiculous beings on earth.
"Can you see what you guys did? You didn’t change anything, you just swapped places!!!!"
Both stare at each other. Pause. Giggle. Fumble. Try to look meaningful.
Teacher suddenly points at C, hand on IV drip stand.
"AND I’M NOT PAYING YOU 40 DOLLARS AN HOUR TO MOVE A STICK!!!"
Giggles to death as we start walking patient. Nervously walks towards classroom divider into next group’s area.
"WHERE ARE YOU GOING?! THAT’S ANOTHER PATIENT’S ROOM!!!"
Pretty much sums up the past few months of SP learning, which really wouldn’t be that memorable if not for the stupid things we say or do while trying to act all professional. Sometimes it’s hard to make that transition from being kids to working adults in a professional environment, and at times there really isn’t much of a transition. One day you’re one, the next day you’re the other. Sometimes things just happen, and you wonder how on earth you got to where you are, doing things that actually affect something bigger than yourself, someone else, a client, a patient, a company. A life. Maybe the key to transition is that it happens in the struggle. In the ‘how do I ever get there’s and the ‘how did I end up here’s. In between that, is the journey we often neglect. In between that is the trying and the failing and the crying and the laughing. And perhaps the key to surviving the struggle is as simple as remembering to laugh.
Today I laughed my ass off in class while trying to do my ‘job’. It will be something I’ll remember.