This is the beginning of the end -- second to the last entry. I
know I've said this before -- but time really does fly. I've been
writing with you over 2 years. We've been together through a lot.
This almost feels like a break-up.
It really is me this time -- I promise.
We're practically family -- you and I. Don't take my departure
too hard. (It'll be hard for me, though). I'll miss you guys --
just like I'll miss all of my family here. We've been together for
3-½ years. I honestly don't know what I'm going to do when we're
all apart -- probably cry. We've already talked about harassing
each other from afar -- texting each other at godawful hours of the
night (since I'll be 3 hours behind here), and flying back and
forth to see each other (since we'll finally have the money to do
so). I've already started recruiting them to move out to Oregon.
(The power of inception is a beautiful thing).
You all have been "listening" to me talk, for the last 2+ years,
about these people. So, I thought I'd introduce you -- to the
people that have kept me going. These people are my family.
Here is Julia. Julia has honestly been the glue that has held me
together for the last 3-½ years. If we were off from school, she
and I still emailed and texted back and forth at least once a day.
We stayed, and studied together during boards. Anyone that can deal
with me when I'm that neurotic deserves sainthood. We've laughed
together. We've cried together. We've dissected together. She's my
sister and my best friend. I'm going to miss her most of all. She's
my rock and I can't imagine having done any of this without
Joe has been my work/school brother since right after we met. He
actually reminds me of my brother (except he's cool and I actually
like him). He's given me way too many pep talks, helped me out with
all kinds of business-type stuff, and has the most hilarious
This is Leslie. Leslie came late in the game. She started here
(transferred from Lombard) after 8th Tri -- but it feels like she's
been a part of the "family" forever. From her pet lizard Roger, to
her brand new baby Emma, she's always been amazing -- plus she
cracks me up! She's probably glad I'm leaving Florida, because I
keep teasing that I'll run off with her baby. Crazy Auntie Andrea
will always be around Leslie... don't worry.
This guy probably has the biggest heart I've ever seen. Well, I
haven't ACTUALLY seen it -- but I've listened to it. This is Ricky.
Let me tell you, that he has been through hell and back, and always
has a smile on his face, some new tune for me to listen to, or a
REALLY corny joke. He joined our motley crew from an upper Tri --
but he never missed a beat. He's the only other intern that has
stayed until late into the night (or so it felt) with me, working
on paperwork. He's always been a dedicated guy.
Dave is the quiet guy sitting in the corner -- who, when he does
decide to share something -- usually blows my mind. We've both, not
so secretly at times, plotted to overthrow the powers that be (on
more than 2 occasions). I honestly can't wait to see what he does
in the future. He may be president someday. (I'll vote for you,
Last, but certainly not least, is Antoinette. Antoinette is the
epitome of sassy, and she gives great hugs. She's another strong,
quiet force sitting in the corner. But, she has a lot to say. She's
great with her patients, and I know she'll be amazing. I can't wait
to see where she goes.
There have been other people in my family here. Some are over at
the other clinic, like Alid, who was so sweet that he even helped
me move. (He's a smart guy -- look out for him in the future too!)
But, our group here -- we're the close ones. I'm going to miss them
terribly -- and all of you.
Next week -- the grande finale. Have a great one, Everybody.
I *blinked*... and then it was gone. I couldn't even begin to
tell you what's happened over the last week. I took a comprehensive
final over a year and half's material, volunteered at an event, did
a bunch more master's work, and I don't even remember what
Work in the clinic was a little slow last week due to SPC
students being on spring break. We squeezed in a few patient
visits, though, and I had some interesting cases. There was one in
particular, a woman with a pretty complex history of stroke among
other things. I love the variety. You absolutely never know what
you're going to see each day.
We had a pretty good-sized crew to go down to Sarasota last
Saturday. We worked alongside Dr. Arick at the Sarasota-Bradenton
ITU Triathlon. We had several hundred 16- to 19-year-old
triathletes participating in swim-bike-run at Nathan Benderson
Joe Hicks, Julia Harter, Leslie Jacobi, Dave Aiello, and I did a
ton of soft tissue work on several injured, non-rehabbed athletes.
There were several that had continued training through some pretty
tough injuries. It seems like many of these teenagers have coaches
that push them really hard, but don't attend to their injuries once
Julia Harter participated in the Seminole City Fire Truck pull
for the Kiwanas. They raise money for vocational school
scholarships for kids. Dr. Jaya Prakash heads up a lot of events
with them. Dr. Carlo Gaudagno was also at event. Our team won first
place for "mixed adults" and garnered a trophy!
(L-R) Julia Harter, Alex Gubco, Brandon Alexander, Fan Yang,
and Dr. Guadagno
That's about it from me. I finish the master's program this
week. Everything should be done on Friday. I honestly can't quite
grasp it. Here's hoping that this week goes by quickly - but not
Have a great week, everybody!!!!
I love it when I have amazing ideas for these blogs and then by
the time I get to sit down and write them, they are *poof*
gone. So, I'll just share some of the things that have happened in
the last week.
Last Friday was my last Tri-Mixer. It was cold, but the turnout
was pretty good. I got to speak with several of the first trimester
students and some of the later tri students that I don't get to see
very often. Spirits were bright. Everyone seemed excited about
where they were in the stage of the program. It didn't really hit
me until now that it was probably my last opportunity to see most
of them. It's a little bit sad, and also exciting. There are
definitely going to be some fantastic practitioners coming out of
the program in the not too distant future.
We all met at "The Getaway," an outside venue on the water,
bundled up under heaters to stay warm.
Tri Mixer at "The Getaway"
The lovely ladies in the picture above: Kimmie Brossard, Lexxi
Lauren Domanski, Courtney Bolen, Danielle Spratt, and
Disney Princesses 5K
On Saturday, several of my classmates volunteered for the Disney
Princesses 5K in Orlando. I wish that I could have joined them --
it looked like they were extremely busy. I heard they saw over 500
injured runners! I was busy studying for a master's exam, which I
took later Saturday night. I think I would have had more fun with
Above: Dr. Carlo Guadagno, Jessica Hipakka, Austin Shaw, Kevin
Felix Guzman, Antoinette Stewart, and Julia Harter.
We've all been busy, busy, busy getting things done. There will
be a lot more over the next few weeks - more events, more
volunteers. We're getting the good work done...or something like
Have a great week, everyone!
These are the weeks of dotting i's and crossing t's. How's
everybody doing? Things are moving quickly here. I can't believe
how fast it's going. 85 days. There are 85 days left in my
experience here at National. I honestly never thought I would make
Now marks the chaotic time of resumé preparing, job hunting,
extra courses, licensure exams, and everything else. In addition,
I'm working on a million different projects plus a comprehensive
exam for the master's. *Whew* There's no rest for the weary. The
deadlines keep coming. Appointments are made. Guidelines are
followed. But in a lot of ways, this is uncharted territory. Sure,
I've applied for jobs before -- but not like this. Corporate
America has a completely different way of doing things than
healthcare or small business. The learning curve here is pretty
We're getting back to basics in the clinic. As the 8th Trimester
students come in, we're acclimating to new people and helping them
get their feet wet. They're holding their own. History taking has
never been more important. Each person that handles a chart adds
more information. We've all been working together pretty well --
strengths complimenting strengths. It's nice to work as a team
rather than individuals all the time. Our patients can definitely
be served by a group of talented practitioners.
(Image source: caglecartoons.com)
Today I was given information for a case study. The patient in
my case study was taking 6 medications. Yes, you read that
right--6. It has become the standard that the average number of
medications an elder-person is taking is 3. Most are taking more.
Many are taking medications to combat their medications.
There's definitely something wrong with this. But it reminds me.
A patient was speaking with me during a treatment today. She was
asking me what my philosophy of medicine was. Patients sometimes
believe that we hate all conventional medicine, which may be true
for some practitioners. But anyone that's ever had an infection, or
required surgery, knows that without those tools, we're lacking.
There are alternatives to many things, but sometimes, surgical
procedures are the conservative approach. It's a lot to think
What is it that our patients are going through? What are they
taking (consuming) already? Where can we step in with THE BEST
approach to help our patients? These are really big questions.
Food for thought, perhaps? (That's a whole different topic).
Have a great week, everyone!
The NFL is merely a tribute league for The Turkey Bowl. These,
and many other words were uttered by our fearless leader, President
Joseph Stiefel, in his Newt Rockne-esque speech leading up to the
Turkey Bowl last week. I wasn't sure whether we were going into war
or going to the fields.
President Stiefel gives the speech to end all
For those not familiar with the Turkey Bowl, it's National's
annual foray into the world of sports, celebrating all that is
football, camaraderie, and Thanksgiving. With flags and fanfare,
students, significant others, faculty, family, and friends clad in
shorts and T-shirts charged onto the gridiron, doing everything
that they could to avoid a pile up on the field. The Turkey Bowl
is, of course, a flag football event. And might I say, I saw some
pretty amazing acrobatics from players trying to avoid tackling.
Flips here, somersaults there -- it was quite impressive.
We had enough players for 4 teams. Forest even played. All
players, in fact, were welcomed with open arms. And of course, both
guys and girls play, which makes it even more interesting. And the
number of people on the sidelines cheering was phenomenal.
There were new rules this year. Some were pretty hilarious. I'll
leave names out of it, but one of my esteemed colleagues had a rule
named after her -- just to illustrate that tackling is absolutely
prohibited. And there's also the rule that if you've been hurt
before, you're excused from playing. Granted, all of the injuries
at The Turkey Bowl have been pretty minor: bruises, sprains, small
bones broken. Everyone is a GREAT sport.
The winning team
Our MVPs were Bryan Nicholas and Dr. Michelle Jourdan. I'll put
a plug in for both of them. I don't think I've ever seen Bryan
without a smile on his face. He's just an all-around good sport and
he plays hard. Dr. Jourdan is one of the most enthusiastic players
I've ever seen. The NFL's got nothin' on either of these two.
I'm keeping it short and sweet for this week. Hope everybody had
an amazing Thanksgiving!
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