Penrose & Associates Physical Therapy - March 2020

THE PENROSE POST

WHEN MOTHERHOOD AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP MEET WHAT I LEARNED FROM 4 MONTHS OF BED REST MARCH 2020

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Penrose Power is designed to improve bone density and full-body strength. If you need more strength to make daily life easier or to return to hiking, kayaking, traveling, or whatever you love doing, this is for you! Penrose Posture and Flexibility is a modified version of yoga using a chair. This version focuses on poses that increase bone density while improving your posture and mobility. You will FEEL more fluid and taller after this class. Penrose Pro is a circuit class addressing all six important functions of fitness: strength, endurance, cardio, posture, flexibility, and balance! Tai Chi Quan Moving for Better Balance teaches eight forms adapted from the 24-form Tai Ji Quan routine. The class will improve your balance and help prevent falls. Monday: Penrose Power, 10 a.m.; Tai Chi Quan, 11 a.m. Tuesday: Penrose Posture, 10 a.m. Wednesday: Penrose Power, 10 a.m. Thursday: Penrose Posture, 10 a.m. Friday: Tai Chi Quan, 11:15 a.m. Saturday: Penrose Posture, 9 a.m.; Penrose Pro, 10 a.m. Small-Group Training Sessions

This is a special month. March is Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day falls on March 8. I am proud to be part of the small group of women who own businesses, and holidays that recognize the power of women warm my heart and remind me that some of my experiences as an entrepreneur have been unique — and uniquely challenging. As any mom can tell you, parenting is a full-time job, particularly when you’re parenting three rambunctious boys. My sons Alan, Andrew, and Alex are 13, 10, and 8, respectively, and they’ve been a joyful handful since day one. Raising three boys and running my business at the same time is a daily rollercoaster. When I first opened Penrose & Associates PT, Alan was just a year old, so I essentially raised two babies: Alan and my brand-new business. Looking back now, I can’t help but wonder, “How did I do that?” I think the answer must be that I took things one day at a time. Plus, I had an incredible support network, including my husband Dan, my friends and family, our nanny, my staff, and the members of our church. It’s amazing what you can accomplish with that kind of help and encouragement, and knowing they all have my back has allowed me to pursue my dreams. I was particularly grateful for my support network when I was pregnant with Andrew and then Alex, especially when I had to go on bed rest for the last two months of both pregnancies. Running a business from bed with a baby on the way is a challenge only women entrepreneurs face! The first time it happened, it caught me by surprise. At a regular OB checkup, my doctor told me out of the blue that I should go on bed rest starting that day. I didn’t even get to go back to the office and tell my patients and staff what was happening; I had to go straight home. The fact that the clinic

got through my absence without a hitch is really a testament to my team and the culture we have.

During my months of bed rest, I wasn’t even allowed to sit up. I had to lay

on my side the whole time, propped on one elbow and then the other. My frustration was probably pretty comical to watch! My friends brought me crafts to do in bed (I scrapbooked Alan’s baby book and put together a recipe book), and I even caved and made a Facebook account. Sometimes I felt a bit isolated on the island of the bed, but in truth, I was never alone for long. Members of our church came over regularly to cook and clean, and having so much help was humbling. I felt blessed that God had provided me with such great friends. That struggle also reminded me that, as much as we like to imagine ourselves as independent and self-sufficient, we all need other people at some point, so it’s important to give when we can. support network is so important when you’re recovering from an injury or illness (just as important as it is when you’re pregnant!), and part of that network is your medical team, including your doctor, surgeon, and PT. We’re on your side and ready to help you pursue your dreams. We can take you to recovery and then, through our classes, to a healthy life. So, from me and my team, happy Women's History Month! I hope you take time this month to squeeze your support network extra tight, and if you need anything from us, don’t hesitate to call. – Dr. Jennifer Penrose I think about that time a lot when I’m helping patients at the clinic. Having a

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