Dickson joined the Aim2Walk team in January, 2011 as a small, naive co-op student with a willingness to learn. Today, he is a small, naive co-op student that has helped Aim2Walk tremendously through our growing pains as a new clinic. He is currently in the middle of his second placement with us and we couldn’t be happier to have such a hard working, dedicated, curious, and intelligent guinea pig. As an innovative neuro-rehab centre, we are often trying out new therapies and technologies, and Dickson has yet to say “no” (or at least we haven’t heard him say “no”) to us trying something new with him (see pic inset). Our clients enjoy his company and sense of humor, and we hope you enjoy his rambling…thus the Neurochangers next blog entry is courtesy of Dickson, the best co-op student a clinic could ask for.
Hello everyone! The bosses requested that I write about my experiences working here at Aim2Walk, so for the next 798 words I’ll be reminiscing about my good ol’ days at Aim2Walk 5 months ago. For all the co-op students that might happen to read this blog and are looking for work, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. You might just end up liking it so much you won’t be able to do anything else!
It was my first day at aim2walk, and it was my first placement, so to get ready for my interview, I dressed up in my big boy pants, shoes and ties, and wore my professional interview face. I nervously walked into the clinic for my interview. This being my first time being in a physiotherapy clinic, I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I was brought up to speed quickly.
“Aim 2 walk is a clinic that specializes in neuro rehab”. I nod and jotted that down in my notes.
“Washrooms are down the hallway to the right, and the beer is in the fridge”. I nod and jotted that down, underlining the last part.
“Washroom to the right, beer in the fridge”
I was surprised by how relaxed everyone was at Aim2Walk. Everyone was patient (no pun intended) when they explained how the equipment worked, they didn’t treat me any differently because I was a student, in fact, they even encouraged me to think for myself and question what we did. I know for a fact that that can’t be done with just anyone, a lot of inflated egos out there that wouldn’t be too happy about the questions or be so patient with a student. Good thing too or my big mouth would have gotten into trouble really quickly.
It didn’t stay relaxing for long, at least not for me. Business picked up really quickly soon after training was done and I was tossed into the deep end, it was all I could do to keep my head above the water. Matt, Jesse, Aaron and I were juggling with patients like clowns in a ball pool, and I had to learn quickly how to take care of things by myself with minimal help and supervision. Of course help was always close at hand for both the patient and me, in case something came up. The times that I wasn’t working alone, I was with either Matt or Jesse (Aaron was usually off somewhere working his magic), listening in on their conversations with the patients and absorb whatever I could. Most of those conversations ended up being directed at me as Matt and Jesse shared their wealth of knowledge.
Working one on one with the patients turned out to be beneficial for me. Everyone that came into the clinic knew what they wanted, and what works best for them, so the patients were able to help me out big time. I learned a lot about what some of our patients go through because of their injuries. Working with and talking to with these amazing people and helped me to appreciate the work that was being done here, and I knew, that if I had to do everything within my power, even if it only eases them down the path they are going, I would do it for them.
This went on for quite a while, when finally we started hiring more help (Yay!). Just as I thought my days of frenzied dashing around the clinic was over… it actually was, haha imagine that. It was the end of my four months of co-op and I had to leave before I could enjoy some more time with my pals (old and new) at Aim2Walk.
So even though my rib cage was showing by the end of that four months (cookies and water for lunch isn’t the best when it comes down to nutrition), I was a veritable giant when it came down to the experience I had gained from both the patients and the therapists. So who knows? Maybe this time around I could even hold my own against the giants at Aim2Walk. Dickson