Weekends are for fun, relaxation and…ME!

As our students wrap up another successful trimester, they are setting aside their books and studies to tell us what they enjoy most about their weekends as Palmer students…

Q. What have you enjoyed doing or being involved with on the weekends since you have been a student at Palmer?

My time here at Palmer is almost over and I’m reminiscing about my favorite weekends at Palmer… I loooooved waking  up late on Saturday mornings, grabbing my mat and heading to a hot yoga class! Then I enjoyed spending some time looking at recipes online and doing some grocery shopping. I loved to make fun and more time consuming recipes on weekends and bring goodies to my friends that night, have people over or bring treats to school! I loved juicing fresh vegetables and fruits and the weekend allowed time for the rigorous cleaning of my juicer. I would often make a lot of meals ahead of time for the week. I also loved going to Scott County with friends and going for hikes in the spring, hot summer, or beautiful autumn leaves. I also looked forward to going out with a group of people to the bars of downtown Davenport: Kilkenny’s, Mac’s or for bustin’ a move on the dance floor at Carriage Haus. The Daiquiri Factory and the dueling piano bar (now Comedy Sportz) in Rock Island also provided some solid entertainment. I also loved traveling to Chestnut’s Wellness seminars, Nucca conference and a few Gonstead and Mopal seminars. I liked taking advantage of the free seminars the school put held on weekends as well like the Business modules. Hopefully my Sunday didn’t consist of too much studying, but usually it did. However I’d find something to clean, laundry to do, friends and family to call, or anything else before I resorted to my books on Sunday night to study for that hairy exam Monday morning. In my later trimesters, I really enjoyed minimizing scheduled events on weekends. I enjoyed hosting or attending dinner parties, wine nights, nail painting, or game nights at home with a few friends.  I also loved going on small trips to Le Claire or Galena, IL whenever my budget could afford it! I really loved my weekends at Palmer!

-Kaileigh Strath

On weekends at Palmer, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing things for me. All week long, I am completely committed to schoolwork, studying, things Palmer-related, but on the weekends, I relish the time to get out in nature for a run or bike ride, or time in the gym with buddies to play some basketball. It also tends to be when I eat the most enjoyable, but unhealthy things, such as pizza and ice cream. I use the weekends to re-energize for the upcoming week. Another aspect of this for me is attending an uplifting, inspirational church service on Sunday mornings to get grounded again.

-Kyle Collins

Since I became a student at Palmer I started running on a regular basis. One of my favorite things about the weekend is completing my long run for the week. I love the feeling of accomplishment from pushing your body not only physically but mentally. It is also a great way to relieve stress from the past week of school and prepare yourself for the next week.

-Katherine Melot

I like getting away from the city and going out in nature.  The Quad Cities and surrounding areas have an abundance of hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping opportunities.  Getting friends together on a day off to relax is just what I need at the end of a hard week.

-Brian Hall

One thing I love about Davenport is the Farmer’s market, open Saturday mornings. I can get tons of fresh groceries, from meat and cheese to fruits, veggies, even pasta. And going with friends makes it even more fun.

–Allison Nisbett

I enjoy spending my weekends at the Troxell Intern Program taking Sunday classes. The classes have helped me improve my palpation, technique, and visualization skills. I enjoy the opportunity to practice my Chiropractic skills any chance I get.

– Brittany Sedar

Group outings to Whitey’s Ice Cream on the weekends. There is nothing better than ruining a week of healthy eating by enjoying a full day’s worth of calories all condensed into a shake that is consumed in less than ten minutes. Yumm…ohh yeah, spending time with close friends is important too!

– Brad Francis

I love the farmers’ market on Saturday morning! Also, all of the music festivals that are going on in the summer are great! Recently, my weekends have been kept busy with the central high school marching blue devils band which I help volunteer with on the staff.

–Alec Schielke

So far, on the weekends I have been taking yoga classes at a local yoga studio, One Tree Yoga. As well, I have been attending Troxell Workshops, which have been very helpful in getting extra hands on experience. I have had fun spending time with classmates, and going out for pints at Front Street Microbrewery. I recently took a trip out to Galena with my roomates, and visited the winery there. It is a quaint little town with lots of unique shops, and beautiful views. It was great to get away. Other than that, I have been doing lots of studying!

-Chelsea Delorme

Since being a student at Palmer I have discovered many fun things to do on the weekends. A trip to the farmer’s market and a walk to the park or to the river happen almost every weekend. I love baseball so, during the summer months, I attended River Bandit games and I was on a recreational softball league.

– Jessica Richards

My favorite fall activity is planning my son’s birthday party.  This year he will be 2 on October 25.  My husband and I enjoy planning a fall birthday party.  This year his party will be at Patch’s Pumpkin & Honey Farm.  There will be pumpkins to pick, corn mazes to run through, corn pools to swim in, pony rides, hay rack rides, apple cider, pumpkin launching with their pumpkin cannon and of course Birthday Cake!  There are so many beautiful orchids and pumpkins patches to visit in Iowa and beautiful fall leaves to enjoy on your drive to any of them!

-Jennifer Katzer

Campus Guide Question of the Month:

What change did you hope to make by joining Campus Guides?

I hoped to change the perspective of some of my peers who only ever see the negative in Palmer. Campus Guides has allowed me to understand our history and appreciate the school more, which allows me to share all the great things about Palmer.

–Brian Hall

I was hoping to help people get real answers about Palmer and chiropractic from student’s point of view. Taking a tour at Palmer is what helped me make up my mind about coming out here instead of going to Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City.

–Ryan Etherton

Each individual personality has the ability to change and benefit a group. By joining Campus Guides, I hoped to add my experiences to the team’s dynamic, help prospective students enjoy their visit, and aid them in making the best decision for them in finding a chiropractic school.

–Jaclyn Andrews

I want to specifically reach out to those prospective students who are deciding if chiropractic is the right choice for their second career. I want to share with them that giving up the job, selling the house, and/or moving their family to Iowa, will be worth it the end when they think of all the lives they will change as a chiropractor.

–Brook Peters

During my Undergraduate Studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho, I was lured (by a tall blonde haired, blue eyed girl- of whom I never dated anyhow) in to a student-lead organization that was in charge of the new student orientation, Student Spirit Events. This luring was at first because of the networking of “future potential” dates, but eventually my drive to help with New Student Orientation came from within myself to help these new students become connected with a “new life” or a “new chapter” in their lives.

 

I brought this same drive with me in to the Campus Guide Organization. I want people to choose to come to Palmer College of Chiropractic. This needs to be their decision and I want to help them in their search to answer questions that they might have. There are always rough times in life and at Palmer this is no different! Every student has moments of “why am I really here?” or “Is this worth it?” At this point the student needs to reflect back at the time when they felt like they needed to be here and when they made the decision to come here. Referring back to these moments can give us the courage and the self-will power that we need to bear another hour, another day, another week until we find that answer once again- “THIS is why I am here!” “THAT is why I am learning these things!” “THIS is why I am becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic!”

 

As an organization, Campus Guides thrives on networking. I love that about this organization. If I do not have an answer, give me some time to write a few emails and to hear back. I will then have a good answer to your question or some good direction on what other students have done or accomplished.

 

Much like at Brigham Young University-Idaho, the vast majority of the student body knows that they are supposed to be here for the continuation of their education and many more need a support group. I want to be one who helps people feel “at home” and to be a support when they need/ want it. That is one great reasons I joined the Campus Guides Organization- to serve my fellowman (woman, too), to “help other people at all times,” and “To Do A Good Turn Daily” (Boy Scouts of America, Scout Oath & Slogan).

–Anton Keller

I wanted to feel the love from leading with service! I believe that energy frequency rises to the person in the room who is giving off the most positive energy. What effect does the collective group of positive guides have? What if a guide has a great feeling after serving and leading a tour and they bring that energy back to their classrooms? What if it lifts all of Palmer’s spirits? You never know how far reaching…

–Kalleigh Strath

I hope to make the student body appreciate more what awesome educational experience Palmer is offering us all. To help keep them focused on the positives and in working together, make better that which makes us feel gloomy sometimes.

–Afua.Adjei-Kwayisi

My goal in joining campus guides was to surround myself with positive productive individuals. By doing this I have grown in so many ways, the friendships we build within Campus Guides provides us with a group of peers in which we can rely on for support and continuous personal growth. I also hoped to get more involved in our Palmer community, which has happened in tenfold, being more involved has allowed me to appreciate Palmer on another level which I would not have seen otherwise.

–Jennifer Katzer

 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead

 

My Palmer career is about to change … clinic!

As I lay in bed tonight, I feel a combination of excitement, nervousness and pure joy. I’m in 7th trimester, and my Palmer career is about to change tomorrow … we have our clinic induction ceremony at 2:50 p.m., and next week we start seeing patients in the Campus Health Center (CHC)! Wow, what an amazing feeling.

I have my outfit all laid out for tomorrow–I decided against a dress and am going with black pants instead. Haha, a few of the girls and I in my class were discussing what to wear to it today!

It is going to be held at Vickie Anne Palmer Hall, where Spizz Night and graduations are held, as well. I know of some classmates who have family coming to watch us be inducted, handed our white coats for clinic and our clinic badges on stage. My family members, however, are not attending this time because the closest one is 12 hours away. Hopefully they can come see us graduate in a year and four months instead.

This week was packed full of observing 8th trimester students in the CHC, a clinical psychology exam, a YMCA Christmas Family fundraiser, a spinography quiz, radiology set-ups, learning how to adjust wrists and deal with carpal tunnel, my roommate’s birthday celebration, yoga, my first adjustment and getting adjusted, making butternut squash soup, and learning how to tell what kind of anemia a patient has from blood work! (Haha, in no particular order.) I can say that my Palmer planner from the Bookstore is definitely keeping me grounded this week and able to sort everything out! Phew.

Seventh trimester is interesting because it is like two different worlds. We still have class from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. with a couple breaks, then clinic in the evenings. We really only are required to be in the clinic two hours in the evening per week, but we are encouraged, and most interns spend more evenings than one in the CHC to pick up patients, gain experience, do paperwork, familiarize themselves with the computer systems and get to know their staff doctors. I really appreciate the help from the 8th trimester students who have held my hand so far and showed me the ropes. I want to pay it forward and help those 6th tri students next trimester when they feel as confused as I did/do (though I must say, things really advanced and made connections in my mind today 🙂 Yay! ) upon entering clinic in 7th tri.

– Kaileigh Strath

Start of Seventh Trimester!

Today is Friday … ahhh Friday. I am sitting in the third floor library after finishing extremities class with Dr. Lipes. The first week is complete, and it went pretty well. I feel a sense of wonder as the new tri starts because I am excited to see what seventh trimester and entering clinic in a few weeks will bring about. I have been warned by many upper tri students and teachers to get organized and stay on top of things this trimester as early as possible, because it ends up being a busy one. It will be a challenge to our time management skills, just like first trimester was.

I was sitting in Visceral Diagnosis class with Dr. Tatum today, and my mind wandered for a second (ok, more than a second), and I was thinking about how much this trimester feels like first again to me. The key is having the right focus and mental attitude that it can be done and that this is where I want to be. The focus is on Palmer. The focus is with my teachers in every class. The focus is with each patient as I enter the clinic room with them.

This trimester, I want to learn as much as I can and really dive into adjusting skills. We clear for the clinic on November 30, 2012, when we have our Clinic Induction Ceremony in the afternoon. There are a few observations and assignments we have to accomplish before we can start seeing patients. We also get to do a complete work up and adjust a classmate before we see any patients in the lower trimesters. This is nice because we can be understanding of each other and forgiving if someone is slow or does tests in an inefficient order. We can use this time to help each other out. During Clinical Methods class yesterday, we had a tour of the Campus Health Center with Dr. McConnell. Even though I have been in the clinic several times as a patient, it felt different this time. I was on the other side now. Dr. McConnell encouraged us to take the opportunity and learn from the other doctors in the CHC if one arises. There will be more variety that way and more learning because every chiropractor is unique.

I just purchased a Palmer Planner from the Bookstore and a clinic planner from the Vet’s Club. I will be taking the advice of those who have gone before me and writing down all of my classes and assignments that are expected of me this trimester. The Vet’s Club clinic planner is really handy; it has time slots every day for patients, and it tracks numbers of adjustments, radiology credits and physical exams. It can be used for the entire time you are here at Palmer in the clinics to track every patient. It is also nice because you can look back and have a record all in one place of every patient you see from the start of your Palmer Chiropractic career onward! I guess I am still old school and like the paper version and I am not switching to iPad or electronic versions quite yet!

Good luck to those of you starting a new trimester!

Helen and Christine: Palmer staffers supreme

Helen Cruz and Christine Beaudry: Two names you probably haven’t heard – but you will know them well once you come to Palmer!

Helen Cruz is on the security team at Palmer, and she “holds down the fort” in the parking lot at the Academic Health Center (AHC). Helen is always here to brighten our days. Her spirit glows like a candle! I just walked by her today, and she gave me a hug! I commented on the humidity today, and she said her hair is getting frizzy because of it, and we laughed. Then she told me she loved me. This took me by surprise. I remember thinking that it is bold of her to say that. But you know what? It makes people feel good. I am not the only person Helen has reached out to in this way.

I said, “I love you, too, Helen, and we can let go of the fear of saying it more often!” She told me how she says “I love you” to strangers. Then she made a fist with her hand and patted her heart twice, then pointed with an extended second digit. I laughed and thought that she was so cute for making “gang signals” about love! But Helen wasn’t being silly. She was being utterly honest.

She said, “Spread love. Pay it forward. Do something nice for someone who is not expecting it, and watch them light up with joy.” What an amazing soul! Thank you, Helen!

Christine Beaudry is another Palmer employee I love to see. Christine works at the front desk inside the AHC. She is the first person many people see when they walk into Palmer.

Whenever I see Chris, she warms my heart because she is so willing to help anyone and everyone. It is her job to stay at the information desk and help guide visitors, but she does more than that. She is a connector. You are always greeted with a smile, and her willingness to go out of her way is so amazing!

Before we give campus tours, we Campus Guides check in at her desk. I love to see her when I have a tour to give. Thank you, Chris!

Talk about two women working at Palmer that are making a difference!

As for me, at the moment I am on a break from class. On Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:20 a.m, all students in all ten trimesters get a break. It’s campus-wide.

Whoops! I just remembered! I have to get to a room for thoracolumbar. We are meeting to do a work up involving motion and static palpation, visualization, instrumentation and findings so that we can get X-rays of our spines. Then we can practice adjusting each other in sixth trimester.

Love it! Gotta go, though! Later, gators!

Kaileigh Strath
6th trimester student, Davenport Campus

My power has been turned back on!

The past few weeks have been weird for me because for the first time in my life, I experienced low back pain. It started at yoga one day. I am used to doing hot yoga, and I decided to do more in room temperature. I am not sure if that contributed to it, if it was bound to happen anyway, if it was the changing of the biomechanics of the posture, or something else. I tweaked the way I did one of the postures and felt a sharp twinge in my L5—a vertebrae in my lower back—when I stood up. I have found some postures that make it feel better and have been doing them throughout the day.

On Monday this week, I was not really in pain anymore but went for my biweekly chiro appointment and told my doc what happened. It turned out, when he scoped me, that I had a break at L4/L5. Then he did the arm fossa tests (because he is SOT certified) and a couple other functional tests with me. He found that my right hamstring was weaker than my left and showed me that these tests were the neurological component of my subluxation.

I could see it and feel it. He motion palpated my spine and found that my L5 was PL. I was placed in side posture in a Gonstead set up and my segment moved before he even thrusted! That’s how much I needed it, or it “wanted” to go, I say. After that, he blocked my pelvis with SOT blocks and re-checked my arm fossa test afterward. I was showing better reflexes instantly!

When I stood up, I felt like a new person. My pelvis felt so good! Remember, I didn’t even know, by how I felt, if I was subluxated because I was not experiencing any symptoms anymore. After my adjustment I knew I felt instantly better. This is just another example of why we can get chiropractic care for wellness and not just when we are in pain. Even I didn’t even realize the potential I had for feeling fantastic!

This lit me on fire again because I realized and experienced again for myself how chiropractic care works. I want to be a great chiropractor and share with my patients this amazing new level of wellness and function beyond what they will ever imagine, that they all have the potential to experience.

Kaileigh Strath
6th trimester student, Davenport Campus

Spotlight on your health: Chiropractors help you express what you already possess

Today I want to talk to you about health and chiropractic.

If I were walking down Brady Street, where our campus is located, and I pulled someone off the street and asked them, “Where does disease come from?” What would they say? Bad germs, bad genes, right?

Most people today follow the paradigm that viruses, bacteria, fungi are out there and you can catch them, and it will cause a disease in your body if it is a bad one or if it was the right timing or whatever.

But B.J. Palmer sat down and he said, “wait,” and he wasn’t the first one, he wasn’t the only one. But he said, “wait.” In the same workplace, in the same environment, exposed to the same thing daily, what is making that person sick, while the other stays healthy? Valid point. What IS the difference?

Then Claude Bernard said it’s the internal milieu. It’s the internal environment of the body. Health comes from the inside.

It depends on our body’s resistance to those outside factors because those germs, bacteria, fungus, viruses are everywhere—including inside our bodies right now!

Now, as long as we have the paradigm that we are sick and helpless and diseased and meant to age that way, we are going to seek intervention that parallels that paradigm. And what I mean by that is that as long as we think that the body can’t heal itself, we will seek outside in intervention like drugs and surgery to cure us.

Now, let’s all picture ourselves in a room. That room is completely empty. It’s got a floor, a roof, four walls, maybe your room has carpet, maybe it has elaborate paintings on the walls, it’s your room. It has a light in the center of it. Now, let’s pretend that that light equals health, and the light is shining absolutely everywhere in that room, it’s hitting all four walls and it is shining everywhere on the floor. Let’s say that this light room is the picture of health.

Something is in that room. Something you don’t want. Can you give me an example? Let’s say it is a monster.

Is the light still hitting every spot in the room on those four walls that it used to? With that monster in the room? No. That monster is creating some shade, it casts a shadow behind it. Now, what did that monster create? Darkness. If health is light, what is this darkness? Disease. Great, so I wanted to tell you this because disease is lack of health, just as darkness is a lack of light.

Now, how many of you want to express that true health? That bright, shining light, everywhere in our bodies at all times? Great! You can. You absolutely can. Because I am telling you that there is a profession that is all about helping you express your true potential to be everything you can be, and function at 100 percent. That profession is chiropractic.

Chiropractic is based on three foundations. The philosophy, the science, and the art. 

The philosophy is that the power that made the body heals the body.

Our bodies are so smart. When we cut ourselves, it heals, without us thinking about it. Our hearts beat about 100,000 times in 24 hours, and we don’t think about it.  We grow, and we don’t think about it. Our cells are multiplying and getting rid of bad ones, and replacing them with good ones as we speak! Think of how grateful we can be for our bodies that they are so intelligent!

In chiropractic, we call that wisdom of the body innate intelligence.

 The science of chiropractic lies in the anatomy and physiology and research that we have done. We know that the brain sends messages to the spinal cord and out the nerves to the end organs. That spinal cord is SO important, we have a spine made up of 24 vertebrae made just to protect it.

Now, these bones can misalign, irritating a nerve and reducing that functioning, maybe only allowing 80% instead of 100%, causing what we call a subluxation. By a show of hands, who wants to function at 100% and no less?

The third foundation, is the art of chiropractic. The art is the ability of the trained chiropractor to remove this irritation, this monster in our room, the subluxation. There are many ways a chiropractor can do this, with many techniques, but the goal is the same, to address the cause.

Now that you know what a subluxation is, how do you get them?

There are three reasons for that. Trauma, toxins, and thoughts.

Trauma – whether it is a major or minor fall or bump, bad posture, baby coming out of a birth canal and getting twisted the wrong way.

Toxins – we need to really think about what we put into and onto our bodies, Does the food we eat have preservatives? Would you put the lotion that you’re putting on your body into your mouth?

Thoughts – important one that we maybe forget about sometime. We are so quick to dwell about what we should have said or done in the past, or worry/stress about that test or busy week in the future. That all detracts us from living in this moment! Being happy, right here right now.

Now, isn’t it fantastic that we have an entire profession dedicated to removing these subluxations, these monsters in our room!?  It’s amazing! And they are here to fully support your journey to health. They may even want to help you reduce the need for them, and help you prevent getting subluxations to begin with! They may want to help you prevent negative thoughts, traumas and toxins and these minor insults to your body so that you need to be adjusted less, have less subluxation, regain function and expression of 100% health! Our bright room! We each opportunity to reach your 100%. What does that mean to you?  It is my dream to be a chiropractor and empower people to reach their truest, 100% potential, that totally bright room, your body, perfect health.

 Kaileigh Strath, 6th trimester student
Davenport Campus

A typical, beautiful Friday

Hey-o! As I write this, it’s a beautiful Friday afternoon, and the sun is shining. I am typing this blog via my HTC Android as I sit in the sun outside of West Hall by Main Street. I can hear the sound of some amazing drummers practicing at Central High School across the street.

I got up this morning and checked my phone as I usually do. I had received an e-mail from my friend with a YouTube video on how to cook a delicious looking vegan meal. Yum, now I’m more inspired to make healthy food for my day! I showered and got ready, dressing in clinic attire today because I have my Vogt (student leaders) meeting and a physical diagnosis practical.

I sat at my computer and finished typing and printing an essay I was working on last night for a scholarship application. No surprise, they are due ASAP, and I am finishing them up the morning of!

I quickly printed them and left the house with my yoga mat and saw and smelled that my roommate’s friend, who is staying at our place right now, had made Apple Crisp! It smelled delightful, so I told her she was amazing a rushed to school for my 9:20 meeting. I was three minutes late today! Shoot. But my scholarship applications were all printed and ready for club leaders to sign.

Our meeting topic was good today; we discussed professionalism in class and being present. Staying off cell phones, respecting the professor’s time, and respecting classmates and teacher’s questions and lectures are a few things that can be easy to lose sight of halfway through the program, when everyone becomes comfortable.

I will admit to having been late for class on more than one occasion this tri, and I have answered texts and e-mails when I really should have been paying attention. Even in yoga, they are teaching me to be more present and focus on one task at a time to be more productive. I am getting better, and the meeting was a great reminder today.

We hope to convey the message via a video to all students and encourage mutual respect in the classroom. We are very good for the most part, but a reminder at this time in the program would be nice for all, I think.

After that, I got some signatures for my scholarship applications from executive committees of the Nucca club, the Gonstead club, and Campus Guides.

I then headed to meet Kelly Serra (fellow Campus guide and classmate) to practice for our Phys Di practical. It was 30 minutes each and we had to cover everything from palpation of lymph nodes, to looking into eyes and ears, to palpation of the abdomen. It is a very thorough exam, and Dr. Littrell has helped us feel confident for clinic and Part 4 Boards in that area. We both practiced once through, and then took our exams and got perfect scores! How exciting!

Kelly and I headed to the library to print off forms to apply for our lab hours for next tri. I signed up for PT lab at 3:45 on Wednesdays. Should work for me! That is the last lab I will take at Palmer!

Then we headed for the cafeteria because we were both hungry. It was closed at 1:30, whoops! Just missed it! Second choice, we went upstairs to Starbucks, and Kelly got a delicious looking, fresh-made wrap.

I decided to go to Greatest Grains (GG), a nearby health food store with a deli, because I didn’t have NMS class with her right away. Mine was at 2:50.  I ran up to the financial aid department on third floor in the student services building and handed in my scholarship applications. Phew, it was done! Now it is “wait and see”!

I went to GG and got some kale salad, brussels sprouts and a couscous salad. Yum!  I came back to school at 2:50 for my last class of the day, NMS. We practiced a few of the orthopedic exams we will have to perform on Monday for our final practical. Normally we have more classes on Fridays but a few are done already for the tri!

Now I’m off to yoga with Stacia at four and off for the weekend! Seriously can’t believe it is Friday again already Peace y’all!

Kaleigh Strath, 5th trimester student
Davenport Campus

Goodbye, rugby. Hello, yoga!

I started going to the gym when I first arrived at Palmer a year and a half ago. Also, I found a yoga studio downtown and got more into practicing yoga. I liked the gym, and I liked workouts that really pushed me, which is why I decided to join the rugby team.

After a year of playing and spending time at the gym, I realized that the type of workout I like started changing. I felt stressed and that the gym was just another check on my to-do list.

People started asking me where I was when they hadn’t seen me there in a while, which was great for accountability, but I was also taking on the weight of feeling like I had to go when I really did not want to. I started to realize that I did not have to work out for other people, just for me.

It is a hard thing sometimes to differentiate what you are doing because someone put that in your subconscious that that’s what you SHOULD be doing, versus what is really in your heart and you want to do for you.

It is also hard to think you should do things for you, because it can seem selfish at first. But how can you really love others until you love yourself? And how can you love yourself if you are not living in congruency with your values and what you really would like to do? What makes you come alive? What really lights your fire? Why do you get out of bed in the morning?

I digress, but I quit rugby and going to the gym and turned more to yoga and running outdoors after coming to this realization. I wanted to be outside with nature and move my body the way hunters and gatherers and old yogis did! I have found peace in yoga, and it made me want to move further with it.

Last weekend a friend and I from Palmer took our yoga training. It was fantastic! In a lot of ways, I saw it parallel chiropractic. There is a philosophy, an art and a science to it. There are people who practice many different types. There are people who do what ancient yogis used to do in the Himalayan Mountains where yoga all started, and there are people who use new science and who really get into the biomechanics and the workout of yoga. To me this is very similar to what I see in our profession and I really appreciate the diversity. The yogic philosophy is very similar to what I believe, and in my opinion goes hand-in-hand with chiropractic.

The five principles of yoga are proper exercise, proper diet, proper breathing, proper relaxation, and positive mind and meditation. My passion is optimal health, like a lot of chiropractors, and these five principles are right up my alley. I heart yoga and chiropractic!

Kaleigh Strath
5th trimester student, Davenport Campus

What a busy week it was!

Whoa! Last week was a busy one!

I am not sure I was prepared for what last week had in store! I got to bed late last Sunday night because I was studying—not because I had to put in the hours like for Spinal Anatomy, but because I had procrastinated again, which doesn’t help me go into a busy week feeling refreshed. Oops!

I looked at my schedule and wondered when I would fit yoga in this week. Then I started to feel a little bit of a sickness coming on—a sore throat and runny nose.  I know exactly why I got sick. I had eaten well, gotten adjusted and exercised, but did I get enough sleep? Did I plan enough quiet time? or was I go-go-go the previous week and weekend? Yep, you guessed it.

I can’t help but feel like a hypocrite when I get sick at Palmer. I’m supposed to be WELL! I want to be a wellness doctor and a wellness advocate, and I believe the first and best thing to do is lead by example.  I am still learning!

First thing Monday morning was our first physiotherapy exam. I had a really good feeling afterward, so my head started to feel better too. Funny how that works, isn’t it? We had class the rest of the day until 3:45, and I headed to a meeting at 5, then to my 6:30 adjustment because I wanted to allow 100 percent functioning of my nervous system for the rest of my busy week!

After that, I headed home to study radiology. I stayed up fairly late again and ended up talking to a friend from home on the phone late as well. Why did I do that before a test?

The next morning our test was at 8:25 and I studied throughout my 7:30 class, but half listened. Sorry Dr. Rowell, I don’t like it when I do that, either! My radiology test did not go as well as PT the day before. Sad.

I went for a nap to sleep it off and get ready for the rest of the day. Then I woke up and studied for a quiz in physical diagnosis at 12:05. I felt ready. It went well! Phew, back on track. Three more classes: cervicals and NMS and PT lab.

After class I headed to my locker to meet my friend for a birthday surprise! I and 3 others took her out for a nice Italian meal. We scurried home afterward to study Toxicology for Wednesday morning. I figured out the best sleep-to-study ratio for me, given the time I had, and then I followed through.

It was tough to wake up at 5:30, but I did it! I was still feeling sick and couldn’t wait until Thursday at 3:45—when my weekend would begin.  Off to class, waiting for the 9:20 hour when our test began! When it was over, I felt good about it, as well, and felt a sense of accomplishment. “Only one more quiz to go this week, Kaileigh! You can do it!” I told myself.

We continued with the rest of our classes, and after school we had wellness club. Dr. Barber came in and talked about a bunch of wonderful ideas she had been brainstorming with about what to bring to campus. She had a certain PowerPoint slide that sticks in my mind about the six aspects of wellness: emotional, spiritual, physical, intellectual, environmental and social wellness. This club meeting helped me reflect on my week. I needed to step it up in the spiritual wellness and the social wellness, and his meeting helped me make a clear decision.

I cancelled my plans for Easter weekend of going back to Canada and decided to stay in Davenport for four whole days with very little planned to nurse myself back to complete wellness. Wow, did it feel good!  After tutoring and working on my toxicology project with my friend, Devanni, I went out for a drink and karaoke with my roommate and my friends from my tri that night and laughed and had so much fun. (Social wellness!)

Thursday was the last day of school before Easter break. I did awful on my NMS quiz, and I should have studied more. But I couldn’t have felt better at 3:45 Thursday! Time to heal!

As I write this, it is just Saturday, and I have been to yoga twice and slept lots. I already feel like my battery has been recharged. (And I have two more full days stil!! Yay!)

As busy as the weeks can be at Palmer, I freaking love it here! It really is a time for personal growth and figuring out who you really are. I am the type of person who plans lots and wants to do more than I can handle sometimes (as you can probably see) but I am still learning to say “no” and to manage my time. I think it will always be a challenge, but I like challenges. That’s what makes us BETTER, right?!

“Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.” I forget who said that quote, but I encourage you to try saying it to yourself everyday and see what happens!

Here’s to wonderful experiences at Palmer and getting to know amazing people and YOURSELF while you’re here. Don’t forget: YOU are AMAZING! 🙂

Kaleigh Strath, 5th trimester student
Davenport Campus