The next three weeks are going to seem like the longest three
weeks of my life. In addition to the long days I spend in clinic in
Lombard, I will also be going to the Salvation Army clinic in the
city from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. After treating patients under Dr.
Charles Kuehner at that clinic, I will head directly back into the
suburbs to treat my patients there until 7:00 p.m. This makes for
super long days including all the traffic and traveling. Please
keep me in your thoughts as I try to get through the long days and
short sleep schedules while trying to maintain my sanity!
The population that gets treated at Salvation Army is an amazing
group of individuals. They are all either suffering from drug
abuse, alcohol abuse or both, with a variety of lifestyle factors
that have led to chronic and severe diseases. Yet they have taken
it upon themselves to go for change, even after everything they
have been through in their lives. Salvation Army is like a refuge
for them to get back on their feet. They get jobs to help out the
community (ex., working the warehouse of the Salvation Army thrift
stores), they get rehab programs, complimentary alternative medical
care (from us!), along with room and board for a period of time to
help them through rehab.
I went through a two-week rotation already as a chiropractic
intern, however, it is a completely different experience as a
naturopathic intern. We help support the chiropractic treatment
plans along with addressing nutritional goals and nutrient
depletions, and we help encourage the patient to maintain an
alcohol and drug free lifestyle. I've only been there one day so
far, and I absolutely love it. It calls for early mornings with
tons of traffic for me, however, it is a great experience for the
patient and for me. It will be a long three weeks, but I know in
the end, I will be more grateful for the experience.
This weekend, I got the chance to meet up for coffee with Chet,
a college friend who was in town. It was awesome to catch up since
we haven't seen each other since my wedding, which was 2-1/2 years
My friend Chet and I
I also had the privilege to share in the celebration of two of
my colleagues as they celebrated opening their brand new
chiropractic clinics! In the picture below are Ryan and I with
David Kim, whom I graduated with, and Lesley Wong, who I worked
with heavily in SACA.
David Kim, Ryan, Lesley Wong, and myself
You might recognize the next picture, too! It's a past fellow
blogger, John Cress, who has just recently opened up his new clinic
in Arlington Heights!
John Cress and myself
It was such a joy to see all the success around me and made me
even more excited when Ryan and I got to bask in all that!
Have a good week everyone!