Sunday, September 29, 2013

In 4 short years...

...I will become a Naturopathic Doctor.  Tomorrow, Monday September 30th, 2013 marks the first day of the rest of my life.  I have never been more excited, confident, proud and passionate about anything like this in my life.  I am finally following my dreams.  My dreams will come true, in 4...short...years.

These past 2 weeks have been awesome, but I am SO ready for tomorrow at 10am.   I have had 2 weeks of "prep", pep talks, resource overload, advice, you name it that I just can't wait to get the party started!!  The Natural Advantage program that I was selected for (only 17 of us were accepted) was an amazing program.  I was part of history too because it was the first time they have done this program.  It helped me beyond words.  Not only did I learn a lot of inside information about the next 4 years, I was able to get the overwhelming factor out of the way.  It calmed my nerves so I was able to relax this past week at orientation and just sit there and get more and more excited for tomorrow.

I also was able to spend the whole week with one of my Quarter 1 teachers of HUBI ("hue bee").  HUBI (which I will refer to a lot, is Human Biology).   I gained valuable insight into the way he teaches, tests and other helpful hints.  I also developed friendships with others in my class.  Us NA peeps are pretty close!  The whole 5 days was fantastic and I am so thankful I was accepted to be part of it.

The first quarter (you talk quarters in med school, so I am Q1) SCNM makes your schedule for you.  I wasn't able to pick my times for my classes, they were assigned to me.  Q2 I can register on my own and fight for the times I want!  Ha!  So, speaking of my schedule, I have HUBI Monday thru Thursday for 4 hours a day.  I sit in the same room for 4 hours and each hour the professor changes.  Take that for a lecture.  I also have HUBI application on Friday afternoon.  HUBI also has 2 labs (mine are Wed and Fri mornings).  I get to meet my cadaver on Friday I believe.  The other class I have is CLPR ("clipper") which is Clinical Practical.  There is a lab for that as well.  The final class I have is NTMD which is the philosophy and history of Naturopathic medicine.  All of the above equates to 28 credits.  Did you know that a normal person (not medical school student) has about 15 credit hours a semester which equates to about 120 or more TOTAL credit hours after 4 years??  Well, I will be taking 120 credit hours my first year.  Holy bananas.  What am I getting myself into?!  My dreams, that's what and I couldn't be more ready or excited.  I really like my schedule too.  For some reason I had it in my head that I would be at SCNM M-F from 8-5pm.  I actually have quite a few breaks and that is a relief.

This coming week will probably be very overwhelming as they refer to med school as trying to drink water from a firehose.  I will be getting A LOT of information in a short amount of time.  Q1 is all about finding a balance.  We have been given so many resources and everyone at SCNM is like a new family and each and every person there is willing to help you out.  I just need to seek help right away and not get behind.  This journey is going to be difficult, stressful and a lot of work, but if it were easy everyone would be doing it.  It's not in my character to give up so I am ready to embark on making my dreams a reality!

Here are a couple pictures:

I got embroidered scrubs for my participation in the program!  Sweet!
 My Natural Advantage Classmates

The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Class of 2017!!!

I will update again soon!!  Here goes nothing!!  Bring it!

Love, Erin

Monday, September 16, 2013

Clean As A Whistle...

Hello all!  I am back from my trip, 18 days and 6,234 miles later.  We had a great trip, but like any trip, it was honestly good to be back home with my pups and my own bed!  The day after I got back I had my consultation with Dr. Campbell for my colonoscopy that was scheduled today.  I was half hoping he would tell me he didn't think I needed one, but nope, I was wrong.  Given my history it would be best to.  He, like me and everyone else was banking on a mis-read.

Sunday (yesterday) was such a fun day.  I couldn't eat a thing from the moment I woke up and I have to admit that was probably the hardest thing for me to do.  I LOVE to eat.  It was rough, but I  managed to do it because I wanted my colon as clean and possible and trust me, it was.

This morning Mom came to get me bright and early and off we were to Southwest Endoscopy and Surgery center.  Of course the first thing I said to myself when I walked in was, "I'm the youngest one here in this almost full waiting room...again."  I should be getting used to that, but I'm not because I shouldn't be doing these things at my age.  Oh well...I got myself checked in and shortly afterwards I was called back to the prep room.  A million questions were answered, forms signed and I changed into my lovely gown.  Leads were put on, blood pressure taken, pulse and an IV was inserted into my hand.  Have to admit it was the first time I had an IV on my hand.   I was then wheeled back into the freezing room and the party was about to start!  I flipped to my left side, the drugs were pushed through my IV and la la land I was in!  I was awake for the whole thing and I am pretty sure I was talking a mile a minute wondering why I hadn't fallen asleep and why they hadn't started yet and before I knew it she said, "we're done!"  What? I didn't even know anything was going on.  I guess that was the point.  Ha!  I was wheeled into a recovery room and Mom came in pretty quickly.  She said I looked pale and googly eyed, but hello, I was doped up on whatever happy medicine they gave me.  I came too rather quickly and in walks in Dr. Campbell who tells me, "you're fine, there was nothing.  Totally normal!"  (I have no idea if those were his exact words, but you get the gist.)  I am fine.  My colon is squeaky clean. Music to my ears!  I crossed another hurdle, prayers were answered and life will continue.  THANK YOU to everyone for their support.  Like always, it was completely overwhelming but so very much appreciated.  I hate bumps like this, but then again life is difficult.

Tomorrow I embark on the beginning of fulfilling my dreams.  I start the Natural Advantage prep program at SCNM.  Next week is orientation and then 2 weeks from today is the first day of class.  I am so excited that the time is finally here.

My backpack is ready to go tomorrow and I know I will sleep like a baby tonight because right now, life is good.  I have a lot to be thankful for.

Love you all--


Sunday, September 1, 2013

1/2 Marathon!

Yup, you read that right.  I am going to check something off my bucket list...running a 1/2 marathon.  I don't really know what I am getting myself into, but I have a few months to train for it and it will force me to get out there and run.  It will force me to clear my head of medical school stuff by going for a run.  Now, can the temps cool down in Phoenix please?

I am running for Phoenix Children's Hospital's "Miracles in Motion."  Here is the link to donate to my run.  It's for a great cause, so any little bit will help.  I will update more along the way.   I should probably go put my running shoes on...

My Donation Page

Till the next time...