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Forum topic by dakremer posted 11-24-2010 03:49 PM 1432 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2010 03:49 PM

So most of you know I am a chiropractic student, and while I absolutely love it, it can be EXTREMELY difficult. I was supposed to have a test this morning in Spinal Anatomy II (the hardest class in the entire curriculum at Palmer) at 7:30AM. I have been studying for it for the last couple of days. Yesterday I studied from 8am until almost 1am…with only a few breaks between. I then woke up at 4am to study a little more before the test. (yeah….3 hours of sleep). When I got to the test, everyone was sitting in class waiting for the professor to show up – unfortunately he is sick, and couldnt make the test – so no test today…..THIS SUCKS!! Now the test is pushed back until the week after Thanksgiving – sounds like a blessing in disguise (because more time to study for it) but really it isnt, because I already have 3 other tests that week…so now I have 4. Thanksgiving is going to suck for me beause I’m going to be doing nothing but studying.

OK – on to woodworking. So now that i’m completely spent…mentally, I need to do some woodworking to get my mind relaxed! So today, thats what i’m going to do. I’m thinking about doing some christmas gifts. What are you guys making for some bulk christmas gifts? I’m thinking some wine holders, maybe some small pictures frames, or something? My brother loves his fancy dress shoes, so i was thinking about making him one of those adjustable wooden shoe “keepers” – dont know what they’re called, but does anyone know where I can find plans for that??? I dont know – just trying to come up with some quick cool projects I can knock out in bulk. Let me know what you guys are making, or if you have any suggestions!


-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 11-24-2010 04:04 PM

Sorry to hear about your test. Pushing back tests always sucks, especially when you are ready now and don’t want to forget any info or waste more time studying.

I’ll be making ornaments and pens for gifts.

I don’t know where to find plans but they are called Shoe Trees. You can find pics at least if you google it.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#2 posted 11-24-2010 04:13 PM

I agree with Eric, pens are great and always appreciated. Also the magnifier kits are a real favorite with older recipients. I save up exotic wood scraps and make lovely cutting boards. They are fast, one-of-a-kind, and so useful.

People love boxes, but they can take more time than you may want to spend. Remote control organizers have really hit the spot several times. I have one made out of lacewood posted on my website. They can be made very quickly in many different configurations.

Good luck on your tests. God, I’m glad to be out of school! :) I’m too old for finals!!

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#3 posted 11-24-2010 04:18 PM

I went to UGA and Ga Tech for 5 years and I made excellent grades by the sweat of my brow. This means that I studied my butt off. I’m 60 years old, now, so that was a long long time ago. Yet believe it or not I still have a recurring nightmare about waking up and remembering that I have a major test in an 8:00 AM class but I forgot and didn’t study for it. The dream is so real that when I wake up from my dream I actually lay there feeling slightly ill and wondering what in the world I am going to do. In a few minutes I come back to reality and simply think to myself, why you old fool you haven’t been in school for decades. :)

My recommendation is simply go to a good book store and also browse the internet for ideas about Christmas gifts made of wood. There are so many nice things that you can make. Something will strike your fancy and then you can have at it. At any rate, have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a wonderful time in your shop this weekend.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 11-24-2010 04:19 PM

the really shitty thing is, ShopDogs…..these arent finals – these are just my first round of tests of the trimester…..Finals are TEN times worse

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 11-24-2010 04:20 PM

hey thanks Eric – i will look up “shoe trees” in google and see if i can’t find anything i can go off of – i think it’d be pretty simple (in my head at least)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 11-24-2010 04:26 PM

They look to be pretty easy for the basic type. The adjustable ones(shoe stretchers) are a little more complex. has some decent ones to reference:

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 11-24-2010 04:37 PM

actually i just found a pretty good drawing/plan – seems like its kind of shaped weird compared to other ones i’ve seen…...

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 11-24-2010 04:38 PM

Mornin’ dakreamer:
Yea… I have a spine question.. I’ve had 2 back surgeries and still have back trouble. This past May I went to a doctor, had an MRI and xrays done, cause my back was killing me. The MRI showed a bulging disc and 2 herniated discs also. He gave me 2 epidurals and 9 shots in the “facets, or little pockets” along the spine. These lasted about 4-5 days, and the god-awful pain came right back just like it was. He was an antiheosologist(sp), and I thought he was a nurosurgeon…He was father-in-law recommended, and a lot of money wasted on all that crap for nothing….I’ve never been to a chiropracter. Are you any good????.. lol. edit: I was just notified this morning that my topic that I posted last night had been removed… No more freedom of the press on here, I guess…Enjoyed our conversation(although short) last night…..Too bad…

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#9 posted 11-24-2010 04:57 PM

Regarding Christmas gifts – - I’ll be turning several rolling pins shortly and I am planning on doing some cheese boards. I also have ideas for a bird feeder, bible box and the biggest project will be a rocking horse.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#10 posted 11-24-2010 05:00 PM


heres my 2 cents – GO TO A CHIROPRACTOR!! they will help WAY better than any shot will.

the thing people dont understand about surgery is how it is classified as a success or not. If the surgery corrects the initial complaint or problem then it is considered a success REGARDLESS of any side effects or subsequent problems. Thats why surgery should be the VERY LAST option, especially with the spine, because MOST “successful” surgeries have side affects that are often worse than the original problem.

The shots (i’m guessing Cortisol or a derivative of) he gave you in your zygapophyseal joints (the joints between your articulating facets) are just to control inflammation and give you temporary relief. The problem is, is that wont cure anything – its just temporary (hiding the symptoms…..not curing them), not to mention Cortisol raises your blood glucose, and affects other hormones (somatotrophin, etc) that control your metabolism, blood pressure, and immune response – which can obviously lead to other problems DO NOT TAKE CORTISOL!

The best way to help alleviate these problems is through a healthy diet (to give your body what it needs to heal itselt), exercise (to strength ligaments, muscles of the joints) and chiropractic care – which will help your nervous system perform at OPTIMAL levels. The nervous system controls everything….....EVERYTHING!!! While a chiro might not be able to “cure” you…they’ll put your body in the best possible situation for it to heal itself (they can also give you some relief of pain from the adjustment)

PLEASE GO TO THE CHIROPRACTOR! and be open minded – what my docs always say – “how long did it take you for your back to get this way???” if it took THAT long to get THAT can’t expect it to get better immediately….its going to take some time to heal. So if you dont see “results” in the first visit…dont lose hope – it may take several (sometimes a lot) to get you back to good health again!!!! hope that helped!!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#11 posted 11-24-2010 05:03 PM

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 11-24-2010 05:39 PM

Thanks dak: The back surgeries resulted from the siatica nerve getting wrapped around in the spinal column and was pinching the nerve so bad it knocked me to the floor…..that was a have-to surgery, and the second one was that I had another ruptured disc that was on the way….why he didn’t fix that one too is beyond me….but nothing but trouble ever since….I may try one… Ok…you did pretty good on the oral exam about the spine, but I’m not totally convenced yet........ lol lol ......Keep studying…:))). I’ll give you another test soon.!!!!!

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#13 posted 11-24-2010 06:04 PM

oh man, that sucks to have tests pushed back, never a good thing. I’m happy to not have any tests the week after Thanksgiving, however the following week I have 5 tests :(

Good luck having some fun during Thanksgiving

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#14 posted 11-24-2010 06:21 PM

Rick- my two cents Go to an accupuncturist. Dakremer- as for chiro school- my sister is an advance degreed accupuncturist- my brother in law a chiro. As for studying- well- I am a teacher and have mastered the art of college at many levels. if you in study in shorter intervals all the time- not just for the test you will retain the information far beyond a one -two week push back. Also- because brain neurons take time to process information and move it into long term memory- if you keep doing short reviews during the break you will actually do better than if you had taken the test on “the day.” So, that being said, it ain’t neurosugery. :) YOu can do it. Use study cards (index cards) and flip through them forward and backward- all the time. I taught this method to my own kids when they were in junior high and it served them well.. through high school and college. In fact, I don’t ever use a standard “notebook”. Neither do my kids. A better approach is to keep a pack of notecards with you for all classes. Prepare them in advance- using the textbook- and add to them during class lectures. That way you don’t have to create the cards later- they are already done. And preparing the note cards in advance of the lecture prepares YOU in advance of the lecture- and makes the lecture a review/discussion that you can actually participate in to the maximum extent. :) Then the notecards are always ready for a flip though review. Sitting in doctor’s office- flip the cards, sitting in traffic or riding a bus, flip the cards. As for Christmas- make whatever you feel like making. They will love it regardless because it comes from the heart. :) Enjoy the holiday. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#15 posted 11-24-2010 06:50 PM

Wow do I NOT miss College! My wife is in pastry school though so I get a reminder of the stress and study time involved.

I made up 100 wooden bookmarks the other day. It was pretty easy. I took 1”x6”x13” boards of Walnut Maple, & cherry and laminated them. Then sliced of thin strips from the side of the block. ran them through my planer to get them thinner. Last night I picked up 100 little wood Holiday decorations at Michaels. Today I will get the slices in half and will be gluing the wood decorations on and sanding them during my free time this weekend.

Although since we will be spending the weekend at our favorite 5 Diamond resort in the Mountains I doubt I will get much done! LOL Just remember that is the reward that comes with all that hard studying. Taking you family on amazing vacations that last a lifetime.

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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