This week started off bright and early at 5:30am through long
stop-and-go traffic with hard-to-find parking to finally end up in
the bustling city of Chicago! That explains the start of my
Salvation Army rotation. Three other interns and I are
participating in our two-week Salvation Rotation from 7am to 11am,
Monday through Friday.
We were all very nervous because we did not know what to expect.
Walking into the facility, we were introduced to a very different
world than our usual shift at the Lombard clinic. The patients were
all participants of either a drug or alcohol rehabilitation
program, so the focus was more towards addressing ailments due to
the cumulative effects of their lifestyles. Although
musculoskeletal problems were part of their complaints, it was the
least of their concerns.
Overall, it was a very interesting experience and I have one
more week to go. All the care at the facility is free of charge so
the patients are continuously in and out as an obligation of their
Salvation Army is an option for main clinic for 9th and 10th
trimesters, but the amount of people accepted there is small.
Another option is the Caruth Health Center at the St. Petersburg
campus in Florida, which also accepts a small number of people.
Both options are available so stay open-minded about what rotation
you want! There are VA hospitals in Illinois and Maryland (to my
knowledge) that usually accept only one person per trimester, but
it is worth the try!
This week was one of the hardest weeks I've had to endure so
far. Personal reasons made it excruciatingly difficult, however
Ryan and I planned an impromptu trip to Michigan to get away from
everything! It was a well-needed weekend get-away. We had the
chance to relax by the river, walk around downtown East Grand
Rapids during their art festival, and enjoy 80º weather! No rain
The sunlight, family and nature were definitely what I needed to
partially rejuvenate from my rough week. Being back home now and
knowing that I have to return to reality makes me wish I could
repeat the weekend over and over again, but the show must go
My Clinic Tip: When tragedies hit, find a sanctuary. No matter
what is happening in clinic, you have to take care of YOU.