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Where Does Time Go?

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 everything covered.

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 being thorough.

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A chalkboard used by Nobel Peace Prize winner Linus Pauling

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 answer them.

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.

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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!!!!

Happy New Year

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 course.

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(Image Source: www.servingsandiegocounty.com)

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 from it.

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!