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  • #16
    Yes I am on max midodrine and I take florinef in the am. My bp totally drops after eating! So annoying. In yall's opinion, even if I start volunteering everyday, won't my 1.5 yrs off kill me? If I could wait to work I'd love to go back to school to be a counselor. Thatd be awesome

    As far as sticking with recreation that's difficult. You really need to be able to help someone if they need it and most jobs require CPR. I can barely breath on my own with these lungs! I'd love to make a wheelchair exercise video though. I'd thought of that in rehab when they had us exercise to an awful one.

    I have an apt at voc rehab today
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    • #17
      I think for many of us after we were injured, we had to make career changing decisions. What we thought was a worst possible scenario, turned out to be something that was very rewarding and possibly something we never would have thought capable.

      If anything, this is another chance to decide who you want to be in life. Voc Rehab is great but don't let them pigeon hole you into something you would hate doing. When I took the vr tests, they told me that they'd have to wait fgor the results but it looked like I would be a great accountant, order taker or some other desk job. Which is okay for some. Those jobs were the lowest on my interest tests lol.

      If volunteering, you don't have to go in everyday. Counseling is a wonderful opprotunity. A fun, rewarding volunteer position is reading or assisting kids in school. They get over the chair issues quickly and the hugs are worth it alone. I loved the Primary and elementary levels. We could see eye to eye until around the 4th grade lol.

      You have a lot of things going for you E. You are educated, smart and motivated. It will be interesting what vr has to say.

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      • #18
        Advice that will probably sound trite but shift your focus from what you can't do or think you can't do to how to do stuff. Recreation Therapy is a viable option, one of the inventors of quad rugby/murder ball works as a rehab therapist at a rehab center in Vancouver, BC.

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        • #19
          actually ec, more employers are looking for people who have done volunteering while they were unemployed. it shows that you were doing work, still trying to do something within/out of your field(and therefore gaining new skill sets in the process) so it makes you a more desirable hire than someone who may have a longer work record but then didnt work for a few yrs.

          and yea, the kids get over the chair quickly and they just really enjoy that you're coming there for them and them only. i highly encourage you to just go for it, tell them what you CAN do and always know you can have the kids be your assistant if you need it. recreation includes so many different things. think outside the box and let ur imagination go!
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          • #20
            They did suggest clerical work. But I assured them I needed work that involved me using my brain. I'd prefer doing something that helped people too. I am a super positive person but it's nearly impossible to stay in the field of recreation without being able to perform CPR at the very least. If I could choose any job in the world besides speaking it would be to be a counselor. I also have a love for or king with seniors. That's what I did before I was hurt
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            • #21
              Originally posted by ECUrach85 View Post
              They did suggest clerical work. But I assured them I needed work that involved me using my brain. I'd prefer doing something that helped people too. I am a super positive person but it's nearly impossible to stay in the field of recreation without being able to perform CPR at the very least. If I could choose any job in the world besides speaking it would be to be a counselor. I also have a love for or king with seniors. That's what I did before I was hurt
              Go for it Girl. Though unfortunate, this is another opprotunity to do what you want or were meant to do. Elder management is a very wide open field. We need good counselors, especially in the schools. Life is tough enough; we might as well do something we love doing.

              I know without the injury, I would never have had the opprotunity to experience the joys of being with the kids in school or have the empathy I have now. It's taught me a lot and am grateful for it.

              Way to think big. I'm looking forward to seeing you progress and make differences in other peoples outcomes.

              Remember, it may be near impossible to stay in Rec., but it's not impossible.

              Take that suggestion of being a clerk and use it as a motivational tool to do what you want. Don't stress about it; it will come to you. Perhaps the best thing would be to get back in school, take a few courses and let your interest take hold. Volunteer at a senior center and see what that's like.

              The major we usually go into college for is not the one we end up getting.

              Don't mean to ramble on, I just have a feeling you are going to end up doing something very special in life. One you thought was near impossible when you first considered it.

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              • #22
                Maybe investigate some graduate level programs nearby in counseling or psychology. if you find a program that appeals to you try to meet w school representatives to see if you could access the program. Once you develop a plan for yourself present it to voc rehab. The voc rehab counselor does not get to pick a plan or vocational objective for you, their appropriate role is to facilitate your plan.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by ECUrach85 View Post
                  As far as sticking with recreation that's difficult. You really need to be able to help someone if they need it and most jobs require CPR.
                  I'm < 1 mo. away from completing a M.S. in Parks & Rec Management w/ a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation.

                  (only ~1hr west from Raleigh @ UNC Greensboro; here's my department's page: http://www.uncg.edu/ctr/)

                  Just steer a different direction within recreation if that's the field you want to stick with.

                  It's do-able.

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