I'm getting more satisfied with my education here, gradually. I was very frustrated at first, because it seemed as if all I was expected to do was memorize reams of unrelated minutia and regurgitate for tests. Now it is beginning to synthesize into a bigger picture. The best part is when I learn something that helps me to understand a medical quandry from earlier times of my life.
For example. An old boyfriend of mine (Jeff) used to turn his head a certain way and pass out. Yesterday Brons was lecturing about the vasculature that goes into the head, and talked about "kinks" in the cervical arteries where they exit C-1 and enter the skull through the atlanto-occippital membrane and up through the foramen magnum. He talked about how people can have temporary blindness or loss of consciousness from turning their head a certain way. Voila! Jeff's odd fainting finally has a reason to be.
Another example. A friend of mine named Scott visited once complaining of sciatic pain. He'd had it for the better part of a year. We researched it and finally discovered that certain stretches could releive the pain. But we didn't know then about the variations in the path of the sciatic nerve---how some 12% of people have sciatic nerves that go THROUGH their piriformis muscle, and how they are especially prone to getting it pinched.
I am hoping that something in my education will give me the right suggestions to help a friend's chronic constipation, and another friend's headaches, and on and on. I know I'm not supposed to be giving out any advice (practicing without a license) but I can't help but to try to understand using the practical applications of my family and friends. It's human nature.
It's springtime outside. The daffodils and a few shrubs are already blooming, and there are lots of buds and potential everywhere. I have never lived this close to the ocean before, and I still have a little shock every time I see seagulls flying overhead, or sea lions playing in the river. I'm grateful that the days are getting longer. This summer I hope to spend more time at the ocean, maybe even take a kayak out there and ride a few waves. Get some sun on my very white regions. I haven't seen my body this white in many years.
Daylight savings time changes again this weekend. I don't like our time getting changed around bi-annually because somebody thought it was more important to have daylight in the evening than in the morning. Who are they to decide that for me? What if I like having lots of morning light? Arizona doesn't do the hour adjustment, and I liked it that way. A day is a day. A dawn is a dawn. It shouldn't be at a different time because of human bias.