Saturday, August 28, 2010

Like riding a bike.

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.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Update, part deux.

It's official, I can legally sign my name with "OTR/L" and will actually be doing so very frequently in the near future. I have been hired as an occupational therapist for a local private therapy company, working in their pediatrics clinic. I'm looking forward to working with kids (I will see some adults too) and having an actual professional career once again! I feel very lucky to have the chance to ease back into OT after all these years. Truly, 9+ years is a long time to be away and I'm pleased my new employer has the confidence and faith in my abilities. And the best part? I got to pick my schedule so I can still be there for my kids before and after school. That is huge.

So for now, I am enjoying the last few days of my summer vacation before the kids go back to school and I start work. Lots of swimming and book-reading seem to be in order...