After completion of last week's NUHS exit exams, it was time for
some fun! This weekend my family and I went to the Brookfield Zoo.
Since I was a child, I have enjoyed going to the zoo. In addition
to seeing the animals, this weekend many companies, families, and
volunteers were decorating their sponsored Christmas trees.
Lining the walkway of the zoo were hundreds of Christmas trees.
While we were walking around, we had the opportunity to see Girl
Scouts and Boy Scouts hanging handmade ornaments on the trees. The
kids smiled with excitement as they hung their carefully crafted
I have included pictures of some of my favorite handmade
ornaments. Many of the decorations had a theme of recycling and
environmental awareness. Two of the pictured ornaments are a
decorated container and a decorated soda bottle. What creative
ideas! I'm excited for my family to make these, too!
We didn't stay until dark, but saw thousands of holiday lights
ready to be lit once the sun set. This is the season for Brookfield
Zoo lights. The zoo is normally a wonderful family environment, but
with the holiday spirit in the air, patrons were even more friendly
I felt fortunate to have this opportunity to relax and laugh. I
have learned through my scholastic journey that it is crucial to
stay focused on studying and schoolwork, but it is equally
important to take time to have fun and enjoy the journey.
My mom is a retired college professor. Growing up, I remember
her telling me at the start of each semester, she would tell her
students that they needed to study and keep up with the class work.
She would follow that with sharing they also needed to do at least
one fun thing a week to help them balance out all the hard work. I
have integrated that as one of my personal philosophies!
One of the unique opportunities that NUHS offers its AOM
students is a rotating residency at Cook County's Stroger Hospital
AOM students in their final trimester have the ability to be on
the cutting edge of research and hospital treatment by being a
rotating resident at Stroger. The residency brings AOM students
into the hospital's pain clinic. Currently, residents work under
clinician, Frank Yurasek, PhD, MSOM, and along with Jackie, a nurse
in the pain clinic.
Dr. Frank Yurasek and Pain Clinic Nurse Jackie
By performing this residency, seniors have the opportunity to
learn many avenues for treating pain through AOM, generally not
taught in textbooks. Patients typically experience a profound
effect after receiving AOM treatments at Stroger's pain clinic.
Many times, pain initially rated as 10/10 on the VAS pain scale
drops down to 4 or less after receiving an AOM treatment.
Additionally, most patients' pain continues to stay reduced from
its original level between appointments.
During a typical day at the pain clinic, a resident will see
6-10 patients during 4 hours. Since that is a significant amount of
patients for an AOM resident in a short amount of time, the
resident often treats patients using one of the microsystems of the
body. In AOM, there are various regions on the body, such as the
ear, that are able to treat the entire body. By understanding the
mapping and function of these systems, residents are able to treat
conditions such as low back pain, sciatica and knee pain by using
needles or ear seeds in the patient's ear. Ear seeds are little
beads that stick onto the ear and work as pressure points. The
scalp is another region of the body that is a microsystem with the
ability to treat the whole body.
Me, Dr. Yurasek, and Mary Thuermer
Since I feel this program at Stroger is an incredible learning
opportunity, I will be blogging about it more often. I think it
teaches many things, such as sometimes the quickest and easiest
treatments can make the most profound impact when treating pain
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