I guess the lesson is that I don't do things by half measures, even if it's letting things go to pieces.
For me the most entertaining bit is I was joking that I needed so much done they would simply assign me to a student: and your thesis project will be played by Joy's mouth. In reality, that is simply how things work - you go in for your assessment and are then assigned to a student, who then proceeds to work out with you and then do whatever needs to be done. They handle your cleanings as well. It makes more sense when I think about it, since it gives better training in terms of what you would do in the field in your practice, but I somehow assumed the training would be more compartmentalized. (Meaning you would be assigned to a student doing a particular type of work depending on what you needed done for that work only.) I like this way better.
I also really like the student I have been assigned. She is thorough and competent and caring and seems to be on top of things. She doesn't set off my personal space issues, which is kind of critical when someone is going to be spending hours with their hands in my mouth.