This post is dedicated to Barb.  So Barb you have to dedicate your next book to me.  A blog post for a book, that’s equal appreciation.  I think.  So yesterday I had lunch with a guy from my old company.  It’s this guy’s job to review all the therapist daily notes and documentation, rewrite policies, make sure we’re in compliance with Medicare, stuff like that.  I may start working soon and helping him out, being his assistant.  They haven’t offered me a job yet so nothing is set in stone but it will probably happen.  He said yesterday “I need help with all the boring, mundane, day-to-day stuff.”  I said “that sounds like heaven to me.”  I mean, that’s the perfect job for me, I can read and type – that’s about it.  He then said how some people find it hard to motivate themselves to get stuff done when working from home and I was like “after 2.5 years of doing nothing that won’t be a problem, trust me.”  It’s health reasons why he initially took this position so he knows exactly where I’m coming from.  Plus I enjoy sitting on my couch with a laptop on my lap.

Another opportunity is guest lecturing.  My awesome OT’s cousin is the PT department chair at a university a couple of hours away and she talked with him about me and he might want me to guest lecture.  At first I was like “Lynne you’re crazy I can’t lecture, listen to me talk.”  She said “Amy think of all the professors you’ve had with thick accents or that didn’t speak English very well.”  Good point.

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  1. Congratulations! I believe that returning to work, even if it’s not exactly what you did before is necessary for recovery and sanity, as well as paying for all that therapy since even “good” insurance sucks. Returning to work has been complicated for me since I make handmade greeting cards and the handmade part is impossible for me right now. My family has been amazing, helping me to keep my business going, getting all my holiday orders out. If anyone out there has any suggestions for getting hand fine motor back please let me know. I will try anything. Amy I so happy for you that you have these opportunities and I think you’ll be an amazing lecturer as you have so much to teach.

    • Thank you! Have you ever done mirror box therapy? It works REALLY well.

      • I’ve been using a mirror box for about four months now and no obvious change so far. But if I really focus I can feel the fingers on my left hand “moving” So I keep at it. Conceptually it makes sense to me and the pathways could be forming even though my hand isn’t fully online yet. I also just started knitting. I knit mostly with my right hand anyway, so lefty’s job is to stabilize his needle, which he is doing quite well. I read this article online about this woman in the UK who had a stroke in her 40’s and used knitting to recover. She now owns a needlework shop in Dorset. The article said she used a particular type of needle so I wrote to her and she gave me all the information I needed to get started. Knitting is very mediative and I look forward to my allotted knitting time each day. My work with the cards, unfortunately, requires very precise bilateral movement and involves some pretty impressive cutting implements, but I’ll keep trying to get more function back. At least my gluing hand is intact so I can still turn out the cards with the crystals quite rapidly. I haven’t used the mirror box for my foot. Have you?

        • Nope I never used it for my foot. My OT said she told a friend about it for his foot and it worked well for him. I bought a crocheting kit for little kids in the months following the stroke and it was comical how much I couldn’t do it and was bad at it. I should try it now….

  2. Yeah, yeah, yeah. With your knowledge people will decipher your talking because they know they need to understand it. You can describe it as dementia prevention for the students(another language to learn).

  3. Good thing you aren’t a guy. Laptops in laps are dangerous.

    • I could see that, my laptop gets extremely hot………ouch. Laptops left on and unattended have been known to start couch fires. It’s not just the students at WVU that burn couches, it’s laptops too!!

  4. You’re on!!! Thanks for the Dedication; we have a deal.

    Working from home absolutely improved my cognitive skills in my post-stroke years. In the same way, the demands of lecturing may be just what your speech needs.

    I say go for both paperwork and lecturing; just keep that K yoga going!

    Sent from my iPhone

  5. Oh Amy, I think this would be wonderful for you! I worked in the admin side of the medical field for almost 18 before deciding to stay home full time to raise our kids. I had just gone back to work three months before my stroke as a cashier.

    In May they were opening a new thrift store near my house and they had a sign up asking for volunteers. I stepped outside my comfort zone and have been volunteering two days a week. I ride my mobility scooter to “work” which means I don’t have to rely on someone else for transport. I LOVE IT!

    You would be a GREAT lecturer! GO FOR IT!!! (And see if you can work in the “Yoga Speech”, wink, wink)!

  6. Way to go Amy!!! You have so much to give, especially from the point of view of what you’ve been through. Let us know how it goes.

  7. CONGRATULATIONS! Its so great to hear about ur possible return to work. I’m always thinking about how, if, when I might return to work. My cognitive function was greatly impacted, so it makes a return to my nursing profession seem extra hard. I didn’t forget much in terms of my knowledge base, but learning new stuff, and auditory processing….especially of complex new concepts is near impossible today. I’m not ready yet anyway… I’d rather just be a mom for now. I’m just concerned that the longer I don’t use it..the more I might loose. Being a stay at home mom has been great for my physical recovery,endurance butlding, and some cognitive functions like multitasking….but totally not taxing in respect to high level executive function. I need to take some college classes and see if that helps…just don’t have time yet.

    I’m sooo happy for you!! I think a return to work will be soooo helpful for ur recovery. Both jobs sound perfect, to help u recover in different areas.

  8. YES! Amy, the job sounds great for you, and as a guest lecturer, you will sweep them off their feet! Love and good luck, Aunt Marilyn 🙂

  9. Yeah! Sounds amazing! And… You are perfectly understandable! I understood you just fine. I agree with Lynne, just go with the “accent” thing. I think I will tell zack the same thing. Calling it an accent sounds so… Exotic! Haha e citing times! Proud of you!

  10. Go, Amy, Go! When God closes a door, He opens a window. The job sounds ideal for you. How will working again affect your Medicare?

    • I don’t know how working will affect my disability/Medicare stuff. I certainly need to figure all that out. My mom’s on the case, she’s meticulous about stuff like that.

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