The last few days I've been in Ellensburg, WA filling in at one of my company's buildings that doesn't have an OT. In case you're wondering Ellensburg is just short of being in the middle of nowhere.
It's about 3 hours from CDA (3.5 if you go the speed limit) and 1.5 hours from Seattle, so it's not too bad. I got to stay in a hotel and eat out for every meal courtesy of the company which was nice. And for work it's been stressful because I've had to catch the OT dept up on a weeks worth of paperwork in three days. I've been doing my typical OT duties (evaluations, treatments, progress notes, and discharges) and all the computer work and paperwork is the same as at my building, so it hasn't been terrible.
The best part about this facility is the rehab team. While I love my coworkers and think they are invaluable, at my building I'm the youngest therapist with the next youngest being 12 years older than me. At this building there is a physical therapist who is 27 and a physical therapy assistant who is 28. I never realized how much I miss being around people my age. I've kind of clicked with them in two days of working together, which is awesome. We went out to dinner last night and had the best time. I wish I could transport some of them back to my building in CDA.
So today after work I leave to go back to Idaho and back to my typical routine. I've missed some of my patients and I've missed the familiarity of my coworkers, office, and building. But I'm glad I did this because I met some fantastic people.
Next week I was supposed to come to Ellensburg again to fill in for two days but in order to do that I would have to reschedule a major dental appointment AND I would miss seeing my former student while he's in CDA for a job interview! Therefore, I think I'll have to pass it up.
See you back in CDA!