as found on the American OT site. so now you can actually understand when i say what i do. There is a big difference in what we do in comparison to PT's (physiotherapists) - although we work with them and spend a lot of time together working on the same patients we do not do anything to do with muscles other than re-training ppl skills like writing etc. Thats the thing, PT's and OT's do overlap sometimes, but its important that either one isn't stepping on the other's toes... there is a little friendly rivalry between OT's and PT's :D
Anyway, moving along, the reason i went all definition on you was because you probably think, wait a sec, isn't OT medical? of course it is silly. But we don't treat disease. We help rehabilitation after disease/trauma etc. I don't get to look at blood tests, treat sickness or prescribe medicines unless i suggest something to the Dr. I dunno. I love reading about the body and its systems and what can go horribly wrong and what to do about it etc. Maybe i shouldn't be helping ppl recover from disease/improve their quality of living, maybe i am better suited to diagnosising and treating the disease (not the after effect). It is so exciting reading about disease - autoimmune, trauma, pathogenic or physiologic.
Then, ppl see me enjoying pathophysiology and say...Caroline, why aren't you doing medicine. Then the same reply, my UAI was crap (tho i did get into my course with 9.55 UAI points to spare) and i was sick during the HSC and didn't do 2 of the english papers, excuses excuses. I would LOVE to do medicine, but the work load is too big compared to what i'm used to. Thats not really a proper reason. But OT, we have no random quizes....we have assignments during the semester (average of 2-3 per subject) and only 3 of the 4 subjects have an end of semester exam. So the work load is pretty much non-existant. But i'm settled into it, i'm surviving, my chronic fatigue has settled into the routine and i can see myself drowning in medicine. I can see myself drained of energy, constantly studying and losing sleep, having constant stress of the quizes (stress makes chronic fatigue worse) and not having enough time for me...or a job!
so, i have decided, (and will probably change my mind about 10000000000 times again), that i'll finish OT, and once i'm earning money, i'll do post grad or part time or something - then i'd be an overqualified OT or Dr! lol. only 2 more years of OT so i don't see why not, and i'll be able to do it shorter due to the subject overlap of OT and medicine....thats my rationale. lol.
I lose. I just make excuses to myself to make my fear of study, working hard and challenging myself seem like their not the real reasons why i'm not doing something that so many ppl think i would enjoy more/do better at.
Well, thats a depressing post.... enjoy. Tell me what you think i should do
Here is my rant:
ok on sunday i got the flu (still have) in which i couldn't let anythin touch me (not even sheets) and then i spnt one night in agony as my fever went so high that my muscles started cramping including my diaphragm (making it painful to breathe) etc
i'd been noticing since friday that one of my eyes looked wider than the other and i thougt i was inmagineing it....until everyone else said i wasn't as they could see it. so i went to the dr and he went spastic about how the illness in my thryroid (graves disease) could be causing it and how i needed to go to an endocrinologist (hormone specialist - as the thyroid controls hormones) and how i needed a CAT scan STAT ( he didn't say stat but it sounds cool)
so the endocrinologist says my eye has its own case of graves disease that can happen only in the eye or only in the throid and sometimes in both. so lucky me has both! so the fatty tissue and muscles behind my eye are getting bigger and pushing my right eye forward
my dad does the cat scan and says that there's no tumor and just the graves disease
i had to get a MEGA blood test to test for almost EVERYTHING in my blood. and i have to take MEGA dosages of prednisone to hopefully make my eye go down (tho there is not treatment they just hope it works). luckily my eyes isn't toooo noticable and i got in early
with everyone poking and prodding my eye i now have conjunctivitis in both eyes
DOES IT GET ANY WORSE???
I'm a big bowel of sickness ready to make bread: a little chronic fatigue, a dash of graves diease of the thyroid, a little exopthalomas (the eye thing), one cup of flu, and 2 teaspoons of conjunctivitis.
wooo what a wonderful week. I have 2 days left of this nightmare week.....what else can happen?
Ronnel and i have recently achieved the 3 and a half years mark - and the funny thing is that it doesn't seem that long and i can see us being together for so much longer than that.
I have been pretty stressed with uni and the fact that in the year and watever since school finished, i have seen my friends about 4 times. rose and jen jen about 7-8 and nicole about 3 times. Plus i get a phone call from nicole saying shes in australia and i fnid out that she's at a club celebrating alex's birthday .... "do wanna talk to paul?"or basically everyone of your friends from high school who have forgotten you and as a result all went out partying and the one person who hasn't been in the country for the last yr remembered tyo call you and accidently rubbed in their faces how much they have abandoned you after they find out you're in your pjs over 100km away at home sitting and watching crappy movies on the tv. Wow i cried a bit after that. considering i thought that the whole abandonment from my 1st high school friends was compensated by all my great friends at my new school - wow i was totaly wrong, it turns out i really don't have any friends and if i ever get married about 10people outside of family will be invited due to my total lack of friends - i guess that loweres the reception price.
Wow i was thinking of going out for my birthday when i realized that out of the people i want to go, 3 want go bcoz they don't drink, i won't go bcoz she doesn't dance/doesn't like the idea of clubs, about 5-6 wont go becase they don't like rnb, 1 won't be in the country, plus the about 10others who don't want to go because they either don't like me/ or they "aren't friends with my friends". wow that narrows it down to my boyfriend and sister and her boyfriend - who all have to go. Man i feel oved.
If you want to go to my birthday thing tell me and ask my other friends bcoz if no-one really does care i wont bother putting in time figuring out the logistics of something that will end up not happening.
Anyway if anyone really cares, an email would be nice, or telling other people who are meant to me my friend to get in contact with me.