It's official! NUHS has a botanical garden!
About 15 students showed up to partake in the planting of the
garden, and with so much help we were done planting an 8x10-10 foot
plot in just over an hour. Before we packed up our tools we stood
around the plot hand-in-hand and took a moment to think back on all
of our hard work in getting to this moment.
It was suggested by a student that for good gardening luck we
should spit on the garden. I know this sounds disgusting, but it
was actually really fun! Now all that is left to do is to spruce up
walking paths with stones and make a sign with the NUHS Botanical
Garden printed on it! We will be assigning a watering and weeding
schedule this week to help with maintenance of the garden. This
week I'll welcome the rain instead of wishing it away!
In the Classroom
As for classroom news, this week's topic in Advanced
Manipulation class was on low back and leg endurance tests. This
meant that we were subjected to performing each test to see where
we fell compared to the average patient. Dr. Selby had us really
sweating by doing as many squats, sit-ups and sustained planks as
we could! He wanted us to be able to experience what it would be
like for a patient if they were asked to perform these endurance
tests. Granted, we were not wearing proper attire, most of us in
summer dresses, so it was a bit difficult to perform at our highest
potential, but it was an enjoyable lecture nonetheless!
One of our teachers, Dr. Lou, is always telling us of the
importance of "living in our labs" - meaning, we should not be
recommending things to our patients that we have not tried
ourselves. If we expect our patients to eat healthy and exercise
regularly...we should be doing the same!
In the Pool
With the weather being so nice this weekend I finally got to
take advantage of the swimming pool at my apartment. A friend from
home came into town this weekend so we spent most of our time
relaxing in the sunshine! Being that I did not apply sunscreen
liberally enough, I ended up getting a pretty good sunburn on my
shoulders. Not to worry though, homeopathic Cantharis and Calendula
lotion to the rescue!
This week is full of midterms and papers… but I will surely find
time to play in the garden! I will keep you posted on the latest