The title of my blog is so random, I know! But I can't get over
how awesome it felt to wear a mustache out in public for my
cousin's birthday! Since the first trimester of my pregnancy is
over, it's been more do-able to enjoy life in general including all
the joy of finishing up my clinic numbers.
After this past week, I have finished up about 90% of my
requirements, which is huge!!! I still have some loose ends to tie
up, but the hard part is officially over for me. It is a different
type of experience to still deliver quality health care while
thinking in the back of your mind that you have very specific
requirements to obtain. The support of my colleagues as well as
opportunities that have opened up to me have really helped ease
I remember sitting in 8th trimester clinic
orientation looking at the minimum requirements that need
to be obtained before you get to walk across that stage to get your
diploma. I had feelings of anxiety along with uncertainty that I
would be able to accomplish these requirements while still
maintaining my sanity. It has been a difficult journey thus far,
but looking back, I can appreciate all the rough spots I had to
experience in order to fully be grateful for the future.
It's the little things that have helped me through this process.
My patients telling me how much they'll miss me, and that I'm
irreplaceable. Referrals from very happy and trusting patients have
been amazing. And most of all, the camaraderie among some of my
colleagues has been priceless and has helped me get to where I am
today--not to forget the support and prayers from my family and
This time next week, I will be preparing to enter my first round
of clinical observations at a rehab clinic with a chiropractor and
medical doctor. Then, I'll be packing up to head to Southern
California for about 10 days to observe a naturopathic doctor for 4
days as well as visit family. After returning from California, I
will have about 1 week before graduation!
Time has definitely gone by and I still can't believe that a
year ago, I was sitting in class still studying for exams and
writing papers. Now I am enjoying the work I've put in and waiting
to get that diploma in my hand!
Have a good week everyone! And for those Illinois residents, go
out and enjoy this amazing March summer-like weather!!!
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!
January has been filled with surprises thus far! It is going to
be an interesting year! I couldn't get through it without the help
of my family. I know I talk about them a lot, but getting two
doctorates is not an easy task. Having the love and support of my
family makes it all better.
I can't believe that we will be counting down the days I have
left at NUHS together. It's been a long time and let me tell you, I
AM READY! :) I don't know if I am 100% ready to tackle the world
full force yet, but I am ready to finally get out of this "student"
status and try. I always feel so jealous when my husband gets
to come home and talk about his workday while I have numbers to
accomplish, boards to pass, and sanity to keep. It has definitely
been an interesting ride--this school thing. I can't say that I've
always tried my best or given my all, but I think I did what I
could with what I had.
The best part of school is learning little things here and there
that you can share with your family--not just the nutrition stuff
or supplements, but learning about therapies that are available to
the public! Before NUHS, I'd never heard of ear candling before.
It's an old method to utilize a "candle" to act like a vacuum to
remove any excess cerumen (wax) in your ear. It's painless and
actually quite relaxing.
My brother using an ear candle with his wife.
Well, my family came over this weekend to share a meal with us
and just hang out. We decided to bust open our ear candles to try!
It was hilarious just watching everyone in my family try this one
by one and fall asleep while holding the candle in their ear! We
all had to be the "watch dogs" so that they wouldn't accidently let
go! (ha ha) It was fun to share a little bit of what I get in
school with them and they loved it!
My family always hears me complain and complain about how tired
I am all the time or how overwhelmed I am, so finally they get a
glimpse into the fun stuff we get to learn about! To clarify, we
don't do ear candling in the clinic, but we learn about it
I'm off to clinic now and counting down the days--a little less
than 90 days until you can call me a naturopathic physician!
it's been fun but this will be my LAST trimester writing to you
about my experiences. I can't believe how much time has flown by.
Sometimes I felt it didn't go fast enough but now I realize as I am
reaching the end, that it truly flies! I hope you all had a happy
holiday season with your loved ones wherever you are in the world!
Everyone else got a three-week break from school, however being
in 9th trimester during the winter left us with a
shorter break but still good enough! I spent a lot of time watching
movies, playing board games, playing and singing music, and most
importantly spending time with my loved ones. We got to spend a
long weekend in Michigan with my in-laws and it was amazing. Being
in the outdoors, breathing in fresh country air, and waking up to a
giant Christmas tree lifted our spirits enough to come back and
When I left you last, I was going into what we call "finals"
week. It was the last finals week I will EVER have to experience
and that idea alone is an accomplishment considering this is my
14th trimester at NUHS. I am all "finaled" out! :) The hardest part
of our finals week was not the exams since I actually only had ONE,
but was saying goodbye to some amazing friends and colleagues.
Dr. Julie Martin (our other ND clinician) has left to pursue her
passion of practicing and chasing that dream! She has truly been
the positive light in clinic for all of us with her warm smiles,
big hugs and listening ear. Tears were definitely shed when she
said her final goodbyes on graduation day. It was bittersweet for
all of us because we were so happy for her new journey in life but
so sad that she was no longer going to be with us every day in
Dr. Julie Martin and I at commencement.
The same day (graduation), we all had to say goodbye to our
friends/colleagues that we've grown so close to. We've all grown so
close together in different ways, built lifelong relationships and
enjoyed never-ending support for all thehard times. I definitely
learned something from each and every one of them and saying
goodbye was also very bittersweet.
A final goodbye party minus a couple of the
10th trimester interns.
Although I am very anxious for April 19 (my graduation date) to
come, the part that makes me most sad is saying goodbye to all my
colleagues that have turned into amazing friends. The thought of us
all going to different parts of the world and pursuing our dreams
is amazing but also again, bittersweet.
One of my struggles throughout 8th and
9th tri was forgetting to rejoice in all the
awesomeness of life that is within arms reach instead of focusing
on all the negativity that I encountered.
So as a part of my new year's resolution I started a blog
challenge: 1 blog a day for 2012. My website is: papermachedoll.blogspot.com, which just goes
through stories to uplift myself (and you)--and healthy recipes
Well, now back to reality. The trimester is going to end with a
big bang and I'm excited to share it with all of you!
I started clinic on Tuesday thinking that my week was going to
be very slow and also anticipating a slow schedule next week due to
Thanksgiving. However, it was actually the opposite!
I finally got to see my first pediatric patient! It was exciting
and very challenging to take a history from the mother and then do
a physical exam on the tiny human patient! I will have to say that
I was very blessed and lucky with my patient because he loved
everything about the appointment and was so entertaining!
I've always wanted to go into women's health and pediatric
health. This tri and last tri, I had so many patients with women's
"problems;" it was difficult but still very rewarding. And now that
I had my first pediatric patient, it definitely cemented my
decision to do women's and pediatric health! I only hope we can get
more pediatric patients in our clinic because it really gave me
such a positive and very necessary experience.
One of my best friends, Rosie, playing "bride" while
for our other best friend to change into wedding
My weekend was amazing as usual. I got to spend time with my two
best friends as we shopped for Maria's wedding dress! After
spending an entire day dress shopping, we went to support a very
good friend as he had to say goodbye to his mother for the last
time after losing her battle to breast cancer. Having two funerals
in two weekends is definitely not expected, but celebrating life
and being thankful for those people in our lives is just
My best friends and I went back to my house and I hosted a
"girls night." We cooked together, laughed a lot, and celebrated
each other and life! It was a great reminder of all the things I am
thankful for, which is family and friends! What a great segue into
this Thanksgiving Week!
Waiting for Maria to come and show us her first
Stay tuned for next week's blog that will consist of my thankful
list and food pictures! :)
Have a happy thanksgiving and enjoy each other...enjoy life!
Blissor: Having a holiday that lets us all enjoy family, good
food--and an excuse to stay in pajamas all day! :)
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