Today I learnt to perform a cardiovascular and abdominal examination on an actor, whom I felt absolutely sorry for. Just imagine having seven people poke at your tummy one by one.
I feel more confident about the idea of examining patients now and I also learnt my first very important lesson:
Stethoscopes switch on and off
Seems obvious, but I was unaware. There I was, stethoscope pressed against her abdomen, listening for bowel sounds, pretending to hear them, and it turns out the thing was switched off. It twists on and off. Oops. Now I know.
Note to self: always tap the stethoscope before you use it to check that it is working