Special Week

This week had many special events to offer me. I got to see total hip replacement surgery, visit assistive technology center and say goodbye to my Finish friends here.

When I heard that we can go to see the surgery this week I was a bit unsure if I should even go. I felt a bit weak still after my flu and I was afraid that I might disturb the operation by fainting or feel sick. After one day I started to feel a bit better about this possibility to experience real surgery. Of course I had some horror pictures in my head about the tools they needed to use and how disgusting noises and smells I would experience, but I wanted to go. The day of operation I felt a bit nervous, but so did the other two students that came with me.

We went to the operation floor and were told to change our clothes to the operation clothes and cover our hair and shoes. We also had to wear a mask, of course. Then we went to the operation room and one nurse told us to go to the other room to wait. We waited for more than 30 min before this nurse came back to get us back inside.

In the table there was a patient and in the room 7 to 8 other people just doing their stuff. One of them showed us the patients x-ray and it looked really bad. The head of femur was so worn out it wasn’t even round anymore. No wonder the patient has been experiencing some pain.. This person, maybe a doctor, told us what was going to happen in the surgery. He was really nice and friendly. The last person to come in was “the boss” meaning the head surgeon. He also expalined to us what the surgery was going to be and then just walked to the table and started cutting.

To be hones I felt a bit dizzy. But I think it was not because of the blood (there was not that much of it) of smells (there was not any of those either). I just needed to have a bit lover view to the surgery site. Actually that was really good thing, because when I was standing I didn’t see much because there was 3 people ll the time standing really near to the surgery area. When I lowered myself I could see under their arms.

I think the surgery really demostrated well the restrictions THR patients have after the operation. When surgeon wanted to pop the femur head out of the socet he just told one of the assistive doctors to put the leg to a certain position and the bone just popped out. Would be really interesting to see more operations because it gave such a good insight for the patients condition. In this case the surgeon showed us the femur head after sawing it off the rest of the bone and it was in a terrible condition! Even though it was really intersting to see all of that I think most surprising thing to hear was the fact that the patient was awake all the time! They only put her to spinal anesthesia or something. I don’t know if I could handle that myself..

Then the assistive technology center with some pictures:

puikot

Assistive chopstiks (some westerns would need this too..)

pelikortit

Playing cards for blind people!

mahjong

Blind mahjong

kynsileikkuri

Assistive nail clippers (I would need this sometimes..)

keittiö

Peeking mirror for wheelchair users

There were also some nice wheelchairs and mopeds we tried and one one compuret mouse that was operated by eyemovement. Impressive!

I have been travelling here with two other Finnish girl who came here a bit before I did. We have had so much fun here and we met almost every weekend. Now they both leaved. One this Sunday and other next week. It will be a bit weird without them.. I’m happy that I won’t be alone because my classmate is still here, but I think I will miss the other girls.

museo

Girlpower!

2 Comments

R-mummu
Posted 15.5.2014 at 16.10

Kiitos kaikista näistä kertomuksista! Mitä ammatillista ja sosiaalista ja ties’ mitä muutakin oppimista sun elämääsi siellä mahtuukaan!

Kaipasit aurinkoa – täällä sitä todellakin alkaa nyt olla runsaasti. Ja jos ei ihan auringonpaistetta (jos on pilvistä!) niin valoa kuitenkin. Tällaiseen ihmeeseen tuskin edes kiinnittää huomiota, ellei saa muistutusta, niinkuin nyt sun kirjoituksestasi! Voi joka tapauksessa hyvin! R-mummu

Älä yhtään luule, etteikö täällä seurattaisi vaiheitasi, vaikka kommentteja tuleekin harvakseltaan!

Ida Liukkala
Posted 16.5.2014 at 3.25

Ei sitä aina huomaa kaikkia oman elämän arkisia asioita ennenkun niistä joku huomauttaa tai itse joutuu toteamaan. Syöminenkin on aina hetken arvostetumpi asia jos on ollut jonkun päivän kurkkukipuinen ja vähemmällä ruualla. 😉

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