I am finishing my final day of the “This is it Tour”. This day will consist of driving to Pheonix to rest up for a 6 AM flight in the morning. I wonder what in the world I was thinking when that was booked. Almost find myself considering leaving this evening by changing the flight. I am now on this time zone so staying up late is not an issue for East coast time. We shall see how the wind takes me. A final walk in Sedona will be nice. It is a mystery on my next return date to this part of the country.
Along this trip, I was gifted with the reminder of my love for hands on work. While in Moab, Erin was reviving her kitchen cabinets. It has been too long since I participated in a home reviving project. Upon arrival, there was a need to figure out how I could be part of this project. We started first thing the next day, after coffee of course. I scrubbed the frames to remove the grime from the past as she hung the newly stained doors. It felt wonderful to be part of something like this. Bringing beauty back to something old warms my heart. Doing a task like this as a joyful team was beyond meaningful.
Along this trip, I experienced the joy in my training as an occupational therapist. I am forever grateful to my younger self who worked so hard in college to graduate with a skill that will serve me for a lifetime. Thank you, Miss Kristin from ages 18 to 22! You make life great even now. So all those endless flashcards and memorization nights are still paying off.
One wonderful woman I met has been struggling with shoulder tightness after an accident years ago. She recently learned that the joint and muscles are not torn and movement is safely necessary. I was able to offer some pain free movements with a hope for her to do her hair without excruciating pain and tears. 5 days later, I return to her to see a huge smile on her face. Her shoulder is doing much better and she can now do her hair with greater ease. It is not perfect yet, but she can see improvement! Now that is what I love about this practice, finding the real goal and taking steps to get there. No regular person cares about the number of degrees they can move a joint. What they do care about is if they can do something important and independent for their daily life.
Another gift arrived in Moab. A wonderful woman hurt her thumb during an epic mountain biking fall. Her thumb has healed beautifully! Yet her wrist is sore from wearing a splint. During a class, she was trying to work her wrist by putting her weight through it. That is too much pressure at this point to be comfortable. I offered her an option to stretch passively without using pressure or weight. Much to her amazement, it felt good! That is what I am after. Simple solutions that actually do something meaningful for the lives of others. Looks like hands on treatment is where I will find myself in the next few weeks.
The delight in purposeful connection with others continues to show up and radiate through this journey!