This is one of those times when writing the blog is tough,
because I can't remember all of the things I've done over the last
week! I'm to the point where I'm keeping daily lists so things
don't fall through the cracks. There's just so much to do and so
much to study for.
Last week I had 2 exams, and this coming week, 2 exams and 2
quizzes. Next week (brace yourself), there are 5 exams. I've always
wondered why we do things this way. Five exams in one week are too
many. It's just as if it were finals. But, here we are.
I was able to join some of my classmates out on Friday night. It
seems that a good time was had by all. We were able to meet some of
the first trimester folks that I'd missed from the First Tri Mixer.
They all seem really great. One of the drawbacks to the way our
campus is set up here is that the students are spread out to four
different places. We have the basic science students in one
location, the clinical science students in another, and the interns
in two different clinic locations. So, once someone crosses over
into a different area, we don't always see each other again--unless
we make an effort to do so. So that's why the mixers and impromptu
get-togethers are really important. It gives us a chance to meet
some of the other students from different locations.
I like how cohesive our group is in particular. I've mentioned
this before, but we really do become somewhat of a family. After
all, we spend five days a week, together, ALL day. If we don't love
or hate each other by the end, there's something wrong. Those that
have joined our original four members have been welcome additions.
And of course we miss those that have left us--whether they
transferred campuses to Lombard, or decided to slow down. Most of
my original class is now in the same building. It's good to see
them every day again. I've missed them.
As if I didn't have enough going on, last week, I started the
Master's Degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine through
the University of Western States. The program is all online and we
have students from literally all over the world. The program there
is a wonderful complement to the program here. Since my goal is to
have an integrative, functional medicine practice, it's a great fit
for me. My goal is to complete the master's about the same time I
finish here at National. I'll let you all know how that's
Time management and prioritizing are absolutely key to
maintaining some semblance of sanity with all this coursework. I'm
not sure I'm there yet--but I'm working on it. Of course, anyone
that knows me knows that I'm at least partly insane, so I must have
lost something somewhere. Calendars, schedules, lists, planning,
and keeping track of everything that has to be done is extremely
important. On top of that, checking all of those things off the
list is extremely fulfilling. I have to remember to ONLY put things
on the list that HAVE to be done--no lofty ambitions, week-long
projects, or 5-year goals. My lists sometimes get out of
control--admittedly, and sometimes they end up with the weirdest,
most random thoughts written on them--like philosophical questions.
And THAT could go anywhere. :)
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I took a few minutes out of studying on Saturday to go to a
ROOTS seed and plant share event. We grew a lot of our own food
when I was growing up, and as I've had space, have tried to do the
same off and on. Now that I have some yard space, I'm working on it
again. Let me just say that this event was absolutely amazing.
People from the local area bring seeds they've collected,
cuttings, plants, trees--you name it--and they just give it away. I
took some Aloe seeds that my plant had put out last year. I'd been
saving them for quite a while. I honestly didn't even know that
Aloe seeded; I'd only seen people plant Aloe by cutting. The Aloe
plant that produced the seed was gifted to me a few years ago from
a fellow student, so it only seemed fitting that I gift its
progeny. In return, I was gifted pumpkin seeds, stevia seeds,
loofah seeds, and heirloom squash seeds. I was hoping for loofah,
but couldn't believe how much was there!?! A lady tried to send me
home with a bag full of about 500 seeds! People were so generous.
I'm eternally grateful, and hopefully my garden will be booming
here in a couple of weeks. Since I've never had a fall garden
before, I have no idea what to expect. We shall see.
Happy Studying and Organizing everyone! Have a great week!
I'm writing to you all from a newly formatted laptop--not a new
laptop, but a newly formatted one. I've spent a fair amount of the
last week working on my computer. Today I finally gave up, in
disgust, and recovered Windows. I'm still trying to get access to
all of my old files (now my external hard drive isn't working).
It's definitely Mercury in Retrograde!
Midterms are winding down. We have one more this week and then a
"mid-term" exam next week as well. This week should prove to be
interesting, given that we have the 4th off. I'm
sure there will be cookouts and beach trips and fireworks of some
Last week we had Botanical Medicine and Pharmacology. Boy, am I
glad those are over! I'm still in Love with Botanical Medicine. I
feel like I could never know too much. My hope is to do some more
research on constituents to make sure none of the toxic ones get
into my medicine. That's the thing with being your own pharmacist.
Even though it's amazing to be able to make your own medicine, it
comes with responsibility. Fortunately, for most herbs (not all--be
careful!), the toxicity is low and it either takes a whole lot of
herb to cause damage, or the toxic effects are minimal.
Saturday, Grey and I went to Downtown St. Pete for Pride! We
have a number of friends in the LGBT community. It's been a
tradition for the last 4 years for me to go, in support, and now
Grey has been going for the last 2 years. We missed the parade due
to rain, but we caught up with friends afterwards. I'm always
impressed at how things go during Pride. Everyone comes out, and
for the most part it's an extremely positive experience. I'm
thinking that next year maybe the school should have a booth at the
parade. I should probably talk to someone about that. There are a
lot of health care vendors and educational booths there. It would
be a great opportunity to expand our reach.
This week's picture is of my Mullein. Admittedly, I have been
running like a mad crazy woman, since I moved into my place and I
haven't planted anything else or set up my garden. I honestly have
no idea when I'll have time (maybe I should work on that this
weekend). But, the Mullein is flowering, and it's lovely. I'm
Have a great 4th of July, everyone. Enjoy
Independence and whatever that means for you!
I have thoroughly geeked out this week. Thoroughly. I've been
very seriously thinking about further training after acquiring my
DC--with either a residency, perhaps adding the ND through
National, or through a diplomate program.
At the behest of my good friend Jacqlyn, I've started looking at
the diplomate programs in earnest. So, for those of you who don't
know, there are several diplomate programs available to us through
the ACA. The two that I'm most interested in are Diagnosis and
Internal Disorders and Clinical Nutrition. I'm still gathering
information, but very excited--and right now leaning towards the
program in Clinical Nutrition. A few of my classmates are already
working toward the Neurology diplomate through the Carrick
Institute. I know we have many faculty members with their diplomate
in radiology (DACBR) and advanced degrees in nutrition. Several of
the programs offer options while we're still in school. I'm
especially intrigued at the possibility of graduating with my
doctorate, and my diplomate.
Diplomate programs information (just a few but there are
I want to thank Dr. Chang, our EBP and Public Health professor,
for turning me on to the NCBI
(National Center for Biotechnology Information) search engine.
As part of an EBP (evidence based practice) assignment, we were
asked to set up a search. Through this tool, I can set up automated
searches on research topics that I'm interested in. I receive a
litany of emails every morning on each of my topics--the newest
research and analysis. OK, this sounds boring, I know. But for a
research geek that's always looking for more information on about
80,000 topics (and doesn't have time to do 80,000 searches), having
an automated search return all of that to me every morning is
Beyond all of that, I took it easy this weekend. Thankfully, the
weather is warming up (I thought it would never happen!), and it's
starting to feel, smell, and act like spring. Grey and I set some
seed out for organic lettuce and herbs. We've got more to set up.
Trying the whole urban gardening thing is a new experience for me.
I hope it works. If it does, I'll probably have more lettuce than I
can use. We've also started rosemary for cooking, lavender, sage,
and catnip is soon to come. My goal is to eventually grow enough
medicinal herbs to not have to spend so much money on herbs for my
tonics. We'll see what happens there.
So, since I've been so busy doing research and being nerdy,
being crafty, resourceful, and hiding out in the house, I have no
beautiful Florida pictures for all of you today. What I do have,
and since everyone loves cute pictures of cats, are pictures of my
cat Moose--the queen of everything. I hope everybody has an amazing
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