Saturday, March 15, 2008
I have never felt very comfortable being the centre of attention even though I am not as painfully shy as I used to be. It is nice to receive recognition once and a while though, especially when it is sincere and from people who are special to you.
About a month ago I handed in my resignation for my job as a community physiotherapist. I left the hospital in 1995 and worked full time in this capacity for the next nine years. There were many changes in the way home care was delivered in this time and I went from being an employee of the regional government to a contract worker for a private company. The reporting requirements have become more complex and time consuming every year. Therapists work from a home office and the paper work and calls are always there awaiting completion. In 2004 I returned to the hospital but kept a small community caseload as well. I really love visiting people in their homes and find the patient part of the work very rewarding. But the time had come to move on and have just one job. I took the recent blogging break to finish my paperwork and visits and refused to let myself become diverted from my task until it was done.
Last night some of my co-workers from the community, past and present, honoured me with a supper and a gift. The beautiful potted Bouvardia shown in these pictures was one of my presents. I hired some of them when I was the professional leader between 2000-2004. All of them are good friends and committed therapists who have been great to work with. I look forward to maintaining these friendships.
My cousin Samuel returned from several weeks with his family in Arizona just in time for the big snowstorm last Saturday. He had been saving a gift for me since my birthday in January and I received it today. Samuel has one and his life list is much longer than mine. But I shall start recording my bird sightings in this Birder's Journal and hopefully add a trip or two to Arizona or Mexico to get some of the south-western species.
Gifts are nice, recognition is appreciated, but friends are best of all!