Tonight I can say we are all very exhausted, so needless to say my post will be shorter than normal. Tuesday was once again a beautiful day. The morning started out with a fantastic talk about tactical medicine that gave us a general gist about what our practical portion will be like tomorrow. The injuries, while they are not new to many of us working in the hospitals, are thought of and treated slightly different in situations where you may be under fire or fearing for you and your patients life actively. Following this we had a very useful talk on legal issues in medicine and this lecture sparked all kinds of questions and discussion. This is a topic that we get very little in medical school, and it was great to have this exposure. The afternoon was a great practical experience of white water rescue activities. Unfortunately because of the recent heavy snowfall that is now melting, the river had about 6x the volume and speed as normal, so needless to say our actual white water canoe trip had to be cancelled for fear that a real world emergency would be sure to ensue. However, we were able to simulate the white water rescues using a throw bag and a boat drag using a Z-drag rope system that we could use to free a boat from being stuck on rocks in the middle of a river. At the end of the night, we had some additional presentations about caving and cave rescue medicine by our future guide. He also was kind enough to share his experience of working with the Tarahumara indians in Mexico and all about their culture. He has done some amazing medical mission trips there and it was amazing to hear him speak!!
Today was yet another exhausting (but really fun!) day!! In the morning we were split into two different groups and half started with caving while the other half started with climbing! The caving portion was absolutely amazing! We got muddy, dirty, very wet, sweaty and tired! But it was really cool all grouping up in one of the amphitheaters and having everyone turning off all their lights...total darkness is not something many people have experienced. Even cooler is when they passed out mints for everyone to chew on and watching the luminescence in peoples mouth from crunching on sugar...didn't even know that was a thing! Of course we were challenged with a medical scenario, but after last weeks going-on's, I feel like it barely phased us. Anyways, we changed and headed over the climbing gym and spent the next few hours climbing and bouldering away. We were given a very cool demonstration of a rock wall rescue and how to use a person's own rope to climb up and rescue them. The rest of the time we spent completely exhausting our grip strength and forearm muscles. We left the gym completely tired and having a difficulty time with anything requiring dexterity. The night was capped with an Indian dinner and hitting the hay getting ready for an early start tomorrow!! Good night everyone!!