I love working at the hospital during the weekdays. On Wednesday, I started helping out with this class called “joint camp” where hip & knee replacement orthopedic patients are brought into one room to do physical therapy exercises together. I love walking the patients from their room & back because I meet so many nice and interesting people. I can’t help but to care so much for them.
If you love what you’re doing, it shows because one particular patient told me the most encouraging things today. She said that I was so sweet and patient, and that she knew that I enjoy what I do & that she will be thinking of me. I won’t get to see her tomorrow, but I wished her the best in everything. To know that you’ve helped make someone’s visit to the hospital a little bit better, makes me feel so happy. There was also a couple that I really enjoyed talking to & they just made me feel like they were my very own grandparents. They trusted me, even though they knew I was still training and it means the world to me. I especially have fun with the patients that are being discharged the day of because they’re full of energy and excited to go home. It’s contagious.
All it takes is kindness and showing people that you care about their well-being, and your life will feel like you’ve done something great in the world. I’m only 22 but I am looking forward to the rest of my life in physical therapy. :) I hope I never lose this appreciation of my job. It would be the worst thing that could ever happen.