This week has been absolutely tiring! Not only did midterms
start to kick in, but a horrible viral respiratory infection took
hold of me as well. It started on Sunday and I actually had
laryngitis (no voice!) up until Wednesday accompanied by an
extremely sore and painful throat, spasmodic dry coughs, night
sweats, and high fevers.
I took a couple hours off my clinic shift to be treated in the
ND clinic by a couple of awesome colleagues of mine. They put
together a very impressive and pretty aggressive treatment plan
since the infection sounded like it was going deeper into my lungs
every day. There were some doubts floating around from other
colleagues about whether or not I would actually improve because
with each passing day I was getting worse. A huge component of the
progression was the fact that I was sleeping about 2-3 hours/day
because I coughed throughout the whole night.
However, this weekend I had the chance to finally SLEEP in as
long as I wanted. After some new additions to the treatment plan
they put together, I slept about 12 hours and then another 10 hours
the next day and woke up feeling brand new! I still had the
coughing and sore throat but to a minimum! So after a week of
torture on so many different levels, my body halted the viral
infection on it's own without the accompaniment of antibiotics or
anti-virals, which is amazing!
I am so passionate about this medicine that I delve into every
day. I KNOW it works and I believe in it wholeheartedly--well, I
think I do--then I encounter moments of doubt when applying the
medicine to myself. In this case, I was very positive that the
treatment plan implemented was going to work, but I know there was
also a line of doubt that I continuously had running through my
head. However, I was very against giving up before at least giving
it about 5 days. Well, the treatment plan started Wednesday and the
effects were seen about late Friday/early Saturday, so it kicked in
a lot sooner that I expected!
I am still recuperating and taking it easy for at least a couple
more days, but all in all, I feel like I can finally function and
have returned back to the world! :) Not only am I excited to get
back into functioning normally but also I miss my daily workouts!
Crazy, huh? :)
Well, I hope you all had an amazingly sunny weekend like I did
minus the sickness! Oh, and I included a picture of my beautiful
nephew because looking at his picture just makes my heart smile so
I thought it could possibly do the same for you!
Blissor: My husband bought me a 60" kiddie pool that I fit
perfectly in and laid out for a couple hours to soak up some
This week has been quite bittersweet. Clinic was
busier, which is a huge plus since the more patients we have, the
more exposure we get to different conditions as well as treatment
modalities. It continues to be mentally and physically challenging,
which also makes it the best experience thus far.
Midterms have also commenced which always makes life very
interesting. After already going through one program and having the
midterms and finals, I have reached a point where I definitely feel
like consistently giving up due purely to fatigue. In one of our
classes, we had a chance to complete a complementary salivary
cortisol panel and I realized that not only was I feeling tired
because I was overwhelmed, but my adrenals are LITERALLY
overwhelmed! And now I am currently battling laryngitis, so yes, no
voice! Why am I telling you all this?
Well, even doctors get sick! I am 100% sure that you all know
this, but when you are in this position, it is very different. As
doctors (or future physicians) we are so concerned with all of our
patients' health, family's health, etc., that we forget we also
need treatments once in a while, too! So I took the initiative to
become a patient and the results are amazing thus far. Definitely
takes more effort and more time, but I am slowly becoming the
healthier version of me! So as doctors, remember to take care of
yourselves. Life comes and hits you in the face when you least
expect it, and if you just keep ignoring your own needs, you will
definitely burn out. Like me!
Among all the midterms and busy work, we took time to spend with
family, which is so priceless. Recently some close friends have
lost their parents at different times but to sudden circumstances,
and it truly took my breath away finding out all the hurt that they
were experiencing. As soon as I found out the unfortunate news, I
called my mother right away to tell her how much I loved her and I
turned to my husband to tell him how much I loved him. It shouldn't
take death for us to all appreciate the people we have in our
lives, so spending time with family over the holiday weekend meant
more to me than ever.
Blissor: All the times God has blessed me with time to spend
with family and friends! Don't take those moments for
Hellloooo worrrllddd!! My last week of
midterms! To be completely honest, and it actually sounds crazy,
but I really enjoyed midterms! This trimester has been amazing and
refreshing so far. Although my credits are lower than when I was
dually enrolled, I believe that this tri has been challenging in
its own way.
One of the most challenging aspects of this trimester is that I
have to switch my thinking modes. Although I try to eat, breathe
and live naturopathic medicine, being exposed to a high percentage
of physical medicine in clinic has helped me strengthen that aspect
but also (possibly) overlook all the principles of naturopathic
It is awesome (and challenging) to be re-submersed into the
medicine that I will practice mainly in the future, and be reminded
of how amazing naturopathic medicine can be. Studying for these
classes has been more enjoyable since I am in a clinical state of
mind, and it's fun (yes, fun!) to re-learn and master everything
and find the niche that I would like to incorporate in my future
practice. I have encountered some discouraging moments, which has
caused me to question everything I am doing, but having a
supportive husband to get me back on track has made this trimester
much more memorable.
This week, along with midterms, my husband and I started the
famous and brutal P90X! We've had it stored for almost six months
now and finally decided that our daily workouts have gotten boring
and we wanted a challenge. And boy did we underestimate the
intensity that we were getting ourselves into. So far, muscles I
didn't know I could work out are sore, and
laughing/sneezing/coughing makes me crouch in pain because of my
abs. It is an insanely good feeling that I cannot explain to be
challenged in this way, come out feeling this sore, but so good all
at the same time! We are doing the full 90-day challenge, so 90
days from now I'll post (maybe) before and after pictures that will
help inspire you to go above and beyond health wise!
We finished the week with a fun night in Chicago with
friends visiting all the way from Alaska! (If you remember from
last year, I went to Alaska at the end of May to be part of their
wedding!) We used "Yelp" and found an amazing family-owned
authentic Italian restaurant (Buona Terra on California Avenue)
that was AWESOME! All of you should go and try it. Support a small
business and have some delicious homemade creative Italian food!
Then we went to this place called Outdoor Café that looks like a
huge garden but is decked out inside with patio furniture and comfy
couches. I love trying new things and can't wait to venture out
into this big city more to find all the hidden jewels! You should,
Blissor: My husband. He is my rock and ultimate support and I
could not get through everything without him!
This week has been a huge blessing--lots of good and even some
bad, but over all, a blessed week! Starting off the week with
Valentine's Day probably had a lot to do with it. My husband and I
went to a very nice and quiet dinner at a place called Redstone in
Oakbrook Terrace. Their food is exceptional and we don't go too
often, but the splurge was worth it! My husband is an amazing man
and his love and support as I venture through my SECOND doctorate
is absolutely essential! I can't emphasize enough how important it
is to have support outside of the school to get you THROUGH
So you want to know the exciting news right? Well, in the tenth
trimester of my DC program, I started to work on a case study
abstract, which discusses a unique case that I encountered that was
treated successfully. After discussing the case with Dr. Solecki
(and getting permission from the patient), we submitted it to the
American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians to see if it would
be accepted for their annual Sports Symposium. After a couple
reviews and editing, I was informed that it was accepted for poster
presentation! Hard work does pay off!
Now, I am currently working on expanding the case study abstract
into a format that is suitable for the medical journal, Journal of
Chiropractic Medicine (JCM). It is a lot more work than the
abstract, and has included (so far) over 30 references including
textbooks and fellow research articles/case studies. Working on
that plus studying for midterms and writing papers for class has
been very difficult, but I am crossing my fingers that this will
also get accepted for publication. So wish me luck! This will make
my mission complete! (hence the title of the blog!)
On a less AMAZING note, over the weekend, I experienced a horrible
neck strain. I am actually writing this with (still) a sore and
terrible pain that does not allow me to turn my head to the left.
It was a pain that I have never experienced before! I received
treatments (chiropractic) over the weekend and followed up with hot
packs and anti-inflammatory supplements, and I feel exceptionally
better than the first day that it happened. I am telling you this
not to make you feel bad for me, but to attest to the fact that I
could not get through this weekend without our "medicine."
Advanced Clinical Theory
In Advanced Clinical Theory class, we've been working on
numerous cases and not only do we discuss all the possible
"pathology" occurring, but we also are encouraged to recognize the
"blissors." "Blissors" is a term that we've learned from Dr. Lou to
describe the things that make someone happy and content beyond all
the "pathology" surrounding him/her. This has inspired me to
examine my blissors and I will be including them at the end of each
blog not only to be a small reminder to myself but to all of you!
Have a great week everyone!
Blissor #1: Other than my husband, this little man is my favorite.
He is a miniature reminder of how good life is!
While all my colleagues are freaking out about studying for Part
IV boards Nov 12th and 13th, I am freaking out that I am studying
for MIDTERMS while fitting in Part IV boards all at once. So I
guess the word OVERWHELMED does not really fully explain the mental
state that I'm in currently.
So what do I do now to get through this huge hill that I'm
struggling to get over? Pray and study. I'm not sure if senoritis
is taking over and I am overwhelmed or if I am REALLY overwhelmed
with the amount of work that I have put in my lap. I am reminded
everyday of the struggle I am going through to maintain my sanity
by doing two programs.
If you want me to be honest and tell you if I ever question my
decision or if I ever think of not continuing with the naturopathic
program, the answer would be YES. OF COURSE. I've heard here and
there from colleagues that have already graduated and ones yet to
reach clinic say things like "Well it's only __ longer to get your
second doctorate, it can't be that bad!" I beg to differ.
For all of you out there that want to jump head first into a dual
program endeavor, think long and hard about the benefits of it for
you and your patient. Do not think about the prestige or respect
level you choose or expect to gain from others. I may question my
decisions here and there in the heat of stress and midst of
midterms and boards, however I am so grateful for the knowledge
that I will have to be the BEST physician for my patients that I
It's so disappointing to see people fall into the trap of "simple"
without seeing a patient as a global being with more than spinal
abnormalities. It is not that hard to adjust every person that
walks in your door, but it IS hard to sit down, diagnose, and offer
the best care to the patient that may or may not include a
chiropractic manipulation. Don't be a part of the first
Among all of this, I look at that picture I posted of Dr.
Winterstein and I about seven days after I stepped foot into the
Chiropractic program (about 3.5 years ago), and it gives me hope
that I will make it through a couple more years to finish all my
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