Category Archives: Jenna

Get a Move On

Hey everyone!  Can y’all believe it is May?!  For me, that means it is moving month!  My husband and I move down to Birmingham, Alabama at the end of May to get ready to start my internship at the beginning of June – we have one week off to move, transition, and get ready to go!

I know it is a common theme throughout all of my blog entries to talk about how fast time is flying, but good grief, it is starting to go even faster, haha.  We have 3 ½ weeks left of selectives and then it’s time to pack up!  Selectives are going well – I chose the orthopedic track, so I have spent some time in class doing a lecture/lab format reviewing some of the evaluation/examination/intervention techniques and special tests, as well as time in an outpatient clinic observing other PTs and working with patients.

It has been a good experience so far, and I look forward to more review over the next few weeks to help refresh some of these skills and info before I start the outpatient portion of my internship.

Life is good.  God continues to bless us every day, revealing a little more of His sovereign plan each and every day in His perfect timing.  With everything in the next few months being somewhat up in the air, as far as potential job opportunities and potential schooling for my husband, we are thankful that we are in God’s hands and that He tells us He has great plans for us – fills us with such a peace.

I hope y’all are doing great today, and next time I write, I will either be just about to move or will be writing from our new apartment in Birmingham!  God bless and let me know if you have any questions about anything related to the DPT program!


Learning to “work it out!”

Happy April 1st!  Yay, it is spring!  Now, hopefully it will for real start warming up (we had snow this past Monday!).  Anyways, I hope all is well with everyone reading this. Everything is going well here. We have two weeks left in this module before we start our six weeks of selectives.

This module has been very interesting – takes you in lots of different directions.  Even though there are only two tests for this entire two months, this module keeps you on your toes with all the different group projects and assignments going on.

Our classes are currently pediatrics, geriatrics, and administration and business.  For our geriatrics class, we went to an exercise class yesterday that was led by a woman who is in her 80’s…and I woke up incredibly sore today! It was a great experience and a lot of fun to incorporate the community into our class time.

Besides class, another thing with school keeping our minds occupied is the whole thought of taking our licensure exams once our internship is over.  Up until now, the licensure exam has been given on a continuous basis, so that graduates could schedule and take the exam whenever they were ready.  Now, as of this summer, there will be a fixed date schedule, so that the test will only be available on certain dates throughout the year.

While the dates are not scheduled yet for 2012, it appears that the test will be available five times per year.  The logistics of this new system is of course new to all of us, so we are all looking into how this will affect us after graduation.  If y’all have any questions about this, leave a comment, and I will try to find the answer ☺

All in all, things are great here.  I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunny Friday morning, so that is nice for sure.  I hope all y’all have a wonderful April and look forward to letting you know how the beginning of selectives are going when I write at the beginning of May!  Have a blessed day!

Stop. Switch. Learn Something New.

Hey everyone.   Everything is going well here at Elon.

We finished our previous module a couple of weeks ago, and I was so excited because that was our last module that has a full set of final exams and practicals…Yay!

We started our current module last week, which is comprised of classes of clinical decision making, administration and management, and management of the pediatric client.  This module requires some transitioning because instead of the majority of our time being spent on studying for quizzes and tests, these classes are more geared toward projects and presentations.  I am looking forward to seeing what all is involved in this module, hoping that I come out of this module with some more business sense…because that is definitely not a strong suit of mine.

I was thinking yesterday that we only have three more months here on campus before we all head out to our internships.  While there is definitely a lot for us to do before that time gets here, that is not a lot of time at all!

I am so excited about the transition toward the internship, but I am also trying to soak up these three months and really enjoy my time at Elon.  When you start this program, this point seems so far away…there is so much on your plate and so much ahead of you that this point just seems like a far distant goal…but here we are…and, yes, there has been a lot on our plate and a lot that we have done (and a lot still to do ha!), but this is just a really exciting time.

I look forward to keeping you updated on how things are going!  If y’all every have any questions, just leave it in the comments, and I will try to answer it in my next blog entry!  God bless!

Good Things Are Happening

Hey y’all!  I hope everyone reading this is having a great day.  Things are going well here – just three weeks left in this module!

School has been steady, busy, but not crazy overwhelming, but this upcoming week is going to be a little more laid back, so I am enjoying a more relaxed weekend – going out for walks in this beautiful weather (it’s sunny and in the mid-50’s…so excited about the weather slowly warming up on its way to Spring!)  This week is more relaxed and then we get geared up for finals the next two weeks…so I’m soaking up any ‘chill’ time I can get!

While school is keeping me busy, I am also really excited about other things going on in my life right now, including going down to Birmingham, Alabama in three weeks to go to an open house at the seminary my husband is interested in attending, as well as to start looking for apartments because we will be moving in less than four months for me to start my internship in June!

We are so excited, not only because I am getting closer to graduation or because my husband is excited about the potential of seminary, but we are also excited because when we live in Birmingham, we will only be about two hours from most of our family who live in Auburn (War Eagle!), as well as being close to many of our friends down there.  It is just crazy that it is already time for us to start thinking about moving!

Anyways, all to say, things are going quite well around here.  God has continued to bless us each and every day, challenging me to know him more, challenging me to trust him more, and I am just so thankful that my life, my marriage, my schooling, my future career, my everything is in his hands.  I pray that you have this peace that I have in Jesus Christ, and I just pray that his overwhelming love and peace would fill you with joy on this day.  I hope my little bits of writing help to encourage you today, and I look forward to writing next month ☺.

Reflections on a New Year

Happy New Year!  It’s 2011 — the year of my graduation!  I am getting ready to start my third year tomorrow and I just cannot believe it.  Thinking of these past two years is just wild because I think of what a whirlwind it has been.

I know the last time I wrote I was still in major transition mode, getting used to being back in the classroom after having been out in the clinic for four months.  Now, I feel that I am back in the game, back in the mode of being a student.  I am just getting to the end of our two week Christmas break, which has been a wonderful way to get rejuvenated!  I do have to say that I am very thankful for the schedule of this module, in which we started by having two weeks of class before a week of Thanksgiving break, and then three weeks of class before a two week Christmas break. It has been a wonderful way to help me transition back into school-mode without getting too overwhelmed.

As I get ready to get back to class, I am so excited thinking of getting to meet the new DPT class that will be starting tomorrow!  I’m excited to talk with them and see how they are doing as they get started in this program.  Also, as I think about starting this new year, I think of how it is going to be a steady drive of class until the end of May, when we will be finished with didactic material and getting ready to start our six month internship.

I know these last five months in class at Elon are going to fly by just like the rest of my time has, so I want to make a point to make the most of my time here and not rush it along.  I admit it is tempting to rush the time along, wanting to be done with class work, to be successful in the internship, and to be getting ready to graduate. But I also know that I do not want to get to the end of my time at Elon and wish I had soaked it up more.  God has given me today, and He has given me this day for a purpose according to His will, and I do not want to miss it.

I want to fully invest myself each day and share the light and joy He has given me with everyone I come into contact with, at Elon and elsewhere.  I admit that I may struggle with not always feeling the peace that I sound like I have, struggling at times with feeling overwhelmed with school and life, but God is working in me through those struggles and challenges to mold me into the person He has created me to be.  I just say this so that you do not think I am just being superficial and that I am always happy and bubbly. I definitely have my struggles but I am thankful for them because they help me to see all the more my reliance on Christ and His power and purpose and light and joy in me.  I just pray that others would see this power, purpose, light and joy in my life…all for His glory.  Love y’all and talk to you next month ☺.

To Everything There is a Season

Hi all.  Well, it is the last day of November 2010!  The other day as I was emailing my to-be first year buddy, I was thinking about how I felt two years ago at this time, getting ready to move up here to Elon and get started with Elon’s DPT program.

And then I was thinking about where I was last year at this time, just about to finish my first year and what a feat that felt like.  I remember being so excited with one of my classmates and calling ourselves second years for the first time.  At this time last year, my stomach was in knots thinking about going on my first clinical and what that was going to be like.

And now as I sit here, my classmates and I have finished all three of our 2-month clinicals and are nearing the end of our second year.  The third year students just finished their final internship and will be back on campus next week before they graduate…and then we will be able to call ourselves third years! ☺

Right now, my classmates and I are all still in transition mode, trying to get used to being in the classroom instead of in the clinic.  Four months in the clinic and then coming back to the classroom with studying, tests, and papers is quite an adjustment.

The module we are in right now has gotten off to a fast start, and it has taken me a couple of weeks to get my head straight as to classes and assignments, but I feel that I am starting to get back in the mode…I will let you know for sure how the transition is going when I write in December.

Even though it may be difficult to get back in class mode, I have really been thinking lately how I want to soak up this time I have at Elon, because, really, I will only be on campus for six more months before we go out on our final internship.  So, God has me right where I am for a reason, and I look forward to what He has in store.

Finding Purpose

Hey everyone!  It’s October 1st!  Can y’all believe it’s fall, because I can’t.  I know I haven’t written in a few months, and I am sorry, but I will get back to monthly blog entries starting today.

Well, today is midterm of my third and final two month clinical.  Since I have written, I have finished up another module of class back in June, been on a two-month clinical at UNC Children’s Hospital, and now am halfway through my clinical at a skilled nursing facility (SNF), at a nursing home in Thomasville, NC.

Talk about a broad spectrum of experience I have been able to get from these clinical: small outpatient clinic, fast-paced acute PT at the Children’s Hospital, and extended rehab through the SNF with primarily older individuals.  People continue to ask me where I see myself working as a PT, and honestly, I am still so open to whatever door God opens.

I loved the acute side of things working in a big hospital system because we were on the go all day long, working all the floors of the children’s hospital, as well as working throughout other parts of the hospital, like the hematology-oncology clinic.  I saw such a broad spectrum of patients and learned more than I could have ever imagined.  I worked with infants only a few months old all the way to 23-year-olds.  I worked with patients with unknown diagnoses, developmental delays, subdural and subarachnoid hemorrhages, traumatic brain injuries, status post surgery: posterior spinal fusions for scoliosis, osteotomies of the femur and/or tibia in the lower extremities in patients with cerebral palsy to correct the malalignment of the bony structures due to spasticity of muscles, status post motor vehicle accidents, fractures, Cerebral Palsy, heart conditions: heart surgeries: with sternal precautions, fasciotomies due to Compartment Syndrome, traumatic amputations, burns, and I could keep going.

Even though we had not had our formal “Peds” module yet at Elon, we had been exposed to pediatrics through a course that went through the development of a child, along with common developmental milestones to assess when working with this population.  While on this clinical, I drew on knowledge that I had gained through class, as well as drew as much as possible from my CI and other therapists to learn as much as I could while at this site.  I did not want to leave.

Even though I had become so invested in my role as a student PT at UNC Children’s, I was really looking forward to going to work at the SNF due to the fact that I had never worked in this type of setting.  I have been there one month, and I have loved my time there.  The residents of the nursing home and the patients we see for therapy are such a blessing to me every day.

I feel valued and needed in this facility.  So many of these individuals just need someone to wave at them, smile at them, give them a hug and to be told that they are loved.  That is what I love most about this setting.  I love going down the halls and knowing the majority of the residents’ names, talking with them and hugging them as I go on my way.  Many of these residents do have caregivers and family that visit and spend time with them, but on the other hand, many do not.

My heart has broken more than a few times during the past month when I hear elderly residents calling out for their mother or father, a mother or father who has passed away a long time ago.  My heart has broken when I have to close the door to the locked Alzheimer’s unit, with a resident trying to come to the door, saying “Please don’t close it, please let me out,” and then knocking on the door after I have closed it.  I love these people.  I am getting teared up as I think about it, thinking about how important it is for someone to know someone cares for them.  I will tell you more about my experience at this nursing home in my next blog entry at the end of this month.

Thank you guys for listening to my story, and I hope it encourages you today if you are thinking of pursuing the profession of physical therapy because there are so many settings and so many people who need our help, whether they are needing our skills as a PT or our skills as a human being in just listening and loving them.  I have found purpose in my pursuit of becoming a physical therapist.  Have a great day guys, and I look forward to talking with y’all at the end of October.