I can't believe this week is Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving
everybody! A few of my classmates are heading out of town, up
North, over the river and through the woods, but most of us are
staying somewhat local. Those that are going up North are getting
ready to be bundled up. I understand there are record lows --
especially up in the Northeast. We're actually expecting a brisk
temperature of 66ºF on Thanksgiving. Everyone will have their
parkas and snowboots on.
Friday night was Turkey Bowl. If you've never heard of the
infamous NUHS Turkey Bowl, here's where you'll become indoctrinated
in this time-honored tradition. Students, alumni, faculty members,
and significant others launch themselves onto the football field to
non-violently duke it out to compete for (starting this year) the
Stiefel Cup [named for the president of NUHS and former dean of the
College of Professional Studies - Florida].
This year, the victors were from Tri 1 and Tri 6 (including our
own Antoinette Stewart and Lauren Domanski) and our MVPs were Dr.
Chris Arick and Danielle Spratt. It's my understanding that no
severe injuries were met and no one went to the hospital -- so it
was a good game.
We had a HUGE turnout of people! A lot of the faculty came out
-- including some professors that I haven't seen in a really long
time. I saw new students that I'd never seen before. I met spouses
and kids that I didn't know existed. It was just a really great
"family" environment. There was really amazing food provided and
the people that weren't playing just hung out. It was really cool
and made me wish that I'd gone last year. The funniest thing was to
see our professors and Assistant Dean (Dr. Daniel Strauss) don
shorts and T-shirts and blend in with all of the "kids." We really
couldn't tell the difference between them.
So, this is the last week before finals start. Next week is
practical week and the following week has all the written exams.
I'm not looking forward to either -- but I'll be really glad to
move on. I've already taken the Marketing final, the final
practical for Rehab, and the Phlebotomy written final is this week.
I'm checking off boxes and crossing things off my list (and trying
not to go crazy).
Well, that's it from me. I hope everyone has an amazing holiday
-- that you have just as much dinner as you want, just enough
family dysfunction to seem OK, and just enough tryptophan to have a
really good nap. And of course, in true medical student style --
dissect the turkey -- don't carve it.
Did everybody have a good break? Did you even get a break?
Finals are over! We all survived (endured, even). From what I can
tell, everybody did really well. Mostly, I think we're glad that
we've made it through all the basic sciences and are now in
clinical sciences. WHOOOHOOO!!!!! I can't believe we're finally in
Treasure Island drum circle
All of our class scattered to the wind--Europe, New Jersey, all
over the globe! I had an especially busy break. I spent the first
week looking for a new place to live, and then the second week in
Illinois. I drove to see my folks (and extended family) in Central
Illinois. The trip was AMAZING! I've forgotten how much I miss the
Midwest (did I just say that out loud?), and how much I miss my
I grew up out in the country, amidst farmland and such. I
literally spent 2+ days up to my waist in dirt. It was pure heaven.
I planted perennials in one of their flowerbeds that will hopefully
take over and be low maintenance (and fodder for my mom to watch
from the kitchen window). It's got me all psyched to do some
gardening of my own (in between studying, of course).
The first week of school was both a trial and a triumph. I
received the go-ahead to move into my new place on Monday, so I
started moving boxes and such into the garage. They are still
fixing random stuff in the house. At 2am Sunday morning, I finished
moving the last of the stuff out. Special thanks to my classmates
and friends, Jacqlyn, Julia, and Alid for all of their help. Julia,
Alid, Grey (my son), and myself moved ALL of the heavy furniture in
less than 3 hours! They were, as Dr. S puts it, "machines!" I
couldn't have done any of this without you guys--all my love and
undying gratitude. I mean it!
So, other than unpacking and getting things sorted, I'm back to
school. The class schedule looks like it's doable, but it's gonna
be a toughie! Two classes with Dr. S (although one is early in the
morning when I'm not yet awake--I wonder if he's noticed), several
other interesting ones, and my favorite: Botanical Medicine (Yes,
I'm being serious). I've taken Bot Med under different
headings/schools before, and I practice a little home chemistry in
making my own medicine. I have for several years. In my
not-so-humble opinion, you can never know too much about medicinal
plants! I've already obligated myself to showing how to make
hydrosols, which are like essential oils but can be made at home
and not quite as strong. Now if I could just find that book. Where
did I pack that thing?
I'm looking forward to an exciting tri--morning classes and
Treasure Island beach
Incidentally, it's hotter than Hades' vacation spot down here in
the old FL. Summer has definitely arrived. Stay cool and hydrated,
kiddies. If anybody has any garden requests for me, let me know.
I'll be putting seeds/plants in as soon as I can.
Welcome back! (I know I'm glad to be here!)
I have thoroughly geeked out this week. Thoroughly. I've been
very seriously thinking about further training after acquiring my
DC--with either a residency, perhaps adding the ND through
National, or through a diplomate program.
At the behest of my good friend Jacqlyn, I've started looking at
the diplomate programs in earnest. So, for those of you who don't
know, there are several diplomate programs available to us through
the ACA. The two that I'm most interested in are Diagnosis and
Internal Disorders and Clinical Nutrition. I'm still gathering
information, but very excited--and right now leaning towards the
program in Clinical Nutrition. A few of my classmates are already
working toward the Neurology diplomate through the Carrick
Institute. I know we have many faculty members with their diplomate
in radiology (DACBR) and advanced degrees in nutrition. Several of
the programs offer options while we're still in school. I'm
especially intrigued at the possibility of graduating with my
doctorate, and my diplomate.
Diplomate programs information (just a few but there are
I want to thank Dr. Chang, our EBP and Public Health professor,
for turning me on to the NCBI
(National Center for Biotechnology Information) search engine.
As part of an EBP (evidence based practice) assignment, we were
asked to set up a search. Through this tool, I can set up automated
searches on research topics that I'm interested in. I receive a
litany of emails every morning on each of my topics--the newest
research and analysis. OK, this sounds boring, I know. But for a
research geek that's always looking for more information on about
80,000 topics (and doesn't have time to do 80,000 searches), having
an automated search return all of that to me every morning is
Beyond all of that, I took it easy this weekend. Thankfully, the
weather is warming up (I thought it would never happen!), and it's
starting to feel, smell, and act like spring. Grey and I set some
seed out for organic lettuce and herbs. We've got more to set up.
Trying the whole urban gardening thing is a new experience for me.
I hope it works. If it does, I'll probably have more lettuce than I
can use. We've also started rosemary for cooking, lavender, sage,
and catnip is soon to come. My goal is to eventually grow enough
medicinal herbs to not have to spend so much money on herbs for my
tonics. We'll see what happens there.
So, since I've been so busy doing research and being nerdy,
being crafty, resourceful, and hiding out in the house, I have no
beautiful Florida pictures for all of you today. What I do have,
and since everyone loves cute pictures of cats, are pictures of my
cat Moose--the queen of everything. I hope everybody has an amazing
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