Part of the PRO of having an OT blog is getting lovely letters from people telling me they went into OT at least partially because of my blog. I've gotten quite a few of those over the last 5 years, but sometimes I get a really extra nice one and I would like to share it. Many of you have written or commented about considering your own blog, and I think when you see letters like this from readers, it really helps in making you feel like it was all worth it. 🙂 You won't even necessarily realize it until one day when you get a message from someone who was helped by it even though they had never commented. Unfortunately it took me a long time to reply, but hopefully Mary is doing well and I would love to meet her some day! Maybe she will show up at conference in San Diego this April. 🙂 Thanks again Mary!!!!
Hello! My name is Mary and I'm a student at XY College for OTA. I found your blog during my second OT class (creative media) as I was researching the ACLS. I started reading a few entries and was hooked. I started from the very beginning and started reading. I read mostly at work (shhhhhh!) and on school breaks. I must have looked like a mental patient laughing and crying at the computer at random. I am almost all caught up! Finally reached 2011 today LOL. I expect to finish tomorrow. I have also shared your blog with my class ( a few mates have read too). Being a student, especially in Functional Anatomy, it felt like we would never make it. I was so stressed and overwhelmed. I passed the class with lying colors. I know it will take you a while to reply to this, which isn't even necessary really. I just wanted to write you and tell you how much your blog means to me. You were so stressed and frustrated at times and questioned yourself, just like we all do now! Its nice to see someone who has made it and retained the passion of OT love. You mentioned in an early blog that you really should really live OT. You rented alot of books from the library for a plane ride that were OTish. That really stuck with me. I catch myself thinking totally different now than I did 6 months ago. I love OT so much! I wish I had learned about OT when I was younger and could have gone to school to be an OTR. You see, I'm almost 28 and have 3 children. The cool thing is practicing sensory techniques and “games” on my kids! LOL I think my middle child, who is 3, is a sensory seeking child while my 5 year old is a little hypersensitive. It really is important, as a mother, to see these little quirks in your child and know how to deal with them appropriately. Anyways, I'm sure you are busy! I don't want to burden you with yet another email (lol) but you really have meant alot to me and I just love your blog. It has gotten me this far and I can't thank you enough for doing it. They say the OT world is small, I hope to have the chance to meet you one day, it would be an honor. Keep blogging!!!
p.s. You can post any of this with or with out my name lol. Oh and on that subject, I would love love love to hear some more inside thought of yours about sensory children 🙂
p.s.s If you read this during the month of October, say a prayer for us, we will be in our Phys Dys AND going out on Level 1 field work! aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh now the anxiety really sets in!