I don't even know where to begin…this is my last blog! I
seriously cannot believe I will be graduating in less than two
weeks! Of course, I am excited to move on from NUHS, but I have to
admit it is quite scary! Not being told where to be, what to do,
and how to do it every day is going to be a very big change… but I
am sure I will adapt!!
I have become very nostalgic lately, hugging my friends more
than usual knowing these last few days may be the last time we are
all in one room together. I have been saying goodbye to my
patients, which is extremely hard! I love my patients and will
think of them often even when I am gone! I poured my last tincture
in the dispensary, performed my last hydrotherapy and wrote my last
paper this week. Every day there is a new reminder of the closing
of my time at NUHS.
As sad as it may be to say goodbye to friends and old routines,
I am very happy to be going to spend time with my sweet little
niece! My sister is always sending me pictures of her… the latest
photo shoot was of my niece dressed up in her various bathing suits
with captions saying, "Come visit me soon Auntie A!" How could I
not want to just drop everything and go squeeze her!!
Hospital Shadowing Experience
This coming week I will be shadowing at a Joliet hospital ER
room. I have never been exposed to emergency room situations and am
very thankful for this opportunity! I know I will see things I
might never see in real practice. Not that I have any plans to
become an ER doctor, but it will be worthwhile to learn a new
aspect of medicine and meet new doctors. It's like Dr. Lou always
says… make friends everywhere you go!
As I move on to hopefully bigger and better things… I ask that
everyone stay in contact! I will certainly be happy to update
everyone on my goings on!
I hope that everyone has a happy and healthy summer!
Graduation is now officially one month away and I couldn't be
more excited! I am more than ready to be done spending all of my
time within the confines of the NUHS clinic walls and get out into
the "real world." Sometimes I think we spend so much time worrying
about graduation requirements and check-offs that we start to loose
touch with reality; we are going to be doctors!!
I think my reality set in hard this week when one of the adjunct
faculty, Dr. Lou, wanted to take the 10th trimester ND students out
for a graduation dinner before she left for the trimester. She
praised each and every one of us and pointed out each of our
strengths. She really knows how to speak to your heart. After some
Thai food, talking and tears, we all left feeling confident and
ready to graduate!
A Favorite Memory
One of my most favorite memories of Dr. Lou was her lecture on
finding your "target" - meaning, we all have goals in our life that
we aim for. Some are small and some are large but they all are
leading towards a common goal/target. That goal may be to have the
means to support children and a family in the future, or to have
the means to travel freely, or it may be to build your ideal
medical practice. Whatever the goal "target" may be, there will
undoubtedly be obstacles that will come along and try to knock you
off of your course toward your target.
Dr. Lou explains that it is no one's fault but your own if you
allow these obstacles to let you get off course. She also explains
that once your start to rationalize the obstacles and let them lead
you astray, you will in the short term be aiming for your target,
but in the long term you will miss the target by a long shot. For
example, if you are in an unhappy relationship and are aiming to
have a happy healthy family in your future, you can rationalize
that things will get better as time goes on and ignore the fact
that you are no longer aiming for your target. As difficult as it
may seem, removing yourself from a situation or people that do not
support your reaching your target is what you must do.
I know it sounds cheesy, but when you sit down and think about
what makes you get out of bed in the morning and what actually
makes you tick, you realize what your most important goals/targets
in life are and this will help to re-direct you onto the
Mama Chella comes to town!
My boyfriend's mother flew in from Boston this past weekend to
pay us a very short but sweet visit. We were able to go downtown
for a very nice dinner and drinks and some long overdue shopping! I
also attended my first temple service with my boyfriend and his mom
to observe the Jewish festival Purim. It was a learning experience
to say the least! I love learning new religions and traditions and
can't wait for the next holiday!
I know this is absolutely ridiculous, but I have to admit I have
never taken the Chicago Metra train in my whole 5 years of living
here! I was actually forced to take the Metra from Downers Grove to
my Salvation Army rotation in downtown Chicago this past Friday as
my car quit on me early last week. Aside from my broken down car
being a headache, the train was so easy and the best part was I
didn't have to sit in traffic on the way back home! I am totally
going to take the train much more often!
Valentine's Day Fondue!
Since Valentine's Day fell on a Monday,
my boyfriend and I decided to make dinner and have a quiet night at
home. When I got home from my clinic shift late in the evening, I
was surprised with a bubbling pot of cheese fondue and heart shaped
rice crispy treats! Yum! On top of my dinner surprise I also
received some paraben and phthalate free bath products! I finally
have my friends and family trained to look for products that are
free of harsh preservatives that are known to create long term
Phthalates are used in plastics to give them their flexibility
and durability. The use of phthalates is being phased out, as there
are emerging health concerns over their safety. Parabens are used
to increase the shelf life of cosmetics and are found in an array
of products from shampoo to toothpaste. Parabens can also be added
to food to prevent spoilage. Products without parabens and
phthalates are becoming more available especially in many infant
bath products. It's something to keep in mind the next time you go
to the store for toiletries!
The final move!
This weekend wrapped up my month of moving… FINALLY! My
boyfriend and I rented a 16-foot truck with a car carriage attached
to the back to haul the rest of my apartment and car back home. I
know it had to be unnerving to drive that big truck with an
additional car in tow, but my boyfriend would never admit it!
It was nice to spend some time with my family and get out of school
mode for a few days.
I am counting down the days to graduation… Only 2 more months
now!! I am so ready to graduate… can't wait!!
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