Hey everyone welcome to my blog. I won’t go into a spiel about how long I’ve wanted to open this blog because it would be pretty long. So let’s just celebrate the fact that I finally did it. *Whoop whoop*. I’m so excited to begin this journey and to share it with you (yes you guys, the beautiful people reading this).
So let’s get into it. So first of all I’m a fully licensed Physical Therapist now. I just completed my mandatory one year of internship/housemanship and I can finally be called a Physical Therapist through and through.
I did my internship at Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta. It’s a pretty small but well structured hospital with extremely nice staff. I nicknamed that hospital the “Sugar Factory” because it seemed like every single person hired there was super sweet and nice especially the staff of the Physiotherapy Department.
The pace there was nice and easy , a huge change and totally different experience from my alma mater, University College Hospital , University of Ibadan (man that school was super tough but truly the first and the best medical school, won’t change that experience for the world ). I started my internship there with the expectation to suffer under a huge workload since I was the most junior staff and the only Intern (the only con about that place really, oh plus the lack of a proper cardiorespiratory unit which is the field I hope to specialize in the future) but everyone there pulls their weight and I learned so much (especially in the Orthopaedic unit, well mostly in this unit, lol). I’ll definitely miss them all. I was even thrown a send off party as my time there came to an end. I sat on the high table and everything. It was all so sweet, the planning and thoughtfulness that went into it. I was even given a lovely monetary gift which was the sweetest thing (as an igbo bebe now). Anyway, to sum things up it was a wonderful one year of learning in various aspects of my life.
As I earlier mentioned, I am a Physical Therapist and I realize that many people, especially other healthcare professionals, are grossly uninformed or ignorant of what we do. So here is a lil education coming your way (don’t runaway or skip, appreciate the smooth segue into my profession). Lol. I’ll explain in layman terms for my non medical peeps, no extra scientific words (whew right)
So what is Physical Therapy? Physical Therapy is a dynamic healthcare profession that deals in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of disabilities (you see how it covers all aspects right). Let me break it down further.
Prevention: You need us to keep you healthy via education and an exercise or fitness regimen and also to prevent further disability (if there is already disability). Because truly, proper knowledge (education) and exercise are key to the prevention of most non communicable diseases (NCDs) like Diabetes (type 2), Low back pain, etc.
Treatment: You need us in a wide variety of conditions to help get you back to function. We are very key in many conditions including and not limited to Cerebral Palsy, Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis, Guillian-Barre Syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis ( and every other kind of arthritis), COPD, Stroke (can’t go on, It will take more than a post to list the conditions we manage and the ones only a Physical Therapist can handle) (Are there scientific words? If there are I sincerely apologize).
Rehabilitation: You need us to restore you back to function so you can carry out your daily activities and integrate back into the society which is so important (it’s horrible being discharged from the hospital but still unable to do anything by yourself or get back into the society. It is another kind of horror. Gruesome much?)
Long story short, Physical Therapists improve Quality of Life (Wow right *a round of applause please* *can I get a standing ovation*).Anyways this is just a summary because Physical Therapy encompasses so much more than this little write-up here. So go educate yourself more on who and what a Physical Therapist is okay? Great .
So moving on. Now that I’m done with my internship I have a little free time before I jump into the next thing which is National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) which is yet another mandatory one year of service to my country, Nigeria. So here is a list of things that I want to start before then.
- Learn to drive properly. *gasp* yes I do not really know how to drive. Always figured someone will drive me everywhere (little diva here but I have to keep adulting you know).
- Learn how to sew (but just for myself though)
- Learn French (Already on that journey. If your learning on duolingo, add me up as a friend @cathy so we can encourage each other.
- Do more professional development courses.
- Travel more
- Volunteer more
- Get back on my hair care grind (seriously neglected my hair this year)
And this is the end of the first post (pretty deep for a first post but I’m deep like that)
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Be blessed and have a lovely lovely Christmas holiday.