Allisha's Chiropractic Journey http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney A Palmer student blog Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:10:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://blogs.palmer.edu/?v=3.8.1.1 Finals and break http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/10/24/finals-and-break/ http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/10/24/finals-and-break/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:10:16 +0000 http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/?p=339 (written during finals week) Ah, finals are finally upon us. Which means two things: Goody bag Friday and endless studying. Goody bag Friday was a success. Although I showed up kind of late because I had a later final, and I didn’t get a yellow Laffy Taffy or Snickers like I had hoped. The pink Laffy Taffy and Milky Way did just as fine, though.

Unfortunately, the endless studying hasn’t been going as well. I seem to be very easily distracted this trimester when it comes to studying. Like right now I should probably be studying, but writing this seemed more appealing.

We are over halfway through finals, and I have two more to go before the break starts. Both finals are for my Technique classes. The last one is tomorrow at 8:55 a.m. Then I have to see a patient in the rehab department, and then I am free to relax and not think about school for the next ten days. Then boards scores come in, and I will either be celebrating a lot or crying a lot. Either way the break should be a great one. I’m going to Des Moines to shadow a doctor in the area, and I’m going to think about doing some things for my wedding. We will see, though. I might just do a lot of sleeping.

Halloween is at the beginning of the tri like usual, but this time it’s on a Friday which means costumes. I am going to finish up my costume over break, and my friend and I are going to pass out candy to the neighborhood children and find costume contests to enter! Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I’m happy I finally get to partake in the festivities!

For now I must get back to studying! Happy finals week!

-Allisha

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Killer clowns and zombies … must be Halloween! http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/10/24/killer-clowns-and-zombies-must-be-halloween/ http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/10/24/killer-clowns-and-zombies-must-be-halloween/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:02:17 +0000 http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/?p=336 Last Friday my friends and I got into the Halloween spirit and hit up a haunted corn maze! It was in Princeton, Iowa, about a half hour from Davenport. It’s called Haunted Carter Farms

It's Halloween time!

It’s Halloween time!

, and they have a smaller haunted house and a haunted corn maze. We had a group of about 13 people come with us. It was $2 off with a student ID, too. Bonus!

So we got there, and first we went through the haunted house, which was clown themed–and several people were not too excited about that. (Luckily I’m strong and fearless and don’t scare easily.) That being said, I don’t like to be vulnerable, so I stayed safely tucked between two people who were more scared than I was.

The haunted house was really cool. They had a lot of special effects, so at one point you felt like you were in a hypnotic time machine tunnel. It was also 3D, which I had never seen before. The paint splatters on the wall were 3D everywhere, and there were 3D creepy clowns coming out of the walls. There were also real killer clowns jumping out and stuff, which wasn’t too bad except they had these really high-pitched awful laughs. I found that more intriguing than scary, I couldn’t figure out how they laughed that high-pitched and loud.

The next portion was the corn maze, not in 3D but still really cool. It was zombie-themed, I think. At one point there were giant porcupines and goblin type creatures, too. There were zombies, lots of zombies. And we had several people in our group that are quite scared of zombies. I just find they’re misunderstood. Although they weren’t too keen on talking to me. They looked at me like I was the crazy one.

We got to the goblin-like creature, and I was pretty sure he was a goblin. But every time I asked if he was a goblin, he shook his head at me and looked at me like I was insane. See the trick is to not let them know you’re scared; they target you if they know you’re scared. A couple people in our group were a little too scared, so we got followed a lot.

I was most impressed with the props and costume, though. They put a lot of thought and time into them. They looked really legit. It was a lot of fun, and I suggest it to anyone that likes the spirit of Halloween.

-Allisha

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Flip! I’m going to be in clinic more than classrooms http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/10/24/flip-im-going-to-be-in-clinic-more-than-classrooms/ http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/10/24/flip-im-going-to-be-in-clinic-more-than-classrooms/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:15:35 +0000 http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/?p=334 We went on a clinic tour of the Academic Health Center (better known as the AHC) with our new staff doctors. This gave us an opportunity to meet our staff doctor and ask them a few questions. It’s a little weird already going into Level One clinic. Most days I forget I’m not in first trimester anymore. It’s weird saying I’m going into eight tri when people ask.

The great news is my schedule for next trimester is beautiful. Most days I’m done by noon except on Tuesdays and Thursdays when I have class until 2:45, which is still way better than 3:40 like the last seven trimesters! On Mondays, I only have one class and it’s a lab! It’s going to be sooo nice not having to be in class all day then go to clinic for four hours after eight hours of sitting in a classroom. This is the trimester where it flips. We’re in clinic more than we’re in class, which is definitely preferred.

So anyway we got a tour of the outpatient clinic and saw where we were going to be spending most of our time. It was really helpful, even though I’m sure when it comes time, I’m still going to have no idea where to find anything. So if you see me running around frantically, I’m probably lost. I usually am.

It was really cool getting a glimpse of what is to come. There is a lot to be excited about within the next year!

-Allisha

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I’m going on Clinic Abroad! http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/10/20/im-going-on-clinic-abroad/ http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/10/20/im-going-on-clinic-abroad/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:59:22 +0000 http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/?p=332 We had our first meeting for Clinic Abroad last week. This was just a welcome meeting that gave us the basic information of our trip and generally what we needed to know before we leave. I got accepted to go to Bequia in February! We got to see who else was going to be going on the trips with us and sign up for roommates.

Bequia is a small island in the Grenadines, where we will be providing care to a lot of school-aged children. I can’t wait for this opportunity. I remember first hearing about Clinic Abroad and saying to myself, “No matter what, I’m doing that!” It’s a little unreal that it’s actually happening. Only one more trimester before we leave. I should probably start thinking about what to pack!

I’m just kidding. It’s a little early for that, but I did put a countdown on my phone until we go! 128 days 37 minutes and 9 seconds from right now.

I think what I’m most excited about is to see the excitement from the people of Bequia about chiropractic. Here in the States there is still negativity towards our profession, and it seems like on any given day you can get into an argument with someone on the topic. On Clinic Abroad they’re so accepting and excited that you’re there to help them and they embrace it fully. Or so I’m told. I can’t wait to be able to give them the care they have been waiting for. I know it’s going to be life-changing.

-Allisha

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The trimester winds down http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/09/30/the-trimester-winds-down/ http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/09/30/the-trimester-winds-down/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:27:03 +0000 http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/?p=328 We are getting down to the last few weeks of the trimester. Things are winding down and getting wrapped up within the next three weeks. We are getting all our final practicals, quizzes and tests out of the way before finals approach. Gladly, it actually hasn’t been very busy and won’t be for my trimester until finals. We only have a few things a week, which is a nice change. I’ve been seeing one or two patients a day in the clinic, which has been a lot of fun. I get to do my first physical/re-evaluation on one of my patients at the end of this week. It’s just been kind of a steady month this month. Boards studying and exams took up most of the month, and it’s kind of been smooth sailing since.

Alligator

Gator!

Last weekend I went to Ames/Des Moines (Iowa) to visit my cousin and go bridesmaid dress shopping. We had a lot of fun just hanging out. It was a nice break from the craziness of school. On Saturday night we went to the World Food and Music festival in downtown Des Moines. I tried a gyro, tacos, crab ragoons and a couple different dishes from Ecuador. It was all very delicious and a lot of fun. There were food vendors for all sorts of countries. I just wasn’t brave enough to try the crazy things! They also had salsa dance lessons and various bands playing throughout the night. It was a really cool festival, and there were a lot of people there trying a lot of different things. My cousin tried to get alligator bites, but luckily they were out when went to buy them because she was going to make me try them!

Now it’s just trying to stay focused and not check out too early before finals. There is still quite a bit to do!

-Allisha

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Boards are over! http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/09/19/boards-are-over/ http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/09/19/boards-are-over/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:50:21 +0000 http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/?p=326 Boards are finally over. Things are officially starting to slow down for this trimester, and I am finally able to get back to a normal routine.

We took National Boards test last weekend. It was, as Boards normally are, exhausting. I tested Friday through Sunday, and we got a rest day on Monday (no classes). So this week was a short week, but I came back to two patients a day, two tests and a couple practicals and quizzes, so it was still pretty busy.

Yesterday was Founder’s Day! Happy 119 years to chiropractic! The school had a little celebration today. I was not able to attend on account of having to cram for my test today.

Within the last two weeks not much has really been happening besides a lot of studying and preparation. Now that that is over, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and trying to remember how to study for regular exams!

I was able to make it back to hot yoga this week, but I still haven’t gotten caught up on sleep! This weekend I am headed to Ames/Des Moines to go bridesmaid dress shopping with my cousin. I think we are also going to go to a world food and music festival, so that should be a nice treat!

-Allisha

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Ain’t that a kick in the head! http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/08/28/aint-that-a-kick-in-the-head/ http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/08/28/aint-that-a-kick-in-the-head/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:46:21 +0000 http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/?p=323 Pow! Right to the face!

Pow! Right to the face!

This has been my second official week in the student clinic. It has been very, very busy. I can’t tell you much about seeing patients, but I will say it has been a really nice change. It’s really cool to finally be putting it all together and working in the clinic. It’s crazy to think I’m already here. I’ve said this many times, but it seem like just last week I was starting first trimester.

So I have to tell a small story about my first patient experience. She told me I have to write about it in this blog or she would be really upset. I won’t give out much information because of the very important HIPPA laws, but I can tell you sort of what happened.

So everything was going smoothly. Her previous intern was in there to show me the ropes and give me some pointers, which was very nice. After I had done my work-up and was getting ready to get the table set-up how I wanted for maximum mechanical advantage. Basically, at this point, I was lowering the leg raiser bar. I bent down slightly to grab it, and she must have realized what I was doing … and in an effort to help me out, she lifted her legs and kicked me right in my face!

She said, “Was that your face?” I calmly responded, “Yup, that was my face,” and we laughed for a least 10 minutes about it. It has now become an ongoing joke every time I see her. It was incredibly funny and a great story to tell for my  first patient encounter. Luckily, she didn’t kick me too hard. It didn’t hurt, and I was left unscathed, but just a heads-up if you’re going to move a leg raiser bar, stay out of the kick zone.

Fortunately, I haven’t been kicked again. I’d say I learned from that mistake. Regardless, it has been a lot of fun, and I’m excited to be seeing patients everyday.

-Allisha

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BaconPalooza … and studying for boards http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/08/28/baconpalooza-and-studying-for-boards/ http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/08/28/baconpalooza-and-studying-for-boards/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:16:05 +0000 http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/?p=316 Burlington BaconPalooza

News clipping featuring my bacon-eating friend, Dave.

Last weekend was the first weekend I was able to get away from school for a little bit in about a month, so I went back home to spend some time with family.

We had a very belated birthday party for me and my soon-to-be sister-in-law. It was nice to be able to have a a family get-together after such a busy month of school and clinic preparations.

Saturday a couple friends from school drove down to Burlington to join me at the first ever Burlington BaconPalooza for all things bacon-related. We had bacon mac and cheese, bacon poppers, bacon cookies, bacon tater tots, flavored bacon, bacon popcorn and bacon-wrapped meat. The best part was when my friend, Dave Connick (6th trimester), entered the bacon-eating contest. He was challenged to eat pounds of bacon in five minutes. Without any doubt he, of course, won. He took home the trophy and a bag of bacon-flavored popcorn that was the size of me.

Is this bacon heaven? No, it's Iowa.

Is this bacon heaven? No, it’s Iowa.

It was a lot of fun and nice for me because it took place in my hometown, but it was also not too far away so my friends from Davenport could come down and enjoy the festivities.

Saturday night was just as exciting. I had a family get-together will all of my family members that I don’t get to see very often, plus a cousin I had never met before. I left after the get-together to get back to Davenport so I could get in some quality boards studying on Sunday.

That’s exactly what I did all day. Granted, I didn’t wake up until after 1 p.m., but from then on, I studied most of the day. Unfortunately, that’s all I’ve been doing with my free time this week. Can’t study too much for boards, that’s for sure.

-Allisha

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The weekend I met a cool Palmer grad … and the butter cow http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/08/26/the-weekend-i-met-a-cool-palmer-grad-and-the-butter-cow/ http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/08/26/the-weekend-i-met-a-cool-palmer-grad-and-the-butter-cow/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:34:38 +0000 http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/?p=313

Last weekend I took a personal weekend and headed to Des Moines. It was the last weekend I could do something fun before boards studying is really looming over my head. Even though it was suppose to be a fun weekend to get away from school and take things easy I ended up studying for boards on the drive to Des Moines anyway.

I also made a pit stop to meet with a Palmer graduate that practices in Altoona. She has an incredible semi-open adjusting practice, which means she does all of her adjusting out in an open area with just small dividers. The office was beautiful.

She talked to my fiance and I for about an hour and a half about how she runs her office and chiropractic. It was an amazing experience. Palmer really does produce some incredible chiropractors. I was extremely thankful she met me on a Saturday after office hours and took the time to talk with me and show me around. I am going to go back over the October break to see her in action.

The real reason we went to Des Moines was for the Iowa State Fair. It’s the biggest fair in Iowa, and even though I have lived in Iowa my entire life, I had never been before.

There was so much to do, see and eat. We saw a pig that weighed 1,200+ pounds and a bull that was probably two times that size. We saw the butter cow and various other butter sculptures. We did a lot of walking and looking at the exhibits and competitions.

We didn’t eat anything too exotic. I’m not sure how I feel about deep fried cupcakes, Twinkies and bacon, so I had to pass. There was also peanut butter and jelly on a stick, salad on a stick and any type of meat you could ever want, also on a stick.

It was a really great time, a good way to kick off the busy month ahead.

-Allisha

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Palmer takes ALS ice bucket challenge! http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/08/25/palmer-takes-als-ice-bucket-challenge/ http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/2014/08/25/palmer-takes-als-ice-bucket-challenge/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:08:34 +0000 http://blogs.palmer.edu/mychiropracticjourney/?p=309 Davenport ALS ice bucket challenge

Davenport ALS ice bucket challenge

The Palmer Clinics have completed the ALS challenge! There were 9 participants from various departments of the Palmer Clinic that took part in the challenge. We had several other faculty, staff and students that showed up to cheer them on and stay dry.

The challenged started out with Dr. Boesch just giving a little education on ALS and how debilitating it is. This challenge has gotten a lot of publicity in the last couple months, and education and awareness is very important when dealing with a severe disease that many people aren’t familiar with.

Everyone in the challenge donated money to the cause as well as the spectators. Each person also called out several other people to complete the challenge many of them from other departments on campus so we may be seeing more Palmer ALS challenges here in the next couple of days. Each participant took it very well. Dr. Barber showed up in her snorkle and floaties because, well … safety first. Meanwhile Dr. Pavlicek threw his arms in the air to celebrate this accomplishment.

If you want to donate to an amazing cause you can follow the link below and show support for ALS or donate to any worthy charity!

http://www.alsa.org/donate/

Way to go, Palmer! I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the community that reaches out and shows support for what’s important.

To see a video of Palmer’s ice bucket challenge on the Davenport Campus (and one from the Port Orange Campus in Florida), click here.

-Allisha

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