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Physio observation – Paeds.

Followed some pediatric physios around today for the whole day.

First thing I realised was that it is easier earning a living sitting in an office in a corporate job than being a physiotherapist. Or any allied health profession for that matter.  You gotta get down and dirty. But i think, for most of those in the profession, the gain at the end of the day amounts to more than what money can buy.

One comment that made my heart jump today was made by a parent about her 5 or 6 year old daughter’s condition. The girl had just gone through an operation to remove part of a brain tumour.
Her mother said in mandarin, “卖房子也好,只要她好就行了”  (Even if it means selling the house, it will be worth it if she gets better.) You could tell that this lady and her sister were being as positive as they could. Argh. It’s heartbreaking. The girl, on the other hand, was playing around, being the talkative little girl she is. She didn’t even seem to care that she was having problems straightening out her foot and her hand.

Then there was this 7 year old boy who had a hydrotherapy session. He loves the pool. Spinal problems according to what his mum told me. Couldn’t hear much cos of all the drilling going on at the construction site next door. I could tell that she was tired taking care of him 24/7. But this kid could talk the house down. He could recite ALL the mrt stations, telling us which MRT station stops on the circle line were open and which ones were opening in 2010. His mum then said something about how he would make her take the train to random train stops. Damn funny.  Crazy kid.

I don’t know how to describe what I saw today. But one thing for sure is that I saw HOPE personified.

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  1. berns.
    September 29, 2009 at 2:19 am

    wow! i’ve been pondering quite a lot about where i am, what i’m doing now…dreams vs reality. how stepping out of the comfort zone into the unknown is so damn scary, risky but maybe also potentially rewarding and meaningful. sometimes i don’t quite know what i’m feeling…hmm…

    • oli
      September 29, 2009 at 2:31 am

      i still have moments where i think “eh olivia are you being stupid to have made this decision”. lol

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