Feb 192014

I can’t believe it is already February.  It feels like it was just yesterday that I was getting off the airplane and heading back to my apartment after a refreshing winter break.  We have had our share of storms so far, and it looks like we may be in the path of another large one in just a few days.  I am not used to having snow days, and I am surprised that we have already had two this school year.  When we were predicted to have a large amount of snow a few weeks ago, school closed early and then closed for the next day.  You know you go to a school where everyone is there because they enjoy it, because as soon as we heard we had a snow day, we were all upset.  Most normal students would be jumping for joy, but we all began to freak out about labs being cancelled and lectures that would be missed.  Of course, NECO did a great job at rescheduling things in a timely manner, and everyone was caught up by the middle of the following week!  As much as I enjoy the snow, I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is the last snow day for a while.

When it has not been snowing and we have been in school, we have managed to learn quite a bit in the short amount of time that we have been back.  We have started to learn how to do BIO, which like the slit lamp, is a very tough, yet exciting technique to learn!  For those of you who may not know what BIO is, it is the technique that the optometrist performs while wearing the goofy contraption on their head.  This contraption has a light source attached to it, and lenses that magnify the view of what the optometrist is seeing.  A lens is used, and when placed over the eye with the light shining through the patient’s pupil, it allows the optometrist to see in the back of the eye.  The first few times using the BIO, it was really hard, and we didn’t really know what we were looking at.  Once we started to get the hang of it though, it was really neat.  It provides a great view of the back of the eye and allows us to see if there are any abnormalities, or even to just appreciate the normal structures within the eye.

We also finally found out what summer session we will be in.  This may not sound that exciting, but as second years, we have been waiting to find this out for a while!  We can finally book travel plans for the summer, and I can stop stressing about having school during my wedding!  Finding out about summer also means that it is almost time to put our final year rotation requests in.  I have been looking forward to this for a while, and I am very excited to learn that there is a rotation site near my hometown, which I hope to be able to go to!  There is also a site on a Navy base which I think would be a really interesting and fun experience.  As of now, we can only make a wish list and research each of the sites, but soon enough it will be time to make out final decisions, and I can’t wait!

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