Not sure yet if I’ll stay and practice in Illinois, but it is good to know that legislation changed recently and now our scope of practice as oriental medicine practitioners includes nutritional counseling, supplements and much more.
Two weeks ago just before the first wave of exams, I was feeling a bit tired and realized it might be difficult for me to study and have good results with all that fatigue. My body didn’t seem to recover very well after all the traveling I did during the last month so I had two choices: finding the time to get acupuncture and hydro in the clinic, or just readjust my diet and allow my body to heal.
The time has come to start thinking about boards. I am not really feeling anxious or stressed. In fact, the closer I get to graduation, the less the stress. I know for some of us it can be the opposite and boards and graduation can bring on so much anxiety, but I’m happy to say that it’s not my case, at least not right now. I might get a bit anxious right before I take boards, but right now I feel I can only study and everything will be OK.
Not sure how time flies away so fast! I've been in school for almost two years and it seems like yesterday that I was sitting in Dr. Wang's "Introduction to Oriental Medicine" trying to understand what he was talking about.... I remember having no clue about anything and just studying as much as possible, so I don't hear Dr. Fan saying in my Points Location exam, "I think this point should be one mm this way." :)
Three more weeks and I'll be flying to Romania, seeing my mom and dad, playing with my dog, and just taking the time to breathe, relax and remember to enjoy life. Bought my ticket, did some shopping, started packing and I'm counting the days. I plan on resting as much as possible, needling my parents, meeting with friends, and just giving my brain a break so I can come back fresh and ready to work on my patients and learn some more.
The other day we were discussing in our Doctor and Patient Relationship class how to deal with all kinds of patients. How do you handle the chatty ones? How do you establish boundaries for the needy ones? How do you keep yourself in balance and don't feel drained at the end of a work day? How much compassion or empathy do we need in order to help our patients? How do you not get involved, attached, or start judging?
Title sounds a bit like an oxymoron since I never seem to have time for lazy mornings anymore, but that doesn't mean that I shouldn't dream about them!
Even if free time is not on my list, my ND intern says breakfast really has to happen so here I am trying my best and giving up my sweet darling sleep (oh, how I adore you!!!) so I can make breakfast every morning. I confess, sometimes I end up eating it for lunch, but hey, at least I'm eating!
Going back to food and my favorite breakfast, if you never heard or tried Shakshuka, you have no idea what you're losing!
Wikipedia is telling me that Shakshuka's origin lies in Tunisia, but I have no idea if it's true or not. I only know that nowadays you can find it everywhere in Israel, and first time I tried it I was visiting a Jewish friend and he told us he's going to cook something traditional for us.
Recipe is not so difficult and if you chop all veggies beforehand, it's actually an easy and fast breakfast.
These days there are not a lot of things aside school and work that I manage to do, but one of the things that still brings me joy is growing some herbs on my balcony. Even without time to repot some of them, and praying that it rains as much as possible so I don't have to do anything, having fresh herbs when I cook is one of the best things ever. I used to enjoy flowers as much as herbs but I'm beginning to be more practical, and if it's not something edible you're not going to find it in my collection.