I finished the Activator elective!

We finished up our Activator elective two weekends ago. It was only two weekends early on in the trimester, which was really nice because I will already be equipped to use it in the clinic when we are cleared August 18.

It was a good weekend. We spent Saturday mostly reviewing and brushing up on all the skills we had learned the previous weekend and preparing for the practical and written test we were going to have the following day. Saturday was also the Bix 7 race. It started at the same time our class started, but as a class we all went out to watch the start of it and see everyone  run up Brady Street. I’ve seen the race twice now since I’ve been here, and it’s a really cool experience.

There were a couple people from my class that decided to run the course, but I didn’t get to see them. I didn’t get to stick around to see the Palmer Spine, either, which I heard was really cool and everyone did an awesome job. The pictures I saw looked really good! I had a couple friends participate in that this year. I have always wanted to but just never found the time.

We were in class all day Saturday just perfecting our technique, then came back bright and early Sunday to start the testing process. We reviewed for a little bit more on Sunday morning, then we were tested over the practical portion. We took the written portion shortly after. We were told everyone did very well. Then for about another hour he gave us a sneak peak into the next level of the course. It was a very interesting elective with a lot of good information. I am glad I took it and glad I will have that skill set for clinic and my own practice.

Activator, a hog roast and Redband coffee

Redband Coffee Company (photo from https://www.facebook.com/RedbandCoffee)

Redband Coffee Company (photo from https://www.facebook.com/RedbandCoffee)

This weekend was quite busy. I had a lot of things to attend, but being the beginning of the trimester, it usually is busier with events.

The elective I am taking this trimester started last weekend, so I was in class from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. learning all I could about the Activator technique. I have no real experience with Activator Methods, so it was all new to me and very interesting. We had a lot of hands-on in the course since Activator does a lot of pressure checking and stress checking. This is just the basic course. There are two other courses that get more in-depth, but those aren’t offered on campus.

Even though it was a short week, it seemed really long having just gotten back from break and trying to get into the swing of things (then having class all day on Saturday and Sunday). I made it through class, and I learned a lot, so we celebrated Saturday night at the Delta Delta Pi annual hog roast.

Every year DDPi puts on a hog roast for all students during the summer trimester to welcome everyone back to classes. I’ve been to two now, and both have been a lot of fun. This one was special in particular because we had a lot to celebrate that night. It was my friend’s birthday, another friend had just competed in Talk the Tic, we were starting another trimester, and another friend was back in town.

They had a lot of really great food and later in the night there was a special performance by Axis and Atlas. Axis and Atlas are a band that a couple 6th trimester students put together not that long ago, and they make special appearances at various events on campus. This is the second time I have seen them play. They have also performed at Homecoming. That was a lot of fun. They did a great job. Everyone was really into the music, dancing and having a good time.

Redband breakfast sandwich (photo from https://www.facebook.com/RedbandCoffee)

Redband breakfast sandwich (photo from https://www.facebook.com/RedbandCoffee)

Sunday it was back to the classroom at 8 a.m. to jump right back into Activator Methods. My friend and I had to take a short break and get some breakfast, so we grabbed a breakfast sandwich from the Redband Coffee Company downtown. Let me tell you, that sandwich was delicious. If you haven’t had one of those yet, you better get down there ASAP and try their breakfast sandwiches.

After we had breakfast, we were full force ready to jump back in and start learning again, at least for a short while. We finished up learning the rest of the basic protocal and practiced the rest of the afternoon. We forfeited our lunch break to get out of class at about 1 p.m., and I went home and napped for a real long time. Once I was able to get out of bed, I went to hot yoga, got my butt kicked, came home and had to start studying.

Although it was busy, it was a great weekend! The next couple of months are going to be just as busy with a lot of fun things going on. It’s a great time to be in Davenport, Iowa!