This last week wrapped up my two-week rotation at the Salvation
Army clinic. It was an interesting experience with many patient
care challenges not seen at other clinics. The patients at
Salvation Army are part of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation
program. Along with musculoskeletal issues, many of the patients
also have associated chronic health issues like diabetes, heart
disease or liver disease.
Due to it being a holiday week, the clinic hours/days were less
than normal with a very light patient load. With it being such a
busy time of year, many patients were not able to keep their
appointments or had to reschedule.
Wednesday evening, Rob and I had to prepare a pumpkin cheesecake
to take home with us for Thanksgiving. We make the same cheesecake
every year, but when the time comes to make it we forget how long
the process actually takes. We started the preparation and baking
around 7 p.m. and didn't finish until close to midnight. There's
the prep, baking the crust, making the filling, baking the cake,
letting it cool, making the sour cream topping, and letting the
entire cheesecake set. But when all is said and done, the cake
turned out wonderful and tasted great!
Early Thursday morning we drove down to Indianapolis to spend
the holiday with family. We had a lovely day of cooking, catching
up, great food, wine, and lots of laughter. The quote of the day
came from Rob's nephew when he let us know what one website listed
as the most common topic brought up at Thanksgiving dinners.
Apparently the topic most brought up is sad stories about relatives
or family friends that most people either don't remember or have
never met. We all had a good laugh about that one.
This blog marks the last blog for this trimester. I hope I have
given some good insight into what life as a chiropractic intern is
like. I have enjoyed sharing my experiences with you and will have
lots more to share come spring 2014, my 10th and last trimester of
Have a safe and happy holiday season! Wishing you all the
It's a holiday week, which means shortened class and clinic
week. A short week apparently does not mean that it will be an easy
week. Monday consisted of a full patient load and a surprise add-on
patient right at the end of the day. On Tuesday, I had my final
midterm in my Jurisprudence class. Wednesday was also a heavy
patient load, and then the race home to pack up the car and get on
the road before the heavy holiday traffic hit.
For the holiday weekend, I rented a house in Saugatuck,
Michigan, with six friends. We arrived Wednesday evening and
checked out the house, which we all pretty much decided is haunted.
Scattered throughout the house are creepy things like an old
antique organ, dolls with the eyes that seem to follow you around
the room, books of ghost stories (most likely involving our house),
an ornate lady's make-up mirror that was shattered, stained glass
windows, vintage pill box hats in a couple of the rooms, and
strange noises all the time.
The best part was that we ran into friends of the owners of the
house who informed us that the house is haunted, and that we should
avoid the basement. The good news is we all survived and I am here
blogging about it now.
The goal of my holiday weekend was relaxation and fun with my
fellow housemates. On Wednesday evening we went to dinner in
downtown Douglas at an amazing restaurant called "Everyday People",
followed by meet-and-greet drinks at The Dunes Resort. Thursday,
which was Independence Day, was a marathon of a day. We had a big
breakfast at the house and then started our prep for the "Tea"
Dance. For those of you who do not know what a "Tea" Dance is, it's
a mid-day happy hour with fun music and dancing as the focus of the
day. When the dancing concluded, we grabbed some food and watched
the fireworks above the patio. The marathon of a day concluded back
at The Dunes with Kelly Carey an amazing Jazz/Cabaret
With Thursday being a very long day, Friday called for some much
needed relaxing at the beach. Let me tell you, the eastern side of
Lake Michigan is so beautiful. The lakefront is a series of
beaches, bluffs and sand dunes, each more picturesque than the
next. On Saturday morning, we decided we would check out more of
the sights with a dune buggy tour. The tour was really interesting
and had some really amazing views of the landscape and Lake
Michigan. The tour guide informed us that at the base of any of the
dunes can be any stationary object that would stop the sand and
over hundreds of years form these giant sand dunes. Another
interesting fact was that at the top of some of the dunes we saw
these trees coming out, and he informed us that it's actually one
giant tree that sprouts roots higher and higher up the dune to stay
The remainder of the weekend consisted of consisted of some bike
rides, checking out some local restaurants, movies, and bonding
with our housemates. Sadly, I was the first to leave Sunday morning
due to a busy Monday, but the holiday weekend was so much fun.
Counting down the days until the next holiday.
• First Patients and Jurisprudence Class
• Ideas for the Future
• Part IV Board Exams
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