Happy OT Month and Happy OT LIFE :)
We had an inservice today n the Georgia Rehab Association, with an assortment of cookies n drinks! Yum! Tomorrow I send out the third week challenge for OT Month and announce the previous week winner who wins a free meal that was donated generously by Valley Food Service which runs our cafeteria! We'll also be in our monthly institute newsletter and I'm still working on the local newspaper thing.
Today I did two kitchen screenings and a microwave cooking session. We made hot cocoa and it took us 30 minutes to get to the step of microwaving the hot water. EVERY SINGLE DAY as I cook my meals, I marvel at how much I take for granted. How effortlessly I can glance at a box, peel off a wrapper and stick something in an oven, without a second thought.
I finished up my eval on a child with ADHD, OCD, Asperger's, and DSI. Whew. I am excited at the challenge. I'm also getting several other indirect sensory cases through the physical therapist I work with. Her friend is a physical therapist who said she is reading OT literature about her own daughter to learn more about sensory issues and that she is fascinated by it, and realized she has missed the boat for so long on the reason WHY some of her kids won't do something, if they have the ability. Turns out the missing puzzle piece had to do with sensory. She talked about how she used to fuss at her daughter for taking the bow out of her hair or wanting to wear very heavy tights out of season, but now realizes there are huge sensory components to those fights.
I stayed late today after work off the clock, chatting with an intern and coming up with ideas for her to do with patients. She thanked me and I was like….no worries, I LOVE OT. I have to remember that sometimes. Even when I am stressed out, even when I am doing things I dislike, even when I have bad days….while not ALL of the things I am doing I like, the bottom line is, i do LOVE the profession and I could talk OT all day every day without getting tired of it. The actual treatment may wear me out, but the talking about it, never.
Also she mentioned searching for project ideas and found a video with my voice! It was one I took of Julie a few years ago showing off her treatment idea. AHAHAHAHAA. It's so funny to me to realize so many people have done searches for various OT student stuff and seen my videos or ideas or whatever…makes me proud.
I've been gluten-free and mostly sugar/process-free for almost a month now, and while I wasn't doing so hot for a little while recently, I am starting to have some more energy. Maybe with this new burst of energy I can start catching up on blogging and e-mail. I know I know I've been saying that for like 3 years but i mean it this time, haha.