There's no way I can fit in work without any play! This week has
been a huge blessing.
Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays since I've met
Ryan! It's just an excuse to go eat a fancy dinner and watch a
romantic movie. Everyday is Valentine's Day for us but we always
get to pick a place that's more expensive than we would normally
eat at and just enjoy the day!
Well my cousin, Rosie, is probably the biggest fan of this
"Hallmark holiday" and always throws a big get together every year!
Her theme this year was "Red Carpet" and it was so much fun to
dance the night away and spend time with friends and family. I also
got to spend the day in the city with my two best friends Maria and
Rosie, which is long overdue. Eating "good eats," walking and
window-shopping, and catching up was definitely what we all
My cousin Rosie and I at her Red
Well, when I came home, I realized I had a lot of work to do. I
had to work on my Grand Rounds presentation, which consisted of
sifting through tons of research articles, ten or so books, and
surfing the internet for more resources. It is not anywhere close
to being done but I will be spending my day off (President's Day)
working on it all day! It definitely has been a learning experience
since I picked such a difficult topic but I am excited to share it
with my colleagues next week! The title of my presentation is
"Dream catching: reaching your inner healer." I will let you know
how it goes!
Then on top of the Grand Rounds topic, I got an email from Dr.
Solecki concerning my case study report I worked on with him on a
patient about a year ago. It has been published and accepted for
poster presentation at the Sports Symposium but now it is being
reviewed for another presentation in Portland, Oregon! However,
that means I have more corrections to make, which I will be working
on today, as well.
It's so important in our profession to not only graduate, pass
board exams, and get licensed but to contribute! Many things that
"Complementary and Alternative Medicine" practitioners use as
modalities do not always get published so sometimes modalities we
choose to use, we know work, but the public can be skeptical. Case
studies are the place to start. It's an isolated event that can
examine the success of a treatment you have done with a patient
that may have been more complex but it can encourage more research
on it or can encourage other practitioners to try your treatment
modalities. It's exciting that Dr. Solecki and I have been accepted
by multiple presentations, and I can't wait until I put more effort
in the case study to get it published into a medical journal.
Well hope you all enjoyed time with your loved ones during this
LOVE week but remember, Valentine's Day is everyday!
Congratulations to the Giants for winning the Super Bowl! It was
an exciting game, but to be honest, the half time show was the MOST
exciting with all the celebrity debuts! :)
The best part of Super Bowl has to be the food. My girl cousins
and I use this big football event as an excuse to just go crazy on
lots of food while all the "boys" go crazy over the actual game. It
was just a nice time to spend with family, have fun and memorable
conversations, and take a break from everything else going on in
My aunt with all the amazing food she made for her Super Bowl
This week is going to be tough. I have the NPLEX (Naturopathic
Physicians Licensing Exam) exams on Tuesday that are all day and
then resume back at clinic. It seems like the "fun" never seems to
end. If studying for board exams wasn't enough, I have a full
clinic schedule mixed in with preparation for my Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds is a presentation that we are required to do in
front of our colleagues and any faculty or staff interested in
topics we have researched. We are required to do one in
9th Tri and one in 10th Tri.
Last trimester, my presentation was on Botanicals during Pregnancy,
which turned out to be great. This time around, I've been so
focused on studying for board exams, that I still have to pick my
topic plus start all the grueling research!
People ask me all the time, "Aren't you ready to be done
already?!" I can't seem to answer that question fast enough! To all
my readers, YES, I AM READY! It has been a long but quick 5 years
that I've spent at NUHS getting my bachelor's, chiropractic and
soon my naturopathic degree. Some of the professors joke all the
time that I should just round everything out and do the AOM program
but I have to happily decline!
This journey (if you choose to take it) of dual-enrolled degrees
is not easy. It's not impossible either. But take time to enjoy a
Super Bowl here and there, treat your body well to stay as healthy
as possible--and always make time for your friends and family. I
can't say that enough!
Wish me luck on Tuesday! :)
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