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Happy Holidays

This last week wrapped up my two-week rotation at the Salvation Army clinic. It was an interesting experience with many patient care challenges not seen at other clinics. The patients at Salvation Army are part of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Along with musculoskeletal issues, many of the patients also have associated chronic health issues like diabetes, heart disease or liver disease. 

Due to it being a holiday week, the clinic hours/days were less than normal with a very light patient load. With it being such a busy time of year, many patients were not able to keep their appointments or had to reschedule.


Wednesday evening, Rob and I had to prepare a pumpkin cheesecake to take home with us for Thanksgiving. We make the same cheesecake every year, but when the time comes to make it we forget how long the process actually takes. We started the preparation and baking around 7 p.m. and didn't finish until close to midnight. There's the prep, baking the crust, making the filling, baking the cake, letting it cool, making the sour cream topping, and letting the entire cheesecake set. But when all is said and done, the cake turned out wonderful and tasted great!

Early Thursday morning we drove down to Indianapolis to spend the holiday with family. We had a lovely day of cooking, catching up, great food, wine, and lots of laughter. The quote of the day came from Rob's nephew when he let us know what one website listed as the most common topic brought up at Thanksgiving dinners. Apparently the topic most brought up is sad stories about relatives or family friends that most people either don't remember or have never met. We all had a good laugh about that one.

This blog marks the last blog for this trimester. I hope I have given some good insight into what life as a chiropractic intern is like. I have enjoyed sharing my experiences with you and will have lots more to share come spring 2014, my 10th and last trimester of graduate school! 

Have a safe and happy holiday season! Wishing you all the best!

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.