Winter continues here at NUHS in the Chicago suburbs. While not
a normal winter for the Chicagoland area, the snow has been
beautiful in its ubiquitous falling, blanketing and build-up!
Clinic has chugged along through the weather, low temps and snow
squalls. Our interns and clinicians have battled through the
snarled traffic, snowdrifts and partially successful attempts to
start their vehicles to maintain the excellent level of care that
the NUHS naturopathic clinic provides!
On days that are not as busy because of the weather, those of us
who are in tenth trimester clinic are going through our portfolios
and check-off sheets to ensure that we have met our requirements
for graduation. When possible, we sit with a clinician and speak of
various ailments, maladies and injuries followed by the appropriate
triage, treatment and healing strategies for a patient with that
The portfolio includes everything from prenatal care to
geriatrics and all stages of life, health and illness in between.
Combined with our patient variety, over 450 or more total unique
visits and rotations with the Salvation Army clinic in Chicago, the
Naperville clinic and homeopathic rotations, we are well prepared
as we sit down to discuss these patient conditions and how we would
So, even though winter is keeping most of us indoors for the
next few days, we are quite busy with our clinic duties and
fulfilling clinic requirements...well, except for the occasional
midnight stroll through a nice little snowstorm!
Until next week, keep warm and talk to you then!
This has been a long two weeks here at NUHS. Old Man Winter has
taken hold and doesn't seem to want to let any warm air at all in
Chicagoland. This is not the normal state of things here -- the
'Minnesota Chill' invading from the North. Even the lifelong
Illinois residents are shocked at the low temps plus the extended
time that they have been a visitor to the shores of Northern
After a few trips to jumpstart friends' vehicles, make a couple
of runs to the auto parts store to help them purchase and install
new batteries for their cars, then a quick stop at the grocery
store (just to be sure I have the necessities, as any good
Southerner in the face of winter would do), I settled down by my
window to write this week's blog.
I intended to write on a different subject this week; that topic
will be saved for later. This week is all about beauty. I write
about this because the cold weather, dark clouds, winds and
sequestration required in the house due to subzero temperatures can
make one a bit stir crazy. Sure, I have my studies, books,
exercises, and some cooking to keep me busy, but that doesn't
compare to the feeling a drawing in a long deep breath, even if it
freezes and solidifies my epiglottis!
So, as I started writing this entry, I glanced out of my window
and saw the sun...and crystal clear blue skies that reminded me of
the community swimming pool and the first day it opens! So
crisp, no jet contrails, the sun with an aura of warmth that
doesn't quite reach yet feels wonderful through a protective pane
That sun was beautiful, the sky was gorgeous and with those two
prompts these past few days have seen an explosion of beauty all
around me. From a realization that only a few more weeks of winter
are left to counting down the days to graduation and seeing beauty
grow in my colleagues around me, with me and beyond all of us.
If you want my advice, (and I understand if you don't) take in
the beauty around you. Even if that beauty is the tiniest thing, it
can jumpstart a progression, a cascade, or avalanche might be more
appropriate at this time of year, of beauty extending from you, to
you and within you.
Back to clinic, Lyme disease and musculoskeletal rehabilitation
today. All beautiful in their healing design and effectiveness!
• Combined Classes
• Observing in Clinic
• Botanical Medicine
• Minor Surgery
• Intern Skills
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