Palmer Fridays!

Redband coffee ... yum!

Redband coffee … yum!

After a stressful two weeks, it was nice to relax on Friday! Usually in lower trimesters Friday classes are lighter, usually only having two classes. In 3rd trimester, you have five classes, but you have a couple breaks in the day so it seems like an easier day than normal.

On Fridays you always have the 9:20 a.m. hour open for club meetings! As a Palmer Pediatric Club officer, I have to attend the Pediatric Club on Fridays – which I LOVE. Every time I go to club I learn something I didn’t before.

I told you that time I learned about Webster’s right? I felt a baby INSIDE A PREGNANT LADY and could identify the spine, head, and butt. That is insane to me!!! How cool!

But this week we talked about different avenues we, as students, could take to become more educated in Pediatric Chiropractic. Some of the upper trimester students told us what they did and what they would do differently. It is really nice to know the different options and certification you can take!

It was also nice to hear the reality of advertising. Turns out you have to abide by specific state laws when advertising your pediatric involvement.

Another good thing was hearing about the time commitment and money needed to get certifications. AHHHH! The time piece doesn’t bother me, but the funds! YIKES! But every dollar invested into my education is well spent. 🙂

Because I had such a rough two weeks, I treated myself to Redband Coffee that morning. 🙂 I can’t tell you how nice it feels to be coming down from a stressful week with a coffee in hand and a smile on your face. And okay, let’s be honest. I think I had a Redband almost every day that week. But this one felt like a treat! It was not needed for an actual purpose, just enjoyment. 🙂

After classes I went home and did a little Netflix and chill (and by chill I mean I actually chilled out LOL). By a little I mean all night and was asleep by 8 p.m. 🙂 I have to say that time passed very slowly. It was like all of a sudden, now that I have nothing to do, time is my friend. I was **almost** bored. But an early bedtime means an early rise. Jen and I hit the Freight House Farmer’s Market and maybe Redband….hehehe 🙂

The rest of the weekend followed a similar suit. It was much needed.

Callie

One more relaxing week …

Stress-relief cleaning.

Stress-relief cleaning.

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Can you believe it’s already the end of September?! How did this happen?! Although the tri is coming to an end, thankfully we have one more relaxing week this week. My exam on Monday went well! I could have done better, but I did better than I needed to–and that’s all that matters. 🙂

My study technique is that I go through all my notes and rewrite them into ‘study guides.’ This way I read through the notes, rewrite them, condense the material and organize it in a way that makes sense to me. Considering I had to make my Gross 2 study guide and then study it (and all the diagrams) in one night, it was quite the task. There were a couple questions where I could see the answer in my study guide, but I couldn’t associate the topic. But, next exam I will spend a little more time and then that won’t happen. 🙂

The only other stressful thing we have this week is a Biochemistry 2 quiz. I really want to do well on this to secure a good grade in the class. 🙂 So overall, this is a pretty chill week.

Since I have some down time, I’m going to try to get in to open lab to prepare for my Spinal practical. I have that next Wednesday, so I want to make sure I get in early enough to do well. It sounds kind of silly to say that I want to do well on these, because in reality I want to do well on all of them, but it’s great being able to go into finals semi stress-free.

I have to say, some people make 2nd tri extremely stressful. And don’t get me wrong, it’s very hard to balance this class load. But getting a couple B’s is not going to ruin my life. As soon as I let that go, I found I was significantly less stressed. 🙂 It’s all about priorities, people! And I value sleep, hehe. 🙂

I am also going to try to get my apartment deep cleaned. Something about having a clean house just makes me less stressed. Because when I’m bored from studying, I will find anything to do besides study, and I usually revert to cleaning. So, in order to avoid this I want to get it done before finals. 🙂 And who doesn’t like walking into a spotless house? I also find that cleaning can be somewhat of a stress reliever. I feel accomplished afterwards. Anywho, that’s my plan: deep clean the apartment.

I’ll let you know what actually happens this week (Netflix) next time. 🙂

BTW, it was National Coffee Day this week … you bet I celebrated!

Callie

Post-surgery pondering …

This week is perfect for relaxing and recovering. I only have two quizzes, and I am off from rugby this week. I’m not sure if I just have more time to think or if the post-surgery pain meds are making me crazy, but I’ve had some life-changing thoughts this week that I thought I’d share.

Photo By  via http://public-domain.pictures/

Photo by Mike Morbeck, via http://public-domain.pictures/

My first realization this week, as the great Aaron Rodgers said, is “R-E-L-A-X.” Just relax. Classes are super hard and that’s to be expected, but being all worked up over everything is not going to help. It’s not worth it to go crazy or get depressed about getting an A versus a B. In my opinion, it will not make you a better chiropractor.

Also, skip a class or two. Whatever, it’s a class. If it’s worth saving your sanity, do it. I do not recommend being lazy and skipping just because. But if it’s for the greater good, then go for it. But, hey, what do I know? That’s just my opinion. 🙂

When I was a little kid, my parents used to let me have a “sick” day where they would take me to the craft store and buy me whatever I wanted. Then I’d spend the day with them and craft. How cool is that? Sometimes you just need those days to know what’s important. Accept that you can’t do it all and go with it. 🙂

My second realization is, “When it rains, it pours.” And guess what? Just grab your umbrella and keep going. I had a lot thrown at me the last couple weeks, and it sucked. And I felt like it just kept coming. But I’m here, and I survived! Chances are there are a lot of other people in the tri (and the world) going through worse things than me.

I was telling my sister about the Humans of New York posts recently about brick kilns in Pakistan, and all my problems seemed so irrelevant. Sometimes life will throw you a curve and you not only strike out, but it hits you in the face, your team loses the game, and you’re out for the season. EMBRACE IT. It could be worse and life doesn’t get any better dwelling on it. 🙂 Maybe I’m an optimist, maybe I’m loopy from my meds. Either way, I’m looking up.

Anyways, enough with the sappy stuff.

This week has also given me a lot of free time to look up craft projects and other leisurely activities! It’s been nice not being so busy, and I can finally get back to doing “normal” people things. I also have plenty of time to prep for my next round of exams. 🙂 Speaking of that, I’m going to go study for my Biochemistry 2 quiz now … wish me luck!

-Callie

 

Callie