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