Dusty Penguin

Child of God and in love with my Lord. Wife of a wonderful man. Mother of a young adult, two teens, and a miscellaneous menagerie of furry and finned creatures. Work full-time outside of home and as little as possible at home:)

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Location: Cedarville, Ohio

Monday, June 04, 2007

More About Work

I forgot to show you the view from our windows at work! I told you it is a ski resort town. Well, from the window behind Jeanette's desk area we can see the slopes.

Jeanette is a skiier (I am not!!), so it is agony for her to sit inside and work on a beautiful ski day!

The view from our kitchen window afforded us regular deer and turkey sightings all winter and now that it is spring, we have Canadian geese and a variety of birds. The dentist keeps multiple bird feeders. This spring I have seen my first Oriole.

The ski resort is what provided me with my second job this winter! Because of the high number of ski injuries, Northtown Orthopedics has open "trauma hours" during the winter months. They have their regular daytime office hours, then several docs take turns coming in for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Northtowns Orthopedics is the office right next to us.

This winter their office manager asked me to work some evening and weekend hours for them. So, Thursday and Friday nights after a full day of work at my office, I would go next door and work another 3-5 hours. Then I would go in Saturday afternoon and work from 2:00 till closing (10:00 or later, depending on injuries). I really enjoyed working there as well, and it was great experience. Sometimes I got confused which office I was working in and did things the wrong way! By the end of ski season, though, I was exhausted. In this picture is the doc who spends most of the time in this clinic.

So now you know all about my work!

Where I Work

When I first started my new job I intended to write about it--that was on Sept. 11, 2006. And now I'm finally getting around to it! I work as the Office Manager at Western New York Physical and Occupational Therapy Group. The office I work in is in Ellicottville, NY, which is a ski resort town. It is a small office and up until this month we had two employees--the therapist, who is the director of the clinic, and myself. We just hired a second therapist for part time. Let me say right off that it is a wonderful job and I love working there. In a small town most of the patient's know each other, and on some days you'd think it was a social center not a clinic! We are known as a very warm friendly clinic and our patients really like us (and we like them). We are located in a brand new (1 year old) medical building, which is also very nice to have everything new! It's also great to have other medical offices in the same building, as we get alot of patient referrals right from them. There is the Olean Medical Group, the chiropractor we go to who is really great, a pharmacy (very handy), a dentist, and Northtowns Orthopedics (more about them in a minute). This is the front of the building:

The Olean Medical Group and pharmacy are on the front. The rest of the offices are around back. So, let's go around back to our office...

Our office is a pretty much open area. There are really only 3 separate rooms--the kitchen/lunch room, the exam room, and the laundry room. The rest is the gym, with our office areas
partially divided off.

Along one wall we have a stationary bike, an "upper body cycle", a treadmill, a Total Gym, and 3 plinths (fancy name for the tables). At the end you see some pulleys and weights. Looking back the opposite direction you see balls of various weights and sizes, an incline board, and various types of tubing.

Below you see another plinth, an ultrasound machine, and a Reebok step. Behind the half wall is Jeanette's office area (she's the PT).

And below is my office area. I greet patients when they come in, put new patient data in the computer, contact insurance companies for authorizations, take copays, type dictations, answer the phone, keep patient charts up to date, wash and fold laundry, disinfect tables, put away heat and cold packs, etc. There's alot of variety, which I like.

This is my photo wall by my desk. I have pictures of all my family members. See if your eyes are good enough to find the picture of me with Richard Simmons. Sometimes young patients make me personalized artwork.

This is me with a very special patient. She is so sweet. She is always bringing us in little gifts of love. She has "graduated" from physical therapy and is in our Fitness program. She helped me plan and put together a surprise party for Jeanette when she received her doctorate in May. The lady in the red sweater is Jeanette.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Military Ball continued

After we all received our corsages we took photos, then headed up to Buffalo to the Connecticut Street Armory where the ball was being held. It was difficult to take good photos inside with the dimmed lighting, but their website has very good photos. If you think of an armory as a glorified garage, think again! This armory has beautful woodwork everywhere, and the entire building is truly a work of art. http://ah.phpwebhosting.com/a/conn/184/tc.html. The grand hall was beautifully decorated and this was no paper plate affair! The dishes and glasses were beautiful and the food was delicious. Duane took us on a full 3-floor guided tour, as that is the building the New York Guard has their office in. The program was very nice as well, with the highlight of course being when Duane received the award for "Soldier of the Year" for the western NY Guard.

Well, there are lots more pictures, but I don't have time to post them all, nor do you probably want to see them all! But for more pictures go up to the top where my blogging friends are and click on Bean's Blog. She posted some great slide shows with lots of pictures.