Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Marathon Ready

Well in approximately 4 days, I will embark upon a 26.2 mile run in St. George, Utah... sounds like a lot of fun, huh? Why would anyone want to torture themselves with such a grueling race? I often ask myself that same question.

So, my training started way back in June. At that point in time I couldn't handle running more than 3 miles. Now I can say that I can run 18 miles when it is 85-90 degrees outside (that's a cool morning in AZ). My training has been difficult since the move. Before we left Utah, I could run 15 miles with no problems. My first run here I could barely pull off 3 miles because of the heat and humidity... it was like re-training all over again. Also, Arizona doesn't provide optimal training landsape because it is very flat in the valley. The "mountains" here also look more like hills to me.

This is a picture of the courseHere is the running shoe that will take me all 26.2 miles.

Hopefully, race day will go as planned. I hope to complete the marathon in 4 hours or less . My current personal best time is 4 hr. 16 min. I've had some trouble with my arches, but thankfully my knees haven't given me any problems like they have in the past. One thing I'm most excited about is seeing some of my family who are coming down for the weekend... it's only been about a month and I miss everyone so much. Unfortunately, Steve won't be able to come with me since school is very demanding. It is his birthday on Oct. 3rd and I won't be around to celebrate it with him... be sure to wish him a happy birthday!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Medical School

So, I thought it might be kind of fun to give you a little tutorial of what medical school is like (even though I really have no clue because Steve is the student) and show you some pictures of the campus.

Well, Steve is currently taking his "basic science" classes... although I would not call them "basic" because they really are quite advanced. They also teach you how the sciences are applied in a clinical setting. Right now he is doing embryology, histology, anatomy, OMM (osteopathic manipulation), and biochemistry. I think he has 23 credit hours right now and the semester is only 10 weeks long. He will take these kinds of classes for his first two years and then he will start his rotations for his 3rd and 4th year. His rotations include things like family medicine, surgery, ob/gyn, etc. His day starts with class from 8:00-5:30, a little break for lunch and dinner, and then he usually studies for 3 hours at night. Saturdays consist of about 8 or more hours of studying because all of his exams are on Mondays... yeah, our weekends aren't too exciting.

Midwestern University is a health science graduate school where they only offer graduate programs in the health sciences such as, osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physicians assistant, dentistry, occupational therapy, etc. Many of you have asked, "what is osteopathic medicine?" One difference is that when Steve graduates from medical school he will be a D.O. instead of a M.D., but he will be just as qualified to practice medicine like an M.D. So what is a D.O.? Well, here is a good explanation:

"A D.O. is a fully licensed, qualified physician who has graduated from an accredited medical school and passed state licensing examinations. This means a D.O. can specialize in a certain health care area, do perform surgery, and prescribe medication. D.O.s practice a "whole person" approach to medicine. This means they look not only at your symptoms or your illness, but your body as an integrated whole. This allows D.O.s to treat your illness as well as well as provide outstanding preventative care."

This is a picture of the OMM lab where students learn to do osteopathic manipulation (it is similar to chiropractic manipulations).

Here are some pictures of the campus:

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Something to Occupy my Time...

Well, good news everyone... I finally have a job! Although I got this news just yesterday, I already started work today. It felt soooo good to be finally working again. Nothing can make you more grateful to have employment than being unemployed (and I only had to experience it for 4 weeks). So, I am working at Foothills Physical Therapy as a physical therapy technician. After working in busy hospitals for the past 4 years, working in a clinic feels so good. Things are much more laid back and there is actually an adequate amount of staff to do the job well (something you won't find to often in hospitals, except for Primary Children's... they did pretty well with staffing). Another perk is that I am only 1.5 miles away from work!... you can't beat that. The clinic also has a separate business where they do personal training and provide some group fitness classes. So, maybe in the future I'll be able to become involved with that as well. Thanks to everyone for their love, prayers, and support... I feel very blessed.

Here is a picture of the clinic... sorry for the lack of pictures as of lately. As you may know, my camera is still in Salt Lake.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Almost Employed

Well, I had a job interview today and I must say that it went very well. I interveiwed for a physical therapy assistant job at Foothills Physical Therapy. The office is a super short commute from where we live and the hours should be really good (much better than 12 hour nights shifts, holidays, and weekends). The owner, Doug, was very friendly and he seemed highly interested in my resume. He actually said in the interview that although he is only looking to hire someone part-time, he would try to make it a full-time position... I'll just have to wait and see. He also mentioned that I would fit in very well and when I offered to give him some references he said that he didn't need them because he felt really good about the interview. So, I can't say anything is for sure yet, but keep your fingers crossed. I also decided to take the day off from job applications... you can really get a little burned out from it.

As for other updates, Steve is getting very busy in school. He said that there is just sooooo much material to learn. For example, in one 3 hr. lecture he got more information to study that he got in some of his undergraduate classes in 3 weeks! However, he has been setting aside 30 min. to 1 hr. each day for "Cara time," so it isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Our ward here has been great so far. I have met soooo many new people and a lot of women that are in my same position: jobless with a husband in medical school. So far this week I have been to book club, playgroup (even though I don't have children), and tomorrow I am going to an institute class and cooking club. It seems that are ward isn't lacking people serving on the activities committee. Well, our camera comes back in less than a month now, so check back for pictures soon!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Doing Well in Arizona

Well, we've been here for about 1 1/2 weeks and the heat hasn't taken us yet! Actually, it has been surprisingly "mild" if you are considering Arizona's usual highs of 108 during this time of year. This past week it was only around 100... not to bad I guess. The only problem is that it is "monsoon season" right now so it has been very humid. I had no idea that Arizona could be humid, but it's the truth.

So, you probably are hoping to see some pictures of our new place and some of our moving adventures, but I hate to disappoint you. During our "moving adventure" I accidentally left our camera at my parents home in Salt Lake. So, you will have to wait another month to see what we have been up to. I plan to get my camera back when I run the St. George marathon during the first weekend of October... so until then, you will have to just read... I know it sounds kind of ancient.

Steve started classes today. He actually was pretty excited... the three day orientation last week did not satisfy is intellectual mind. As for me, I am still looking for employment... it sounds really strange to say that I am currently un-employed. I did, however, have a job interview last week, but still no word. Our apartment is really nice and I am proud to say that everything is unpacked and almost organized. This new place has sooo much more room that our last apartment, and I am pleased to say that we have plenty of room if anyone wants to visit.

Well, I promise to give updates more frequently in the future, but for now I am continuing my "job hunt" online... wish me luck!