Have you made your study schedule yet for Finals? (You know they
actually start next week, right?) My schedule is somewhat made;
exams, practicals, and last minute assignments have been entered,
and from this point I just have to get busy! I'm on a brief
reprieve from the Master's, until next quarter starts (during Week
15 here), and I've had off from Acupuncture for the last 2 weeks,
so the Universe, and school, saw fit to give me some time. Of
course, I still feel behind and also am a little bit panicked (as
always happens). Right now it looks like 6 exams for me next week,
and 7 the week after that. I'm already ready, but will definitely
be more ready for a break.
Sunset at Treasure Island Beach
Last week's Cadaver Workshop was AMAZING! I was, admittedly, a
little nervous when I found out I'd be going over the musculature.
After all, other than diagrams, I hadn't been back in the lab since
I left basic sciences. And I hadn't worked on the back or limbs
since first and second tri. I'd forgotten how much I love being in
there. I suspected that would be the case, but I was actually
thrilled and surprised at how much I remembered. I loved it so
much, that I'm going back this week to do it again. We did a bit of
show and tell, and also asked questions and quizzed the students
that showed up.
We had students from the undergrad program, PA program, nursing,
and EMT at St. Pete College. I'll be interested to see who comes
this week. It's absolutely invaluable experience. It also reminded
me how much I enjoy teaching. Back in undergrad, my internship was
TA-ing biology for non-majors. THAT was an experience. It's
frustrating, sometimes, to be teaching people who aren't always
interested in what you have to discuss, or to approach things from
a manner that everyone can understand (or that encourages
I have been planning, for about the last year, to spend at least
part of my career teaching. I'll be honest; I'm really looking
forward to it. Who wouldn't want the opportunity to geek out on a
regular basis, and get paid to do it? What would you teach?
Biochemistry? Physiology? Functional Medicine? Nutrition? Yeah, I
could really get into that. The tough part will be finding a
location that will allow me to practice, and has opportunities for
Last week, I did a Rehab demonstration on therapies to use for
Rheumatoid Arthritis. I learned a lot in prepping for the demo --
like how the joints in RA patients can be hotter than normal, and
how heating the joint itself can be damaging (but heating the
muscle is fine). I learned how important it is to protect the joint
-- even to the point of how the patient sits. The "point of
relaxation" for the knee, for example, is full extension. This is
the position that is least likely to promote joint degeneration.
There are other positions for other joints. This week, I'm giving a
presentation on Raynaud's Phenomenon (which I've had since I was a
teenager) and therapies for treatment. I fully intend to go get my
thick wool gloves for the demonstration -- just for effect.
Although, if they continue to keep it so cold in this building,
I'll have to wear them all the time. It does make it difficult to
type and take notes.
There haven't been any other events going on for the last week
or so, other than a ROCK tape seminar this weekend (that I didn't
go to). But if you remember back, not that long ago, when I
volunteered at the St. Pete Beach Classic and met Mr. Incredible, I
have something to share. Mr. Incredible found ME! Last weekend, I
received an email out of the blue, from Mr. Incredible himself, who
found the blog and wrote me. (I do answer all of the messages that
come through here, in one way or another.) He's starting on a new
adventure with his training. Feel free to check out his
blog: Superheroes on
All right kids, have an amazing pre-finals week! Remember to
keep going to the gym, keep sleeping, and keep eating good food.
You'll be glad that you did.
Have you ever stared at something so long that it looks
completely different? I do this with words. I think that's a new
level of zoning out. Sometimes when I do this, it completely
changes my perspective. Not all that often, mind you, but it does.
Lately, I've been getting hit with a lot, that's been altering my
I've been spending a lot of time in downtown St. Petersburg.
It's not as if I haven't lived here for 8+ years, and it's not as
if I haven't been downtown nearly a million times. Because of
friends living downtown, I'm seeing parts of it that I've never
seen before. I'm always amazed at what exists, right under my nose
-- but I just haven't taken the time to see it. So now, it's
starting to look completely different.
Like many downtowns across the country, ours has had its
moments. There were department stores downtown, factories, big
business. I've always wanted to research some of the buildings
downtown, especially the Studebaker Building, which I used to drive by
nearly every day when I lived on the other side of town. And then
there's the nation's first open-air post office, which, honestly --
these pictures don't do justice. The inside of the post office
reminds me of old time banks and Westerns -- loaded with
beautifully stained wood and remembrances of teller windows. Some
of these buildings have been standing for a long, long time --
constructed not long after the turn of the century, which for this
area is nearly ancient.
Also, like many downtowns, St. Pete seems to constantly undergo
some form of revival. New places move in; old ones move out. Things
get rebuilt or renovated, torn down, and new life comes in to
change the look and feel of it all. The more time I spend down
there, the more I like it. There are old bars and restaurants,
beautiful scenery, and the old stately architecture. I've posted
pictures of the banyan trees, the Dali and Mahaffey Theater, the
Pier, and a few of the marina as well. I'm running out of time to
explore here -- at least while I'm still at school. I've set a
loose goal for myself, of visiting every building between Beach
Drive and 34th street on Central Avenue. I wonder how close to that
I can get with this crazy schedule.
We're in Week 10, which means midterms are over here at
National, and I'm looking at finals for Western States. I can't
believe how quickly things have passed. I keep going back and forth
about jobs and locations and being excited about being out in
practice and clinic and a million other things. I was forwarded a
list of job openings all over the country, towards the end of last
week. I couldn't help but look -- thinking that it was all very
premature, and yet I'm being told that I SHOULD be looking right
now. I'm still thinking it might be a little presumptuous.
And of course, this week I have to turn in a sample business
plan. It's hard to anticipate things like that when you have no
idea where you'll be. Of course, I could go anywhere. The question
becomes where, and when, and how, and why. We've all talked about
setting up our own practices -- well, most of us have. Some, I
think, are planning on joining practices and others might just
associate for a short period of time. When I thought I had a clear
plan before, now I'm not so sure. Life sometimes gets in the way of
plans. John Lennon said something like, "Life is what happens when
you're busy making plans." For right now, I'm only making immediate
plans, with the rest in the background.
Maybe I just need a change in perspective.
It must've been sometime around my sophomore year in high
school, when I was taking World History, that I realized that if I
had motivation to do something, anything, it would get done. It
wasn't that World History was all that difficult; it was that I had
absolutely no interest in it. I had no
Finals are the time when I have to find the motivation to keep
going--when I have to find things to keep me motivated to make it
through. So, below I am listing a few things that are giving me
This is just a smattering of things floating around in my
Sometimes, we need a little inspiration. This morning I heard
board pass rate statistics (Go National!), which are not too
shabby. I've caught a few videos on YouTube and Facebook
encouraging me to keep going (a little bit of inspiration never
hurts). I've been sent a million cute pictures of cats and maybe
even more quotes superimposed on beautiful mountain
The best motivation, however, is the desire to know. I look at
most of my classes as a tease. We're exposed to some small snippet
of factoid about some condition, some biochemistry, some
physiology, or some treatment. It might be enough to pass the
boards. It might even be enough for some people to use in their
practice later on. But for most of us, it's just a primer for what
we need to know. Every time I come across someone that has an issue
that I don't know the answer to, it encourages me to learn--the
more obscure the issue, the greater the learning opportunity. These
opportunities fuel me.
Finals start this week. Adrenaline keeps me moving, but
inspiration keeps me going. What motivates you? What inspires
I wish you great fortune on finals, everyone. See you in a few
This'll probably be my shortest blog to date. I'm convinced that
if I don't spend nearly every waking moment studying, I might miss
something. There are 3 finals this week (including the E & M
practical) and 6 next week. There's some switch that happens in my
brain around this time. It's a cross between "panic" and
"drive"--and it vacillates between the two of them.
I always rethink what I've done over the trimester and how I
could've planned just a little bit better (so there's less panic
and more drive). I will always be compiling notes at the last
moment. I will always be reviewing until right before the exams.
I'm not sure how I could do things differently. Perhaps it's
reading more, earlier, or writing notes sooner. I will probably
ALWAYS wonder if there's something else, unless I come up with the
"perfect" way to study (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA).
But, as it stands right now, the schedule is set. I am behind in
some things and ahead in others. It will be interesting to see how
it all works out. Trips to the store for fresh, healthy food have
been planned. Gym visits are on my schedule. Notes are being
compiled and edited. Checklists are being made (man, I wish I'd
ordered that ink!) and things are getting done.
I had the GREAT pleasure of reviewing for the E & M
practical with Alid and Julia from my class, and Jacqlyn from
another tri. It was good to review things that I've done before,
and also good to get the critiques of my classmates. I think we'll
be aptly prepared for Tuesday (when we all have our practicals) and
then that will be one more thing to check off of our list; one more
accomplishment; one step closer to graduation! So, special thanks
to all of them for lending their expertise, their brains, and their
support (and Julia for the use of her gorgeous home).
As you're all studying for exams (and boards), remember to
sleep, focus, eat healthy, and drink plenty of water. All of this
will be over before we know it.
I'm "off" for a few weeks. I promise I'll be collecting great
pictures of my adventures over the break and hopefully be rested
and revived for the next tri's adventures. See you all soon!
I hope everyone had a great Easter, a festive Ostara, and a
Blessed Passover. It was a low-key weekend at my house. We didn't
even make Easter baskets. Peeps were procured and cupcakes were
made, but that was about it. I spent the whole weekend working
Finals start next week. Let the panic commence! NO. No panic! We
will not panic. There will be NO panicking. OK. Now that that's
done. Given that this is the last week before finals, it's time to
get all my ducks in a row - practicing, note writing, memorizing,
preparing, and everything else!
Sometimes the organization and preparation for finals is just as
stressful as actually taking them. The last week before the tests
begin is when all the notes must be finished and the hardcore
studying takes place. For me, I learn more in the last week than I
do in the 14 weeks before. I know that it's not supposed to work
that way, but that's how I work. There's something about
solidifying everything and repetition, repetition, repetition. I
will, actually, be studying up until I walk in to take each test.
I'm doing my best to not repeat the events of last tri's finals.
I existed most of the last finals week on caffeine and very little
sleep. I don't remember whether I was eating or eating anything
remotely respectable, but I suspect I wasn't. So, that will not
happen this time. Here are a few suggestions that I'm pulling
together for this tri's finals for myself--and all of
Andrea's suggestions for finals
OK. Enough of that. So I wish you all a happy finals preparation
and a happy spring and all of that other stuff. If you're getting
antsy while you're studying, take a break. It really will make
things go smoother. See you all on the flip-side.
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