Finals and break

(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

A look back on finals week – bring on the Laffy Taffy

Banana Laffy Taffy

Banana Laffy Taffy

(written during finals week) Yesterday was the second day of finals, and Student Council gave us a free breakfast for dinner! I remember writing about this last trimester, and I was almost to the end of the line and my friends pulled me out of the line to go get food somewhere else.

Well, this trimester I got free breakfast, and it was delicious. I had eggs with peppers and onions, bacon, a pancake, fruit and a cinnamon roll. The line wasn’t nearly as long this trimester, and not as many people showed up. I think because they remembered the long line last tri and weren’t sure they were up to waiting.  Those people missed out. They had a better system this trim and it seemed to work out pretty good.

I am appreciative of the free meals we get. It beats eating quesadillas all week, which is where I am at right now. We got goody bags on Friday. (I made sure mine had a banana Laffy Taffy in it.) Those treats were mostly gone by Friday afternoon … except the Milky Way. I saved that for breakfast yesterday.

The end of the tri gets rough. You don’t want to grocery shop because you’re most likely not sticking around the Quad Cities over break, so you kinda just eat anything that’s in your apartment, even if its been hanging around for longer than it should.

Finals are half-way done! I have three more to go and couldn’t be more ready.

So much to look forward to this break and the coming up trimester.

– Allisha

Allisha’s blog posts will return in July after the break ends.

Trying out hot yoga

Yoga pose

Yeah, that’s totally not me in the picture

I was persuaded into trying hot yoga for the first time last night. I have done regular yoga before, actually, at the OP3 Dance-A-Thon the majority of clubs on campus put on a while back to raise money to build a playground for a local program called Project Renewal that helps out children in the community. So I had tried yoga at the Dance-A-Thon at like 1:00 in the morning and had decided it just wasn’t for me.

A couple of my friends (Hannah and Linda–side note: Linda has been asking me to write about her in this blog for weeks now. This is my shout out to Linda! Thanks for inviting me, guys, you’re great!) had been inviting me to go to hot yoga (yoga at very high temperatures), and I had been really hesitant because I wasn’t sure how I felt about yoga in general. I love heat, so I was sold there. It was the idea of yoga I was hesitant on.

Well, I decided I might as well try it. It’s hard to say no when the first class is free. We went to One Tree Hot Yoga on 53rd Street, and I really enjoyed it. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I went out and got a yoga mat today so I can keep going and I’m really excited to go again. On Saturdays they do yoga in the park at Vander Veer Park, which is probably a 10-15 walk from my apartment. So this Saturday I’m going to walk up and see if maybe I like yoga in the park.

Anyway it was a really great experience, and I’m super happy I decided to do it. I feel pumped and ready for finals. Well, maybe I should go one more time before finals just to be completely sure. Honestly, though, I felt great afterwords. This is so awesome if you’re stressed out and you just feel like you’re at your breaking point. Try it, first class is free. You can’t say no. Get out and get active, get ready for finals and destress for an hour!

-Allisha

Summer is almost here!

Harry Potter Diagon Alley

Harry Potter Diagon Alley

Last weekend was the final weekend for my soft tissue elective. We focused on learning Graston soft tissue technique. It’s working the soft tissue with the help of an instrument. There are six really cool instruments you use to work the soft tissue around the area looking for adhesions or tight muscles and working those things out.

It was a really great seminar, and we had a lot of fun. I’m excited to have that asset under my belt, and I’m really excited to be able to start doing it in the clinic. Eventually, I’m going to invest in a set of my own tools. Sunday after class I took a small break and went to my friend’s pool and got a lovely sunburn, so the last couple of days have been a little rough.

Today I took my last practical of the trimester! This means I’m one step closer to finals and summer! This summer, along with doing a few days of job shadowing in an office, I am heading to Florida to see the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I am ready for a vacation, some rest and relaxation before starting clinic and being extremely busy! I will also be scrambling to get stuff done for my wedding, including dress shopping! So maybe I won’t be doing a lot of relaxing.  The rest of the week consists of studying.

Thursday is our study day, so no classes just lots and lots of studying. Friday kicks off finals, which also means goody bags and treats! The best part of finals!

-Allisha

Half way there! Plus finals and free breakfast fail

Finals week is coming to a close. I am just about to take my last final of the trimester, biomechanics. Then I will be heading home for a few days … then off to to spend a few days in Las Vegas to celebrate officially having successfully completed half of the D.C. program!

breakfastWhen I tell people back home that I’m half way done, I get less than excited responses, mostly like, “Really? Only half way?” But let me telll you, being half-way is exciting! It’s a pretty big accomplishment, and I have been working hard for it! It actually hasn’t set in yet. I still kind of feel like I’ve only been here for a year. Everyone will tell you it goes by so quickly, and in first trimester you’re like there’s no way this is taking forever! You don’t actually start to believe until you’re taking your last final of fifth trimester, and you’re, like, “Where has the last year and some odd months gone? I can’t be half-way done yet … there’s still so much I need to know! But, alas, I am here, I have done and  I am one step closer to being there! It’s an exciting time!

We got another, like, 5 inches of snow on Monday. Luckily finals weren’t affected, but the free breakfast dinner was moved to Tuesday night. I went at 8 p.m. on the dot, and the line was wrapping around the Cafeteria. It was insane the amount of people that showed up. As more people came and saw the line, more people got discouraged and a lot of people left. I was probably another 10 people from getting my food when all my friends decided to leave. Half went to Village Inn the other half went to Texas Roadhouse. I got suckered into leaving my stop in line for a FREE breakfast to go to Texas Roadhouse to PAY for dinner. It was okay, though. I got to have dinner with a friend who is leaving soon to precept near Chicago. From what I heard, though, the free breakfast was good, and a lot of peopled showed up so it seemed like a success. Although I did hear they ran out of food so people that came later missed out. It’s important to be on time! You get free food that way!

Today my tea bag told me that “Failure is success if we learn from it.” I really hope it’s not an indication of how my exams are going to go, but on any other day it is a good reminder to just keep trying and don’t let small set-backs stop you from your dreams.

-Allisha

Finals are here … and inspiration on a tea bag

Who knew you could get inspired by a cup of tea?

Who knew you could get inspired by a cup of tea?

Today is the last day of regular classes! Finals start on Friday. So these last couple of days we are just finishing up notes and practicals.

There hasn’t been much going on this week besides a lot of studying. We don’t have classes Thursday, so we can have one day before finals to study, which is really nice. Friday we get free goody bags filled with candy, snacks and fruit to get us through our exams. I love goody bag day.

On Monday, Student Services is giving us breakfast for dinner–two of my favorite things! Like I said, things are just winding down right now. I don’t have much to report. I will hopefully get a chance to adjust my cervicals partner today then I will have something more to talk about. Until then I will leave you with quote that came on my tea bag this morning:

“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Follow your dreams and only surround yourself with people that support you in your successes.

-Allisha

Finals are coming … and I almost got to adjust!

It’s been another busy week in fifth trimester. We’ve exactly one week of classes left before we jump into finals. I believe most of the lower trimesters are finished with most of their testing then. Our class has practicals and quizzes almost every day until finals. It probably wouldn’t be this packed had we not missed four days of classes. I had the majority of my practicals Monday and Tuesday, so the rest of the week is pretty steady.

It snowed a good chunk yesterday and last night, and it seemed like the main concensus from most of the people I talked to was they were not going to be happy if classes were cancelled again. Although there are still people that are on board with snow days. To their disappointment, we were in classes Thursday even though the surrounding schools were cancelled.

Another cervical X-ray!

Another cervical X-ray!

This Monday was supposed to be my first adjusting day in my cervicals class. I got through the full work-up in a timely manner, made sure my patient was in good condition and was even able to isolate an atlas subluxation. A full work-up includes having a detailed case history on your patient, finding out everything about them to make sure there are no contraindications. Visualization–looking at your patients posture. Leg checks–range of motion of the cervical spine and reflex testing cervical nerve roots. Then I had to perform a few orthopedic tests that were related to the cervical spine to make sure she didn’t have any significant injuries or pathologies. We did our first check for subluxations using the nervoscope then confirmed our findings with static and motion palpation.

Unfortunately, my patient’s X-rays were not marked properly so we weren’t able to adjust. She is going to get the proper markings on them this week, and we are going to give it another try the last day of classes. I will let you know how it goes.

I have only had one experience adjusting in toggle, but it’s exhilarating so I am really looking forward to hopefully getting that opportunity next Wednesday in cervicals. My partner gets her opportunity to adjust me during our next class!

As for now, there isn’t much else really happening this week. Everyone is just trying to prepare for finals!

-Allisha