First Rugby Game of the Spring Season!

Thinking back on spring …

Rugby season started up again in the spring! No one was more excited about this than me. 🙂 As you may remember, last season I broke my finger so I had to sit out for the fall season. Of course, it was fun to watch my teammates, but nothing compares to actually playing.

Our first game of the season happened to be our only away game of the season. We played the Morrigans, who are based outside of Chicago. Thankfully the trip was only two and a half hours, so we didn’t have to leave too early. 🙂

Let me tell you, rugby road trips are always a fun time. There’s always tons of food, laughs and singing. Lots and lots of singing. We have a lot of new rookies on the team so it was a great way to do some team bonding. 🙂

We knew that the weather was going to suck. There’s literally no other way I can put it. The forecast said 40 degrees and windy. So we packed leggings, long socks and undershirts – but it still wasn’t enough! We pulled up to the pitch and it starts snowing. As soon as I got out of the van I immediately asked myself why I played rugby – hehehe. But once the game started we forgot all about the weather. We scored three try’s and we even had the chance to switch up positions! I had practiced being a prop for about 30 minutes, and I didn’t feel very comfortable with it, but I tried it out in the game and actually didn’t mind it! I even managed to do something good, so overall not too bad. 🙂 Did I mention we won?! It felt great!

After the game we went to the social – where the other team feeds us and we end on a good note. Then we hit the gas station for some snacks, and we were on our way back home! The snow turned to hail, but thankfully stopped as we were leaving. Once we got back we cleaned out the vans and went our separate ways. Rugby games make me extremely tired. Like to the point where I cannot function. Poor Joey has to put up with me when I’m this tired, I feel sorry for him! Hehe. You would never believe it, but sometimes I get very angry when I’m that tired. Thankfully he doesn’t take it personally. 🙂

Callie

PS: I have a new pre-game tradition!

Rugby Banquet surprise!

My award!

My award!

The week of the Rugby Banquet was a little difficult. I had three exams! Not even “easy” ones. We had Systems Pathology on Tuesday, Organ Histology on Wednesday, and also our Subluxation midterm. Woof. It was a lot of studying, but it paid off! I did well on all three exams. 🙂

To top off the busy week, I also had the Rugby Banquet on Friday. I completely forgot when it was, so I had no dress to wear. So Friday afternoon was spent shopping in search of a cheap dress that would fit the occasion. Finally after power walking the entire mall TWICE I found it … in the first store I shopped in. Grrr. Don’t you hate when that happens? Oh well, at least it was a good deal. 🙂

The banquet was in Vickie Anne Palmer Hall at 7 p.m. It was so nice! We had amazing food and tons of desserts. Yum! We also took plenty of pictures and had an award ceremony. Some of the awards were for all sorts of things — most dedicated, most flexible, most improved, rookie of the year, etc. It was great! Everyone on our team deserves an award for the amount of time, effort and skill it takes to play this sport while attending Palmer to become chiropractors. I love being a part of this team and am just happy to be surrounded by these lovely ladies. 🙂

And I got an award! You can imagine my surprise when I was awarded the Most Improved Player 2015. To say I was shocked would be an understatement. Long story short, I don’t do well being put on the spot. I just do my part like everyone else and don’t expect to recognized for that. I usually like to plan out these kinds of things, so when I’m put on stage unexpectedly, I almost freeze.  Depending on the situation, I like to be behind the woodwork and unnoticed. Rugby is one of those situations, hehe. I think it’s because I’m so new I feel out of place and like, ‘Why should I be up here? Why me?’ But it was a great feeling as well! I can’t believe everyone thought I improved. 🙂 I put in a lot of hard work so it was nice to be recognized.

After the banquet, there was an after party, but I was so exhausted from the week that I just went home and went to bed. 🙂 It was nice to go home and just relax with nothing to do. The rest of the weekend was also dedicated to recuperating and football. GO PACK GO!

More soon!

Callie

Palmer Prom!

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Me and the girls before we headed out for Palmer Prom!

The couple of weeks before Christmas break were filled with exam after exam and quiz after quiz. It was actually kind of nice because it broke up the monotonous days of 3rd trimester. But these couple weeks are also filled with lots of parties!

On Friday, we had the Palmer Prom! It was awesome! So here’s the scoop: Palmer rents out a venue, brings in a band, provides snacks and puts on an amazing dance party! Ask any of my friends, I’m not the person who goes out and dances, but I danced and had a great time.

We all got ready together and took classic prom pictures. 🙂 We had a driver drop us off and everything; it was great! The band was amazing! They played all the best current hits as well as the best classic rock songs. It was awesome to relieve some stress and just forget school for the night. 🙂

The next morning we all went out for breakfast at a local restaurant, Riefe’s*. My family loves that place. It’s local, the food is great, and the prices are cheap! You can’t get much better than that. But it does. They also give you free homemade donuts! Delicious! My friends and I have been talking about going there since 1st trimester and we were finally able to do it. It definitely hit the spot. 🙂

After breakfast I had to do a little studying for my Systems Pathology class. Our exam is on Tuesday and I want to make sure I do well. I had a little set back with my first PNS exam due to the Packer game (GO PACK GO), but I don’t regret it. Sorry Dr. Torgerud! Hehehe.

I also had our rugby Christmas party on Saturday night. 🙂 It was really fun! We did a white elephant gift exchange and then also had a potluck. Some of the gifts were really funny, and watching people’s reactions to the gifts was even better! We also dressed up in onsies or ugly Christmas sweaters. I had a penguin onesie, so of course I wore it. 😉 I left the party a little early so I could see Joey before he had to go to work. But I went to bed early that night to catch up on some sleep. Turns out I needed it, because I slept in until 9 a.m.! WAHOO!

Sunday was pretty uneventful. I continued to study and just lounged around the house. I did some much needed grocery shopping, though!

Callie

*Editor’s note: Unfortunately, Riefe’s announced they’re closing after many years in business. 🙁

First Seminar of the Season

The seminar I recently attended was great! It was back in my hometown, so it was nice to be able to see my family as well.

My friend from the Rugby team, Emily, attended the seminar with me. Before we left on Friday, the Rugby team went to SPIZZ Night. The night started out like a club fair. Students are able to walk through different tables on clubs and learn more about them. Then we had a delicious taco dinner. Throughout the night, Palmer also gives away prizes and raffling off different gifts. It was a good time!

Then during the actual SPIZZ part, different speakers came in and talk to students about philosophy or topics they are passionate about. For any Palmer student who hasn’t attended, you’re missing out; and for any prospective student, I highly recommend going. 🙂 And even if you hate it, it’s still free food, hehe. 🙂

So after all of this, Emily and I left to drive back to Wisconsin. By the time we got to my house, it was about 11:30 p.m. It was definitely an early morning the next day, and you bet I started my day off with coffee. 🙂 We went to a coffee shop right away and then made our way to the seminar. The seminar was held in a gym, so it was a little weird, but it worked.

The first speaker was Dr. Gina from Chicago, who specializes in nutrition. She was great! Not only did she go into why certain vitamins and supplements are good/bad, but she also went into different lab tests that should be done for patients. On top of explaining all these labs, she also said that you should be able to read these labs or send them off to someone who can accurately interpret them. I believe in her situation, the cases are more extreme, but it was still good advice.

I was trying to picture this in my office, and I kept thinking if a patient came in and said, ‘Oh, my lab work came back fine, but I still feel like crap.’ Okay, well clearly you aren’t fine, so let’s go through your labs together and see if we should be looking at a different lab draw or if I should refer you to someone more specialized. And who knows if I’ll incorporate this into my practice, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind. :)j Since this was a pregnancy/postpartum seminar, she also talked about what we should do for those patients and what they can be experiencing.

The next speaker was Dr. Tom, also from Chicago, who specializes in Mackenzie Method. I had no idea what that MDT was, but apparently for boards I need to know that it is ‘disc extension’. It seems like a great tool to use, but because I don’t feel a draw or an interest to the physical therapy side, I didn’t really like this part. I know already that physical therapy is not my forte, but because I know this, and I know how important it can be, I will need to work with someone more versed than me. Long story short, I was traumatized as a child with physical therapy, so I try to avoid it. 🙂

Over all, the weekend was awesome! After the seminar on Saturday night, we went to a new restaurant downtown La Crosse with my family. I can tell you I ate some amazing cheese curds and may or may not have had some delicious Wisconsin beer. Sunday afternoon we also went to lunch with my family before we left.

-Calliei

First week of 3rd trimester …

How am I writing this already?! When I started blogging, I was just finishing 1st trimester and here I am talking about my first week of 3rd trimester! Time is flying and I love it, but I also want it to slow down so I can do more here on campus.

That is one of my goals this trimester: Get involved and go to more seminars and clubs. I figured now that I have a **slightly** less stressful schedule, I can do more outside of classes. Rugby is also on hold for the winter. We have two tournaments, but we have no official practices until the end of February. This works out perfectly for me because I am still healing from my broken finger. But it frees up a significant amount of my time.

I am already signed up for two seminars, and one is coming up (and it happens to be in my hometown … YAYAY!). I also want to read a couple of books that have been recommended to me. Hopefully I’m not being too ambitious here and underestimating my class load, but I like to think I’m an optimist so it’s gonna work out perfectly. 🙂

Classes so far are good! I have been looking forward to 3rd trimester ever since 2nd trimester, hehehe. But the hardest part is being in class all day long. Pretty much every day I have class from 8:25 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. I usually don’t have any breaks, so I need to work on my meal prep. But, yes, you read that right–I don’t start until 8:25 a.m. WAHOOO! It’s a wonderful feeling not having class at 7:30 a.m. This also gives me a lot of time to work out before classes.

Now that I don’t have rugby, I have to find a time to work out on my own. I have been missing my yoga practice a lot lately, so I am going to try to find a yoga studio around here. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s one of those things where you think to yourself, “Why did I ever stop doing that?” So I’m also hoping to implement this into my daily routine and, at the very least, I want to take time for myself every morning before I have to do things for my education.

From listening to seminars and reading random articles, I’ve noticed that you need to take time for yourself and for your values. Isn’t that crazy to think that anyone could get away from these fundamental things? I know it is, but we do it. I do it. So I’m focusing on me this trimester because I truly believe this is key to chiropractic. Let’s be real, it’s key to a healthy and happy life. So I’m going to do it, and it’s going to be great. 🙂

This also ties in well with my goal of reading more and attending more seminars. How can I truly know what I want if I haven’t experienced as much as I possibly can? Anyways, this is my plan. What are you doing for yourself today?

 

Callie

Break!

I started off my break at rugby practice. Since I have a broken finger, I can’t practice, but I can be there for support. So immediately after my last final I went to Starbucks, got a coffee and made my way to practice. It happened to be chilly on Thursday, so a hot coffee was perfect. 🙂

Marley the Cowardly Lion

Marley the Cowardly Lion

Then when I got home, I had to run some errands for my sister. I wasn’t even home yet, and she was putting me to work. My sister, brother-in-law, nephew and one of their dogs were going as the Wizard of Oz for Halloween. In order to pull this all together, my sister needed some random things at Goodwill. She also needed me to make a mane for their dog, Marley. I can tell you I have never made a mane before, and I never thought I would. But there’s a first time for everything! 🙂

After running around all day, I met up with the rugby girls for supper. We went to the Barrel House to do some team bonding and celebrate the end of the trimester. I ended up going home after trivia and went straight to bed. I had a list of about 20 things I had to do before our game on Saturday. So, as I mentioned, I had to work on this mane for Marley. I think I sat and looked at her measurements for an hour before I figured out what to do. I clearly was still exhausted from finals. Hehe. I also had to finish another nap-mat! Wahoo!

By the time I finished all of these sewing projects, I still had to pack and clean before I left on Saturday morning. I think I was up until 2 a.m. cleaning and packing. Ahhh! But I like to leave my apartment clean so when I come back I have one less thing to do. 🙂 And let’s be real, it was disgusting after finals because who has time for anything besides studying??

Since the game was in Madison, my parents came down to watch and then they brought me home after. My chiropractor also moved to Madison, so I was able to see her for the afternoon. 🙂 It was awesome to catch up with her and talk chiropracTIC. She’s the reason I am in chiropractic school!

After getting home, I spent my break being a full-time nanny for my nephew. 🙂 We went to the apple orchard, got pumpkins, went for hikes, watched some movies, read some stories, and made cookies. Aunties are the best, aren’t they? Hehe.

The faux fireplace my dad and I built

The faux fireplace my dad and I built

I also made a faux fireplace with my dad. It basically is a glorified TV console, but it looks cozy and homey. Eventually I will get some electric logs or a fireplace insert, but for now, it’s just for show. I love it. 🙂

Faux fireplace with faux logs!

Faux fireplace with faux logs!

But before I knew it break, was almost over. My dad brought me back to Davenport on Friday so we could transport the fireplace. We had our last rugby game of the season on Saturday. It was wet, cold and misting. But none-the-less it was a good day for rugby. I spent the rest of the day staining and painting my fireplace. And the last two days of break I spent watching Netflix. 🙂

And then before I knew it again, I was starting 3rd trimester! EEEEK! How is this happening?!

Callie

Rugby game and finals ….

So I know I’ve mentioned before, but the week before exams or finals is crucial. You can either rest up or you can live it up before you’re caged away for a while. With rugby, I get to experience a little bit of both. 🙂

Our game this weekend was in Milwaukee, and my parents were coming to watch. My best friend Lucie also lives in Milwaukee, so I thought I would visit her while I still had some time.

In order for me to get to Milwaukee as soon as possible, I decided to not go to the Barrel House with Jen. In hindsight, probably not my best choice. But anyways, I made it to Milwaukee around 5:30 p.m., and Lucie and I went to her favorite restaurant for appetizers. We sat and caught up on our busy lives and munched on some cheese curds (we were in Wisconsin, you know). 🙂 Then my parents arrived and we picked them up and had dinner. It was great to see Lucie and be back in Wisconsin.

The rugby game wasn’t until 1 p.m., so my parents and I had breakfast and explored the Third Ward of Milwaukee. I could absolutely see myself living there someday (not forever, but it’s pretty neat).

Broken finger ... ouch!

Broken finger … ouch!

After walking around most of the morning, we headed over to the field. It was a gorgeous day for rugby! The field is right next to Lake Michigan, so the background was beautiful. But remember when I said I broke my pre-game tradition? Yeah, I ended up breaking my finger!!! I went in for a tackle and my fingers got stuck in another player’s shorts. When I stood up, I instantly knew I broke my finger. Thankfully the game was almost over, so I didn’t miss out on too much. But the best part of getting hurt while playing Palmer rugby is the fact that I have access to free X-rays and unlimited resources. I was able to get in to the Chiropractic Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Department for X-rays on Monday, and there I found out I did indeed break the middle phalanx on my fourth digit.

Thankfully I had already taken my palpation practical, but now I have to figure out how to write for the rest of my finals. Palmer is very accommodating for injuries, and I was able to get extra time taking my finals. I also had the option for someone to scribe for me. This was a huge relief! My main way of studying is rewriting, so unfortunately I wasn’t able to study like I usually do, but I made it work.

Before I knew it, finals were over! I survived my second trimester at Palmer! What a relief. 🙂 But just because classes are over, doesn’t mean rugby is! I’ll have to tell you about our last two games and my break next time. 🙂

 

Callie

Almost finals

My relaxing week turned into a pretty busy week! I found myself going in to open lab as much as I could, and I also had to study for a Biochemistry quiz. Add that on top of practice, laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning and traveling for rugby. It was pretty crazy!

Chocolate! It makes everything better.

Chocolate! It makes everything better.

We travelled to Minneapolis, Minn., again two weekends ago for rugby, and I can tell you that my Friday and Saturday just flew. Friday I went to class, Pediatric Club and then to the Barrel House with Jen. I have decided that going to the Barrel House with Jen the day before my game is good luck. 🙂 Right after the Barrel House, I went home to pack for the trip, and then before you knew it we were in the van. We got to the hotel at 11:30 p.m. and had a quick meeting with coach. Then we woke up at 5:30 a.m. for a CNS wake up, which is basically a light workout. Our game was at 9 a.m., so thankfully we were able to play and then get home at a decent time.

My parents came up to watch the game, too! That was a nice treat–not to mention they also brought me delicious chocolates from my favorite sweet shop back home! 🙂 Unfortunately, on the way home I got a migraine. 🙁 I also threw up in front of everyone multiple times. Woof. The combination of driving, not eating a lot and lack of sleep got the best of me. I ended up going to bed at 7:30 p.m. and woke up at 8:30 a.m. It was muuuuch needed. 🙂

My Spinal practical felt like it went better than the first one, so that’s good! Either I felt more prepared or I knew what to expect, but either way I felt more at ease. After the practical, my friends and I grabbed pizza and prepared for our Palpation practical. It was a nice way to end the day.

This week I also applied to be a Pediatric Club Officer! And I got it! 🙂 I am officially a Pediatric Club Officer. Wahoo! One of my goals was to get more involved in the club, and I did just that! I am very excited to promote the club, Palmer, pediatrics and chiropractic. Yipppeee! I also went to club this week, and we discussed ADD/ADHD. I feel like everyone has heard about ADD or ADHD, but they don’t necessarily know what exactly it is. It was nice to gain a little information on the topic.

And before you know it, it’s already the weekend. Stay tuned for the next rugby game results. 🙂

Callie

Rugby day!

1817542687_f8a591e013Saturday was a beautiful day to play rugby! It was our first home game, and it was a good one! So, before I get to excited, I have to say that we lost. But, we played AMAZINGLY.

I can’t believe how far we’ve come as a team in the last week. We looked like one unit. Our scrums looked great, and we were communicating well. We made some minor mistakes that Wisconsin capitalized on, but other than that I think we all saw a notable improvement.

So as I mentioned in the last blog, rugby finally ‘clicked’ for me during practice last week. I knew where I was supposed to go and understood defensive things a little more. And I don’t want to toot my own horn or anything, but I clearly demonstrated this understanding during the game. So TOOT TOOT. I was on the ball immediately on defense, which made getting the ball out difficult. I like to think of myself as Clay Mathews or Julius Peppers. I’m on the ball, putting pressure on the quarterback. So I might have went extreme in this comparison, but that’s how I felt. 🙂

I also scored my very first try! WAHOOOOO!!!!! TOOT TOOT TOOT. It was incredible!!! I honestly had like a flash daydream that I broke my face, but scoring a try never even crossed my mind! And I have to say, I definitely had to work to get this try. It wasn’t like I just happened to be standing there and fell in; no, I am 95% confident that I ran half the field to score this try. And if you know anything about rugby, you know that people like me don’t run distances like that. I was EXHAUSTED! I think I didn’t even care about celebrating because I was so exhausted. But it was an amazing feeling, and I can’t wait to do it again. 🙂

As if Saturday couldn’t get better, I was also voted ‘Woman of the Match.’ The team thought I was pretty valuable that game; definitely unexpected, but extremely gratifying. After the game and the social, we all watched the men play and socialized with players from Wisconsin.

After that, I went home and showered and once again watched some Netflix. I was also in bed by 8:30 p.m. Like I said, I was exhausted. But going to bed that early proved to be beneficial for Sunday. My Sunday Funday consisted of studying …at 7:30 a.m. But that’s what happens when you don’t study for your Gross 2 exam on Monday ….

Hopefully it works out okay. 🙂

Callie

Just another week at Palmer …

Learning more about spinal anatomy

Learning more about spinal anatomy

Last week nothing too special happened. We had a Physiology 2 exam on Monday and a Pathology quiz on Tuesday. Overall it was a pretty good week!

Rugby conditioning was decent and practice was pretty fun. We worked on team aspects and also specific roles for backs and forwards. Our game in the Twin Cities was our first real “team effort,” and so we knew we needed to bring that together. Well, that’s exactly what we did, and it turned out pretty well for our game on Saturday at home. But you’ll have to read the next one for those details. 🙂 Hehe.

On Wednesday I went to a speaker at a local chiropractic office. The speaker just happened to be my Spinal Anatomy professor, Mr. Chip Morter. It was great to see him outside of class and to learn more about his personal philosophy on chiropractic. He specifically talked about adaptation. Our bodies adapt to the stressors around them; whether it be physically or emotionally. We can apply this philosophy to our adjustments, to understanding our patients, and even to understand the basis of chiropractic. If a person is in pain, their body will adjust to that pain. And guess what that probably caused? A misalignment of the spine and possible abnormal bone growth. And guess what that person needs? A chiropractor! It’s amazing how simple it is. 🙂

I also went to another speaker during club hour on Friday. This speaker was for the Pediatrics Club, and we looked at several pediatric elbow X-rays. Let me tell you, those X-rays are ridiculous! I’ve never spent time looking at pediatric X-rays, and I swear I thought they all had broken arms. I completely forgot to apply my Gross Anatomy 1 knowledge this early in the morning! Children are still growing, so not all the bones have ossified, causing the X-rays to look different than adult X-rays. It was really neat to look at these and get a jump start on some radiology.

I also learned that 80 percent of medial epicondyle fractures occur in boys; I just happened to be in the 20 percent of girls who have broken theirs. 🙂 And I broke both at the same time, so I wonder what the odds would be there?! Hehe.

The rest of Friday, I just binge watched Netflix. Sometimes you just need those days. Yes, I said days. Plural. Multiple days. I’m currently in the middle of season six of “Grey’s Anatomy,” so it’s semi-useful information. 🙂

I also tried to mentally prepare for the game on Saturday. We played Wisconsin (a nationally ranked team), and it was super important to be prepared for that. I’m still pretty new to rugby, so usually I just try to figure what the heck is going on during the game. But things actually clicked for me this week at practice, so I wanted to be at the top of my game. You’ll have to wait for the next one to see how we did. 🙂

Callie