there has to be something else…

26Sep13

Welcome back to the first week of classes (at many colleges)! 🙂

And based on reviews I get from students, I’m clearly doing what I’m supposed to do. I’ve taken breaks from teaching now and then, but I’m always drawn back. (And no… I’m not a pushover, either. One of the quarters I got better reviews is when I had to fail 20% of the class… and I’m still friendly with many of them, who admit they didn’t prioritize properly!)

Anyway, I digress…

MS gives me a sense of urgency every day. For sure, meditation has taught me how to relax as needed. But I also don’t want to be a layabout. There’s urgency that I need to do something with my life.

When I first started teaching (13 years ago… wow), I thought I was making a contribution. And I do! But I feel too small-scale.

Every time I see an MS specialist, I talk to them about nutrition. (Mind you, I teach nutrition at the college level.) I ask if they’d recommend anything, officially or unofficially. “Uhhhh….” Blank stares. Some of my practitioners tell me they’ve taken 1 class umpteen years back; some of them tell me they’ve never taken a class.

What with all of the data showing that nutrition impacts autoimmune disease… you’d think they’d want a nutrition specialist on site at all of these “one-stop” MS centers? I have yet to find one around here.

In any case, I’d love to turn the MS clinical thinking around and practice dietetics in an MS clinic. Which would require another degree.

And… not that 39-40 is too old to go back to school, but when you’re dealing with chronic illness and paying medical bills… it sorta feels like it.

It feels like an area where I could make a contribution, though, so I’m going to look into seeing what I can do. This could definitely be my “above and beyond” classroom teaching.

Always thinking beyond, to the next level… (gets me in trouble too many times)

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