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!

Surviving the 1st year!

Ahhhh ... vacation. Reading a book by the pool.

Ahhhh … vacation.

I cannot even put into words how excited I am to be done with the first year of chiropractic school. Yes, I learned a lot and met tons of new people, but I am sooooo glad to be done with the basic sciences. I can’t wait to dig into more techniques! 🙂 I’m also excited that I won’t have to pull any more all-nighters or be ridiculously stressed out. Of course, I don’t know how the next year will treat me, but I do know that 4th tri is pretty chill. 🙂

To celebrate my survival, I went to San Diego with one of my friends from back home. It worked out really nice because her parents had a time-share there, and I have another friend who lives out there. So not only was the trip pretty cheap, it was also packed with catching up with my good friends. 🙂

We couldn’t have picked a better week to go there. The weather was always above 75 degrees, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The time-share was at a resort, and it was beautiful! I honestly couldn’t believe we were there for the whole week!

We had lots planned. We wanted to lay outside and soak in the Vitamin D, swim, hike, sea kayak, shop, go to the ocean/beach, see the nightlife, and also check out local coffee shops. We both love coffee. 🙂 My friend, Hannan, who lives in San Diego, happens to work at a local coffee shop – so of course we went there. We also tried a couple restaurants, and they were AMAMZING! Holy cow. I usually don’t eat fish, but when you are that close to the ocean, you can’t pass up fresh seafood. So I had some amazing fish. So good! Any place we went with a ‘catch of the day,’ I tried it. 🙂 MMMM.

Although the entire trip was perfect, I did end up getting sick again. Towards the end of my trip I once again had extreme body aches, a sore throat and exhaustion. So when you are on vacation in the sun what do you do? I laid on the beach all day. I actually fell asleep! Hehe. The sound of the ocean and the heat was just what my body wanted! (Flash ahead a couple weeks and this sickness was still there – but now migrated to double ear infections.)

I did bring a book with me on my trip! I chose to bring ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’ by Norman Doidge, with me and it was very interesting! I can’t believe I actually wanted to read this book on vacation, but that’s what happens when you love what you do! I love learning about anything related to chiropractic and the way the body works. It’s funny because the author of this book isn’t a chiropractor, and I’m not sure about his stance on it, but from his book he seems to describe chiropractic perfectly! I highly recommend reading this book to any prospective students or current students. Hit me up and you can borrow it. 🙂

Once I got back I settled in and prepared for 4th tri! Turns out its better than I could have ever thought. 🙂

Callie

Finals week … already?!

(This post got lost in the shuffle — it was from after finals LAST trimester.)

This was me the week of finals. Miserable!

This was what I felt like the week of finals. Miserable!

So finals week is already here! It’s insane! How am I almost done with 3rd tri? And my first year at Palmer! INSANE! This 3rd trimester was rather tricky. It was soooo monotonous I found it hard to study. I also did not find the content to be exciting and enticing. Granted, some things were interesting, but for the most part I was a little bored (to be honest). So that being said, I wasn’t as ‘set’ in my classes as I usually am. For instance, in Gen Path 1, I had an 88% going into the final. So if I got an A, then I got an A in the class. Or I could basically fail and get a B. But where’s the fun in that? 🙂 This same situation happened to me in five classes. FIVE! Holy buckets. So going into finals I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me!

The weekend before finals I prepared all my notes and study guides so that way when finals came I was fully prepared. And that allowed me extra time to do some light studying – or at least familiarize myself with the content. Sunday morning rolls around and I started to feel a sore throat coming on. So I took my vitamins and Wellness Formula, got out my essential oils, brushed my teeth, and showered hoping to kick this thing goodbye. Boy, was I mistaken! By Monday morning I was full on sick. I felt like I was 90 years old. ALL of my joints hurt and I could only sleep. Forget eating or talking. I couldn’t even dress myself. It was terrible. This lasted ALL week! AHHGHGHGH! This is literally every student’s nightmare. Palmer gives students a day between classes and finals to study (a study day), and my study day was spent curled up in my bed sleeping – and coughing. I think 75% of the rugby team got this sickness. We termed it The Plague. It was to the point that Joey was extremely concerned and going out of his way to get me to stop coughing – he never gets sick so this was a big deal for him hehe. 🙂

Somehow I managed to do well on my first two finals – I thought they went terrible, but somehow they turned out okay. 🙂 Then I had the weekend to study PNS. You guys know how I have struggled with PNS this trimester. It made my stomach hurt just thinking about studying for PNS, but I studied all weekend and guess what???! I got a 98% on my final. BOOM! I’ve never gotten an A on ANY Torgerud exam. So this was huge for me. After doing well on that exam, I took the rest of my finals feeling like I could do anything. None of them turned out as well as PNS, but they all went well. And before I knew it, 3rd tri was over.

Although 3rd tri was over, my sickness was not. 🙁 I had a couple days to recover, but then I was headed to San Diego for a week in the sun. Before I left for my trip my sickness was going away, but half-way through my vacation, it came back with a vengeance!

But I’ll tell you about my break/vacation/celebration from surviving year one in another blog. 🙂

 

Callie

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

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

Back in the thick of things …

This week started out with a biochemistry exam, a palpation practical, and then spinal. Overall, the exams went well! I know that I could have put more time in and would definitely have seen a better grade, but I still did well, and that’s the best I can do. 🙂 Unfortunately, I get migraines when I’m sleep-deprived, not eating right and have pushed my stress level to the limit.

Since being at Palmer, I have only had two migraines, and one just happened over the weekend. This is incredible to me! I used to get migraines all the time while working and doing my undergrad. I believe this is the universe saying, “You are where you are supposed to be and doing what you are supposed to be doing.” It’s also telling me to take a little better care of myself. 😉 So I took the weekend to lightly study and rest. But, thankfully, that hardest test is done and I focus on next week’s exam: Physiology 2.

This week I also attended a couple presentations! It was a great way to get out of the books and see the light at the end of the tunnel. The first presentation I went to was by a Palmer grad, who also happened to be a former rugby player. And, as if it couldn’t get better, she happens to practice in Madison, Wis. She also brought free food. 🙂 She talked about how to open a practice or where to go after graduation. I didn’t realize that some graduates really struggle finding a job or even a stable practicing mentor. But I’m glad I’m learning these things now instead of 5 months after graduation and jobless (but that won’t happen to me 🙂 ).

She also spoke about what the focus of our practices should be. We really need to be focusing on the whole spectrum of chiropractic: wellness, nutrition, environment, meditation, etc. Basically, fixing the subluxation is great, but if you don’t help your patient in the other aspects of their lives, then you aren’t changing much. And isn’t that the whole point? I loved it and truly enjoyed going J

The second speaker was extremely inspiring. He was super motivated and enthusiastic, and anyone in the room could tell you he was passionate about his job. That’s the chiropractor I want to be. Shoot, that’s the kind of person I want to be. 🙂 He runs a pediatric, cash-only practice in Chicago and shared some great tips. Plus, his philosophy was incredible. He talked about how to stay true to chiropractic. Adjusting is great, but chiropractors truly need to understand the science behind an adjustment as well as the environmental factors, such as the patient’s nutrition, daily activities, exercise, etc. To be a great chiropractor, we have to do some “non-chiropractic” things. I can’t even do him justice, but basically I left feeling super pumped and excited to learn. 🙂

Now I’m hoping to have a fun and relaxing weekend … and a do little studying. 🙂

P.S. Women’s Rugby has started up again! GO PALMER! 🙂

Callie

Watch out world, CallieCat is on the loose!

(written before Labor Day)

I have thoroughly enjoyed my ‘easy’ week and a half here at Palmer!

It's my nephew Lane!

It’s my nephew Lane!

I mentioned in my last blog that I was looking up craft projects, and it just so happens that I have been quite crafty over the past week! Crafting or sewing is like therapy to me. Sometimes it’s challenging, and I have to think. Other times it’s easy and quick, but either way it takes my mind off bigger problems.

I have sort of adopted the name CallieCat when I get crafty. There’s a long story behind it, but I don’t want to bore you. 🙂

Anyways, I have an ADORABLE nephew who is always in need of my sewing skills: from blankie fixes, to quiet books, to my project this week: a nap mat!

Lane's homemade mat rolled up.

Lane’s homemade mat rolled up.

Lane (my nephew) started a new daycare this week, and he needs a nap mat for nap time. So instead of purchasing an expensive one online, my sister asked me to custom-make him a mat. Perfect timing! And I don’t want to brag or anything, but it turned out great, and I added in so many thoughtful details. He is going to love it! 🙂

It was like a little ‘high’ paging through the different weekly ads at fabric stores trying to find the best deals and planning the perfect nap mat! I could envision it before I even started, which is a good sign that the project is going to be a success. 🙂 I am still in awe of how fun this was to make and how it turned out! But he hasn’t received it yet, so I’m not sure if he will love it or not.

This coming weekend is Labor Day weekend, so we have Monday off, giving me a nice long weekend. Joey and I thought about going home for the weekend, but we thought maybe a trip to Madison, Wis., would be better; and my family agreed! So we will be spending Saturday in Madison with them, and Lane can get his mat. 🙂

Lane's mat unrolled.

Lane’s mat unrolled.

Joey and I moved from Madison to Davenport, so we are kind of having withdrawals from it! There’s something about Madison that just feels right. But having a day trip still leaves me plenty of time to prepare for the upcoming week and exams! It’s kind of sad, but I’m actually looking forward to getting my things organized … weird I know.

Hopefully I will have an update for you if the mat is acceptable for my nephews standards. The print isn’t cats, so I don’t know if it will pass … 😉 hehehe

-Callie

HOMECOMING!

Rugby Prom! That's me in the pink and looking good!

Rugby Prom! That’s me in the pink and looking good!

Homecoming, Homecoming, Homecoming … I don’t even know where to begin! Wednesday was the big BBQ to kind of kick off Homecoming. There were tons of food, the talent show, a water balloon toss, bags (or corn hole), snow cones, popcorn and tons of people just mingling in the West Hall Courtyard. It was the perfect way to end the short week and welcome in Homecoming.

Thursday, I attended a seminar put on by one of our very own professors, Dr. Lia Nightingale. Dr. Nightingale teaches classes like Biochemistry and Nutrition. Her presentation was on Diet and Cancer – it was very informative and super interesting! I remember thinking to myself, “I recognize some of these concepts.” I had just taken my pathology exam, and we were discussing some of them. It was really neat to see these concepts in “real world” situations. It can be really hard just strictly studying, so going to seminars is a nice way to apply all the book work to real life. Thursday night we also had a philosophy night and BBQ for the rugby team. It was so inspiring seeing alumni come back and share their knowledge with us. There were so many great tips, I almost couldn’t keep track of them all!

As for Friday, I kind of took the day off. There were of course seminars to attend, but none that peaked my interest. I also had to study for Gross 2 on Monday, Physiology 2 on Tuesday and Spinal Practical on Wednesday. So Friday was devoted to school, and it paid off big time!

Saturday, the rugby team attended the beginning session in support of the big rugby announcement! The rugby team has added 15 new scholarships for recruited students and has reached over $1 million. What an accomplishment for Palmer Rugby! Then, the Rugby team had Prom Rugby! It was great to see the men’s and women’s teams having fun and looking fashionable. 🙂 Also, I don’t want to brag or anything, but I was named 2015 Worst Dressed … pretty big deal. 😉 After the game, I went home, showered and napped.

Sunday was mostly a day of studying. I started the morning off by going to the Farmer’s Market with Jen and then went to the books. Thankfully, my boyfriend worked the whole weekend, so I was able to study undistracted and, plus, I didn’t feel bad for not spending time with him. 🙂

All in all, Homecoming weekend was a major success. If you’re looking to come to Palmer or are a current student looking to branch out, I highly recommend attending the next Homecoming!

Now, more studying and coffee. 🙂

Callie

A weekend for the books … or not!

Holy Smokes! What a weekend to be in Davenport (the last weekend in July)! There was the Street Fest, the Bix Road Race, RAGBRAI and Shania Twain! I don’t even know where to begin, but let’s start with antique shopping.

A sneak peek at my dress!

A sneak peek at my dress!

After classes on Friday, Jen and I went antique shopping for a table, but we ended up with some pretty awesome vintage clothes from Abernathy’s. Along with our clothes, I snagged an amazing retro Quinceañera dress that I can’t wait to wear for Rugby during Homecoming (coming soon!).

Anyway, it’s very important to have a core group of friends during your time at Palmer, and my group of friends happens to be the best! After shopping, Jen and I met up with the rest of our group and went to see the movie “Trainwreck.” Sometimes you just need a good laugh!

After the movie we decided to check out the Street Fest downtown. We went to the free concert and listened to an amazing cover band of AC/DC. We had an amazing night and definitely made memories that will last a lifetime.

Waiting for Shania to take the stage!

Waiting for Shania to take the stage!

Saturday I deep cleaned my apartment and waited for my family and best friend to come visit. We decided to have a girls’ weekend in Davenport and see Shania Twain in Moline.

Saturday day was great; we laid out in the sun, went for a swim, went out for dinner, and then finished it with some hot tubbing. Who could ask for a better day than that? I’ve missed my family and my best friend so much, so it was great to relax and catch up.

Sunday Funday. Sunday started out with a little shopping. First we shopped for some bulk items at Sam’s Club. Gosh, I love it when my mom comes down; who doesn’t like to stock up on goodies?? Then we did the real shopping: concert clothes shopping! 🙂

We went to the mall and scoured through all the clearance racks and found some awesome deals! We grabbed a light lunch and then got ready for the concert. We ended up leaving a little later than we intended, but it turns out it couldn’t have worked out better. We took a taxi to the concert and then tried to find a place to grab dinner and some beverages. Of course, everything was packed because it was 6 p.m. and the concert started at 7:30 p.m. Thankfully we stumbled upon a little bar up the road, and it was completely empty! EMPTY! We felt like we won the lottery! After having a little fun, we left and headed to the concert.

Our seats were absolutely PERFECT! Shania Twain was amazing! I don’t think I sat down or stopped screaming the entire concert! It was like my childhood compressed into two hours! Such a fun time with amazing company.

Monday. Monday came waaaaayyyyyyy to quick. I’m sitting here during my break to write all of this down because I have a ridiculous amount of homework to do later tonight. Ooops! 😉 I don’t recommend blowing off school for the weekend, but everything in moderation. 🙂

New trimester, new blogger

Me attempting to palpate and test Jen’s SI fluid mobility. A work in progress, people, a work in progress.  :)

Me attempting to palpate and test Jen’s SI fluid mobility. A work in progress, people, a work in progress. 🙂

It’s been a busy few weeks here at Palmer! As I write this, I’m just finishing my first full week of 2nd trimester! Let me tell you, I am exhausted. Sad to say it’s not from a crazy amount of studying, but just having a routine again is quite tiring!

Classes start at 7:45 a.m., and I usually go straight until 2:45 p.m. I have a break or two during the day, but that’s now been filled with PASS sessions. Then after classes I have rugby conditioning and/or practice four days a week. The rugby team had a tournament Saturday in Iowa City, and the women’s team took first place! It was actually quite an accomplishment considering we spent all day running around on one of the hottest days of summer. But other than being very busy and tired, I am so glad to be back at Palmer.

Exciting things are happening in 2nd tri! I feel like a REAL chiropractor! This trimester I have a palpation class where I’m starting to find contact points and conduct some simple chiropractic tests. It might not seem like a lot to most people, but it’s a huge jump for me! It’s very exciting to do some hands-on work instead of just reading books. Now I understand the process of what my chiropractor does when he is ‘pushing’ on my hips. It feels GREAT!

I was so incredibly nervous the first day, just ask Jen (my good friend and fellow Palmer blogger). “What if I can’t find the contact points? What if I do it wrong? How do I know if I’m doing it right? What do I do with my hands? AHHHHH!!!” That lasted about five minutes, and then I realized that no one else knew what they were doing, either. And, as it turns out, just a little bit of practice can go a long way! I’m hoping this confidence boost will transfer over to my other classes, too.

Fingers crossed! 🙂
– Callie