Saturday, March 19, 2011

Very cool website!

This week in my concepts class we were talking about the frames of reference and my teacher starting talking about a spinal cord injury patient that she worked with whose main goal was to be able to put on make-up instead of dressing, bathing, etc. This reminded me of a really cool website/blog I stumbled upon one day last fall. I literally looked at this website for like 10 hours one day, but I must admit I haven't been back lately for lack of time... apparently I used to have a lot of free time on my hands.. I can barely remember.. Anyway.. this website and blog are written by a young girl with a spinal cord injury. She writes about disability from her perspective and writes about things like beauty tips, dating advice, fashion, and also some general stuff. She even has podcasts that show how to put on make-up if you don't have hand function... very cool. If you have more free time than me you should totally check it out! Enjoy!

http://www.beautyability.com/2.0/

I'm donating my hair!


I cut off my hair yesterday to donate it! I am donating it to an organization called Pink Heart Funds. http://pinkheartfunds.org/jse/index.php#index I had an instructor recommend them because she met the founder and said they were really great. I also like that they make wigs for both children and women because I don't know of another organization that makes them for adults. Their guidelines are not as strict as most place. Hair can be high-lighted, chemically treated, and the minimum is only 8 inches instead of 12! Only type of hair not accepted is bleached hair. If you are thinking of chopping your hair off, I think this is a great place to send it to!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Any OTs or OT Students Reading My Blog?

I got an e-mail from a very sweet prospective OT Student asking advice on the OT school interviewing process. Unfortunately, my school did not do interviews so the only advice I had to give her was what my school wanted to know about me through my admissions essay. I’ve only had 7 posts so far and over 100 views so I know some people must be reading my blog. If anyone who reads it happens to be an OT or an OT student and went through the interview process and can offer any advice or tips it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!


Hey Meredith!

I found your blog off of Karen's OT blog and have recently started following yours. I'm glad you didn't give up posting btw :) Honestly there aren't that many OT blogs out there giving inside info on how student life is like so I really appreciate you taking the time to blog. I actually have a school interview in a week and I'm so nervous. I was wondering if you had any tips or advice on that matter?
Anyway good luck with school and I hope you don't stop blogging!

Prospective OT Student

Friday, March 11, 2011

Almost gave up...

So… things have been a little crazy and by a little I mean A LOT! I literally have not even logged on to this blog site in a month and was highly considering giving it up altogether until I logged on today. Apparently in the month that I have been gone my viewing has gone from approximately 20 views to well over 100 and a few people are even following me. I had no idea why until I saw my OT blog hero, Karen has me listed on her sidebar as a “great source.” How great is it that when OT school finally gets going my blogging stops? Haha. I have been inspired to try and do a little better... for now… still need to do the SCI blog I started it but never finished, but for now I’ll give the skinny as to what has been going on.

I do have a valid reason for not blogging… OT school and life in general got crazy busy! As a new student I am still adjusting to the type and structure of grad school classes. Physiology is nuts, but my other classes are going well. We had a great lecture in medical conditions from a pediatric neurologist a few weeks back. Did you know there are only around 15 pediatric neurologists in the whole state of Louisiana? Can you imagine how hard it must be to get your child in to see one? We did our first observation in my occupational performance class a few weeks ago as well. We went to a pre-school to observe a “typical” child and wrote up a report using the framework. I thoroughly enjoyed it… much preferred over the countless hours of studying physio and it didn’t hurt that my kid was adorable and claimed that Darth Vader was his best friend. Oh and we had another amazing guest lecture from an OT who works at a leprosy clinic. The lecture was mainly on diabetes, which admittedly I was not amped up about, but it was actually my favorite lecture this semester. She was very intelligent and friendly.. the kind of person I think gives OT a good name. She showed pictures of her helping patients with diabetic foot. I didn’t realize OT’s would be the ones using scalpels to cut off calluses etc… It was really neat!

Another big recent event, although not school related, was Mardi Gras! I had a good Mardi Gras although it was much more quiet than many of my classmate’s. I went to four parades altogether… for those of you not familiar with Mardi Gras there are tons and tons of parades that roll all day long for days straight! My teacher told us last Friday that we were so lucky to be the only OT school in the nation to plan their entire curriculum around a party/drinking holiday! I need to post some pics if I ever put them on this computer (a new one we had to buy through school)

I am also starting to play baseball with young adults that have disabilities next week! Each player gets assigned a buddy to help them play the game and we have games each Thursday night for two months. I am so excited about this! I took a class at LSU last year where I got to help with inclusion basketball through the Baton Rouge ARC and it was an amazing experience.

As I said life is crazy hectic right now, but I am going to try my best to post more. Life is pretty much going to school, studying, doing assignments, trying to get to yoga at least once a week, trying spend a little time with my boyfriend, and taking care of my dog, who by the way is, nuts! She consumes so much of my time because she is crazy!!!! If you have seen the movie Marley and Me think Marley… but worse! Took her to training and she is smart, but wild. It looks like a cut my arms because she bites so much! I should include a little weekly update about all the crazy stuff she does like, for example, getting a bag of Advil off the counter, eating some, and making me run frantically to Rite Aid to get hydrogen peroxide to make her throw it up.

For anyone actually reading my blog any feedback, good or bad, is appreciated. My email is msand299@gmail.com. Maybe I should start doing post on studying tips, OT school application process, etc instead of just posts about what is going on in school. I am still going to do a little of that mixed in with some random stuff about me like my crazy dog, Ellie, because it’s a way for me to keep track of what is going on in my life.