Compliments, thoughts, ideas….
I'm WAY WAY WAY behind on this, but here is step 1….some compliments, thoughts and ideas from e-mail/comments over the last month that I have appreciated (I have more to put up but I grabbed these first). I also have a few to do on questions asked, websites recommended, etc…but figured I'd get this first one up tonight and try and get more done over next few days. I am determined to get everything off my blogging to do-list sometime soon since I have been putting it off for like half a year :X
One reason I share the comments/emails publicly is because I want to encourage other people to blog, and to show the kind of things you get as a blogger – praise, questions, ideas, help, thoughts…it's fun! I've just been so bad about responding/sharing in reasonable time!!==============
Adam Chilvers has left a new comment on your post “Volunteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeering…it all helps with O…“:
I did some volunteeeeeeering with the British Red Cross. They are constantly looking for volunteers to work within medical loans. It's a great opportunity for OT's to gain experience interviewing clients and assessing what equipment they may need to help them with function. Give it a go.
Annie says: yay!!! congrats Karen!!
I look forward to your articles on prepping for boards and such!
Soon you'll need to change your blog name to OTR (B)e(LO)n(G)!!
Jules says: Just stumbled upon this blog by chance, but it's great and your experiences are similar to mine, currently a Rehab Assistant looking to start OT training later this year. I too love just hanging out with the patients, listening to their stories and having a laugh with them. Good luck with your studies I will be following your blog. Jules
Natupiano says: Keep belonging!
I loved to read about it.
Stuart,OT student Uganda
hayyy Karen! My name is Person Y and i just loooovvvvve your blogs! I also want to become an Occupational Therapist..only im just a freshman in college. I go to X College in Y State – they have a bs/ms program. I really want to get in..but everyone says its harrrrd. (i spoke to some OT students). i think i can do it though.
o Yea i also wanted to say that when i read your blogs, i actually take note of some things that i think can help me when im an OT student… soooo keep writing!
(Comment on a review I wrote about the book Ordinary Miracles)
Annie says: Hi I know it a long time since you posted that review- but I just found it, rather serendipitously & wanted to make a comment. Debbie saw it a pretty chicken soupy, too – but was thrilled at the idea of getting OT out there in any way she could- she later collaborated with a nursing colleague on a second version for nurse- published in 2008 I think. She was really quite an amazing woman- and for me a great mentor and colleague, literally saving my life. Sadly, after a struggle that lastesd 2 years beyond what docotors predicted, Debbie died of a brain tumor in 2006. Very best wishes too you in your new career- I hope you continue to raise a fuss- Debbie would love that!
Hey! Your posts are so interesting. makes me think about the differences between OT in the UK and the UK. Over here we haven't got the “billable” item pressure (yet) which I believe allows therapists greater flexibility to engage in a way we feel is appropriate rather than have to worry about whether it can be charged for.
I also really like the bit about how you use your age to relate to the client group. A really positive example of “therapeutic use of self” when youth can sometimes be a barrier in practice (from the POV of patients wondering if you have enough experience etc)