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!
Well, I wish I could report the job search has been successful,
but it has been a bit rougher than I had anticipated. Because I
have been limiting my search to the Chicagoland area it has been
quite difficult to find a medical group to take me on. One of the
many challenges of job-hunting in an unlicensed state is explaining
what it is that I do in addition to why someone would hire me when
I am not currently licensed in this state.
As soon as I find a lead that sounds promising, it ends up being
a wash! I have hope, but am starting to think more seriously about
my Plan B. Plan B consists of moving in with my sister in Missouri
to help take care of my niece for the summer while studying for the
NPLEX 2 board examination, which will be held this August. While I
would love to have a job right out of school, it may be a blessing
in disguise that I am not finding just any job here in Chicago…
meaning I can focus on studying for boards and potentially move to
a licensed state and get a great job! Here's to hopin'!!
On another note, my best friend Sarah, who is also a 10th
trimester intern, landed a job at an integrated practice in Joliet,
Ill. The official open house for the alternative medicine wing of
her facility is this Wednesday and I am planning to attend with
several of my fellow interns. Our newest clinician, Dr. Julie
Martin, was asked to be the keynote speaker at the open house and
we are anxious to hear her speech! We are all very happy to
celebrate Sarah's success and will jump at any opportunity to hang
out together as one big ND bunch! As the days grow closer to
graduation, we are beginning to realize we aren't going to be
spending every day together as we have for the past 4 years. At
least we all have Skype to keep us connected!
While going through old photos I came across a couple of old
pictures of the ND gang back in our first year of school. The
picture at the top is of a group of ND students and I posing after
a long day at school during second trimester. I remember feeling so
adult back then, thinking that I knew exactly what I was going to
do once I graduated.
The above picture is from the white coat ceremony where we got
to dress up in our white coats and feel "official." Today, I can
say with certainty, I had no idea what I was getting into back
then! This program has taught me more about myself that I could
have ever known back then. I know in 4 years from now I will look
back at graduation and feel the exact same way… thinking I had
everything figured out!
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!
The Hawkeye state is up again for a re-vote on whether or not to
license naturopathic doctors as primary care physicians. Over a
year ago Iowa NDs tried for licensure but were unable to pass the
bill. As far as I have read and heard, licensure bill SF293 has
already passed the Senate subcommittee and Senate committee. The
next step is Senate floor. The president of the Iowa Association of
Naturopathic Physicians e-mailed me stating that currently we have
majority in Senate but the bill still needs much support to get
Over half of Iowa legislators have been directly informed of the
need for naturopathic medicine in Iowa and you bet I have been
recruiting friends and family back home to e-mail and call! I had
not at all been thinking about moving back to Iowa to practice but
this really throws my plans for a loop! If Iowa becomes the first
Midwest state to become licensed with a full scope of practice…Iowa
just may be my place!!
If you know anyone in Iowa or would like to be part of the
licensing efforts please send a quick e-mail stating the many
wonderful benefits of naturopathic medicine! We need all the help
we can get to get this bill through. The vote will take place
around April 29th, so we only have a short couple months to raise
The following link will take you the American Association of
Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) where you can send an e-mail
directly to support Iowa licensing efforts!
Fonda of my Honda
My gracious parents allowed me to borrow their Honda Civic for
the time being since my old Subaru finally quit on me. I am so
close to being done with school and this couldn't have happened at
a worse time! Thankfully, I have a vehicle to get around and I can
stop waking my boyfriend up early in the morning for rides! I
really am so blessed… my family and friends always have my
I hope that everyone has a chance to vote for Iowa licensure!!
Hopefully Illinois will be next!
Hello from Danville! I am writing to you from Danville, IL,
where my fellow intern Sarah and I just arrived at our hotel
to prepare for our shadowing opportunity tomorrow. We are meeting
with Dr. Peters who is a chiropractic and naturopathic physician
who practices as a primary care doctor here in Danville. He has a
variety of conditions he treats but specializes in homeopathy. I am
excited to report how tomorrow goes!
For the entire 10th Trimester, I am spending Friday clinic
shifts at the Salvation Army in downtown Chicago. It has been nice
to be able to track patients from week-to-week and monitor their
progress. The past few weeks we have had several successful
treatments with homeopathy, which I love to see!
One patient was treated with the remedy Calc Carb for a chief
complaint of fear of change, as he was placed on a new job
assignment and had a lot of anxiety revolving around his first day
at the new job. The following week the patient reported feeling
completely calm after being given the homeopathic remedy and had
much less anxiety when he started his new job earlier in the week.
I love hearing success stories like this, especially when these
patients are so thankful for any help that we can provide.
My little niece is now 5 months old!! I recently found out she
will be attending my graduation in April to watch
her Auntie A become a doctor. I am very excited about graduation
of course, but most of all I am excited for my family to visit and
spend time together. We have a trip planned for the Shedd Aquarium
and Lincoln Park Zoo just to name a few! I can't wait to show off
Have a great week!!
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