"I should be asleep." This is what I say to myself at hours like
this -- around O-dark-thirty when I'm still up working on
something. "I should be sawing logs or whatever people are supposed
to be doing at this hour... instead I'm here."
This last week has been a week for the record. I finished my
master's degree. I don't know how I did it -- but I did it. I
honestly don't know how I worked, had any part in my kids' lives,
was full-time here at National, and full-time at Western States.
But I did. And now it's over. I haven't quite come down from it all
just yet -- but the moment I realized I didn't have anything left
to do, my head kind of dropped. While most people would be
ecstatic, I was sullen. What do I do now? Now, granted -- I have
absolutely no shortage of things to do, read, study, learn, attend,
aspire to, whatever. But no one is making me -- but me.
On Friday of last week, I also sent in my paperwork for my
Oregon license. And all last week, when I wasn't studying for or
taking master's finals, I was working on the bridge course to be
able to sit for the licensing exam, which takes place the day after
graduation. In all of my "down" time, all I could think to myself
was -- what am I going to do now? Where am I going to go? What am I
going to do? I have to find a job. I have to move. I have to...
Sometimes we get so busy that all we do -- is do. And as those
old parts of my mind started to wander back in, you know, the parts
that think about stuff -- I started to get more and more scared.
This is it. Things are happening. Things are actually
Grey came back from Orlando, where he was competing in the FBLA
(Future Business Leaders of America) state competition (He won 5th
in his category -- which is kinda a big deal). He told me a story
that made me cry -- in the middle of the grocery store. He told me
about this guy -- Alex Sheen, who spoke at the FBLA ceremony with
thousands of high school kids from all over the state. Grey said
that there was barely a dry eye in the place. And I can see why.
Alex started the organization "because I said I would." Here's his
It made me think about what promises I might make at this point
in my life. I'm at such a point of transition -- finishing school,
Grey going to college, moving across the country, starting a new
In the quiet moments, at the clinic, we talk about what life
will be like when we're not around each other anymore. We've spent
nearly every day together for the last three and a half years. Even
when we still had breaks in between trimesters we would often text
or email each other, or sometimes hang out. I'd like to make a
promise to my close classmates that I won't lose touch and
completely disappear, as I'm apt to do.
Things are moving forward. Even though we might not all be in
the same place, I hope that we move forward together. After all,
we've been together so long that we're family.
Have a great week, everyone!
I *blinked*... and then it was gone. I couldn't even begin to
tell you what's happened over the last week. I took a comprehensive
final over a year and half's material, volunteered at an event, did
a bunch more master's work, and I don't even remember what
Work in the clinic was a little slow last week due to SPC
students being on spring break. We squeezed in a few patient
visits, though, and I had some interesting cases. There was one in
particular, a woman with a pretty complex history of stroke among
other things. I love the variety. You absolutely never know what
you're going to see each day.
We had a pretty good-sized crew to go down to Sarasota last
Saturday. We worked alongside Dr. Arick at the Sarasota-Bradenton
ITU Triathlon. We had several hundred 16- to 19-year-old
triathletes participating in swim-bike-run at Nathan Benderson
Joe Hicks, Julia Harter, Leslie Jacobi, Dave Aiello, and I did a
ton of soft tissue work on several injured, non-rehabbed athletes.
There were several that had continued training through some pretty
tough injuries. It seems like many of these teenagers have coaches
that push them really hard, but don't attend to their injuries once
Julia Harter participated in the Seminole City Fire Truck pull
for the Kiwanas. They raise money for vocational school
scholarships for kids. Dr. Jaya Prakash heads up a lot of events
with them. Dr. Carlo Gaudagno was also at event. Our team won first
place for "mixed adults" and garnered a trophy!
(L-R) Julia Harter, Alex Gubco, Brandon Alexander, Fan Yang,
and Dr. Guadagno
That's about it from me. I finish the master's program this
week. Everything should be done on Friday. I honestly can't quite
grasp it. Here's hoping that this week goes by quickly - but not
Have a great week, everybody!!!!
Boy did last week fly by! I finished up my time at the VA,
participated in the Loop the Lake Doggie Bones 5k, and wrote 3
papers (among other things). Actually, this whole trimester has
flown by. I can't believe I'll only be writing with you all for a
few more weeks.
The last month at the VA has been CRAZY! Our volume of patients
was pretty high. In my last week, we saw 11 patients in just a few
hours. I'm grateful for the experience there. I was definitely
exposed to things that I likely would have never seen. I had the
chance to use a multi-disciplinary EMR system that absolutely blew
my mind. Imagine putting 20+ specialties into one system, having
access to ALL films, bloodwork, lab reports, physician notes, and
pharmaceuticals in one record. It was awesome! It allowed me to go
through more records in a few minutes, than I could have in hours
I had the chance to work with some pretty complex problems. Some
of the patients had severe systemic metabolic problems. It was
interesting (and sad) to see the "end result" of what happens when
health isn't maintained. There were some good reminders for me
there -- and definitely opportunities. Chiropractic and Functional
Medicine are most definitely needed within that system. There's so
much good we can do!
On Saturday, I joined Dr. Fava and Dr. Gambina at the Loop the
Lake Doggie Bones 5k -- which was actually a cycling and running
event, a walk, and a dog walk all in one day. We must have had 500
athletes there in one capacity or another (and it seemed like even
more dogs). Seeing all the super high tech bikes made me want to
ride again -- although I can't tell you when was the last time I
rode. Dr. Fava and Dr. Gambina are extremely talented sports
chiropractors, and I was able to observe some intense Graston work,
as well as see some different stretching techniques. It was a good
event. There weren't any crashes or major injuries, but we did have
a few cramps and pulled muscles.
There's a triathlon this weekend that I'm hoping to attend at
the same location. Several of the interns are going. We should be
seeing quite a few patients. I can't wait! I'm finishing up the
master's program at UWS. I have only 9 days left until the last of
the final exams are finished. I honestly can't believe it's over.
It's really gone so unbelievably fast. Last week I wrote 2 position
papers and a research paper on Vitamin D and Metabolic Syndrome. I
must have read 25 articles, and found teasers for at least a dozen
more on peripheral topics like vitamin D's influence on autoimmune
disorders (which will definitely be a topic of mine for the
future). All of the papers were well received - as far as I know. I
don't think that I have any more to write -- which also makes me a
little sad. It looks like I'll have to publish in the future, just
to get my writing "fix."
We have less than 6 weeks left in the trimester. It'll go by
even faster. Everyone is making plans for graduation -- to travel
to Lombard and walk the stage. It all seems so surreal, but it's
really, finally happening.
See you all next week!!!!
Welcome back, everyone! How has your week been going? I hope
everyone is staying warm -- or cool -- depending on where you
Actually, "Spring" has sprung around here and the weather went
from cold-ish, to hot -- overnight. The temperature the last couple
of days has been over 80º. What? It's true. That's what happens.
Typically around the end of February it turns to Summer and stays
that way until December when it gets chilly again. It's as if a
switch was thrown and everything is different overnight.
Before I lurch into the lamentations of what's going on in my
life right now, I want to congratulate my classmates that just
returned from NCLC (National Chiropractic Leadership Conference).
Each year, members of our faculty and students go to Washington,
D.C. and talk with members of Congress about the future of
chiropractic and health care in America.
Now, to my lamentations. I'm feverishly working on a paper.
Writing is a pretty bizarre process for me. We all have our
methods. I'll randomly collect research for a while, think about
the topic, try to formulate some semblance of sanity within the
information, and then sit with it for way too long. The temptation
for me is always to collect more and more information. Maybe I
should read one more article? Maybe I should review a few more
journals just in case I find THE article that poses some new idea
that brings it all together. And at some point I realize when the
Then the frantic insanity sets in. I'm now faced with the
prospect of taking 10-20 journal articles and whatever notes and
thoughts I've taken from them and putting it into just a few pages.
(OK, we all know that I can't write just a few pages -- but you get
my drift). It's a grueling process that drives me crazy, and I love
it. I learn SO much from this. I hate the procrastination and I
hate the deadlines, but I love what comes out of it.
Right now I'm working on a paper about vitamin D and metabolic
syndrome -- with an aside on the psychology of eating. I've learned
that there are 4 variations in receptor genes that mediate how the
body handles vitamin D, that there's a huge controversy in what the
dosage of vitamin D should be, and that there's a HUGE link between
metabolic syndrome, autoimmune diseases, and vitamin D. No one
seems to fully know how all of it works together -- but it does,
and therapies with vitamin D show great promise at preventing and
treating all kinds of problems.
So, I'm going to get back to my forced lack of procrastination
and self-loathing and feverish typing, and leave you all with good
wishes for the week.
Have a great one, everybody!
I love it when I have amazing ideas for these blogs and then by
the time I get to sit down and write them, they are *poof*
gone. So, I'll just share some of the things that have happened in
the last week.
Last Friday was my last Tri-Mixer. It was cold, but the turnout
was pretty good. I got to speak with several of the first trimester
students and some of the later tri students that I don't get to see
very often. Spirits were bright. Everyone seemed excited about
where they were in the stage of the program. It didn't really hit
me until now that it was probably my last opportunity to see most
of them. It's a little bit sad, and also exciting. There are
definitely going to be some fantastic practitioners coming out of
the program in the not too distant future.
We all met at "The Getaway," an outside venue on the water,
bundled up under heaters to stay warm.
Tri Mixer at "The Getaway"
The lovely ladies in the picture above: Kimmie Brossard, Lexxi
Lauren Domanski, Courtney Bolen, Danielle Spratt, and
Disney Princesses 5K
On Saturday, several of my classmates volunteered for the Disney
Princesses 5K in Orlando. I wish that I could have joined them --
it looked like they were extremely busy. I heard they saw over 500
injured runners! I was busy studying for a master's exam, which I
took later Saturday night. I think I would have had more fun with
Above: Dr. Carlo Guadagno, Jessica Hipakka, Austin Shaw, Kevin
Felix Guzman, Antoinette Stewart, and Julia Harter.
We've all been busy, busy, busy getting things done. There will
be a lot more over the next few weeks - more events, more
volunteers. We're getting the good work done...or something like
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