Week 1 is already in the books!
As with all trimester beginnings, this week has been a roller
coaster week of events and adjustments. On a sad note, as you will
come to know I am a HUGE Boston sports fan, and if you aren't
living under a rock (or don't watch football) the Patriots lost to
our bitter rivals, the Jets and their trash-talking (enter word of
choice here:) coaches and players.
Also quick note: the picture above is of me eating my first deep
dish pizza in Chicago just before the starting kick-off (cross that
off my bucket list!... yes, I take my bucket list very seriously
lol). Note the full-of-excitement look, which I definitely wasn't
wearing after realizing defeat and seeing Rex Ryan joyfully
celebrating his win. There's always next year and I look forward to
the Patriots having 3 of the top 100 picks in the upcoming
OK, back to school!
So without hesitation Trimester 2 begins with a solid lineup of
8ams and the aptly named "terrible triad." The triad is
Neurophysiology, Neuroanatomy and Head and Neck anatomy. They get
this nickname because apparently they are extremely demanding and
have ridiculous rumors associated with them like 25 out of 47
people who took neuroanatomy last tri failed it! I can't confirm or
deny that… Dr. Darby do you read these blogs? Lol. With that said,
I will be giving it my all to make sure I'm not a
As for my other classes I love my Evaluation & Management
class and my Intro to Business class. The E&M class is finally
the first class where we get to start doing the fun doctor stuff!
It's on the chest and thoracic spine and features everything from
auscultation of the heart to palpations to adjustments. I love
learning adjustments because I am a very visual and hands-on type
of person so hitting the books all day is only accomplished by
knowing I'm not going to be studying neurophysiology the rest of my
life. Adjusting patients and helping them heal and get healthy are
my main passions.
Making time for clubs!
This week also featured a bunch of extracurricular activities
including my first AK club meeting. I've been interested in Applied
Kinesiology for sometime now and have finally made time to start
going. We learned how to muscle test the Gracilis, Sartorius,
Subclavius, and Upper Trapezius muscles. Muscle testing, according
to the president, is really an art form that takes practice and
this is one tool I'd like to learn in time for clinic so I'm
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't mention my favorite
club, Motion Palpation! The first meeting was Thursday and it is
definitely a can't-miss club on campus if you want to be a great
adjustor and refine your skills. We learned a seated palpation and
the thoracic roll adjustment, which were great for preparing me for
my E&M class this tri.
First week - no tests!
The other best part of first week is that we don't have any
tests - which means we get to socialize! My friends and I took full
advantage of a long weekend full of some fun nights and a great
dinner at this Italian place downtown. It's always a great night
when you have to massage your cheeks half way through because you
can't stop laughing! Who said school is all work and no play? My
Dad's favorite saying: you have to have BALANCE.
See yall next week!