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.


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. 🙂


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! 🙂


Good news, bad news …

(Written pre-Homecoming)

Let’s play a little game: Good news, bad news.

Good news: I survived my Spinal exam! WAHOOOO!! Biggest relief know that I can handle this class. 🙂 Also, only two more days until break!

My poor car!

My poor car!

Bad news: After what seemed like the longest day of my life, someone reared-ended me in my BRAND NEW car. I’m pretty sure she forgot to stop at a red light and smashed right into me. I have to admit, I think Davenport drivers are worse than Minnesota drivers (and if you’re from the west side of Wisconsin, you know what I’m talking about). I have a nice little bruise, some nice pulled muscles in my back, and a nasty headache. But on the bright side, I am alive and thankfully attend the best school to help me heal. 🙂

Good news: Only one more day until Homecoming!

Bad news: Not really any bad news today, just very sore and tired.

Good news: Passed my Pathology exam!!!! And for the amount of work I put into it, I think it turned out pretty well! Also, I got adjusted today! Holy cow! I don’t think I have ever had such a huge physical response to an adjustment before. My ears and face were burning, and I felt super energized for about two hours and then crashed to a deep sleep.

Bad news: Insurance companies. I have never had to deal with an accident before and trying to get everything sorted out is a mess. The fact that I’m dealing with all of this during the busiest week just puts the icing on the cake.

Thursday through Sunday:
Good news: HOMECOMING!!!!! There can’t be any bad news with Homecoming! Homecoming is an amazing opportunity to reach out to alumni as well as prospective students. What an amazing weekend. 🙂

But you’ll have to read about that next time ….



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