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Transition to Rehab Management

Counting Down with Chaos

Published October 25, 2012 4:22 PM by Karen Schiff

As these past few weeks roll by, I manage to organize the rest of my assignments for my third class this semester. Having finished two out of the three classes already, I've become a bit of a procrastinator with my studies and haven't utilized my "down-time" for school as I planned. This morning I've arranged a new study plan, and will be able to complete my assignments on time (actually, ahead of time) so I can prepare for the semester in which I complete a case report.

Busy times for busy t-DPT students. As a full-time senior physical therapist for the busiest outpatient clinic in Broward County and a mom/dad of two teenage girls, as well as a DPT student, I've learned one very important thing about myself. I thrive on a busy lifestyle. Even in my middle age, I wake up before the sun rises to feed my "zoo," wake up the girls for school, play tennis for an hour, shower and make it to work for a 10-hour shift.

At the end of the day, if exhaustion hasn't taken over, I'll read for school or enjoyment and try to get in at least seven hours of sleep. Mix in a bit of plumbing problems with two floods over the past two weeks, as well as arranging a neutering for one of the latest additions to my house (among other surprise events that pop up in life), and you've got the recipe for chaos. Strategic planning for school is necessary, in light of these numerous challenges that occur on a daily basis. To top it all off, I learned only a day ago that there is a hurricane coming uncomfortably close to home. I'd have learned of this sooner if I was one to watch television, but finally did just yesterday thanks to a pelvic floor patient while we did lower abdominal exercises.

On this day off from work, I sit here quietly in the public library preparing to complete an assignment for my Direct Access class. This project will be quite enjoyable, as it combines music lyrics to be interpreted in relation to direct access. Music and physical therapy. Two of my many favorite things. As my two daughters sit across the table from me studying their work as well, I'm excited to think of the moment they will watch me receive my DPT. For now, I'll savor the moment (and the chaos) and not miss a moment that was intended to be.


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