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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

9:11PM - PT School

 So now I know why there aren't any blogs from students in PT school.  You have no time to blog!  You are constantly studying or in classes.  

I've been taking Anatomy 4 days a week for 4 hours each day and that's just the in class time.  We are dissecting human cadavers which is really interesting and a great way to really see and understand how different parts of the body attach and work.  But it is a challenge!  They keep the lab cold to cut down on the smell.  I can't imagine how intense the smell would be if they didn't.  As it is, it reeks down the hallway outside the lab.  Currently I wear gloves, face mask, shower cap (so the smell isn't stuck in my hair), bandanna (to cover up shower cap),and a butcher's apron as my protective gear.  We start out each morning in lecture learning about the different muscles, nerves, and vessels that we'll be seeing that day.  They also point out various diseases/injuries/disorders that occur if things in the area aren't working right.  Then we head up to the lab to see it in real life.

Anatomy has definitely been my most intense class so far.  They have the human body broken down into three blocks:
1. back, superficial chest, and arms.
2. neck, face, and the rest of the trunk
3. legs

We have a quiz every week, which keeps me on track to study.  Then at the end of the block we have an exam.  The first part of the exam is written and the second is a practical where we go into the lab and identify different structures that they have marked on the bodies.  They also had different areas of bones and other models marked.  And sometimes we weren't required to write the structure's name, but instead give the innervation or action of the marked structure.  It was pretty intense.

We recently finished the first block and I did pretty well.  My written part is what saved me, so I know I need to study more in the lab and really learn the structures.

The other two classes I'm taking are PT classes.  (We are taking Anatomy with the OT students.).  We only meet once a week for the PT classes and they are a lot more low key.  (Thankfully!) 

PS.  Sad news is the Symposium is cancelled.  I need to contact the woman in charge and see if I can sign up for the one in April instead.  But I'm majorly bummed.

Current mood: busy

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


 So last night I discovered something amazing:
an Animal Assisted Therapy Symposium!!!!

And it is in Dallas, Texas which is only 7hrs and 45 mins away from New Orleans
And it is only $99 if you are a student
And it is August 13th and 14th which is during my break between summer and fall semester (which starts August 17th)
And it is hosted in a medical facility and taught by medical staff including an occupational therapist, which means it is not going to focus on having dogs listen to you read, or sit in while you talk you your therapist.  It's going to be about using animals to help people with their physical health.

The seminar topics will include things like:

"How to begin an AAT program"
"Selection and training of the animals"
"Infection control issues"
"Policies and procedures"
"Concerns for special population"

I am so unbelievably excited right now!  Mikkel it totally in support of me going, in fact he says if I don't go then it will show that I am not serious about wanting to do this.  I'm very thankful that he is backing me up on this.  
So all I have to do is fill out the paperwork, find a place to stay while I'm there and I think that's it!
Oh, in case you are interested, here's the link so you can find out more about it:

Current mood: excited

Sunday, May 15, 2011

5:12PM - Orientation Schedule

We received an e-mail about our orientation.  It will be an early day, not that I mind, with the first speaker starting at 8:30.  They mentioned that breakfast will be served so we need to get there earlier than 8:30 to get some food.  I guess I'll try to get there around 8am.

The schedule includes:

Allied Health Administration – 8:30am – 9:00am
Student Health – 9:00am – 9:10am
Campus Credit Union – 9:10am – 9:15am
Bookstore – 9:15am – 9:20am
Financial Aid – 9:20am – 9:35am
Campus Assistance Program – 9:35am - 9:45am
Campus Police – 9:45am – 10:00am
Parking Office – 10:00am – 10:10am
Microsystems – 10:10am – 10:15am
Wellness Center – 10:15am – 10:25am
10 minute break for students
HIPAA – 10:35am – 10:55am
IT – 10:55am – 11:30am

After all of that, we are able to take care of paying for tuition, along with setting up our parking, and getting our ID.

It's really getting close and I'm getting more and more excited!  The orientation is just 8 days away.  I will try to write about the orientation after I get back.  I think that I've been talked into going to the event after the orientation as well.  We'll see how this all works out.

Friday, May 6, 2011

9:35PM - Getting Closer

Ok, so I have totally been neglecting this blog yet again.  I was hoping to keep updating it throughout my journey of PT school, but I'm already way behind.

First of all, I did my taxes and completed my financial aid forms.  I learned that you don't get extra financial aid for the summer.  The government only recognizes two semesters it seems, so they only award money twice a year.  Luckily, I got all of that taken care of, but it's good to know when you are deciding how much loan money you want to accept and what type of loan.  

Next, I attended the open house on April 15th.  Basically we got to meet all of the staff and each other.  There are only two other students that I know of that are older than me.  That makes me feel a bit insecure but I'm hoping that I'll fit in well enough.  We also were previously matched up with the students in the class ahead of us.  So we were able to meet our "big brother/sister".  They had some of their old books for sale and I took advantage of that and bought 3 books for $65. We found out what other books we need to get for the semester as well as our schedule.  I have Anatomy Monday-Thursday from 8-12, Foundational Science of Movement on Tuesday from 1-3, and Intro to Professional Practice on Thursday from 1-3.  So no classes later than 3 and none at all on Fridays. I might have freaked out one of the guys I was talking to.  I mentioned that dissections usually make me hungry.  I don't think it's actual dissections, but just when they are scheduled, but yeah, my stomach is definitely known to rumble when I'm dissecting something.  I'm hoping that doesn't happen as I dissect a person.  My classmates might worry that I'm a cannibal. 

I have since been to the doctor to complete get a physical and get immunizations that I am behind on.  I still have to go back in a week for the second shot in a series of three.  Otherwise, I believe that I've completed that requirement.

Mikkel and I have signed up for the Wellness Center but neither of us has taken advantage of it yet.  Mikkel thinks that it's too much of a workout just to get to it.  In all fairness, it is a hike to get there.  He wants us to sign up for TRX together which is some type of resistance training.  It could be really fun to do it together.  I'm not sure what exactly my schedule with school, work, and homework is going to be yet though.

I have bought all of the school books, signed up for heath insurance for both of us, and finished my writing class I've been taking at Delgado (I got an A).  All I have left to do is get my last couple of immunizations when I'm scheduled to, buy my dissection kit and find out about parking.

The orientation is actually scheduled for May 23rd, then on May 24th is another orientation day/computer pick up.  Classes will start on May 25th!  Yikes!  

Most of the people in my class have joined the facebook group created for us and one of the guys offered to have people come over to his place after orientation on the 23rd.  I'm hesitant about going.  I'd love to hang out with everyone and meet them all and start making friends, but it sounds like it's going to be one big drinking party.  I don't drink and I'm worried that if I go they will all think I'm lame and wonder why I even came.  I'm not really sure what I should do yet.  I know that I'm a fuddy-duddy, but I don't want that to turn people off from me.  I guess I have a little time to decide what I'm going to do.
Anyway, that's the school update.

Current mood: excited

Sunday, February 6, 2011

7:26PM - I got my letter

 Yesterday, I received my letter from LSU.  I was accepted into the program!  I am so excited and can't really believe it.  As I said in my last post, I was just hoping to get an alternate letter at best.  So tomorrow I will mail out my response and a deposit.  This also means that I need to get my taxes done so I can finish my FASFA.  I'll also have to talk to the school about any possible financial aid and openings in the work study program.

This also means that I need to talk to my boss on Tuesday when I go in.  I'm going to have to figure out what I will still be able to do at work.  Man, things are changing up, in a good way.  I just need to remember to stay focused and meet deadlines.  I also have to finish this class that I'm taking (Advanced English).  The class ends on May 4th, so I need to remember to get my transcript sent to LSU.

The letter says that there will be a Physical Therapy Departmental Orientation on May 16th.  I'm glad it's a Monday since I don't work on Mondays.  The letter also mentioned that there will be an Open House later this spring.  I hope I'll get more information on that soon after I send in my acceptance letter.  I need to figure out when exactly I will be finishing up at the zoo as the Zoomobile Coordinator.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I got into the program!

Current mood: ecstatic

Monday, January 10, 2011

8:37PM - LSU Interview

 So the interview was different than I expected.  It's silly but the whole time I was writing my essay for PT school I just kept thinking all I have to do is get an interview and then I'll get in.  But now that I had the interview I'm not so sure.  So now I'm thinking all I have to do is get an "alternate" letter.  I'm just so scared/nervous.  

I first got there I walked into a room with a bunch of people sitting around.  It seems that for the first half hour or so we were supposed to socialize with the other candidates and the few first year students that were helping out.  Most people seemed a little nervous although there were a couple of people that seemed to know each other and they talked like old friends.  For the most part though, I think everyone was just feeling each other out and mentally determining how they measure up against the people around them.

Then the head of the Physical Therapy Department came in and gave us an overview of what was going to happen.  She also threw out some numbers.  She mentioned that 180 people applied to the program, 129 were invited to interviews (met all of the basic requirements), and they will accept 35 students into the program.  To me that was pretty intimidating, to know that I have to do better than 95 other people to make sure that I get a spot.  God bless me!!!  On a more comforting note, she informed us that if we do get into the program, the school has a great success rate for their graduates passing the licensing exam.  92% of the last graduating class passed the first time they took the exam and the other 8% passed the second time they took it.  So 100% passed.  Also, she let us know that in February we will receive one of three letters, declining, accepting, or alternate.  Obviously if you are accepted that means that you are invited to join the program and you need to let them know your decision in two weeks.  If you are an alternate, then you will potentially hear back from the school to as to whether they have room for you.  When people choose not to attend this program after they've been accepted then the committee gets together and goes over all of the alternates (so there is no ranking in waitlisting).  They will choose people to create a full class and again give the alternates the option to attend or not.  If you get a letter declining you as a student in their program, they will meet with you and explain what you can do to make you a stronger candidate next time if it something that you are interested in.  I do appreciate knowing this, but I'm hoping that I get in the first time!

After she went over things we were broken into groups and had three different rotations.  The first one that my group went to was an explanation of curriculum.  We got a flow chart that shows what classes I will have each semester and how they all interact with each other.  Some of the things that I found most interesting:
1.  In the fall and spring of your last year you take a class that teaches you the skills you need to be a manager or start your own practice.
2.  Every semester you take a class called "professional practice" where you talk about the business side of PT from ethics to what type of benefits you should choose.
3.  The summer between the first and second year you have an 8 week clinical, and the summer between the second and third year you have a 10 week clinical.  You also get two other 10 week clinicals your last year.
4.  Normally you are in class 25 hours a week plus labs and small group projects.  Best part is usually you have Friday afternoons off unless there is a make-up class.
One last thing we talked about was testing.  There is one midterm and one final for all of your PT classes each semester.  They've found that this prepares students for the licensing exam.  And it cuts down on students testing all of the time.

The next rotation my group went to was a group interview session.  Really it was more a chance for us to get to know each other a little bit more. We were asked to each introduce ourselves.  Then the woman in charge asked us some tips for staying organized.  The only real questions she asked us were "why PT instead of MD?, what do we do in our free time?, and if they made a movie about us who should play us and why?".  I think I answered pretty well for all of them.  I might have been a little long in some explanations.  I don't know.  I also asked her what movie actress she would choose.

The last rotation for us was a tour of the school by a few first year students.  I found out that there is a wellness center that is open to students, staff, faculty and spouses of the people listed.  So maybe Mikkel and I won't have to pay to join a gym.  Also, I was talking to one of the girl's giving the tour and she says that she has a part-time job through the school.  She said that many of the students have part-time jobs as long as they are jobs were they can also do their homework they seem to work out.  

We all met back in the room that we started in and this time people were a little bit easier talking to each other.  While we were talking two of people involved in the admissions committee were inviting us in to have a one on one meeting to go over our application and ask any last questions.  When I was called I was asked if I was enrolled in an advanced writing class, which I am.  The only other thing she wanted to talk to me about is why, since i graduated in 2004 and am now employed at the Audubon Zoo am I interested in becoming a physical therapist.  I told her how everything since graduating lead me to this decision.  I hope that she validates this!  We talked a bit about Animal Assisted Physical Therapy and getting to do some clinical work with someone that incorporates animals in their practice.  

And that was it.  I left.

I pray that I am accepted into the program!!!

Current mood: anxious

Thursday, January 6, 2011

7:55AM - LSU Interview Prep

So next Monday (1/10/11), aka 4 days from today, I will have my interview with LSU the school I'm trying to get into for physical therapy.  I wasn't sure what exactly is involved for I googled it and found some questions commonly asked, advice for answering (be yourself), and some ideas for what to wear.

I think that in order to make myself more prepared I should actually think  about some responses to these questions so this evening I'll be posting them.  I'm initially going to put this post on "private view" at least until I get into school.  I don't want someone to say that I copied this answers or something.  Anyway, here goes:

Why are you interested in a career in physical therapy?
  I've been visiting hospitals and nursing homes for almost three and a half years with the animals from the Audubon Zoo.  While there, I enjoy interacting with the patients/residents there.  Unfortunately, I'm only there for a short while before I have to leave.  I've learned that I'd much rather continue spending time with these people and work with them towards their goals of healing.  Before working at the zoo, I worked with juvenile delinquent boys and my greatest pleasure was coaching the boys through situations and seeing them achieve goals.  I've realized that I miss seeing that growth. Last year I started volunteering with at some of the hospitals with the physical therapy teams and found it so rewarding.  It's exactly what I'm looking for.

Why are you the right student for the program?
  I graduated college almost six years ago and have since worked at two jobs.  I've learned who I am and what I want to accomplish.  I'm dedicated to becoming a physical therapist.  

What experience do you have?
  I have been volunteering at both Children's Hospital and Ochsner Hospital for about a year. For a little over three years I've written goals and worked with youth to help them achieve their goals, instead of the goals being physical growth, they focused on mental and psychological growth.

Name 3 strengths and weaknesses.
  Strengths- research, field work, trained and certified educator
  Weaknesses- thankfully never have needed physical therapy (insecure about being able to relate to their experience), having the business sense to start my own practice, making the transition from classroom setting to one-on-one sessions.

What is involved with the clinical internships?  Do we pick one out of a list?  Can we find our own place?

How many alums have their own practice?  What kind of preparation do we get towards starting our own practice?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

9:30PM - Wonderings/Wanderings

Nothing really important that I need to say, but I feel like I need to say something on here.  As always, I have some big things going on with me but it's only because I haven't updated in almost a year.  It seems as though change is a slow thing.  At the same time, I feel as though time has flown by.  I think that 2010 was unusually fast.  I know that it is probably my imagination.  The earth's orbit wasn't any quicker the past 365 days than usual.  But for some reason, unknown to me, 2010 was very short.  People say as you get older time will pass quicker, but I thought that would be when I was old.  Not at 28.

As annoying and trite as it seems, I will go through a quick update about my life.

At some point in 2010 I decided that my calling is to become a physical therapist.  Not just any physical therapist, but one that utilizes animals as a modality in physical therapy.  I've known for a long time (maybe my whole life) that I am meant to be needed.  Mikkel told me when we started dating that I am a healer.  When I look back at  my life I can see patterns of this.  But where do animals tie into all of this?  Well, that is another part of my life that I feel a strong pull/connection to.  I know how healing animals can be just to have around.  Now imagine using them as a part of your exercises to regain your strength.  I believe that people will be able to cut down on their recovery time if animals were used during physical therapy.  People would be highly motivated to push themselves and repeat the exercises to get that wet kiss, or loud purr.  Besides after working with animals for 3 years, how can I give that up?  I've really enjoyed handling all of the creatures I've been blessed to work with.

So, with all of this evidence that this is something that I am meant to do, I've been pursuing becoming a physical therapist.  Now I have to admit, I've not been as zealous about it as I should be.  *side note* I recently read a book called The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson and it is about the fact that we are all born with dreams, but many of us give in and give up before achieving them.  I definitely am scared about this new direction in my life and I know that's why I've been dragging my feet in some aspects.  I'm worried about not getting into school right away.  I'm worried that I won't be successful once I get into school.  I'm worried that I won't be a good physical therapist.  I'm worried that I won't be able to integrate animals into the practice.  I'm worried that I don't have the skills to start my own practice.  I'm worried that I am putting my baby-making days on hold for a dream that might not come true.  I'm worried that we won't be able to afford me not working and being in school.  But, thankfully, Mikkel believes in this dream for me.  He has been my personal cheerleader and the one that is keeping me mostly on track.  What a blessing he is, and I am so thankful that God gave him to me to push me to accomplish His plan for me.

So on January 10th, next Monday, I will be having my interview with LSU's physical therapy department.  I'm not sure what I'm supposed to wear.  Or what exactly I'm going to say.  I don't remember having an interview with Wells before I went there, but that was a long time ago.  That interview will decide what I will be doing this summer.

That really is the biggest news in my life right now.  I did a show with Jack Hanna.  That was interesting, but as you can tell my mind is distracted.  

I'll leave the rest to be updated later.  Maybe in a few months, or another year.

Current mood: cold

Monday, February 1, 2010

9:29PM - Update on the Thankful Journal

So I haven't been consistent with my thankful journal.  Maybe it would be easier for me to actually have a physical journal.  I don't make it on to the computer every night, but if I had a journal and kept it by my bed it would be simple to just pull it out and write a few things.  I think I will have to do that.  I do think about my thankfuls every night.  It's a great way to go to bed.  But I need to have it written down.

For tonight though, I am thankful for finally finishing The Moral Animal.  I'm thankful for getting a lot of work done.  I'm thankful for being able to sleep in.  I'm thankful that Mikkel and I were able to make dinner together.

Good night!  Next time I write it will be something of substance.  My pastor thinks that I should write.  So I will try to have a real journal on here, but maybe not update it every night.

Friday, January 29, 2010

10:46PM - Thankful for yesterday and today

I didn't get to the computer yesterday, but I was thankful for finding the website unclaimed.org.  Also for getting through a lot of paperwork.

Today I am thankful for Mikkel jumping out of bed twice at 5:30 and 5:39 to hit the snooze button for me so that I didn't really have to.  I'm thankful for the chocolate cake at my visit.  And that it was a good visit (I didn't get lost this year).  I am thankful for getting to watch the New Orleans Hornets and Chicago Bulls warm-up for their game tonight while sitting in floor seats.  I am thankful that I got to see the entire amazing game without having to work it!  I'm thankful for being able to get our vans out quickly.

It was an awesome game!  The energy was unbelievable.  I can't even imagine what it must have been like for the Saints Superbowl playoff game last weekend if it was like that for this game.  What a great feeling! 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I'm thankful today for Bible study and choir.  And my boss's carrot cake.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

9:57PM - Thankful

I'm thankful for another long walk with my dog.  He is behaving better every day!  I'm thankful for being able to go out with some coworkers.  (And possibly friends?)  I'm thankful for the 30 minutes I got to spend with my husband today.  I'm thankful that the movie made me miss him. I'm thankful for being able to get out of my parking spot even though it was a very very tight squeeze.  I am thankful to be in New Orleans.


9:44PM - Avatar

So I went out with some co-workers to a sushi place and then to see Avatar.  It started out pretty well, but there was one thing that took away from the whole experience.  A guy sitting directly behind us who would not be quiet the entire movie!  It was beyond annoying!!  I am so enraged about it right now I can't even type about it to explain it all out.  Just trust me it was completely unnecessary.

Current mood: Steamed!

Monday, January 25, 2010

10:37PM - Walk

I am so proud of myself today.  I walked the dog all the way to the levee.  That is at least 4 miles total (there and back) and we even played frisbee for a little while at the levee.  I didn't want to wear him out too much or have to walk back in the dark.  I wore 4 pounds worth of ankle weights as well.  Hopefully I can keep this up at least once a week, although I know I will need to do it more often if I want to really see results. 

I am thankful for our walk today.  I'm thankful for the birds.  I am thankful that I got a parking space close to the Social Security office.  I'm thankful that I didn't have to wait even 3 minutes to get seen there.  I am thankful that I am now Sarah Jean Valley Allen!

What a great day!  And it started out with breakfast cooked by my honey!

Current mood: accomplished

Sunday, January 24, 2010


I'm thankful that the Saints are going to the Superbowl!

8:11PM - Today's Thankfuls

Thankful for First Grace and all of the people there.  There are so many wonderful people that bless everyone's lives that they are a part of.  I'm thankful for all of the rest we got today.  Mikkel and I came home from church and eating out and slept all afternoon.  I'm thankful that my lunch filled me up so that I'm not tempted to eat more.  I'm thankful that I eventually got Boaz's frisbee out of the tree.  I'm thankful for the long refreshing shower I took.  I feel so clean now! 

Hopefully, in an hour or so I will have one more thankful to write. 

Current mood: pleased

Saturday, January 23, 2010

8:47PM - Food/Thankful

I'm thankful for my boss bringing me a delicious lunch.  I'm thankful for my volunteer for bringing me a piece of king cake.  I'm thankful that my cat comes back when he escapes outside.

I need to stop liking food so much.  Or at least get back into working out regularly.  I miss soccer.  I miss playing sports in general.  That is the best way for me to stay in shape and stay active.  I wish that boot camp at work wasn't the same night at bible study.  Why should I choose between bettering my soul or keeping my body healthy?

I find it hard to be disciplined by myself.  Again the whole lazy thing.  That's why group sports are better.  But of course I can't justify to myself paying to play.  Why should I pay when I could be working out for free?  I need to make a point to really walk my dog everyday.  But how can I actively deal with flattening my stomach again?  Also, I need to break the habit of eating constantly.  That's fine when I'm active, but since I'm not, it is starting to show.  And I do want to be able to be confident in all of my clothing which means I need to rein it in.

On another note, Mikkel and I went to a mayoral debate today.  I now know who's running for mayor.  Now I've just got to figure out if I'm registered to vote in Orleans parish, or if I'm still registered in Jefferson.  Maybe that is what I will do Monday, along with changing my name.  I can't believe that I am legally going to become Sarah Allen.  It's so crazy to think about!!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

8:25PM - Today

Why is it that I have all this time, a long list of things to do, and still I sit here bored?  Why can't I get the motivation to complete any of the projects I started or least work on cleaning the house or something.  Instead I have wasted time reading old love letters to an ex.  Which brings me to my next question; why do I put myself through reading any of the "stuff" my parents give me to sort through?  I should just throw it out without even looking at it.  I've lived 5 years without it, why would I suddenly need it now?  But no, I read it, get sentimental and then want to keep it.  It's not a great way to get rid of junk.  On top of that I don't want to be reminded how much I was in love with this guy.  That does not have anything to do with my life now.  It doesn't enrich me.  It doesn't make me a better person.

So instead let's talk about something that does make me a better person.  I took my dog for a long walk today.  It's the first time in a while.  I usually say I'm taking the dog for a walk, but really I walk down the street to the park and then throw the frisbee for him for an hour and then we walk back.  Today it was actual exercise for us both which it good for us.  Also, I've been "making lunch" for Mikkel this week.  Mostly I'm putting together leftovers for him and packing it up, but today I even make a salad (cut up onions and tomatoes).  It makes me feel like a better, more loving wife.  But now, it he going to expect it every morning from now on?  He is a grown man and fully capable of packing his own lunch.

And finally, what I am thankful for today:

I'm thankful for the weather, the long walk, my dog for behaving.  I'm thankful for my dinner and that there is still ice cream.  I'm thankful that Mikkel's friends are having a Seder dinner and that he gets to participate.  I'm thankful that I got off of work early today.  I'm thankful for having a big eraser.

Why is it that you can sharpen a pencil to get more lead, but you can't sharpen the eraser to get more eraser.  I feel like pencils should be 50/50, not mostly lead with just a little eraser.  Why the pressure to be a perfectionist?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

8:52PM - Thankful Day 2

I am thankful for Envirothon.  It's a great way to learn more about the environment and it's an amazing opportunity for our youth volunteers at the zoo and their friends.  I'm thankful for the Clay St Head Start I visited today.  The kids were amazingly well behaved and intelligent, along with being so darn cute.  I'm thankful for my friends KarieMyers and Sandra for being pregnant.  Thank you Lord for blessing their families!  Please be with them through everything involved in parenting.  I'm thankful for Rocky who lets me carry him over my shoulder. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

8:16PM - Update/Musings

As always, life has changed dramatically since the last time I posted. Mikkel and I are married, bought a house, and own a cat and dog.  No kids yet and there won't be any until Mikkel is out of school.  I've been working at the zoo for almost 2.5 years and still enjoy it everyday.  It makes me wonder, would I enjoy going into work everyday regardless of what the job is, or have I just had abnormally amazing jobs that lead to me wanting to go in?

Speaking of that, I'm interested in branching out from my current job.  I could probably continue doing Zoomobile for the rest of my life, but my problem is that I am a lazy person if I can get away with it.  Currently I am able to get away with it.  I am not saying that I don't do anything, I do have a lot of job responsibilities and I've taken on a friend's part-time job at work while she was gone for a month.  What I am saying is, I've got the job down pat.  I can do it without really exerting a lot of physical or mental work.  There are things I can do to spice it up a bit, but my boss thinks highly of me already and since I am lazy I am not putting in the effort to do it.  I feel bad about it as I write this now.  But really I want a job that will continue to challenge me, something that will keep me on my toes, something that will help me learn some life skills.  I miss working at camp.  That was a challenging fun job.  I never knew what would actually happen each day;  I never knew how the boys would be feeling, how much they would accomplish toward their goals, etc.  This makes me think that I would like to again work with a group of people that I can see again and again so that I can see progress, I can see that they learned something.  Man, I didn't think that I would be interested in getting a classroom, but this post is starting to sound like it.  Where I was really trying to go was to talk about physical therapy. 

I want to do good in the world.  I want to help.  I want to work with children.  I want to continue to work with animals.  Can I do all of this while teaching?  Can I do all of this while being a physical therapist?

Physical therapy is going to require at least 3 more years of school.  How will I pay for that?  How will we survive without me working?  Am I able to go back to school and do well?  I will have to take the GRE which means I need to study for it.  I also have a few classes that are prerequisites regardless of what physical therapy school I apply to.  Will I be accepted into a school?

Getting a job was never about the money to me before.  But I have to admit, the physical therapy job would partially have to do with the paycheck.  I have learned that I need to make more money if Mikkel and I want to continue to live the way we live.  I just don't know how I am going to afford the education to get the well payed job. 

Also, I want to continue to work with animals.  Everyone I talk to has mentioned pet therapy.  But that is not what I am trying to do.  I want to incorporate the animals into the exercises that I do with my patients to help them achieve their goals.  I thought that's what animal assisted therapy is.  So why can't I find anyone that does it?  I know that animals are helpful in calming someone down, or rebuilding synapses in your brain.  I know that having an animal around can lift your spirits.  But I also know that taking a dog for a walk is a great way to build up leg muscles.  I know that playing fetch with a dog is a good way to practice arm movement.  I know that squatting down to pet or brush a dog is good for your legs.  Why can't I find a school that teaches about other ways to incorporate animals?  Why can't I find a physical therapist that uses animals as their tools?

I originally wanted to restart up this blog in response to a Wells sister who passed away recently.  She used to write every night in her "Thankful Journal".  I was touched by this idea and would like to start up my own "Thankful Journal".  I figured since I already have this journal I might as well use it.

I am thankful for all of the leftovers we have in our house right now.  They allow me to snack whenever I get the urge, which I love to do.  I am thankful for the ice cream that Mikkel bought because it is so delicious.  I am thankful for being able to help my sister with her physics homework because it gave me confidence that I will be able to do well on the GRE and that I remember and know enough to take Physics II which is necessary to get into any physical therapy program.  I am thankful that my car is running well because Mikkel's truck is not, and it has not slowed me down at all to be without.  I am thankful for Veronica because she gave me a ride home from work today.  I really appreciate her friendship.  It has been a while since I have made a new friend.  Thank you Lord!  I am thankful that my animals are well.  I am thankful that it is not so cold that I have to turn the heat on and have a high electricity bill.  I am thankful that we have 4 tenants to help pay for the mortgage.  I have so much to be thankful for, it is amazing.  I am thankful that I have such wonderful volunteers that look after me like my parents that are so far away.  I am thankful for having a job, especially I job that I like and am good at.  I am thankful that I can post this.

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