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Interesting Patient

This week in clinic, I helped with a patient with a very interesting presentation. The patient came in complaining of low back pain that radiated down her leg all the way to her feet. Any transitional movements increased the pain. The pain was described as sharp and stabbing with numbness and tingling in her feet. Bending forward or activities like coughing or sneezing would also increase the symptoms. 

All of these symptoms are a classic presentation of patient with intervertebral disc problems. Therefore, our treatment began with a McKenzie low back evaluation, which showed that extension would help the patient. So, we started the patient with repeated, supine back press-ups, which went well the first time. During the second set of the exercises, the pain became very severe again and could not be completed. From this point forward, we decided that pure distraction (without flexion or extension) of the lumbar spine and cold packs would be the best option while the patient was so acute.

By the end of the treatment, we were able to get the pain down significantly, but transitional movements still aggravated the symptoms. So, we had the patient come in the next day so we could continue treatment. The patient stated that the pain had decreased significantly, and that there were no longer numbness and tingling in the feet. That day we continued with the lumbar distraction and cold packs, since the patient was still very acute. By the end of the second treatment, we had the patient's pain down significantly with no more radiation into the legs.

Spooky Party

Saturday evening, Rob and I threw our Halloween Noir party. All the guests were supposed to wear black and enjoy spooky music, food, and drinks. Several of my fellow ninth trimester interns were able to join in the fun including: Candace Gesicki, RJ Burr, Jerrica Sweetnich, Ryan Meehan, and Bryan Robinett (all shown in the photo).


End of Week High

The week ended on a very high note. Exam scores were finally posted for the September boards. I passed Part II, III, and Physiotherapy Board Exams!! It's a very great feeling to have that behind me. Now I only have Part IV to take in November, and then I am finished with exams.

4th of July

It's a holiday week, which means shortened class and clinic week. A short week apparently does not mean that it will be an easy week. Monday consisted of a full patient load and a surprise add-on patient right at the end of the day. On Tuesday, I had my final midterm in my Jurisprudence class. Wednesday was also a heavy patient load, and then the race home to pack up the car and get on the road before the heavy holiday traffic hit.


For the holiday weekend, I rented a house in Saugatuck, Michigan, with six friends. We arrived Wednesday evening and checked out the house, which we all pretty much decided is haunted. Scattered throughout the house are creepy things like an old antique organ, dolls with the eyes that seem to follow you around the room, books of ghost stories (most likely involving our house), an ornate lady's make-up mirror that was shattered, stained glass windows, vintage pill box hats in a couple of the rooms, and strange noises all the time.

The best part was that we ran into friends of the owners of the house who informed us that the house is haunted, and that we should avoid the basement. The good news is we all survived and I am here blogging about it now.


The goal of my holiday weekend was relaxation and fun with my fellow housemates. On Wednesday evening we went to dinner in downtown Douglas at an amazing restaurant called "Everyday People", followed by meet-and-greet drinks at The Dunes Resort. Thursday, which was Independence Day, was a marathon of a day. We had a big breakfast at the house and then started our prep for the "Tea" Dance. For those of you who do not know what a "Tea" Dance is, it's a mid-day happy hour with fun music and dancing as the focus of the day. When the dancing concluded, we grabbed some food and watched the fireworks above the patio. The marathon of a day concluded back at The Dunes with Kelly Carey an amazing Jazz/Cabaret performer.

With Thursday being a very long day, Friday called for some much needed relaxing at the beach. Let me tell you, the eastern side of Lake Michigan is so beautiful. The lakefront is a series of beaches, bluffs and sand dunes, each more picturesque than the next. On Saturday morning, we decided we would check out more of the sights with a dune buggy tour. The tour was really interesting and had some really amazing views of the landscape and Lake Michigan. The tour guide informed us that at the base of any of the dunes can be any stationary object that would stop the sand and over hundreds of years form these giant sand dunes. Another interesting fact was that at the top of some of the dunes we saw these trees coming out, and he informed us that it's actually one giant tree that sprouts roots higher and higher up the dune to stay alive. 


The remainder of the weekend consisted of consisted of some bike rides, checking out some local restaurants, movies, and bonding with our housemates. Sadly, I was the first to leave Sunday morning due to a busy Monday, but the holiday weekend was so much fun. Counting down the days until the next holiday.