5-Points Friday: Neuro Disorders and Work Clothes

5-Points Friday is a new series I’m doing to wrap up a week’s worth of lessons learned, healthy snacks, and little bursts of what I’m up to. It’s also a progress report of how I’m becoming a top contender for PT school. Enjoy!

New purchase I’m loving —

Last weekend I went shopping in Fargo, North Dakota with some friends. Fargo is about an hour and a half drive from where I live, and it has a bigger & better mall.

I was on a mission to get more professional work clothes, and I ended up getting some amazing deals!

I got 2 tops from Loft: a silk flowy top & the cutest blazer. I love Loft because their clothes fit me really well and they have a lot of extra petite sizes. I swear “small” sizes are getting larger every time I shop.

blazer close up 1
Love little details like the asymmetry & side zipper.

Plus, I’m trying to add more professional looking, but still cute, clothes to my wardrobe.

Oh & A F F O R D A B L E.

I’m trying to save as much money as possible because PT school tuition ain’t cheap. I stay in the Clearance section.

This blazer was….wait for it… … … $4.88 !! (the blouse was the same price!)

blazer full pic 1
Building a professional wardrobe piece by piece.

Physical therapy fun fact —

At the clinic I currently volunteer at, I have gotten to see a few rare diseases/disorders in patients.

One of these rare disorders is: Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder (“Charcot” pronounced “Shark-O”, silent ‘t’)

It is an inherited neurological disorder. I observed a middle-aged man who has this and displays a lot of the symptoms including muscle weakness in legs and feet, high arches of the foot, and slow reaction time. And when I say high arches of the foot, I mean really high. Like very obvious to even someone untrained (like me). He was also very slow to respond in a conversation.

One interesting part of this whole thing, is that a person can have this disorder, but sometimes symptoms don’t show unless the person goes through something extremely stressful. Like a death in the family.

In the case of the man I observed, he had recently lost a child, which most likely brought on the symptoms.
{source} my observations in the clinic

Recipe I’m experimenting with —

I just bought a couple cans of chickpeas to make this recipe, so I’ll have my own pics up soon!

Exciting news I received —

So last week I told you guys that I had an interview for a group exercise instructor position with Kelly, one of the Fitness Coordinators, at a local gym.

It was pretty casual & a lot of fun because it ended up being a great conversation about what classes are available to teach and what those classes are like. I also got a grand tour of the facility – – which is beautiful.

The whole thing took an hour. After thanking Kelly, I rushed back to work. When I got home for the day I saw that she had emailed me. She said she would love to have me on their team! 

I am beyond excited and plan on sharing more about the job once I begin. It’s actually a bigger deal than I thought it would be, so I can’t wait to take the next steps – which I’ll talk about in another post :))

Next week, I’ll be a participant in some of the classes that I will eventually be teaching, so I’ll have an update on that too.

Most popular tweet —

I joined in on the #NationalNutritionMonth twitter chat the other day & am really glad I did!

I keep seeing (on Twitter) in the PT community, that it is important to know how to work with other health care providers, and to build a network in your career as a PT.

I got to see how dietitians network on social media, and what they think of National Nutrition Month, food trends, and even dream kitchen gadgets!

What is your dream kitchen gadget/tool?
Where do you get your professional/work clothes?
Are you trying any new recipes for National Nutrition Month?

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Come say hi :))

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24 thoughts on “5-Points Friday: Neuro Disorders and Work Clothes

  1. I look forward to this every Friday <3. Love the top and I'm with you, clearance all the way haha. CONGRATS on the job!! It can be a little overwhelming when you first start out, but it's still a ton of fun. I've been teaching for a year and a half and I still get super pumped to lead a class 🙂

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    1. Hey Monica, yeah 5-Points Friday will be every Friday now! This was my 3rd week trying out the new series & I like it doing it so far :)) I’m usually not a schedule-kinda person so we’ll see how long I keep it up! Thank you! 💕


  2. Congratulations on getting the job! I don’t really know much about physical therapy but I can imagine the kind of patience and empathy it requires. What a wonderful way to be making a difference.

    As for professional clothes, I shop at Sears when there are sales. I usually can’t find things in my size at most places.

    Ashlynn | http://thecrimsoncardigan.com

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    1. Nice! & thank you for the work clothes recommendation. I don’t shop a lot so I’ll make sure to check them out next time.

      Also, just bc you mentioned it — physical therapists are experts in the movement system of the body (anything that helps us move) ;))


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