Monday, February 2, 2015

A Day in the Life of.....a very busy SLP!

Warning: This is going to sound crazy!

My day starts before 5:00AM. I am up and on the computer, checking social media, working on a TpT project &/or emailing teachers/school staff. Yep, I am one of THOSE …. a morning person. Don’t worry, there is a downside….and it happens around 9:00PM, sometimes earlier. Before that, my day is a string of stops.

1st stop: The gym at about 6:20 AM. 20 minutes of laps in the pool. I feel like I have accomplished something by just getting there, getting IN and swimming for 20 minutes! I do this twice a week and work out at home another 2 days.

2nd stop: Amador High School. I’m lucky that I am able to work at 2 of the schools my kids attended-both graduated from Amador High. My high school students are GREAT and we have a supportive staff. 

3rd  stop: Home for a very quick lunch and perhaps 2 minutes of playtime with the dog. I live right in between my two elementary schools and being able to go home for lunch is wonderful. It was a sanity saver a few years ago when I had a HUGE caseload and a lot of other stress going on!

4th stop: Pine Grove School…home of the Bears! This school really feels like home. This was my sons’ elementary school. Many of their teachers are still there. I’ve been involved at Pine Grove School in one capacity or another since 1996--as a mom, volunteer, as the SLP, parent/teacher group, etc.

5th stop: Dad's house. At age 85, sometimes, he needs help with household tasks. Today, I’m picking up his laundry which I will do and return in a few days. We visit for a little while before I’m off to my next stop...unless he needs something at the store first.

6th stop: Sutter Amador Hospital. I’ve worked at the local hospital for 18 years! I love the medical part of our profession and have worked part-time as a medical SLP my entire career (almost 31 years). Today I have 2 inpatients and one is NPO (can't have anything mouth). I triage them. The NPO patient is seen first. Occasionally, there is an outpatient who needs an MBSS (modified barium swallow study), which happens 3-4 times a month. Like Pine Grove School, the hospital also feels like home. 

7th and LAST stop for today: HOME! Time to walk the dog, get on the computer-more IEP paperwork, emails, social media, work on TpT products(s). My husband arrives home around the same time. He runs a consulting engineering firm (and our sons are engineers, too!). The downside of being an early bird? I just can't stay awake past 9:30PM! 

This schedule is doable mostly because my kids are grown. Those of you with young ones won’t believe the time (and energy) you have once they have left home and you are no longer running them around to all of their activities, school(s) or helping them with homework, etc.!

Gotta run!!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, you're really busy! It is much easier when your kids are grown, but I still don't think I have quite the energy you have! I'm also an early bird...and asleep by 10! :)