Old Harness

Ramblings of a College Student…(part#2)

To read part #1 click here.

So…  For those of you who aren’t aware of it, I transferred to Tech’s Ozark campus this summer.  The Ozark campus is much smaller than Tech’s main campus, and has a very different atmosphere.  Most of the students there are non-traditional and thus quite a change from the typical college student that I found at the main campus.  There are twenty-three students (including myself) in the Physical Therapist Assistant class of 2011, and we are quite an interesting and odd mixture of personalities.  :-)  We sometimes have too much fun I think.  The campus is a 45-minute drive from my house, so I’ve also had to get used to 1 1/2 hours of uninteresting (ok, and sometimes VERY interesting) interstate driving every day.

Some interesting (or amusing) facts that I have learned/encountered while commuting to the Ozark campus and going to school there:

Ok, first off, I am curious to know:  When driving on the interstate, do any of you ever have truck drivers just randomly honk at you for no particular reason?  I’ve gotten that several times, and I have no idea why.  I wasn’t doing anything.  Are they just so bored from their long drives that they think honking at random people is entertaining?

Drivers in Ozark do not know what a crosswalk is.  Most of the time they either ignore me trying to walk across, or they just wave at me as they speed by.  “Hey, I’m trying to cross the road…duh, why else to you think I’m standing here?  *ZOOM*  Nice day to you too”

The campus badly needs more parking.  How am I supposed to fit my vehicle in a 5 ft. by 8 ft. spot in an overflow parking area “paved” with loose gravel?

The only food on campus consists of a few vending machines.  Yay for candy bars, cokes, chips, and 1,000-calorie danishes.  Guess how many people in my class have gained weight since school started?  (Thankfully, I’m not one of them…yet.)

Don’t drink Ozark city water.  Just trust me on this one.  Ignore the water fountains.  And if you go to a restaurant, ask for lemonade.

The campus is so small that it only has one public safety officer/policeman patrolling it on a regular basis.  He’s good at his job though.  Guess what his name is?  Mr. Rambo.  (Yes, really; I’m not kidding.)

The restaurant Rivertown BBQ in Ozark has some delicious food.  If you’re ever in Ozark, it’s totally worth visiting.

As part of learning to be PTAs, we practice giving treatments.   And because we do this on each other, we also get to experience what our patients will receive in the clinic (which is good to know about).  The different treatments really are fine and beneficial…it’s just…well…I don’t mind treating other people, but personally I’ve never really liked going to the doctor or any medical place really…

Electrical stimulation almost made me jump off the table.

I was disappointed to find out that traction doesn’t make me taller.

I can now do wheelies in a wheelchair.

And by the way, riding in a wheelchair across the crosswalk on a busy highway is great fun.  The cars usually won’t stop for me when I’m just walking, but if I’m in a child’s wheelchair that’s too small for me, with my feet sticking out straight in front (and I’m pushing the wheels as fast as I can go), the vehicles all stop long before I get to the road.  I’m not sure why…

Throwing a 10-lb., rubber therapy ball very hard at a propped-up trampoline is not recommended.  (Throw it lightly; it bounces.)

Nobody in their right mind likes ice baths.  (But…I will say…*sigh*…they can be beneficial depending on what ails you.)

Throwing light rubber balls across the room into an empty ice chest is a favorite pastime of PTA students during the lunch hour.  “Score!  Your turn.”

We named the model skeleton in our classroom, “Bones.”  (Original, I know.)  He likes to play ball too…unfortunately he has a herniated disc on one side of his vertebral column, which slightly alters his functional status…  And…*cough*…one of the PTA teachers from last year accidentally ripped off Bones’s jaw while testing the traction machine…(we just won’t talk about that.)  I promise, my teachers this year are great. :-)

We celebrate all of the birthdays of our students and teachers.  (Hey, it’s an excuse for someone to bring a dessert.)

There are times when it seems that being a PT or PTA would require you to be an athletic acrobat.

Box push-ups are really, really hard.

Most of our textbooks are fine…but that one book…wow…that writer needs some serious help.

I discovered to my shock that I have the highest vertical jump of any girl in the classroom.  (And I am by far the tiniest person in there.)  Yeah, people, like I’m an extremely high jumper…something’s wrong here.

If you’re going to treat someone, DON’T FORGET TO WASH YOUR HANDS.  (Class rule).

The supportive “parallel bars” are great for acrobatics.

And my teachers really need to quit bringing chocolate to class…

Last but not least:  I DESPISE hospital gowns.

That’s all for now folks.  Next time.

Child of God

Words cannot express how humbled and blessed I feel to be called a child of the Most High God…  Who conquered sin and death that I might live, called me to be His own and adopted me, filled me with His Holy Spirit, has promised to never let me go, draws me close to Him and teaches me through His Word each day, and Who will take me to heaven to be with Him when I die.  And this glorious wonder is not the result of anything that I have done…but is simply according to His great mercy and love.

Amazing.  Fellow believers…  By His grace, we possess the greatest gift ever given:  redemption and eternal life by the mercy of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is totally worth living for…and totally worth talking about.  His desire is for others to have this gift as well…and that should also be our hearts’ desire.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

“But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:  Whereunto He called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.  Now our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.”

Romans 8:14-17

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.”

Romans 8:38-39

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, not things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 4: 18-5:1

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen:  for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

Matthew 28:19-20

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:  and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.  Amen.”

Blog Changes

Sooo… I’ve been thinking to myself that I would like to change the character of my blog just a bit.  In addition to sharing pictures and describing events, I would like to start posting more about Scripture and the study of God’s Word.  This would include those things which jump out at me personally in my daily reading/study, as well as things I have learned from others’ encouragement and study within recent years.  There is so, so much to learn.  That being said, feel free to discuss things or correct me if I say something that seems to be un-Scriptural.  (I don’t want to make that mistake, but we all do at times.)  I’m no Bible scholar or teacher, so I’ve typically been hesitant about posting on things like this, but I don’t have to be a scholar to talk about the Word.  (Far from it!)  I just want to share with you all what the Lord has been teaching me.  :-)

Also, I would like to talk more about the day-to-day little things (or not-so-little things) and challenges that I encounter…which may be just entertaining, or may be thought provoking, or whatever else I might want to share.

However, I expect things to get a lot busier within the next two months, so I can’t guarantee how long regular posting will last, but I’m genuinely going to try this time! (Hmmm…)

We shall see.

Author Plans to Return to Blog

No, really.  I mean it this time.

Garden Spider

I spotted this spiderweb at the end of our porch as I left for school this morning, and I couldn’t resist running back inside to get my camera to take a picture.  The lighting wasn’t the best for photography, but oh well.  It’s still a fun photo.

Mt. Nebo

Today my family decided to take a short trip up to Mt. Nebo to eat lunch and relax.

We stopped briefly at Sunrise Point to enjoy the scenery:

Then we drove to Sunset Point to eat.  Here my little brother examines a rock…or a nut…or something.

Nuclear power plant.  (For some reason, I thought it was a fun photo.) :-)

Rocks.  Yes, they’re actually fun to take pictures of.  They sit very still.

One thing that really irritates me about state parks is all the graffiti that many people find fit to add to the scenery.  They must somehow think it is uplifting to other visitors.   Although…occasionally, you’ll actually run across something entertaining…though annoying.


Waiting for her to appear, Josh stands within the magic blue circle he found.

Note:  Standing on the side of a mountain with your eyes closed could be hazardous to your health.

Spider #3

What spider does when he is not in the mood to have his picture taken…

Dragonfly on a rock

Waiting for the mail lady – Spider #2