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The Beginning of the End

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 her.


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 brotherly advice.


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, Dave).


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.

Gone in a Flash!

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 else.

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 Park.


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 it happens.


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 too quickly.

Have a great week, everybody!!!!

Week in Review

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.

Tri Mixer

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 Roush,
Lauren Domanski, Courtney Bolen, Danielle Spratt, and Antoinette Stewart.

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 them.

Above: Dr. Carlo Guadagno, Jessica Hipakka, Austin Shaw, Kevin Latona,
Felix Guzman, Antoinette Stewart, and Julia Harter.

NUHS interns

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 that.

Have a great week, everyone!

85 Days

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 it!

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 steep.

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.

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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 about.

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!

Annual Florida Turkey Bowl

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 speeches

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.

Everybody :)

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!