The Road to RDville: The next step

My most exciting piece of news in RDville is my placement for next term’s supervised practice experience hours! I’ll be at Harborview Medical Center, which was tied for my top pick. My other top pick was University of Washington Medical Center, but since I’m doing PE hours in an outpatient clinic there right now, I guess that a little diversity of experience is a good thing. Both hospitals have great dietitians, and I’ve heard several of the Harborview dietitians speak about their focus areas. I don’t often use the much-overused P-word, but I would dare to say that they are passionate about what they do.
I don’t know which floors I’ll be on yet (I’ll rotate through three areas), but Harborview is the only Level 1 trauma center in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, and has floors specializing in burn care, head injuries and the like. It will be very educational!
In case you’re wondering how nutrition applies to head trauma, consider that no matter what’s going on with your body, good nutrition can help you be your best. If you’re pretty healthy, good nutrition can help you become optimally healthy. If you’re sick or injured, good nutrition can help you heal and recover faster. Nutrition always matters!
My most interesting patient last week (and the one that, on the surface, appears to be least nutrition-related), was a young man with ankylosing spondylitis, a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects the spine, and can eventually lead to fusing of the spine. We talked to him about an anti-inflammatory diet, which is a close cousin of the Mediterranean diet, and thus is near and dear to my heart..
In other news, the new session of Food For Fertility started Saturday, and I’m thrilled to be assisting with it again. Next week I’ll be teaching a segment about kale, which is also near and dear to my heart, and not just because it gives me the perfect opportunity to wear my “Eat More Kale” T-shirt!