Some of you may know that I am a huge Harry Potter fan. In fact, I’ve seen the movie “Half Blood Prince” (I’ve lost count how many times). The lead character, duh, Harry Potter, is one of my heroes. He’s courageous in the face of known or unknown dangers. Begrudgingly, he helps the wizarding world fight against evil. You may think it silly that he is a hero of mine, but he represents what I admire in others, those who step up to help others because it’s in their nature.
Thus, this blog is dedicated to all the unsung heroes that have touched my life while my mom had a stroke. Serious enough to wonder if she would recover completely. The unsung heroes here, were the physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists that worked with my mom for weeks to get her back to a functional baseline. Several times a week these therapists worked against the evil results of the stroke. Patience and perseverance were the words of magic used instead of the spell “expelliarmus,” spoken by Harry Potter. The results were the same, the unsung heroes overcame the obstacles that could have prevented her from moving forward. They also celebrated her successes. My mom (a hero in her own right) recovered to a new, slightly less functional baseline, but the unsung heroes remained vigilant, helping her to maintain as much independence as possible. Rarely, do these therapists get any kudos; rarely do they get the clapping of a thousand hands for a job far beyond anyone’s expectations.
I want to thank all those therapists who go beyond the norm of just giving someone exercises to get stronger. I want to thank those therapists who love their job, and do their utmost in making a difference in so many lives. The impact is felt dramatically, like a pebble thrown in a pond. The ripple effect with that pebble is felt vastly more than just for the patient, it filters to families and friends. The reward is mostly subtle for the therapists; a smile, a YOOHOO!, even a blink, and the knowledge that what they do, makes a significance difference in the lives they touch. Harry Potter would be proud.
Thank you my unsung heroes. You’ve made an impact on my family’s life