I keep having dreams about the board exam (starting tomorrow). Some of them are, my patients keep failing to get approved for use on the test because of weird rules I "forgot" about. Rules like, absolutely no talking once the procedure begins. At least they aren't real rules I have to worry about failing in real life.
We have orientation this afternoon. I have to turn some things in today and prepare my forms and x rays.
Tomorrow morning I will be at the school by 7:00 am. If all goes well, I will finish my first cavity followed by my periodontal disease cleaning. I have all day to do it, so plenty of time. I think the scariest part will be having patients approved for use on the test.
For Sunday morning I finally found another cavity patient. Phew. I will be doing a less familiar procedure (done it once!) but I think it will somehow be okay. Then, in the afternoon I will do root canals on two extracted teeth that are mounted in a plastic mannequin head. If all goes well, I will be done Sunday afternoon!
I am most nervous about: 1) patients being accepted to be used on the test; 2) my root canal teeth being mounted slightly wrong and rejected by the examiners; 3) my second cavity patient procedure I haven't done for 2 years; 4) my cleaning patient having such hard tartar it wont come off (she hasn't had a cleaning for I think close to 20 years!).
Wish me luck. I promise you wont have to hear about this much longer! I guess it is all I can think about.