Okay, everyone, so by now you know that I am a Canadian. And if you didn’t, now you do! I am from a city called Lethbridge, Alberta, It is in the very southern part of Alberta, about 40 minutes from the Montana border. I have been living in the U.S for 4 years now; I did my undergrad at Bemidji State University in Northern Minnesota before coming to Palmer.
Being a Canadian, I get a lot of flack for some of the things I say … “Eh” especially and “Toque” is another one. A toque, I have been informed is what you Americans call a “hat” or “beanie” or “knit cap,” depending on where you are from. You know that thing you put on your head when it’s cold outside to keep your ears and head warm, yeah! That’s it! Don’t ask me where we got the word from or why we say it, it’s what I grew up with and has probably been being said in Canada throughout history since the country was discovered. I didn’t just make the word up with my friends to confuse everyone, I promise.
So I know I say some pretty funny things sometimes, but there are definitely some things that are said around here that just confuse me. For example when people pronounce roof like ruff. What is that all about? It is clearly spelled R-O-O-F, with two O’s, when two O’s go together they make the sound “ooo” not “uuh.” It’s just craziness!
The nice thing about Palmer is that people come from all over the world to go to this school, which brings all kinds of perspectives and cultures into our family. What other language differences have you noticed from your international friends or even just friends from another part of the United States?
I just want to fill you all in on my favorite restaurant in Davenport (thus far). I don’t go out to eat that often, so I haven’t been to that many places around the Quad Cities, but one of my favorite restaurants that is unique to this area is the Woodfire Grill.
They are reasonably priced, but it’s their menu that gets me! Every time I have been there, I get something different and it’s good every time. They have such a wide range of options to choose from! They have steak and seafood, burgers and sandwiches, salads and pastas, great starters and even some “feel good” options like meatloaf and shepherds pie and chicken potpie like you would make at home.
I went out there last night, and I had the Iowa Apple chops. It’s a pork chop that is covered in a cranberry apple chutney sauce that is amazing and comes with seasonal veggies and garlic-mashed potatoes!
I would love to hear about other good places to eat around the Quad Cities! What’s your favorite place?
(written Saturday) Big weekend this weekend! We had a great game as a team. We worked together and supported each other and did the little things right, which led us to a big win and a shut-out! It was nice to be able to show the alumni how far women’s rugby has come, especially since we are celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year! Some of the Alumni who started this team were there, and I am sure it was exciting for them to get to watch us play well and get a win!
After the game, we always have a social with the other team to thank them for traveling to play us. It’s always fun to share food and drinks with other girls/women who just love rugby. We celebrated the game and then watched some of the men’s game before we all ran home to shower and dress up for the banquet dinner that night.
At the banquet, we heard many stories of the alum and their time here at Palmer and we recognizing those who are giving back to the trust foundation and who allow us to have all the things we do. We are so fortunate to be able to go to school and play this sport. To have the equipment and the staff and the resources we need provided to us by the alumni is a very special thing, and so recognizing them at the banquet was awesome! I’m so glad I actually got to thank some of them personally and hear their stories and advice. They are definitely a crazy bunch and provided a lot of entertainment for the evening.
Thanks again to all the alumni out there for your support, advice and kind words. It really is appreciated!
(from Friday) First Spinal 2 lab practical is over! I am feeling pretty good about it. I definitely made some silly mistakes, but overall I’m expecting a good grade. Even though this practical is over and it is one thing to check of my list, I still have a really busy weekend ahead so there won’t be much time to relax and decompress from all the studying for the practical.
This weekend is the David D. Palmer Trust Foundation Seminar for Rugby. A lot of alumni who played rugby here at Palmer are going to be attending, so it will be exciting to get to meet and chat with some people who were once standing in my shoes and see where their achievements have taken them.
Another week is in the books for second trimester, and so far I am surviving. Next week is a short week, so I am definitely looking forward to the long weekend. But I have three exams to tackle first. Biochem, Philosophy and Spinal 2 exam 2.
All last week our class was completing their lab practical for Spinal 2. This class is a little bit notorious around the school for being a major contributor for the difficulty level of 2nd trimester. So it is safe to say all my classmates and I are cramming and carrying around our bag of bones so we can mark color them in and practice identifying parts of all the bones.
I heard that they were removing the spinal 1 class that I had in first trimester, which I think is unfortunate for the new trimesters coming in. I definitely feel like spinal 1 is the reason I am not stressing out as much about this practical.
The exam is 2 hours long, the first hour is in the lab with the cadaver identifying muscles and structures, and the second hour is upstairs in a classroom identifying features on bones of the vertebral column and ribs. We are responsible for knowing all the actions and innervations that go along with the muscles we might be asked to identify so it is a lot of information to put in your head.
I’m really glad that we have access to some of the bones with markings on them like they will be on the exam, it has helped immensely to be able to go in and practice on those. Also, the P.A.S.S session for this class has been super helpful. Especially the bone review, just because the way he asks questions and they way he expects us to write our answers is very unique. And if you didn’t know at all, you could easily fail this exam even though you identify the right feature.
So thank you to Afua and the P.A.S.S program for helping me out with this exam! One more night to put it all in there, and then it’s go time!
When you visit a Palmer campus, you’re sure to meet a Campus Guide
I decided to apply for Campus Guides, and today I gave a tour to two people who are already Guides so they could evaluate my personality and knowledge about Palmer. It was a little bit awkward, talking to two people who you already kind of know and who are already Palmer students but acting as if they don’t know anything about Palmer.
They sent us a packet to read over before the tour so we would know what the route is and some things they wanted us to talk about. But for as many times as I read it over and walked through the tour in my head, it still came out differently than I wanted it to. For some reasons in a good way and for some reasons not so much. I made a few mistakes and I couldn’t answer all my questions, but overall it went pretty well.
The Guides were encouraging and said that I did great! Next week I have my interview, and then I will find out after that if I will be accepted for a position as a Guide! I have my fingers crossed for this position. I think it will be a great way to meet some new people and share my experiences at Palmer with others, just as the Guides did for me when I was visiting the school trying to figure out if this was the right place for me.
And I am sure glad I had the chance to meet with them, because I am loving it here and I can definitely say they made me feel welcome and confident in my choice even before I was enrolled.
Today in Palpation, we finally got to use our marking pencils and practice counting out the spinous processes. I feel like this is a skill that I will get to use every day in my career, and so it feels awesome to be getting to take this step in class and practice what technique works best for me.
The best thing about getting to do this in class is the variety of people to practice on. I get to palpate my roommates all the time, but I have gotten to know their bodies pretty well by now. So it’s nice to be in class and get to test out my tactile reception on some different backs. Some people are easy with very prominent features and some people are a little more difficult to feel everything on.
Today we were marking the inter-spinous spaces with a line, so everyone’s back had a bunch of lines all the way down at each of their inter-spinous spaces. Cervicals and thoracics tend to be easy to find regarding each spinous and its space, but down in the lumbars it gets a little trickier.
Once we had found all the spaces and had the correct number of spinouses counted up, we marked lines to where the transverse procceses would lie. If you didn’t know already, they are actually typically a little above where the spinous process would be for each segment. The transverse processes are the contact points for many adjustments, so it will be important to be able to find them and get to know where they are in relation to the spinous.
The transverse processes are not as easily palpable as the spinous processes, but you will know if you are on it by having one thumb on the spinous process and pushing on the transverse process to make the spinous move ever so slightly.
I had a clinic appointment today, and I realized this was something I hadn’t talked about yet! At Palmer, there’s a Campus Health Center, which is where students work on other students. It is basically a prep stage before going out and working on people in the real world. Somehow working on other students who know what you are going through, and at least understand that you are still learning, takes a little bit of pressure off, I would assume. Everyone has to start somewhere!
I enjoy going to my appointments. My intern is a really good friend of mine. so it’s nice to get a chance to see him and pick his brain each week on things that could help me out in class and watch and observe his successes in the clinic. It’s also a bit inspiring. To think, it won’t be that long until I am the one in the white coat, asking all the questions and making adjustments!
So what basically happens at my appointments is I check in, and my intern meets me in the waiting room then we head back to the exam rooms where he asks how I am feeling and does a lot of entering things into the computer. Then he will examine me (because I am a wellness patient, it’s usually a fairly quick check over), checking my range of motion in my neck and for any restrictions along my spine. Then he reports his findings, and the staff doctor comes in to check his work. Once the staff doctor agrees everything looks good, he will observe my intern performing the adjustments that he has decided to do and give feedback if it’s needed! Then I am free to go!
I can’t say I have ever been in to the clinic as often as I have been since becoming a student at Palmer. But I definitely feel a little more in tune with my body, noticing my posture and any imbalances I have or my gait pattern. I love learning about all this stuff, and I am looking forward to being able to piece it all together a little more each trimester!
Dr. Michelle Barber’s class, a.k.a. Barber’s Baldies!
One of our professors – Dr. Michelle Barber – has decided to shave her head to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer. She asked for the students and staff at Palmer to support her, and so we did! Over the past few weeks some students decided to make T-shirts to help raise money to support Dr. Barber in raising the funds.
I personally don’t know Dr. Barber that well. She was a professor in one of my labs in first trimester, and even though I did not spend that much time with her, she became one of my favorite teachers right away. She was engaging, and her passion for teaching clearly shows in her patience and vast knowledge. She always takes the time to make sure everyone understands and explains things in a different way so that you can better understand. So, because she helped me even though she might not know it, I felt I wanted to get behind her and help her with this cause.
What happened was a bunch of students ordered these shirts that say “Barber’s Baldies” on them! It was kept a secret from her, and today everyone who ordered a shirt put them on and walked in to one of her classes and presented her with a cheque for $1,500 dollars that was raised from people who bought the shirts. She was clearly overwhelmed and so happy to have the support of her students.
I feel so happy to have been a part of this cause. It is so nice to be able to give back to those who give so much and are so selfless.
So I forgot I wanted to write about this parking raffle I went to earlier this week. Apparently the church across the street from Palmer has a large parking lot, and once every trimester they raffle off their parking spaces to students! It’s free to enter, all you have to do is be present for the raffle. Depending on how many people show up to the event, you have a pretty good chance of winning because they have 41 spaces to give away.
My roommate, Brooke, and I thought we should at least give ourselves a chance to win, so we went together. It would be so nice to be able to drive to school each morning knowing you have a reserved space for you, so if you are running late at all you won’t be caught frantically hunting for a closer spot than you deserve for not being on time, haha.
I guess the lesson here is that you either need to leave early to even have a hope of parking where you want to, otherwise you better just settle for a student parking lot (which really isn’t that bad) early and not lose time trying to get a closer spot. Just enjoy the walk in to school instead of getting a major calf burn speed walking to not miss Mr. Morter’s quiz at 7:30 a.m. every day.
Anyways, we went to the raffle and there might have been 50 people there and 41 spaces to win, and neither of us won! So sad, and so unlucky. 🙁
Looks like I’ll be walking up the hill for another trimester, and making sure I leave early enough to get a good spot or not be in a rush ( I could use the walk anyways, who am I kidding).