The last week has been a total blur. Time is speeding up and
things are going faster. It's one of those times in the tri when I
look back and go--it's week what?--and also look forward and groan.
Coming up we have the start of exams (first one is this coming
Friday), midterms, and signing up/studying for boards. We have
until July 2nd to sign up. I received a notification email this
last week about it. That reminds me--I need to do something about
On the homefront, I'm slowly getting things settled in the
house--still unpacking boxes and looking for things, but I've
finally got all my books unpacked. I've been looking for one
specific book on preparing herbal remedies for a few weeks. I've
promised to share it with Dr. Martin. We've talked about hydrosols
(which are a bit like essential oils but easier to make). It's a
great book and I highly recommend it. The title is The Medicine
Maker's Handbook by James Green. He also has an excellent book
called The Male Herbal. If you're interested in working
with herbs and men's health, it's a must-have.
My library has grown a bit over the last couple of years. I've
acquired books that the school library was getting rid of, along
with a few purchased on a whim (never a good idea) and I'm thinking
it's time to do some culling. Perhaps one of life's lessons I've
learned is to only keep in your life what you use/love. Books
definitely fall into this category. There's still SO much to
learn/know, not just about medicinals, but everything else. One can
never know too much (although I've figured out when it comes to
test questions, this is debatable). I'm still looking for resources
on Ayurvedic and Native American medicine, as well as all of my
The boys' last day of school is Wednesday. They're thrilled to
be done and trying to plan their whole summer with video games and
hanging out with friends. Instead, they'll be visiting family
members around the country for the majority of the summer. I'm
thankful that they're older and able to run things at home while
I'm at school, but I'm sure there will be ferrying about to random
events over the remaining 10 weeks. It just so happens that our
next break is right when they go back, so no family vacation for
us, unfortunately. They enjoy the time to decompress, just like I
do, when there's time off. It's officially summer.
I'm already planning for next weekend to be a quiet one spent
studying and working around the house. It's time to make more
progress on the garden and to get unpacked once and for all. It's
hard to imagine it's been almost a month since I've moved in. I
still catch myself driving towards my old place--old habits die
hard. I've not figured out a solid routine yet. I've been dreaming
of the garden and which medicinals and foods to grow.
Saturday night, I had the great joy of hearing, and seeing,
George Clinton at Ferg's in downtown St Pete. I didn't take any
pictures - the crowd was a wee bit rowdy. But it was a great show.
I always expect small, live venues to be awful, but it was amazing.
He's still just as talented as he was "back in the day." So, in
closing for this week, here's a bit of George Clinton for
everybody. Brace yourselves--this is just a wee bit funky.
Have a great week!
I can't believe we're already going on the 3rd week of school!
How did that happen? This week not only marks Week 3 of school, but
also the Tri Mixer. Friday night, members from all (I hope) tris
will convene for a wee bit of team building. It never fails that I
meet someone I didn't know from another class. It should be an
interesting time. (Don't worry; I'll take pictures--but not
An egret at the Coffee Pot Bayou.
I'm still REALLY enjoying botanical medicine. It's encouraging
me to review everything I've learned before. In fact, I'm reviewing
old books and notes right now (as I'm writing this for all of you).
I'm always amazed at what we can do with what comes naturally. Of
course with each bit of reading that I do, the list for my
medicinal herb garden grows. I should have a nice start here in a
few weeks. Even with the Florida sun and heat I hope to put in some
seed soon. My father was kind enough to contribute some mullein
(lamb's ear). I planted it today, in fact. If you're not familiar
with mullein, there are two parts of the plant that are commonly
used: the flowers and the leaves. I like the leaves because they're
VERY fuzzy and good for topical treatments (and also fun to pet).
The flowers are used for respiratory tract issues. Don't try this
at home without consulting some references first. Plants are
A manatee at the Coffee Pot Bayou.
I'm happy to report that I'll be the student research assistant
for Dr. Mabel Chang! I met with her last week about some of the
projects she has going. One, in particular, I'm extremely excited
about. She's collected a lot of information about scope of practice
throughout the U.S. and provinces. I was thrilled when I found out!
I've been starting to research where to practice myself--looking at
scope, rights, and contemplating all the implications. I can't wait
to get my hands on the data.
I wonder what will come next. Always an adventure...
The Coffee Pot Bayou.
All study and no play make Andrea...a smart girl. There's only
one problem with that; it also makes Andrea a stressed-out girl.
This week I was reminded, once again, about the profound need to
manage stress while in school. It's so easy to get sucked into
studying and leave everything else behind, or worse, to get super
stressed out by everything that's going on at school and take it
out on everything and everyone else. As we're coming up on
midterms, I have to remind myself to take some time--for myself.
This week marks our first exam of the term. I know at least one of
the other tris has 3 exams this week. I hope all goes well for ALL
of us. (Good Luck everybody! If you need notes, you know who to
I admit that there were more than a few moments this last week
where I really needed to take a moment. Thankfully, I had some
really great friends and classmates who were very generous with
their pep talks. Special thanks to Julia and Jacqlyn. You guys are
While my classmates were watching the Super Bowl, I was working
on my presentation for Diet and Nutrition. Have I mentioned how
much I love this class? My topic is Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids.
Yes I know it sounds incredibly boring at first glance, but I've
found information on everything from cell signaling to treatment
for schizophrenia. Right now I'm compiling insane amounts of
information. At current count, I have 81 slides. I think it's
supposed to be 30. Oops! It's all just so important. I'll figure it
out. There will be a supplemental packet given to my classmates of
diagrams and resources not included in my presentation. Hopefully
that will suffice. (And I promise, guys, I won't bore you with the
whole 81 slides!)
Even though I'm a chiropractic student, one of my passions for
the last few years has been botanicals. Prior to last tri, I'd
gotten into the habit of making a lot of my own medicine. It's a
really great skill to have--to be able to put together some type of
concoction targeted towards a specific cause. I was asked this
weekend, to come up with a formulary for treating UTI. I'm going to
be working on that a bit this week. I typically recommend cranberry
extract/juice (as pure as possible), but that doesn't always work
for everyone. I suspect that this formulary will have Oregon Grape
Root (natural antibiotic, for the berberine), and probably a few
other items. Of course there are other benefits to making my own
medicine; besides the whole self-reliance thing, it really caters
to my "mad scientist" side.
So, if you're studying this week, or getting ready to study...
If you're preparing for something big, or thinking about
preparing... If you're blowing things up in the kitchen, or just
thinking it's a REALLY good idea (to have the fire extinguisher
ready)... Here's a little inspiration:
Have an Awesome Week Everybody!!!!
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