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Yeah, forgot to mention something about Simulation Day.  After our group went first, we had a lot of time to sit back, observe the other students, and just enjoy the day.  About 2/3 of the way through the simulations, I heard my name being called from near the front of the room.  It was the Director of the Simulation Labs and the Director of Clinical Rotations, and they were pointing at me, asking me to come with them.

“Uh oh,” I thought.  “I must be in trouble.”

Alas, I was not in trouble.  They simply wanted to use me for my freakish limbs.  That’s right, I was, once again, The Guy With the Long Arms.

As part of the simulation, they needed to pretend I had to get into the chair from my bed, and 3 students were in charge of moving me.  I was instructed, “Act as weak as humanly possible.  You just came out of surgery, and you have absolutely zero strength.”

Awesome.  I can do that!

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So there are about 130 people in my class, 30 of whom are in the same program I am in.  Of those 130, I’d say maybe 20 are men.  Because of this ratio, I usually find myself in small groups alone with women … or maybe, just maybe, one other guy.  So you can imagine the surroundings.

On Wednesday, we had our Lab dealing with body mechanics — how to transfer patients from bed to stretcher, how to lift a patient into a chair, etc.  So, seeing as I was the only fella in my group all morning long, this is how it all went down:

SCENARIO 1:  MOVING PATIENT FROM BED TO WHEELCHAIR

Instructor:  Ok, let’s learn how to move a patient from the bed to a chair.  [Looks around group] Hmmm, ok, how about you get in the bed and pretend to be the patient, Ken?  You’re nice and tall — that’ll present a nice little challenge.  [I proceed to get into the bed]

SCENARIO 2:  MOVING PATIENT FROM BED INTO HYDRAULIC LIFT

Instructor:  Ok, let’s practice getting the hang of this lift.  [Looks around group] Hmmm, ok, Ken, why don’t you get into the bed and we can practice putting you into the hydraulic lift?  It’ll be good to figure out how to get a really tall person with long legs and arms into the hammock.  [I proceed to get into the bed]

SCENARIO 3:  MOVING PATIENT FROM BED ONTO STRETCHER

Instructor:  Ok, here’s a skill that’ll always come in handy — we have to get patients onto a stretcher when they go for tests and such.  [Looks around group]  Hmmm, ok, this’ll be outstanding — Ken, you get into the bed, because you have exceedingly long arms and legs, and you don’t fit into the bed, and this will get us to think about what we need to do.  [I proceed to get into the bed]

So you see what’s goin’ on over here?  I jest, of course … I don’t really mind, but at this point, next time we start to learn a new task, I’m changing into my pajamas and slippers and just getting into the bed automatically.  Might as well, because they’re gonna ask me anyway.

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