(Creative) Writing in My Clinical Classes
Auntie T: How’s school going, Lovey?
Divina (aspiring Medical Assistant): SO. CHALLENGING. But overall, the experience is out of this world. On those more difficult days, I do my best to remain grateful for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Like today, for instance, we learned that those growling sounds your stomach makes aren’t necessarily because you’re hungry. It’s peristalsis! A wavelike muscular contraction, pushing the contents in your belly forward.
Anyway, how have you been, Auntie?
Auntie T: If I’m honest, a little under the weather, or whatever they call it when you’re slightly constipated and your stools are black.
Divina: Oh, that must be incredibly uncomfortable! *wheels are turning* Did you eat beets within the last few days? Or celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with a 4-pack of Guinness?
Auntie T: Not yet!
Divina: Does your stomach feel swollen?
Auntie T: Yes, very.
Divina: We also learned today that proper movement of intestinal contents creates a soft abdomen. If there are any abnormalities or malfunction, the consistency of the abdomen changes.
Hence, the reason why you can’t poop, Auntie!
*Disclaimer* As an aspiring MA, it’s never within my scope of practice to give you medical advice or a diagnosis, and I think it would be a good idea to get your symptoms checked out.
Can I help you make an appointment today?
Auntie T: Thank you, Love. That would be groovy!
Thank you for your love and support on my new career path. You Are Loved. ❤
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Divina Grey is a ferocious woman and mother rebuilding her life one article at a time. She likes long bike rides, singing and playing her guitar, an electrifying workout, and a cup of coffee so decadent she can feel the frothiness in her bones. Over the last twenty-five years, Divina has stockpiled a collection of journals in an elegant wooden chest and is oozing with gratitude for the chance to share her staggering long-time love of writing with the world.
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