The Good Days

Written by: Emilie Christensen

Today was a good day. Today reminded me why I’m in the field and why I do what I do. Earlier this week though, that wasn’t the case. As I work towards my certification as a vision therapist there are definitely days that are hard. Like earlier this week as I sat down to write one of my remaining  papers. The topic was amblyopia and it’s isn’t something I’ve dealt with a lot in the therapy room. I’ve taken courses on the subject and have had discussions but putting words into practice and then writing about your personal experiences is daunting and overwhelming when you don’t feel like an expert. Half way through though, I realized that I was holding myself back – something I’m learning to be more mindful about. I was taking that lack of confidence and restricting what I thought I knew. As much as I think about what I don’t know, I’m learning to relish and (dare I say) enjoy what I don’t and the process it takes me through. In a fit of frustration I opened up a book from my Mom’s optometry school days by Dr. Griffin and started reading the chapter on amblyopia. A few pages in, I sat back and realized that I was actually following along and keeping pace. Woah. I quickly took notes and went back to my computer and finished up my thoughts. A few short months ago, I would have gotten overwhelmed and probably called my mentor saying I felt unprepared and that I didn’t think this whole thing was a good idea. But I’ve grow so much since then and every week I get a little closer to my goal.

When I first started with patients on my own, I’d look at their chart, read over their list of deficiencies and get that same overwhelming feeling when I’m writing… the thoughts race through my mind, “will I really be able to help them with all these issues?” “am I qualified?” “what if I mess up?” and on and on. Today I’m proud to say that I had two students graduate from their programs, both of which I have seen from day one. They had come up multiple grade levels in their reading speed, fine motor abilities and processing speed. They are both in junior high and their parents were worried about high school in the near future. Both Mother’s came to me and said how much I have helped their boys’ lives for the better and even that of their families. No more struggles and late nights with homework. No more headaches, frustration and confusion. To say today was a confidence boost is an understatement. Hearing how you have directly effected a person’s life reminds me why I do what I do and why I’m working every day to improve myself as a vision therapist and why this certification will get me one step closer to helping that many more people.

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Posted on November 24, 2014, in From My Perspective.... Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Emilie,
    I can very much relate to this whole blog. As I am finishing up my final certification papers, I am finding such a difference in my responses from the beginning, as well as getting less overwhelmed, as you stated. The certification process can certainly be overwhelming at times and trying to write papers through busy vt schedules and life can be a challenge, but I am already finding how much I have learned and grown throughout the process since I started. The rewards in the field seem to be endless! Good luck with finishing your papers and with the rest of the certification process. Hope to meet you in Vegas in April! 🙂

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  2. I am working on my last paper for certification as well. I am also feeling a bit overwhelmed and this was a great boost and a reminder of the rewards in the field and that this process will only make us better at helping others. Thank you fro sharing!

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  3. Jenni Roeber, COVT

    A shout out to all of you preparing for Las Vegas….I’ve had my COVT several years now, and also do some mentoring, and you all had me laughing and shaking my head in total recall of the process of that year! Trust me, at my age, recall isn’t at all assured, but I feel pretty confident saying that every single one of us who has travelled this road has had these thoughts. So much information, so little time, so little energy….how in the world do I compile all of this into only a couple of pages? What’s important, what’s not….what am I missing??? It’s all going to be ok, and if you are already seeing progress from where you began, then you are most definitely on the right track. Don’t forget to follow “our” advice to patients who use computers about taking rest breaks along the way. I remember my husband actually confiscating my computer one evening and taking me out for burgers. He’s a smart man. Hang in there, and keep learning. Jenni Roeber, COVT

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