I told you all about me last week, which is good for foundation,
but now I have to catch you up on what actually took place during
my first week of the summer tri!
My first week of classes in the Clinical Sciences phase was
awesome. We are at the point now where we get to apply the
information we've learned about how the body works to clinical
situations; how a patient would present in clinic. So far I think
GI & GU & Reproductive Systems is my favorite class. We
talked about fascinating stuff like where the problem comes from if
a patient in pain vomits or has black stool. I suppose only doctors
and future doctors can be so enthralled with the color of poop and
whether or not someone's going to vomit so as to make it their
favorite discussion of the week. I must be in the right place!
Digging around the NUHS botanical
I ended my first week of the trimester at the garden party on
Friday evening. Those of us who love to dig in the dirt or
who want to learn more about medicinal plants meet at our modest
botanical garden where we gather to pull weeds, laugh, review, and
learn about the plants from our professor, Dr. Lorinda Sorensen.
Thumbs up from my friend John who is as happy as I am to spend his
Friday evenings diggin' in the dirt!
In contrast to our first week, this past week it rained. A lot.
The lacrosse practice I usually coach was cancelled due to the
chilly, wet weather. Despite this, I did manage to commute to
school by train/bike on Thursday, and the rain held off just long
Lilacia Park in full bloom! It's
located next to the train station in downtown
Lombard. I wandered through while
waiting for the train to arrive.
Mostly, I spent this rainy week struggling over whether or not
to take the NPLEX Part I boards this August. I am eligible to sit
for the exam now that I have completed the Basic Sciences phase.
All the other
ND schools have the summer off from classes (as far as I know),
and many of their students study all summer long. Here at National,
I am taking a full course load of 28 credits and the board exam
falls during the week right before final exams. While I don't doubt
that I COULD do it if I HAD to, the prospect of studying every free
moment all summer long is unpleasant and intimidating.
It's decisions like these that make me realize the importance of
walking the walk. As NDs we will advise our patients to optimize
the determinants of health -- adequate sleep, hydration, community
support, and healthy food -- to name a few. It is a true challenge
to live the life of a student and embody naturopathy at the same
time. My conclusion has been to take the board exam in February.
This decision comes after listening to the advice of upper tri
students, and also by listening to my own heart. In doing so, I'm
embracing the reality of what it takes for me to stay happy and
healthy, all the while keeping my eyes on the prize: McKenzie