Do you ever feel like there aren't enough hours in the day? Or
how you got to the end of the day when it all flew by so fast? This
is what it feels like, when I'm busy. The days when I have 3
patients in the clinic (which is the most I've had so far) seem to
fly. There's barely enough time to get all of the paperwork done:
chief complaint, history of present illness... I find that on those
days, it feels like maybe 2-3 hours have passed, and then the shift
is over. How did that happen?
There are a million things that I want to go over with patients.
I take LONG histories; really long ones. I ask questions that
nobody ever asks (and often have to spend time explaining why I'm
asking them). This piece of information is important for that. I
need to know that so I can tailor it for them so I can help them
get better. It never fails. Of course, it's hard to go through all
of that, feel like I haven't left something out, and still get
Of course, one of the great downsides to asking all of those
questions is having to write down all of those notes. I write books
in my patient files. In a way, I feel sorry for my clinician having
to read all of these notes, and then on the other hand, I like
A chalkboard used by Nobel Peace Prize winner Linus
Clinic is cooking along. I have a few regular patients, and new
patients coming in here and there. My favorites will always be
those with complex problems, especially functional ones. These
patients need so much more time. Their appointments seem to go by
even faster than the more simple ones. What changes can we make?
Are there things that can be changed? What are the parameters that
we're working with? So many questions, so little time to ask and
Research is ongoing. I'm trying to squeeze in articles when I
can, or when I have any free time. Right now I'm reading one about
xenobiotics and autoimmune disorders. Sometimes I think my head
will explode, or at least want to bang it into the wall when I
can't remember what a specific interleukin does (even though I've
looked it up 9,000 times already). Really I just love it, and can
see why people go into research full time. Although, the
application of it is exciting in and of itself. If only I could
know "everything." Of course we'd find new things to learn and
explore, and learn that things that we knew before were completely
and totally wrong, and have to learn them all over again -
differently. I guess that's why we're scientists.
The photo above is from one of Linus Pauling's chalkboards. If
you're not familiar with Linus Pauling, he was the only person to
be awarded two unshared Nobel Peace Prizes. He was a brilliant
chemist/biochemist and activist, and completely changed the way we
think about human biochemistry. He was a huge advocate of
"orthomolecular medicine" (which we now know as functional
medicine), vitamin therapies, and supplementation. I'm absolutely
fascinated by his work, and have had one of his books sitting on my
bookshelf for many months. If only I had the time to read it.
OK, Everybody, go learn something really cool (and then tell me
about it so I can learn too). But in case you're burnt out and
don't want to learn anything, enjoy some Moose yoga. I wish I could
stretch some of my patients out like that!
Have a Great Week, Everybody!!!!
Well, 2014 didn't waste any time getting started. January
6th came and both of my programs started in full force.
I'm actually taking Clinical Nutrition in BOTH programs right now.
It's interesting to see how the different professors approach the
same topic. I'm definitely getting hit from all directions.
Towards the end of week one I decided to add the acupuncture
elective to my schedule. It's knowledge that I really want and feel
that I need. I've actually taken an introduction to acupuncture
through an undergraduate program, so I have a VERY basic knowledge,
but furthering that interests me tremendously. I'd originally
talked myself out of the elective, as I'm thinking about relocating
to Oregon (which doesn't allow acupuncture in the DC scope of
practice), but since I'm not absolutely sure where I'll end up, I
thought I'd go for it. I may be partly insane for this, of
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Break was both too long and too short. I worked an insane amount
and took too little time to relax--but that's pretty typical for
me. There has to be some way to keep me out of trouble, and that is
to stay busy. That being said, I always seem to have a shortage of
time. And like all insanely busy people (or people who make excuses
that they have no time), I'm always looking for ways to increase
the amount of time (the Universe will not respond to my requests
for 86 hour days), and have less stress. I decided to take a break
from social media for a week. It was AMAZING! Towards the middle of
that break, my computer fried the motherboard and I had no choice
but to avoid technology altogether. It's shown me that I have a lot
more time than I ever thought. I had no idea I was spending so much
time surfing the web, reading Facebook, or doing whatever. I've
been using that time to read, sleep, and do research. It's been
awesome. Even though I know I'll have to get a replacement computer
soon to keep up with my workload, I'm going to keep with the lack
of using it. It's not exactly a resolution, but it's not too far
In the back of everyone's mind right now are those resolutions.
I happened upon a few articles about why people don't keep New
Year's resolutions. Interestingly enough, it's not always for the
reasons that we'd think. Since most people choose a diet or
exercise change (that's #1), most commonly it's because they bite
off more than they can chew (pun intended)--giving themselves more
work than they can handle, and too little of a support system to
handle it. Well, that makes sense. But the number two reason why
people don't keep New Year's resolutions--*drum roll*--was because
they spend too much time talking about them! I was shocked.
According to this article, the human brain perceives talking the
same as doing. If I talk about exercising, my brain thinks that
I've done it--even though I actually haven't. So, while some level
of the brain has been pumping iron or eating only fish and veggies,
the rest of the body hasn't been doing anything. Problem not
solved. So, the moral of the story is, if you've made any
resolutions or decided to make some changes in your life--keep them
to yourself. If you do, they're more likely to stick.
I am willing to share one resolution with all of you. I resolve
to have a great 2014! It's going to be a BIG year.
Happy New Year Everybody! Have a great Tri!
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