What it feels like to give an adjustment

Yesterday my Cervicals partner got to do a full work-up on me and adjust me for the first time. She was not able to adjust in Toggle because her partner was not in pattern, which is essential for upper cervical care. Being “in pattern” means that whenever you run a scan on a titron, the results come out the same on more than one day. So this was her very first adjustment, and I was more than happy to be her patient.

Since I wasn’t able to explain my first cervical adjustment to you on Monday, I asked her if she would share with me how she felt while she performed her very first adjustment. She was more than happy to share that experience with you today. Here is what she told me:

So how I felt about giving you an adjustment … all the work leading up to it made me excited and a little nervous. I was really hoping that I did everything right, and that I could accurately motion out a truly subluxated segment.

Then when it came down to which technique to use, I was like, “Oh, crap, I hate cervical chair, especially with the #6 contact point.” Then when I set up on you and you told me I had good contact, it really boosted my confidence! So then I was like, yeah, I can do this! And then when I brought you to tension and was about to thrust, I was like, “Oh, crap (again), I hope I still have good contact.” I was really scared that I was gonna sting you and just make things worse with the subluxation (so I hope you weren’t lying when you said it was fine!). But it was nice to be able to thrust twice, even though I didn’t really get the segment to move.

Afterwards, it was great to have feedback from you and Dr. Hynes. I couldn’t tell during the whole thing how well she thought I was doing, but it was very reassuring at the end when she said I was thorough and did a good job. Now I feel more like a soon-to-be doctor, and it’s fantastic! You were an awesome patient!

She couldn’t have said it any better. I felt just about the same way with my first adjustment. At first you’re really nervous because you’re not sure you’re doing it right. Then you pump yourself up and you’re like, “Yeah, I can totally do this!” Then you get ready to thrust, and you’re right back to thinking, “Oh no! I’m not sure I can this.” In the end you are always able to do it. It’s what we are trained to do and we are trained very well.

You work all trimester to lead up to this point, and it makes the whole trimester and first year leading up to these opportunities worth it. You get fired up and remember why your here. Hopefully I will have another story of adjusting on Wednesday when I will hopefully be able to give it another shot, because after all, that’s what I came here to do and what I enjoy talking about!

-Allisha

2nd tri begins

2nd Trimester:

I’m simply relaxing this morning on the 3rd floor of the campus, studying for quizzes this week. I have to admit, concentrating on the classes that I’ve failed, is definitely paying off not having to stress out over every other class.

I literally have 4 hours of study time before I head off to bio. This is pretty sweet.

BTW – Word of caution! Govern yourself very well with your money you get from aid, as it goes extremely quick if you’re not watching your spending. Get yourself on a budget and stick to your guns.

Also, a quick shout out to my bookstore family, they take good care of you over there.

– Till next time … Be blessed

My 1st trimester at Palmer, cont’d

1st Trimester continued:

When we left off last, we were discussing the academic load of 1st trimester. I’m a older student at Palmer, and the average age seems to be 23-25, so being 35 (sadly) I don’t retain academically as well as I use to. The one thing I found out most about being here is that with the course load comes stress. It took me 2 months to realize I needed a reduction in my schedule, despite the recommendations of Dr. Newman in the PASS Program.

Most of the students here have just school to worry about, and others here have their families to help them through the months, but there are a few of us here that are single parents, and I came here with my 12-year-old son. And being a single father going through Palmer is extremely hard. Even though I took a reduction in my schedule in my 2nd month (I went from 20 to 14 credits), in all honesty I thought I could have skimmed through my course with bare minimum. Well, partly due to the fact I thought I was smarter than the school had to offer … lol WRONG!

I found out that if you’re not doing well by the 2nd exam, you may risk re-taking that course in the next trimester. Unfortunately, I didn’t get serious until the 2nd month, and by then my struggles became a nightmare, and I failed a few classes.

My advice to those coming into Palmer would be this: Get a support group ASAP, study at least a week ahead of schedule for ALL classes, and if the course load is too much and you’re that stressed out with what your taking, get a reduced schedule quickly. It’s not a race, and you’re here for your education not everyone else ….

 

– be blessed…

My 1st trimester at Palmer

1st Trimester:

You know how others that have been there before you try give you that advice that will help guide you in the right direction before you get there?

That was how it started for me. Advice from other doctors and people that had recently gone through the struggle. I took a year off of school to shadow a doctor in Lake Worth, Florida, before leaving for Palmer. Now I kinda thought there wasn’t a big difference between undergrad and graduate schools, but I was sadly mistaken, as I was soon to find out.

I arrived in Davenport in the middle of Feb. 2013 and had around 2 and half weeks before classes started, so I killed time by getting my son ready for his own school and getting settled into our new place. On March 6 I had orientation and learned I had a class of 62 students. From what I was told, this is much smaller than the normal classes that are around 100+ students.

My schedule for first trimester was 20+ credit hours that consisted of classes starting at 7:30 a.m. and ran till 2:30 p.m., accept on lab days, which put me in school till 5 p.m.

1st Trimester classes:

  • Neuroanatomy 1 and lab
  • Embryology
  • Spinal anatomy 1
  • Gross anatomy 1and lab
  • Biochemistry 1
  • Philosophy 1
  • Information literacy
  • Evidence base chiropractic
  • Neurophysiology 1
  • Rights and responsibilities

Sounds easy right?!? Well, sort of … Stay tuned!   😉

Today I talk about following your dreams …

New blog from Iowa …

Every human being on the planet wants to be happy. Anything that anyone desires is because they think their desire will make them happy. Whether it is health, money, a loving relationship, material things, accomplishments, a job, or anything at all, the desire for happiness is the bottom line of all of them. But remember that happiness is a state inside of us, and something on the outside can only bring fleeting happiness, because material things are impermanent.

Find your joy, and all else follows.

Permanent happiness comes from you choosing to be permanently happy. When you choose happiness, then you attract all the happy things as well. The happy things are the icing on the cake, but the cake is happiness.

I’m proud to say, ‘I’ AM LIVING PROOF’ that with hardwork and determination ‘YOU’ can fulfill your dreams and goals. Make your mistakes, learn from them, and enjoy the journey toward your goals.

I told everyone for years, that I would be a doctor, and now I’m living in Iowa attending the best chiropractic school in the country. Working toward the next chapter in my Book of Greatness. Those who know me, know the pain and struggles I endured to be here, and for these lifes lessons, I’m forever grateful …. lesson learned life, thank you.

Palmer College of Chiropractic Student and Future Physician.

-William

HELLO CAMPUS!!!

(originally published 1/11/13)

Very exciting news that I got recently! Last week I received my class schedule and orientation schedule that I will be attending on March 4, 2013.

I must say, they aren’t kidding when they talk about “owning” you the first year. I will have 11 classes my first trimester (with labs) and around 32 credits in total. My first class at 7:30am (which made me choke on my drink) is Neuro-Anatomy, and is quite the wake-up call as a first class. I can honestly say these aren’t any introductory courses ….

Regardless of the courses it’s still very exciting to finally be going into something that I have completely struggled to obtain over the last 4 years. Moreover I obtained a very nice apartment near campus that Palmer currently owns. So check this out! 1000+sq ft. all utilities included except electric for…wait for it…. $550 per month WHAT!!! I must say Palmer is taking very good care of their student body thus far (no complaints).

For the most part I’m now 31 days away from my move to Davenport, IA. And the anticipation is building for this most epic event. At this point the only thing I’m waiting on is my award letter from financial aid, and the verdict on my scholarship. I’m keeping you posted as fast as everything unfolds here in Florida. I’m still working on a video blog to send in, but for some reason I keep making myself laugh every time I get started, and it’s not coming out right. So in the mean time, I’ll just write it out.

Peace off!

– William