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Hi I'm Petie - an OT Friend and Colleague of Mardy's
Hi -- I'm introducing myself today to what Mardy tells me is "The Grate Group". I met Mardy when she was working in driving rehabilitation in Colorado Springs. My adult son has developmental disabilities and learned how to drive, which had some interesting stories I will hopefully share in the future with you. (My experiences of a Developmentally Disabled Mom.)
I'm also a registered occupational therapist (OTR) and we then ended up working together after that in skilled nursing ("nursing home"). I helped pick up the pieces when she sprained her ankle in a parking lot, which was funny because she was covering for a much younger OT who was out on a back surgery/injury from lifting a patient.
Since Mardy thinks I have a lot of interesting information from my life experiences, because I'm so old, I'm going to be coming to the Forums and writing about things that hopefully will be helpful to YOU. I'm retired now, but in the past specialized in hand therapy and have worked a lot with the elderly, including doing home assessments. Knowing what kind of adaptive equipment can help people function is a specialty of occupational therapists.
I also know Karen Richardson, OTR, CDRS who is also going to be joining the Forums with her expertise and she is a ton of FUN and I just LOVE HER!!!
I think we should call ourselves the FUNctional Friends!
So I look forward to seeing what others write here and I'm having FUN LEARNING. "Comment" so I know how I can be of help, and we'll just learn a lot from each other. ~~ Petie
Those who read Petie's pieces at Lumigrate.com (found regularly in the forum related to therapies/functional and occupational -- link: http://www.lumigrate.com/forums/integrative-medicine-parts-m...) learn she grew up in California with "Bobby" Redford and has had an interesting life from beginning to today. She graduated from USC in technical illustrating and drafting and was the first female draftsman for The Wall Street Journal in South Brunswick, New Jersey. She returned to USC to become an occupational therapist and enjoyed the 'heyday' of therapy in prestigious programs in California, and was an entrepreneur for many years. She had a daughter then adopted a son, Thomas, who she writes about regularly; they have been each others' greatest teachers, as it turns out he had developmental disabilities. Remarrying in middle age, she and her husband Bob moved to Colorado and now enjoy 'active retirement'. Petie appreciates the opportunities to continue teaching through sharing at Lumigrate and hopes those who read find as much enjoyment in reading as she does in writing.
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