Archive for tag: graduation

My Farewell

Well, here we are guys. This is my last blog to you EVER. Can you believe it? We've been on this journey together for a LONG time now--ever since I started the chiropractic program all the way through finishing the naturopathic program! It has been a huge blessing to reflect every week on this blog not only to give you insight but for myself. Now I can look back and remember small details of my life that I may not have stored in my memory. That's the great thing about blogging.

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I want to tell you about my week in sunny California. I am glad I will be able to share my experiences with you because it was absolutely amazing. I had the pleasure to shadow a naturopathic doctor in Monrovia, California. Dr. Jennifer Wicher was such an amazing influence not only from her point of view on patient care/management, but the fact that she is married, a mom, maintains a busy schedule (she has a waiting list), and has a great spirit about it all!

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Dr. Jennifer Wicher and me

I was also able to speak with her husband who does a lot of the business aspects of her practice. The business "stuff" is not my forte and it was nice to speak to him and get some pointers. Since Illinois is not a licensed state yet, there are restrictions on many things that we are capable of doing including IV therapy, injections and prescriptive pharmaceuticals. In California, you are able to do all of that under your license.

I was able to observe Dr. Wicher perform numerous IV therapies from hydrogen peroxide to vitamins/minerals to using Ozone, which was SUPER cool. I also saw numerous joint injections, intramuscular injections and Ozone injections! She had awesome rapport with her patients and every patient had amazing improvements that urged them to refer patients to her. She had a very busy practice, spent quality time with each patient, had time to spend with her 2-year-old, and maintained a positive and grateful attitude about it all.

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Dr. Jennifer Wincher

I am so glad that I randomly found her. I had to drive about 3 hours round-trip (with traffic) to her practice every day but it was MORE than worth it. We plan on keeping in touch and I am excited to potentially move out west one day (maybe) and have some awesome resources! I encourage each and every one of you to utilize your allotted observation days during clinic to travel to a licensed state like California (with a larger scope than others) and see the amazing things our profession has to offer! It is well worth the plane ticket fare!

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Ryan and I at his friend's wedding site, a vineyard in
Temecula, California--on top of a mountain! Breathtaking!

My husband Ryan joined me in California for the weekend and we called this part of the trip our "Babymoon," which is basically a trip before the baby comes to enjoy each other's company and relax. We attended the wedding of one of his good friends and had an amazing time reconnecting with his friends from back home that have moved out to California.

We topped off the busy weekend with our first baby shower, which was lovingly thrown by my California family including my grandparents. So exciting! We are so blessed to have such amazing family and friends to share this new journey with and could not be more excited after seeing all the little baby clothes!

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My grandparents with Ryan and me

Strangely enough, you have been a part of my life for some of my biggest life changes and events from starting school, getting married, graduating (twice), and then starting our baby adventure! I am truly saddened to say that the journey we have been on together has to end here, but I want to thank all of you that have taken your time to read my blogs. If anything, I hope I have been able to give you some honest insight into my life as a real person...not just another grad student. Thank you, thank you, and thank you!

May you have a blessed journey as well no matter what path you choose! My last piece of advice: Find the good in all you do/choose. It will help you appreciate the beauty in all the obstacles!

Take care and God bless!

Have a Mustache Party

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. 

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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 that stress.

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 husband.

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!!!

It's Getting Closer

I still can't believe it. I am closer to graduation and it's getting very REAL.This upcoming week will be my last week at the inner city clinic I spoke about before, and then I have about 2 more weeks until my 2 weeks of observation off campus! Then when I get back, I will have about 4 days left of clinic before graduation week! It's so crazy!

I remember this similar feeling when I was graduating from the chiropractic program, but the feeling was halted by the sense that my graduation was only the mark of the beginning of the naturopathic program. While all my colleagues were putting their business plans into action, interviewing for associate positions, or packing up and moving back home, I was studying and preparing for my 11th trimester! It was still an exciting time considering it is still a HUGE accomplishment. However, it was bittersweet for me.

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Now I sit here, writing one of my last blogs ever, preparing for a new journey in my life, and feeling an amazing amount of joy and peace! It's still very stressful realizing that I am still at that place again--not completing a business plan or interviewing for any associate positions, but preparing a nursery, utilizing the summer to relax, and enjoying life without the pressures of school. I feel much better about it all than I thought.

You might hear over and over again about the "Numbers Game" in clinic. There are high expectations and huge requirements that are obligated for you to pass your clinic internship, and the naturopathic program has definitely trumped the chiropractic program in my opinion! I learned so much from both programs on many different levels, but because the naturopathic program is still relatively young at NUHS, there are different struggles that we face. The numbers were driving me crazy but definitely did not affect my ability to give my patients the best care possible. And our clinicians were right, if you treat your patients right, the numbers will take care of themselves.

As I am heading into my last couple weeks with patients on campus, I am feeling more comfortable than ever about my competency AND numbers. Although I won't be out in practice right away, I have been able to soak up the experience the best way I could. I struggled, I cried, I became frustrated on the verge of walking away--but looking back now, I can appreciate the obstacles I've had to overcome and above all else, I've had the best patients ever! :)

I only hope you will be able to soak up my experience no matter what school or program you choose! Take care of people and they will take care of you. :) Here's to my last weeks here at National!!

Rejuvenation

2012-01-17_xmascardWell, guys, 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 tackle reality.

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.

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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 clinic.

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Dr. Julie Martin and I at commencement.

Goodbye Party

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.

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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 too!

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!

It's Already Over? Noo...

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Hey, everyone! Yes, it is that dreaded time again. Finals! Although my schedule is much more abbreviated than EVERY other trimester I've been here, I cannot believe the amount of tedious assignments that I've had, from writing cases to five-page papers PLUS studying for the finals I have next week. What you should get used to is having anywhere from 10 to14 finals, which is very different from undergrad. Some of the classes here have both a lecture portion as well as lab portion and you will most likely have finals (written and practical) in both of those classes. Don't freak out yet because you WILL get through it with hard work and diligence!  

This week went by quick because we had Ryan's mom and little cousin visit us from Michigan on their spring break. We had fun going shopping with them, getting pedicures (well, not Ryan ), and eating amazing food! Then we got bad news that Ryan's grandpa was in the hospital and we rushed to Michigan to spend time with him and the family over the weekend. Overall, it was a stressful weekend due to his grandpa's health problems, but also finishing up all the assignments that I had so I could focus on studying! But Ryan's grandpa is back home now and doing much better so we are very happy and relieved about that. 

My finals line-up is not that bad this time around. I have one to two finals every day from Monday to Thursday next week, and I am ready to get them over with! After finals, we are doing an "Earth Day 5k" and I think I'm more nervous about that! Ha ha! Our good friends just did a half marathon over the weekend and I am freaking out about a 5k! I know, I know… it's only a little over three miles so I hope all this working out (6 days a week) kicks in that day! 

Well, enjoy the weather (spring is coming or here?) and study hard if you have finals coming up like me! I will see you all in bright and sunny May!! 

Blissor: My amazing relationship with my awesome mother-in-law. She's such an inspiration and huge support for Ryan and I!