A Brief Update

Dear Friends,

I am touched by how many of you remembered me today and sent a word of support on my first day of medical school. It was a sweet day all around. We had a welcome from the NCNM community, complete with drums, clapping, and a show of many faces in our first lecture. I had more opportunities to connect with fellow students. I even got to have dinner with my little bro. There will be a lot of work to do, but I am confident that I’m in a supportive community, surrounded by resources, and with an auspicious bent.

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Where have I been since April? Primarily Southeast Alaska! Frederick Sound. Chatham Strait. Stephen’s Passage. Juneau. Sitka. Hoonah. Kake. Petersburg!

Petersburg, AK

What a summer it was too. Having been hired on a 67′ charter cruise, I flew up to spend some time with friends I love. After  a week of R&R, it was time to board the vessel and heave to. My summer was spent in a continuous cycle of 7 days out, 2 days in, viewing the wildlife, the scenery, eating fresh fish, and enjoying diverse company, followed by two days of recovery! And what wildlife, spectacular! Whales and mountain goats, seals and seal lions, otters, birds, and bears, oh my!

Tracy Arm Goats

I plan to write a more detailed account, but I wanted to thank you for visiting in my absence! Much more to come in the weeks ahead!

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Breathing the Tuesday air

Stress, stress STRESS!

First practical exam in osteopathic evaluation coming up a week from today, with the second one in osteopathic tutorials a week on its heels. Today I sat in on the class I missed last week due to travels, and so glad I did. We learn new things all the time, with very little class time spent on review, and while that seems totally reasonable, practical skills can be much harder to pick up than memorization. Somehow, even after two years, I still have trouble counting spinal vertebrae and palpating transverse processes in the neck. Does it even make sense that I can feel nerve and artery tensions and not bones? Hmmm…. something more to learn there.

Trying to clean house, create some space for my roommate who arrives Thursday bright and early. Two more classes, two more nights sleeping, and then taking the train to London for another epic airport moment. It’s funny, no matter how many tear-jerking airport scenes you see in the movies, it’s no less real when you get there. Never knew I’d get to partake, but no complaints! In the meantime there’s laundry to put away, floors to clean, bathrooms to sanitize, groceries to shop for, and maybe some new decor as my horoscope suggests.

Wish me luck as I clean/organize/study/transition/cohabitate/try to maintain stability! :)

Fimbriae, oocytes, and follicular liquor

Second day of embryology today. Learning the female anatomy and reproductive system. We’re waiting until next year to go over the hormones, since that takes us into endocrinology, so today it was anatomical and physiological. Much different than the male counterpart, more steps, more name changes, more complexity. Thank goodness I’ve been through this before, or my mind would be boggled! Continue reading

Quick look at ESO via The Independent

This article gives a general overview of my school, the European School of Osteopathy, as published in The Independent earlier this year. The photograph shows the administration building, which also houses the cafeteria, board room, library, and a classroom.

I took this photo of the school grounds on my way in just a couple of days ago. The red and white buildings straight ahead and to the right are all classrooms, offices, and student center. Lovely the way the light hits in the morning. I’m happy to spend so much time in such a beautiful place.