Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Clinical nutrition

As some of you maybe know, my mother and I aren't exactly on the same page regarding the role of women, marriage, raising children and a variety of other issues. Despite that, we remain best friends and work hard to find the balance which will help us achieve peace and mutual respect.

I recently got my degree in nutrition, and in the past Mom often expressed her wish for me to continue to a higher degree. If you've read some of my entries about college, you probably understand I wasn't exactly thrilled about this perspective of more years on a college campus, immersed in an immoral environment, investing lots of money in a degree which will give me very little practical knowledge and won't advance me at all towards becoming the future homemaker I hope to be (God-willing). Now that I'm engaged it would make even less sense, since there simply wouldn't be enough time to complete that degree, and when I'm married I want to be dedicated entirely to my husband.

What I am going to do starting from Thursday, and what is a compromise my mother and I reached, is 6 months of training in clinical nutrition. I'm much happier with that decision, for a number of reasons – it will be less time consuming (only several hours a day) and less expensive than another degree, it's not going to take place in college but in a hospital, which means I'll avoid the corrupting campus environment; it has a greater potential, in my eyes, of teaching practical skills which will be useful to me as a future homemaker, caretaker and nurturer. And of course, I will continue living at home. I hope it will be a positive and edifying experience.

46 comments:

Terry said...

I am so glad that you reached a compromise that both you and your mother can live with. I know that it is important to you to respect her as the authority figure in your life. I hope that you enjoy your studies and gain plenty of additional knowledge to assist you in your future career as a wife and mother.

PhDCow said...

Sounds like a good plan. The hospital program will be much more applied and relevant to the real world (this coming from a college professor).

BTW, if you're ever in the mood to help out a lost cause, feel free to saunter over to my blog and help me makeover my weekly menu. ;)

Angela

Lily said...

What a thoughtful and wise compromise. I wish you much success and happiness in this endeavor. God bless you. How long until you are married?

Brenda said...

I'm not exactly sure what "clinical nutrition" actuall is....but it sounds like a good plan. Good for you for choosing to honor your mother with this compromise.

Anna S said...

Brenda, clinical nutrition means counseling and making a nutritional plan for patients in a hospital. Clinical cases (often acute) are usually different from the typical cases you would see in community (mostly chronic).

Jenny said...

That sounds like a great plan. I think it is wonderful that you know what you want for your life. It sounds to me like following the path your on is excellent training for motherhood. I try to provide my girls with good nutrition (most of the time) but it would help if I knew more about the best ways to go about it.

Anonymous said...

Blessings, Anna, as you move ahead with your studies this way. It sounds as though you've given things a lot of thought, & both you & your mother will be able to live with this plan. As well, it will be practical experience you're gaining, & you'll be part of a team working toward a common goal...the health of a patient.

Will you continue with your translation work?

Brenda

Emily said...

Oh that sounds like a great plan. Nutrition fascinates me. I hope you will please share things as you learn them. I am always looking for new information and ways for better nutrition for me and my family.

Tracy said...

Congratulations on the position, and being able to compromise!

Meredith said...

Good for you!

I pray you will bless others in your training as much as you have blessed your family.

Anna S said...

Brenda, you addressed something that has been on my mind lately! I certainly will continue my translation work, especially now that I have gained experience and built a trustworthy reputation with my clients. Also, I have some savings, but being without income for 6 months isn't an option. Time will be tight, though, as right now I precisely got an option for a bigger, more serious, interesting project I cannot let pass - the flexibility of translation work at home is something no work outside the home can compare with.

Anna S said...

Oh, and Emily, if you are interested in asking something, you can click on the "questions about nutrition" link on my sidebar, or if it's too personal, drop me an email anytime.

Lydia said...

I have found that understanding nutrition is very helpful in being homemaker. I have read many books on it and have got my education that way. Your compromise sounds like a very good idea.

Chez Moi said...

That sounds like a great oppurtunity for you.

I worked (19 years ago) in Dietary at our hospital for a short amount of time while expecting son#1. I have very fond memory's of the Nutritionist that worked with us. She was horrified when she found out I was 18, expecting, and sitting in front of her drinking a big ole' glass of Coke with my hospital cafeteria lunch! LOL!

She marched over and grabbed a carton of milk and plopped it down in front of me. When I told her white milk made me sick, she went and got a carton of chocolate. She was an older lady, she watched what I ate like a hawk and was always giving me cartons of chocolate milk and telling me to eat more vegetables! LOL! Sweet memories.

I wish you well on your studies and new opportunities.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anna,

I have been following your blog for a while now, and want to thank you for your many insights. It seems to me that this is a very good compromise to have reached with your mom.

I only wanted to caution against assuming that there will not be as much corruption and perversion in a hospital setting as in a college campus one. Granted that in a hospital the perversions may not be as wild or raucous, but we must not forget that sin exists everywhere and there is no escape from it.

In light of your past experiences I can understand why you do not want to be surrounded by the types of behaviors that wounded you so deeply. I am sure that God will use this experience to enrich your life. Most importantly through this new, even if temporary, vocation you will be able to serve your neighbor in love and bring the light of Christ to them by your example. God’s richest blessings in your new endeavor!

Pax Christi,
M

Sue said...

Anna:

I'm glad you were able to reach a compromise that you and your mom can live with. As have others have said, you probably can't know enough about clinical nutrition if you are in charge of your family's diet.

Just curious, though, does this additional training qualify you to become a registered or licensed dietitian (along with passing an exam)? Even though you might not need it now, it may be useful in the the future.

Best wishes,

Sue

Anna S said...

M,

Oh, surely I don't think being in a hospital means there will be no negative influences. :) I just meant there will be less of the typical "student life" I saw too much of during college.

Sue,

Yes, this training, along with an exam will qualify me as RD.

USAincognito said...

That sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you! :) I hope you enjoy your time studying at the hospital - and who knows, maybe you will like it there that you will want to spend some more time there as a volunteer! :)

Kathleen said...

I hope it is a blessing to you and the people you help. I'm glad you were able to honour your mom without compromising your convictions too much. :)

Bless you, Anna.

neuropoet3 said...

What a wonderful idea for a "compromise"! This could be a really wonderful experience - and six months is a much more realistic time frame. What does N.P. think? I'm assuming he considers it a great idea - it's the perfect solution - useful in your mother's eyes, and actually useful to you in the future as well! :)

~Jenny

Anna S said...

Jenny, N.P. is very supportive (as always). He thinks it's a very good compromise.

Mimi said...

sound like you and your mother have reached a good decision for you!!
as I have stated before in my comments... I am sure she is wanting only the best for you... and she wants to know that you will be secure (in case your husband became disabled or something of that nature)... and you on the other hand don't want to waste too much time on a higher degree than you feel you will need!!
I praise you for your compromise!!

Anna S said...

Mimi, I never had the slightest doubt my mother only wants the very best for me!

Bethany Sue, CFO said...

Anna I really thing you will enjoy this. I worked as a nurse up until a few months before I had pebbles. I enjoyed it very much. I worked with the eldery and the premature babies at different points in my work. Keep us posted.

Anonymous said...

As far as the "corrupting campus environment" is concerned, there are bad things going on at any college campus, but there are also many good things. There are Christian fellowships and ministries. It just depends what a person decides to pursue.

Anna S said...

Anonymous: you are right. It does depend on our individual choices. However, it wasn't easy for me in college. I'm glad to choose a more positive environment.

Rebekah S. said...

May the Lord richly bless you during this experience, and may only good come from it!! :) Thanks for filling us in.

Rebekah S. said...

Use this as an opportunity to be a shining light in a dark world, Anna! My father works for an eye doctor, and he often tells us just how horrible some of the things are that he hears the other techs say. All but 1 or 2 are unsaved, and their lives really show it! My father often tells us that he knows one of the reasons why the Lord put him to work there was so that he could be a witness among those people.

Amanda said...

This is completely off topic, but I thought of you today:

Have you begun searching for a wedding dress? I'm getting married in May and though I plan on making mine, I was looking online for some idea. Among other things, I was looking for a dress with sleeves. One would have thought I was searching for a leprechaun, as impossible as it was to find. In the end, I googled "modest wedding dresses" and was taken to several LDS bridal sites, which do have many beautiful, modest gowns.

Just curious if you were having similar problems on your search!

Anna S said...

Amanda, we have more time, but I did look around a bit and you're right: if you want to look for a wedding dress with sleeves, you'll have to look long and hard. If you want to look for a wedding dress which has longer sleeves (at least 3\4) and isn't low-cut, you're not living on this planet ;)

I think I will have to just have it individually made. And I will try to keep it very simple.

Katie said...

I have to laugh a bit about the matter of a wedding dress w/ sleeves, because mine was literally the first one I saw when I went to the store and it had 3/4 sleeves. And this wasn't even five years ago....they're out there, and you may do better in looking among what's sold for winter weddings.

Rebekah S. said...

So, when's the big day, Anna? :)

Anonymous said...

If you're inclined to making your own wedding dress, I found this long sleeved pattern a few months ago.

http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V2979.htm

I hope this helps!

Marissa

Cristina said...

Hi Anna - I think your decision is excellent. It keeps your mum happy and will probably be very rewarding for you too. (I assume you studied nutrition because you enjoy the subject, and helping people in a real-life setting could be a wonderful experience!) Practical application of your knowledge will definitely help you in eventually providing good nutrition for your future husband and children - its not always easy !
Sincerely,
Cristina

Laura said...

You are soooo extremely fortunate! I would love to do something like that. I bet RD make great money. I'm stuck being a nurse's aide (and sales associate at Bath and Body Works). I don't hate the job- don't get me wrong. But the pay is terrible and I'm tired of struggling. I'm going to have to do something else. I would give anything to have a degree!

Kristi said...

Anna,
It is good to see you are willing to submit to the authority God has placed over you, even if it's not what you would prefer. God will bless you for your obedience - I look forward to hearing that testimony! He does all things well.

It makes me think of what you wrote a few days ago, about the Lord being the Author of your life's story. Even if the end result of this chapter, and His purpose in it, is not completely clear, you know you can trust Him to unfold His wonderful purpose in His time.

Anna S said...

Rebekah, as soon as it's technically possible. Which, unfortunately, isn't very soon. But we have preservance. :)

Marissa, thanks for the link!

Buffy said...

Sounds like a great idea and you will be both learning and helping others in your six months. Time is precious and you are choosing to invest the time before marriage wisely.

Rebekah S. said...

It must be hard to wait. But, it's clear that the Lord is using this time in your life to prepare you for your married life! I was curious, what are your hours going to look like? And is it an everyday sort of thing?

Anna S said...

Rebekah, yes, it will be several hours every morning. :)

Anonymous said...

Anna,
It really sounds like you and your mother love each other so much! I'm very happy for both of you that you've reached this compromise.
:)
Emily

Alicia M said...

Hi- I haven't commented on here before, but enjoy reading your blog from time to time. I am a RD and I love it. I'm working now to support us while my husband's business gets up and running. I thought I knew a lot about nutrition from my college education, but I learned a TON during my internship (mine was 10 months). I recently have been training in pediatrics to cover a co-worker's maternity leave, and it's so great to be getting more practical knowledge I can use someday when the Lord blesses us with children.

Stefanie said...

Way to run your own race!

Emily said...

Anna, I am so pleased that you have been able to honour the wishes of your mother in a way that doesn't compromise your beliefs. The clinical nutrition course sounds fascinating! I hope you get so much out of it -- I'm sure you'll be able to put your knowledge to good use when you become a wife and homemaker.

Just remember, public schools do have ungodly atmospheres but going there to study isn't all bad ;) I think sometimes we hide away from the world too much instead of reaching out to it with the message of the gospel.... Anyway that's just my thoughts on the matter :)

I hope you will share some of the things you learn on your course on your blog -- I'd be most interested!

Andrea said...

Anna, what a fantastic compromise! When studying for my BA in English I supplemented one credit with a course in Family Studies --Parent/Child Interaction-- and most of the young ladies in that class were studying Nutrition. It wasn't a field that interested me, but it was clear it was one for which there were many applications, and I trust God will show you ways to make it a blessing for your own household, both present and future.

I'm so sorry you were uncomfortable with your campus experience; I did come across a few unpleasant things in my three years in residence (and my one year off campus, too) but at the same time I was blessed with sweet and considerate roommates and, in my final year, a room entirely to myself! Now, _that_ was a luxury!

I have to marvel at how differently all of us are made. It was fortunate for me, I think, that the things that could have gone so badly for me at my university simply didn't, because in pursuing my studies I found a part of myself I never would even have known existed; God has given me a delight in research, in study, analysis and in history and literature in general, and He blessed me with the chance to pursue that in an environment that could have been corrupting and yet, thanks to His guidance, was instead one of the greatest blessings of my life to date.

It's my prayer for you that your experience at the hospital will be enriching and fulfilling for you; that God will keep things not of Him as far from your path as possible, and that you can delight in all aspects of this time leading up to your marriage.

geena said...

anna,
my situation is kind of similar to yours. im 17, and next eyar when i finish school im planning on studying for one year to get a diploma in journalism.
eventually id like to stay home too, but it probably wont happen for a few years so im going to work in the meantime, which i think will be fun.
i hope your enjoying doing clinical nutrition.
much love.