I'm pleased to report that the new job is going very well. I feel like I'm riding a bike after a long, long, break...my hands and feet seem to remember what to do even though I can't always articulate exactly how I'm doing it. After all these years, it's amazing to see how the job of being an Occupational Therapist is coming back to me. My brain is starting to think in terms of goals and treatment plans, occupational components and purposeful activity, impairments and functional ability levels.
So what am I doing? Well, my time is split between working at a clinic with kids and adults that have developmental disabilities, as well as going to workshops and day facilities that have the same adult clientele. I really enjoy getting to go different places...it makes the day go by so quickly! We also have a pool in the clinic and that is a new experience for me. I did a little bit of aquatic therapy years ago, but not at the level with which we do at this clinic. Truly, my brain and hands are like sponges at the moment, learning and soaking up the many things that others are teaching me.
Here are a few random things I've realized, over the past couple of weeks:
1. It is nice to work for a place that requires employees to wear the company logo on their shirt. I have 5 t-shirts and a few embroidered items...I never have to think about what I'm going to wear the next day.
2. It is a little weird to keep a swimsuit at work. It never dries out.
3. Even though one of my kids has a physical disability, it is obvious that he is very, very fortunate to only have a physical disability.
4. There is something awesome about hearing people - adults with developmental disabilitles and their caregivers - have a karaoke showdown on a Friday afternoon. Tina Turner and Neil Diamond never sounded so good.
5. A paycheck is a good thing. (OK, I already knew that, but it's nice when I get one as a therapist rather than a school para!).
Have a wonderful weekend, friends.