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Accepted into the Northern Virginia Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program [Nov. 19th, 2015|07:59 pm]
So - now it begins.

I get a letter of acceptance and a list of things that I need to complete:

Background Check

Drug Screen

Physical Exam and Immunizations

Training Modules

Handbook Assignment - (Prove You Read It - Lots of Questions!!!)

All done, CPR & First Aid, Medical Education Campus Orientation.

August 21, 2015 - 8:00am PTA Program Orientation

August 24, 2015 - first day of classes.
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I suppose I don't come here unless I'm unhappy? That has to change [Nov. 19th, 2015|07:49 pm]
It began two years ago - an article in US News and World Report mentioned a career - Physical Therapist Assistant as a high demand and income growth employment area - I am a yoga instructor - (one with a couple of injuries) and thinking about the suggestions I've made in my classes that have helped my students over the years.
Hey - What if I can build a career!

Anyway - that's how it all started, Autumn 2013 - I looked up the criteria for enrollment at Northern Virginia Community College's Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

I enrolled in the pre-requisites - Natural Science 150 (Human Biology) & Basic Medical Terminology - A's in both...

I went to the mandatory information session - in March 2014 - and found out that the deadline had passed to apply for Fall 2014 and I was lacking a prerequisite - English 111 - (Freshman Comp).

Fall 2014 - I took ENG 111 and the (required [for graduation] course) student development 101 - A's in both...
Spring 2015 - Application in progress - it's all good. I'm taking Psychology 200 - again a (required [for graduation] course). Again, another A.

In the interim, I'm volunteering at 2 physical therapy clinics - I logged 57 hours [(4 were required) an email appeared informing potential applicants that 20 to 160 hours would be looked at more favorably].

I apply March 1, 2015 (applications before this date would have been rejected) - I wait until May 1 - I am accepted.
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Write a Descriptive Essay... OK? [Aug. 25th, 2014|01:03 pm]
How to do it.

Well I have to pick a topic that needs 4 to 5 pages of description. I have to try to bring the topic to life, like the reader will be able to visualize it.

It can be a person - as crazy as one of my bosses was, I don't think I can stretch him into 5 pages.

A thing.

A place.

An Event - what event? Otakon, Katsucon? 5 pages on Otakon.....

I like places

Sample topics:

My backyard
Bernal Heights in San Francisco
A walking tour of Rocky River, Ohio - that one I know.
The "Bloomingdale Victorian Walk" House Tour
Katsucon at the Omni Shoreham - the first one.
Otakon - That time with the Goldbergs (ugh)
The Yes concert in 2005
Sting with Annie Lennox in 2005

The yoga retreat in Santa Fe
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Monday [Jan. 24th, 2011|08:42 am]
[Current Location |Kitchen laptop]
[mood |anxiousanxious]
[music |What's up Wit Dat?]

 Woke up OK no pain in the hip, outer leg is another story.  I took two Advils, adjustment this afternoon, teaching a gentle class this morning.  I have a very busy week overall and a child home with a sore throat.

Weekend Recap:
Saturday pure hell, self pity index off the chart.  Stayed home cooking all day. Roasted butternut squash soup and homemade bread. Cookies for church too.
Sunday not too bad, church, Walmart and drove the kids to a High School play.  Made miso soup for the first time - easy stuff that.

Time to let out the dog then do the half hour on the treadmill.

I'll walk the dog before I go to teach.
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Sciatica Journal [Jan. 23rd, 2011|08:42 am]
[Current Location |Kitchen laptop]
[mood |disappointeddisappointed]
[music |not sure]

Better this morning thanks to a small heating pad. Heel lift keeps falling out of my slippers - I'm going to need velcro. And what about flips?
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Very sore this morning [Jan. 22nd, 2011|09:50 am]
[music |My new Armin Van Buuren]

Woke up very sore but no stabbing pains, just the thigh and calf.
2 advils with breakfast.
Shower helps as always
I may do my treadmill today but will stick to walking. Maybe a short yoga session first.

It's very cold, I do not want to shop.
I also have absolutely no fun cleaning stuff - it hurts! Still have to do it.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup later, always welcome and fresh bread.
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Sciatica [Jan. 22nd, 2011|09:41 am]
[music |Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones]

And so it begins and I will make every effort to post daily if I can.
On or around January 12 I woke to a stabbing pain in my left buttock radiating down the outer left quadricep, outer knee and calf muscle, ankle and pins and needles in the left foot.
I looked it up, I know I injured L5 in the late 80s
Called a chiropractor, I've heard they're better than MDs for this.
Long story short - the x-rays show fairly extensive damage to the disks at L4 & L5 L5 being the likely culprit, Compressing the sciatic nerve.
The doctor also found the my right leg is 8mm longer than my right, throwing off the pelvis and creating a snake like curve to my lumbar spine and he says likely causing issues in my thoracic spine as well.
Did I mention that I'm a yoga instructor?
I was adjusted yesterday.
Came home sore in the sacrum but less numb.
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Writer's Block: Secret Ballot [Nov. 4th, 2008|09:12 am]
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[mood |awakeawake]
[music |Harry Potter theme ??]

It's hard to ignore the fact that today is Election Day in the U.S. If you went to the polls today, tell us what it was like. Long line? Free stickers? Hanging chads? We want the details.
No lines.... I somehow thought long lines in my district early in the morning inplausible and I was correct. Lunchtime and after will be crowded. Really short ballot. I had one Obama yard sign left in my car and put it out on the highway with two McCains so I think I've done my duty.
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Tae Kwon Do, Kung Yo, Yoga [May. 7th, 2008|08:14 am]
Yesterday's classes went well. In the class I teach, Gentle Theraputic Yoga got moved because of a meeting from our usual classroom, the cafeteria, to the fitness room which is smaller. Much quieter too and even though the room was crammed it seemed more relaxed. After yoga I go to a Tae Kwon Do class. I definately prefer the teacher I had yesterday to the one I will have later in the week as that instructor just works us so brutally and is so so picky about every aspect of the forms that it's hard to progress and I get so effing sore and ripped up. I like the instructor personally and I'm new so complaints are not going to come from me right now and I'm hoping that perhaps some of the advanced students say something, two of them have become nauseated in class over the last few weeks and are complaining of getting the piss knocked out of them literally. (One is joking about having post-traumatic stress) I also noticed that yesterdays class was really full and the other instructor's are not as well attended but I have no other time that I can do this so I'm kind of stuck.

I teach another theraputic class today but this one is somewhat more advanced. I have one loaded day per week with three classes back to back. I'm usually fairly hungry by the time it's over.

So this morning I'll get onto choring and do an hour of Kung-Yo before class, this evening's iffy right now
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Food [Apr. 30th, 2008|05:03 pm]
[Current Location |Kitchen Laptop]
[mood |energeticenergetic]
[music |Tiesto]

So I'm feeling a ton better already. Long about mid-way through brunch the nausea cleared and then they brought us some really yummy carrot cake.
The big-shots from the county that I had hoped would be there so I could ineract w/o appointment, socially like, had begged off, bummer. Still I'm sure it was a good thing to attend.
I think today's class went well. One of the students, Marlene, who would not take no for an answer even though she should not be in the class due to real physical issues wasn't there - I'm sure the other students are not sad. She is terminally late eveeery time. I'm thinking she got scared off by Tilda (another student - opinionated and blunt as hell, I like her, thanks Tilda you can say things that I, as an instructor cannot) Marlene should be coming to Gentle Yoga, not Hatha and hopefully I will see her there. She's in complete denial of how impaired she is and it's not actually an issue, there's a class for her but she slows down the Hatha class (read frustrated students) and she scares me with her sudden revalations like oh, "my balance is bad today 'cause of the oxycotin"... great.

So here we go, this evening I'm trying to use some of our vast reserves of frozen food for dinner.
I've just got the (not frozen)organic brown basmati with garlic, spices and turmeric going and will soon put some frozen flounder fillets topped with frozen shrimp and something or other to perk them up into the oven and then make a salad.
We have a veggie tray left over from Monday evening's meeting - not used, I can incorporate that.
Meals are always a trip - one of my favorite subjects in school was "Home Economics" wierd huh? but I kind of get off on domestic management.
Later there'skid homework and a session of "build an IKEA bed" for my oldest. This shouldn't take long.
Tomorrow's Tae Kwon Do - the instructor's hard core, serious business. My abs are sore now and we will do so much more, makes my Friday class load so much easier to deal with - a picnic compared with this one hour of living hell.
what does not kill me makes me stronger
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