Polaroid EE44

When my partner’s dad saw my FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 camera, he went to his office and came back with a Polaroid EE44 camera. He said that I can use it because no one is using it anymore. I felt like I won the lottery or an auction because I love vintage stuff especially vintage gadgets/technologies.

Polaroid EE44 is an instant analog camera. The concept is simple. You take a photo, then the camera develops the photo right away. I’ve tried to “Google” this camera and I found out that there ain’t much information about it. I found out though that EE44 is from 1976.

Since this is an old camera, I had to study the controls first. The problem is no one has the instruction manual anymore so again I turned to the internet. Fortunately, I found some videos and more information about this analog camera. However, Polaroid has discontinued the production of the type 80 films (which I think is sad). But it’s not the end for the EE44. There are lots of tutorials online on how to use other films (like for instance Fujifilm 100) instead.

There was only one shot left in the camera so after learning the controls, I aimed at a beautiful scenery and pressed the button and hoped that I’d get a good picture. Then I waited for a couple of minutes and I pulled out the film. Unfortunately, there was no picture on the paper but only the chemicals from the paper. Then it occurred to me that I forgot to check the batteries! But even though I remember the batteries, I still won’t be able to change the batteries because that would mean opening the camera and exposing the remaining film.

I got disappointed because I lost my only shot but as I’ve said earlier, it’s not the end of the EE44. There are endless possibilities here, we just have to be creative and be patient with troubleshooting.

 

No Room for Error

Last Friday, I had an exam in drug dosage calculation and I can say that it’s the most demanding and stressfull exam this semester because we can’t have any mistakes. I understand why the program requires us to master and to feel secure in our math because lives are at stake when we start working in the hospital. Just a single wrong unit or any wrong calculations can cost a patient’s life. In real life, this is just one of the tasks at work. Thus, we should be confident in what we do.

 

 

 

Radiography

Whenever I’m not at work, home and travelling, I’m definitely busy with my studies. Yes, I’m studying again. This time, it is relevant to my job experience (in health sector) and I can say that I’m thriving in this program. Thriving because when people ask me why I chose to take this course, I cannot help but talk about it with enthusiasm. Also, as I’ve mentioned above, this is relevant to my work as an assistant at the home nursing job that I have.

I’m studying Bachelor of Science Major in Radiography at the University College of Bergen (Høgskolen på Vestlandet). I just started this fall and I’m so glad that I’ve chosen this program.

Before I continue, let me tell you what a radiographer is, because most of the people I know thought that I’m going to be a spesialist in X ray imaging or AKA radiologist.

A radiographer is someone who takes X ray images of patients. In addition to that, they also perform CT scan examination and MRI examinations to diagnose for example, an injury. Depending on what country the radiographer is working at, the scope of work task is different. Like for example, here in Norway, the radiographers are very hands on to their patients and they administer medicines and etc. Unlike in the other countries, the radiographer’s only task is to take X rays and report to the radiologist.

A radiologist on the other hand is a medical doctor (a physician) and is a specialist in using medical images to diagnose and treat a disease. 

 

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In order to be a good radiographer, it is important that you know your anatomy, radiological physics and radiographic positioning. The photo above, is a photo of Bontrager’s handbook.

 

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Røntgen lab

 

This is the school’s X ray lab. I love how we can come here anytime to practice what we’ve learned in the classroom and to master the art of conventional X ray. Don’t worry, we only practice on phantoms and not on each other!

 

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Wearing my oversized scrubs

And because we are training to be a professional radiographer and health worker, discipline in the field is a must. Hence, the uniform.

 

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The human skeletton

 

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The school’s X-ray machine from Siemens

 

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Medio lateral X ray of right knee. Took by me.

Some of the reasons why I chose to study radiography is that the idea that I’ll get to work with high-tech equipments, work with patients and work with research. A radiographer is not limited by x ray/CT/MRI machine alone, but he/she also do research. Because the health sector is constantly changing.

The Bachelor program at the University College of Vestlandet is 3 years to complete and has 180 units. On the job training is included. All of the lectures and exams are in Norwegian, except for one of the subjects in the last semester (I think).

For more information about the program, kindly check this HVL’s website: https://www.hvl.no/studier/studieprogram/2017h/grr/ .