One of the general questions was “What are the names given to certain types of abnormal posturing you may see as a result of a serious head injury?”. I replied “Decorticate and decerebrate!”.
“Good!” said our instructor, “But which is which?”. “Decorticate is flexing inwards, decerebrate is extending outwards!” I said.
“Wow”, asked another member, “How do you you remember all of these things?”. “Oh, he’s a medical geek for that kind of stuff” said another.
“No no, that’s not it at all! It took me a long time to get a mnemonic for this! Decorticate is inwards to the core, decerebrate is outwards in celebration!” I explained.
Our instructor continued, “You will rarely see these types of posturing, and usually because of a really bad head injury”.
I chimed in, “Of course, the way you can tell if it’s a serious neurological insult is if they’re doing jazz hands. Anyone who does that has a definite brain injury”.
I swear if they had bread rolls they’d have pelted me with them.