I’ve had a few different jobs since college, ranging from a craft store, to P&G, so I guess you could say my experience is pretty varied ;) I worked for a PT office as a front desk girl, left, and am now back as the Business Manager. I truly do love it, most days. At each position I’ve held, I’ve had some irreplaceable experiences, and I don’t regret a single one. You spend half of your life working, so hopefully the impact your job has is a good one. I figured I’d share a few of the highlights from my time here!
1) The patients. Y’all, like any time you deal with the public, some of them are the worst. But then, you see one out in public, they come up and give you the biggest hug and ask how you’re doing, and you realize this place is all about the relationships, and it’s the best.
2) Be grateful. Every. Single. Day. We have patients that will never walk again. Some went to bed just fine, and woke up realizing they have had a slow growing tumor on their spine and now cannot stand. Some were born that way. Some were in auto accidents. Some were in military accidents. Complaining about getting up to workout just seems so silly in that context.
3) Miracles happen…especially when you put in the hard work. Y’all, I have seen a patient walk who wasn’t supposed too. He came to therapy for SIX YEARS. We have a video of him walking into our clinic for the very first time on his own. Not a dry eye in the house, I assure you. There are so many of these “miracle” stories, and I am just so dang grateful.
4) Physical Therapy works. I’d be willing to bet you have some kind of nagging ache or pain, right? Just about everyone does. What I didn’t know is that, often in just a few visits, a PT can severely reduce that pain, and teach you how to avoid it in the future. I mean, isn’t it worth it?
5) Insurance companies are the worst. Can’t live with em, can’t live without em. The number of hours I’ve spent on hold/arguing with them, is unreal. Pro tip: Humana is cheap but the customer service is the WORST. For sure get it if you like pulling out your hair.
6) PT’s are generally very healthy people. Aka, you may bring in a box of donuts and basically only the office staff will eat them. Or you may have a Friendsgiving and one of them will bring in cauliflower “stuffing.” Or, you may even look around and realize that 3/4ths of the people who work for you have run at least a half marathon. No big deal, it’s fine. *sips sweet tea*
7) Get a job where the dress code is yoga pants and dri fit shirts/sweatshirts. It’s honestly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my entire life. You don’t even have to pack clothes to work out in after work. Multi-functional, I’m here for it.
8) All you have to do is limp around and look sad if you really need an adjustment/some treatment. Someone will take pity on you and work on you when they have free time.
9) There is an extremely good chance that you will overhear a conversation that you are CONVINCED is in a foreign language. Medical Terminology is real weird y’all.
10) Something about medical offices seems to invite people to open up. There is a good chance that you will learn a whole lot about someone’s life in a very short period of time. It has taught me to take care with people’s stories. It explains so much about who they are. Even if they don’t realize it, they’re letting you in on what makes them tick. For me…well it takes a lot for me to open up to people, so I can’t say I really understand it. But I will say that it has taught me to be more compassionate.
There you have it, top ten things I’ve learned here. Maybe someday I’ll do a Hobby Lobby version…it might be a bit different than this list ;) Happy Wednesday!