Archive for tag: weather

Is It Summer Yet?

I know that discussing the weather is one of the most monotonous topics you can have, but it seems to be quite the topic these days! For the past three weekends in Chicago, the weather has just tanked from the sunny mid-80s to the rainy mid-50s. There's no doubt in my mind that the weather has a tremendous impact on a person's mood and well-being. Despite the dreary, chilly weekend with some very moody weather, I made the best of my time off!


One of my best friends, Michelle, visited from Ohio last weekend. I love having the opportunity to take friends around the big city and explore all Chicago has to offer! We did our best to sightsee the city from the Navy Pier Ferris wheel, however the fog was a little difficult to see through! We had the chance to spend Saturday afternoon on North Avenue Beach, and the scene was definitely a little more picturesque. :)


Life in 9th trimester is flying by! I'm finding myself constantly referencing old textbooks and notes, reviewing the best treatments for various musculoskeletal conditions and then applying them to patient care.


I've also found myself being much more focused on understanding Standard Process products and other various supplement companies. So many of the patients I see have underling nutritional insufficiencies, and even offering them a small dosage multivitamin can provide them with the building blocks for physiological function. As we've learned in school, addiction of any type has such profound effects on the physiology of the brain and the body, and sometimes the best treatments we can offer them are palliative care and supplementation to support overall health. Being in clinic is the perfect opportunity to try new things, figure out what works, and identify what doesn't. I have so much more to learn! :)

Wishing everyone a productive and positive week!

Snowy Days in Chicago

Well, we knew winter was going to sneak up on us at some point. It seemed that a January without snowfall was too good to be true. According to the records, this weekend's blizzard was the 5th largest snowfall Chicago has ever seen. We're a lot tougher than we look in the Midwest! It was great to see people coming together to help salt sidewalks, shovel cars out of the snow, and share rides around the city. I never thought I'd see the day when I had to walk down the street to purchase a shovel that I needed just to be able to drive my car! Oh, the challenges of living in the city of Chicago!


When we have snow days at school, you have to take full advantage of the extra time away from class. I spent the past few days catching up with close friends, exploring new places in the city, and enjoying great food. For my Type A personality, it feels great to have a break from the normal routine of class and clinic!


Coming up this week, I'm looking forward to getting together with The Ohio Club members at National to gear up for events in 2015. It's exciting to share a common connection with fellow students interested in practicing in the same state and area, especially to support each other when making tough decisions about our futures! I hope that over the next few years, other state clubs are formed at National and can offer a sense of community for other students from different areas.


On another positive note, congratulations to the Clinic team (Trimesters 8, 9, 10) who won the dodgeball tournament at Tri-Games on Friday night! Although I was not in attendance, I heard the Clinic team rocked the court!

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I'm looking forward to seeing the sunshine again this week and hopefully no more snow here at NUHS! :)

You Mean I Have to Study INSIDE

Another week of gorgeous weather in Illinois, and I am finding it more and more difficult to study inside for our upcoming exams. During the day, you'll often find National students eating their lunches or reviewing their notes on the many park benches and tables we have set up around campus, but this is only a temporary activity. Many of us realize that by sitting outside and "studying," it's much easier to find yourself people watching, staring at the swans on the pond, or wanting to close your eyes and daydream. All right, it looks like I'll have to keep the sun bathing in moderation until midterms have passed.

Abdominal Exam

This week, we covered quite a bit of ground in classes. In our Phys/DX course, we continued to practice different regional exams of the body, specifically the abdominal exam and neurological exam. In phlebotomy lab, students are still perfecting their needling "abilities" and learning different techniques for drawing blood. Specifically, we are spending a lot of time on the butterfly needle technique and drawing blood out of smaller veins. It's definitely nerve-wracking, but a valuable experience none-the-less.

Phlebotomy Lab

On Friday afternoon, Student Council hosted the summer's Tri Games competition. The sport of the season was flag football, and like any other trimester, each group of students sported their tri's respective color and played for 4 months of bragging rights. I unfortunately was not able to attend the event, but I don't doubt it was a great showing! Maybe my 6th tri classmates took home the trophy? :)


My weekend was spent in Rochester, Michigan, for my older brother's wedding. As a Buckeye myself in a family of nearly all Ohio State grads, I never thought I'd see the day when one of my sibs married a Wolverine! Despite our differences, the two families came together and threw a terrific celebration.


Congratulations, Ben and Jenny! I loved the opportunity to get away for a weekend and spend time with my family, but I miss them already! It's a good thing I have plenty of studying and work to keep me busy now that I'm back.


Sun, Study, and Socializing

Hello everyone! I know I've said it once, but I'll say it again: this weather is gorgeous! I am one of those people that thrive in sunshine, and my week's activities definitely reflected it.

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Brad Paisley Concert

It was Week 4 here at National, and with classes back in full gear, there was lots of studying to be done. One of the most challenging classes in Trimester 6 is "Imaging of Tumors," where we are learning about all the possible bone tumors and how to differentiate them on traditional X-rays, MRI, and other various imaging types. Learning pathologies like these can be intimidating, but it's also a true reflection of our chiropractic education at NUHS. It is both a challenge and a compliment to be bestowed with such a well-rounded curriculum that teaches us to be responsible physicians. Some chiropractors choose to have X-ray machines in their practice, and some choose to send patients out for imaging, but whatever the case, it is critical that we are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of a more progressive disease such as skeletal tumors.

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Lambda Chi Sorority Lunch

Outside of the classroom, this week was a blast! To kick-off the summer, Lambda Chi sorority had its sorority lunch, catered by Pinched Mediterranean Grill, a locally-owned restaurant offering gluten-free, freshly made food. All of the girls enjoyed the opportunity to get together and enjoy a fun lunch hour while discussing some upcoming events this trimester. The goal of Lambda Chi is to offer more opportunities for us to practice our adjusting skills outside of class, but it's also to foster meaningful friendships among the women of our profession. :)

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Lambda Chi Sorority Lunch

On Friday night, students from our school attended the Tri Mixer at Gnarly J's and Rita's Roadhouse, which was a perfect way to end a busy school week and take a break from studying.

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Tri Mixer

I spent my Saturday night at the Brad Paisley concert with some girls from school, and then all day Sunday laying by the pool and studying for upcoming midterms.

Overall, this was a very well rounded week of studying, sunshine, and social events that will have to last me until midterms are over. Time to really hit the books! Enjoy the week ahead!