What a great week to shine in our community, showing what we have to offer to just about anyone who lives in the South Broward Hospital District. Starting off with a meeting tonight, where some of our patients are introduced to those who voluntarily give to our healthcare system, they share their stories and warm the hearts of everyone.
These patients are the "poster children/adults" of our practice, and not only sharing their positive and negative experiences, but also the impact rehabilitation has had on their lives. The day-in and day-out operations of rehab medicine can sometimes be overwhelming for us as practitioners, but these gentle reminders of the teamwork and skill of all of healthcare keep us coming back to continually make a difference in our community.
Following an amazingly hectic week, this Saturday is the Annual Autism Walk at a local university, where many teams of rehabilitation professionals and families of those affected by autism will walk to raise dollars and "sense" for the cause. As part of a team of rehab professionals, I will attend this event with one of our healthcare system's therapy dogs, Lily, to walk the 5K and show support for one of our most commonly seen diagnoses in outpatient rehabilitation. Our team, the "Autism Avengers" will proudly support our community by raising awareness.
Additionally, another group of therapists will attend (at the same time and day as the autism event), a walk to support those affected by Alzheimer's disease. This is the time of year in south Florida to (comfortably) hold these public events, as you can imagine, and with Halloween coming up next week, we will be out in full force, in costume at work (including our therapy dog), to do more footwork for such worthwhile causes. We encourage participation, to support those around us, as this comes naturally for rehabilitation professionals.