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mooshie last won the day on August 7 2016

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  1. mooshie

    I did it!

    Ahh, thank you for the clearing that up for me.
  2. mooshie

    I did it!

    Thanks! What's a JD?
  3. mooshie

    I did it!

    So in March I posted about the fact that I would be graduating soon. Well, I did it! I graduated (with high honors even!), took my scary certification exam which I passed. I'm now licensed and have a (very) part time job! *phew!* That was a crazy 3 years of school! And, I'm happy to report that I graduated debt-free. I'm quite certain that to most of the world it will sound crazy when I say this. Now I have the unique "problem" of not really knowing what to do with the little bit of money I am earning. It's not really a real problem, really just something I have yet to decide on. I *think* that I will end up putting part (haven't decided on a percentage or set dollar amount) into my "blow money" category because, well, what fun is it to earn money if you never get to spend any of it? And the rest I'm thinking will go into our brokerage account. I think that's a fine plan, it just sounds so boring! LOL! But really, the only other idea we have for it is to use some for a sinking fund for family vacations. So really it is more fun than it sounds! LOL! And every time I think about this I am reminded how blessed we are that we don't "need" my earnings to live happily ever after. So, life over here is pretty good. Thanks to all those who encouraged me to finish school! Have a fabulous day!
  4. It's been a LONG time since I last posted, but for some reason I was feeling the urge to post tonight. If you recall I was really questioning my schooling decision. But since I'll be done in 4 weeks I suppose it looks like I will really graduate! I'm really excited about the prospect of actually having a college degree, and at finally finishing this program! But I don't really let myself think about being finished very much yet because I'm not done yet. BUT, as of 3:15 pm on April 22nd I will officially be done with my school work, and then I will really let myself believe it and get all excited and stuff. And one of the best parts is that I will graduate with exactly $0 in school debt! I just have to survive 4 more weeks (yes, I'm counting down)! I think I can, I think I can.
  5. Yeah, it's not so much about the money as it is that I was looking for something fulfilling to do while the kids are in school besides buy more crafting supplies and clean the house. The only influence making money has had in this decision is that I didn't want to spend the money to go to school and have a job that pays what I could earn in a job that doesn't require a degree. For instance, I didn't want to be an LPN who would earn $10-12/hr when I could earn more than that at the local credit union w/o spending any money for tuition. So I was just looking for something fulfilling and enjoyable that would pay better than about $13/hr (what I could earn as a teller). But yes, adults recovering from surgery or injury was the main group I was thinking of working with when I jumped into this with both feet. And as someone earlier mentioned, I didn't want/realized that teaching people to wipe their own butts again was part of the job. I'm really not interested in that. I think it should be a disclaimer somewhere, "Don't get into this job unless you want to teach people to wipe their butts" ...except that many OTs don't actually do that, so I guess it's not really accurate.
  6. Oh yes, I neglected to mention home health. It is also something I have considered, but have no experience with. So I have not been turned away from it yet. And a note, it's not so much that I have to use crafts on a daily basis, it's more that I feel I was lead to believe that OT is more fun/less stress than it appears to be that is scaring me off. I want to do something I'll enjoy, not something that will make me a big ball of stress when I come home. But I think a great deal of that will be determined by the setting I work in and the patients I work with. So I think looking around to see if there is a setting I would be happy in this summer will really tell me if this is something I can be happy doing or not.
  7. Well depending on your area of OT crafts can be used a LOT, or not at all. In psych they are used quite often to facilitate a calming effect, or sequencing skills, or in the medical setting they can be used with a client who needs to work on fine motor skills. They are often used in schools as well due to the fact that children often receive OT services for a fine motor delay, and crafts are a great way to work on fine motor skills. Crafts CAN be used in many OT settings, though they often are not either because the OT practitioner doesn't like crafts and doesn't use them in their practice, or because the client doesn't like them. And sometimes it is due to the fact that the patient doesn't have a deficit that can be helped with a crafting activity. And in response to the comment earlier, crafts in therapy usually are covered by insurance so long as the activity is appropriate for the diagnosis. It just depends on what the patient is being seen for. This wasn't a scheme to turn a hobby into a job. It was more that I thought I'd found a job that I would like and would get the chance to do a craft with a patient at work some of the time. This all started when I was teaching my friend, who is an OT, to crochet. We got to talking and she informed me that I'd make a good COTA. She told me a bit about what that would entail and mentioned the crafting possibilities. I knew from the beginning that I would not be crafting all day, every day at work. But from what I've seen in my fieldwork thus far crafting is not used anywhere near as often as I was lead to believe. I've seen it plenty in the psych hospital, but I don't want to work there because it's too far from home, and the pay stinks. I've seen it used once in a school but I don't want to work in a school because the school district I live in pays terribly too (the one to the east pays well, but it's pretty far away for a job I don't need. I even saw it in an acute care setting in a hospital once, but I don't want to work in a hospital because there are too many chances for contracting infectious diseases and I don't want to expose myself or my family to that. So that leaves rehab facilities and out patient facilities. I've never seen crafts used in a rehab facility, though I've heard of it, and I have no experience with an out patient facility, though I think the suggestion of a job shadow at an out patient facility this summer was a very good one. Anyway this is all just a long explanation of why I know crafts are used in OT and reimbursed by insurance, and this isn't a "scheme" (which term I apparently resent) to turn a hobby into a job. And now onto WHY I got into OT in the first place. 3 years ago after my open heart surgery I did some cardiac rehab. I liked that my therapist was helping me get stronger. I thought that a job like that would be fulfilling. I talked to my OT friend and she mentioned that she'd done cardiac rehab as well. So later when I decided to go back to school I decided on OT because I'd been interested in the medical field for a long time and this seemed like a good fit. I could help people help themselves, and impact their lives the way my therapist had impacted mine. And if I got to do a craft with a patient from time to time all the better! Anyway, I really think looking into an out patient facility would be the best step to take at this point. Thanks again for all the comments.
  8. A COTA is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. It is equal to a PTA (Physical Thearpy Assistant) in that we can carry out treatment plans. It is a level below an OT (with a master's degree) and my school is accredited by AOTA (the American Occupational Therapy Association). So don't worry about the program. There are currently more jobs for COTAs in my state than there are in my program ready to graduate next year and the field is growing, so having a job in OT should I want it is not a concern. Sorry, I didn't clarify that earlier. Thank you for the replies. I will have to consider them and reply later. I have a class starting in a while with a quiz I need to study for. I was just checking on my break.
  9. Thank you for the responses. I'll try to answer the questions that have come up. There are several things about OT that I don't want to do: I don't want to work in a hospital or a school, this greatly limits where I can work, but doesn't eliminate everywhere. I am not particularly interested in taking people to the bathroom or shower. I suppose outpatient isn't so unappealing to me at the moment, though I have no experience with it. I don't actually know if there is something I could do with my degree besides working directly with patients. I suppose there is, but I also don't think those are jobs you walk right into the day after graduation, so I still suspect I'd have to work w/ patients for at least a few years b-4 I could get something where I don't work with them. I think what drew me to OT in the first place was that I like helping people (though apparently I'm more picky than I realized), and I thought that the idea of helping people through crafts sounded great! Problem is that w/o working in a psych hospital the use of crafts in therapy is limited to those who are actually interested in crafts with an injury/disability that can be helped with a particular craft that they are interested in. There are no other teachers to work with. There are 3 teachers in the whole program and we all have them all for the same classes. It's a pretty small program with only 24 students. LOL! I'd love to think I could talk to the Dean, but she is an OT and we had her last semester and she is just as bad, if not worse than the 2 teachers I was complaining about. I would get nowhere with her. I MIGHT be able to convince the program director to let me take a YEAR off, but that is the only option for a break any longer than this summer. Each class is only taught once/year. And I don't really know what the requirements are for taking off a year. On the website it sounds like it's got to be some sort of life crisis beyond your control to get it, but I don't really know. I am interested in software development. My kids have been learning about it on Khan Academy and my DD LOVES it. I intend to learn about it this summer regardless of whether I finish the program or not because I'm interested in it. I guess that I just fear I will feel like a quitter the rest of my life if I quit this program now. But Miranova has made a good point. It may not matter if I finish or switch, or not. And one other thing I didn't mention earlier, I know it shouldn't matter, but I apparently care what people will think of me if I don't finish this program. Not just my fellow students, but my siblings, my parents (who have given a little help in tuition even), my in-laws. And there's the fact that this was a competitive program to get into. The fact that I'm in the program means that someone else is not. I feel like a jerk taking 1 year of this program and leaving when someone else could've gotten my spot and would finish. I feel very ungrateful. Oh and then there's my friend who told me I'd make a great COTA, and convinced me it'd be the perfect job because it pays pretty well for a 2 yr. degree and I can work part time, which is great for me with my 5 kids. Currently my plan is to take a break this summer, and start up in the fall and see how the first few weeks go. My school is pretty nice in that you don't actually have to pay tuition until 2 weeks after classes start, and even then you have another week where if you drop you can get 100% of your tuition refunded. But, if I really truly decide that software is the way for me during the summer I MIGHT change my major. I don't want to be a quitter and I don't want to be a COTA. I just feel like I can't win. *sigh*
  10. *Sigh* Remember last summer when I found out I got into the program I had applied to and I was SO excited? Well, I'm just about to finish up my first year and I'm honestly not sure it's worth it to finish. The program is driving me crazy due to the teachers not knowing what they're doing (2 of them are VERY new, not very good teachers, who change the syllabus several times in a semester, and don't know when things are due when you ask them. 1 of them even acts annoyed when you ask her a question). Other than the annoyance of the program and teachers not knowing what they're doing, I'm really not sure that I even want to practice OT anymore. This is a 2 year program (really 3 though because it's not even possible to finish the prerequs in less than a year), and I'm a year in (2 with prerequs), so I really only have 1 year to go. But is it worth it? I mean, if I hate it, and I don't want to do the job when I graduate it may be more worth it to change majors, and put that last year and the tuition into something that I DO want to do when I graduate. BUT the problem is that I am not sure there is a major that I do want to do when I graduate. So, I DO want to graduate. At this point I'm not sure I care what I graduate in though because I can't think of a job I want to do. I've recently become interested in software, but it'd take another 3 years of school to get a BS in that because I haven't done any of the prerequs as part of my associates. And there's the fact that I don't really know why I'm even going to school anyway. My DH makes over twice what I'll ever be able to earn in OT, I just figured out that by the time my twins graduate from high school my DH's retirement investments will be over $1M, which is plenty for us to retire on with a paid for house (DH and I will be 48 and 46 respectively), and DH isn't even sure he wants to retire at that time yet or not. So we wouldn't need any of my income if I was working anyway. I mean, it's not like we wouldn't use it, but we don't NEED any of it. We'd probably use it to help the kids out, and go on big family vacations or something. I mean, I've never met anyone who had more money than they could find places to put it. But is it a waste for me to be going to school to do something I don't want to do? There is a part of me that wants to finish just for the sake of finishing, and there's a part of me that wants to quit right now, 3 weeks from the end of the semester (that part will lose, I WILL finish this semester!), and there's a part of me that wants to just take my last 2 generals and get my AS in general studies and call it good. Making decisions is hard when what you thought you wanted turns out to not be what you thought it was. What should I do? I hate hard choices.
  11. Oh sorry. I looked back and realized I haven't actually posted in a year! Yes, OTA= Occupational Therapy Assistant. Thanks for the encouragement! Only a week to go in this semester! Then just 2 semesters of classes and 1 of fieldwork (unpaid internship). LOL! Makes it sound like it's almost over.
  12. So... I have been MIA for quite some time. Just wanted to drop in and say hi. I'm still alive and kickin' and I think I mentioned in my last post that I got accepted into the OTA program at my local community college. So the school now owns my soul Seriously, I hate it. I spend SO much time at school and doing homework. I "only" have 3 semesters left... unless I change my major. I don't really want to quit this program, but it's driving me insane. But on the plus side this is the last week of class and next week is finals week. So, I'm almost done with this semester, and maybe next semester will be better? Anyway, that's what I'm up to. All school all the time! I don't get to visit here as much as I'd like. But I do drop by on occasion to see what you are all up to. There's always some interesting thread to read. So, it may be another semester before I post again. But I'm still here and plowing forward. And going crazy! Sorry this post is so pouty. I'll try to do better next time. I am pretty stoked for Christmas coming up though!
  13. mmm...I could mix it with rice crispies too. I'm getting so many ideas!
  14. Mmmm, I just made your granola recipe and it's yummy. Now I'm wishing for some pain yogurt. :-) What else can you do with granola other than granola bars? Do you think it would be good as cold cereal?
  15. mooshie

    4 weeks to go!

    So far I just have a spreadsheet, but I'm thinking about putting together a chain.
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