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March 2012 - Posts

Life of a PTA

The Fear Factor
by Allison Young
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot." --Eleanor Roosevelt I recently came across this quote and was immediately struck by the truth Read More...
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The Magic of Small Talk
by Allison Young
As a new PTA, I often observe other therapists' styles when they are treating patients. Working in a large skilled nursing facility for almost a year, I've seen many different approaches therapists will use when communicating with patients. Due to the Read More...
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Meant To Do
by Allison Young
I was recently perusing a used-book shop, a semi-serious obsession I've developed over my weekends, when I came across an interesting one in the self-help section. The book was titled something along the lines of Uncover What You're Meant to Do! and I Read More...
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When Injury Strikes
by Allison Young
At some point last week, I decided I should reduce the amount of caffeine I consume. So I prepared to "wean" myself off of my three- (okay, four-) cups-of-coffee-a-day habit by making a single half decaf/half caffeinated cup of coffee on a Monday morning. Read More...
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Worst-Case Scenario
by Allison Young
The fragility of the patient population in the skilled nursing setting where I work has never been lost on me. Some of the best advice I was given early on was to never forget that the patient I'm working with on any given day, could essentially die at Read More...
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