It’s difficult to know where to begin with this blog post. I’m sure you may have noticed that I took a bit of an impromptu blogging hiatus for a few weeks. I’ve felt extremely guilty for letting things slip, as this blog is my sanctuary and I take so much pride in producing regular content. But sometimes life just gets in the way, and I needed to take a bit of time for myself.
I’m not going to go into any detail, as I’ve been having quite a tough time personally and it’s not something I want to talk about. But I just wanted you all to know that I’m back finally, and I’m going to try to ease myself back into writing some content.
I’ve noticed that I’ve got into a habit of putting quite a lot of pressure on myself when it comes to blogging. I’ve always had quite a strict schedule, and I think that may have become my weakness. So therefore I’ve decided for the time being I’m going to keep things a bit more relaxed, and I will just be posting when I feel I’ve got the time rather than forcing it.
Now that I’ve got the negative part out of the way, I wanted to take a this opportunity to give you a little update on how things have been going with University! As some of you may already know, in September I started my Operating Department Practice course through Oxford Brookes University. This is a really overlooked and poorly understood profession – so it’s lead me to want to share more with you all!
An ODP (which is what I will be when I’m qualified), is a healthcare professional who specialises in peri-operative care: which involves working in Anaesthetics, within the actual Theatre environment, recovery unit and also some others areas of the hospital. It’s very rare that I actually come across anyone who knows what an ODP is, unless they’ve worked in Theatre themselves!
The first six weeks of my course were spent at the University campus in Swindon where we had all our lectures and simulation training to prepare us for starting placement. It was quite a daunting experience for me going back to University again, after having three years away from studying. But I must admit I have loved every moment of it so far. I’m lucky to be on a course surrounded by great and like-minded individuals.
It wasn’t an easy six weeks as it was jam-packed full of hard going content, especially our final week where we had 4 straight days of anatomy & physiology lectures. I felt mentally exhausted when lectures ended, but now that I’ve had a couple of weeks to recuperate I’m full of drive and enthusiasm again.
This week I had my first day in my first clinical placement. I will be working in Anaesthetics for the next six weeks which is so scary and I can’t believe it’s come around so fast. I’m ridiculously excited to put my learning into practice, and take my first proper steps as a student ODP.
I hope that you’ve found this little update insightful, and if you have any questions about my studies don’t hesitate to ask!