Lake Burien PT - November 2019


November 2019


Keeping you current on all things LBPT

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W ith Thanksgiving coming up fast, a lot of people are thinking about what they’re grateful for. There are reminders all around that it’s the season of gratitude — including this very newsletter! And while I’m grateful for so many things this season, I find that I’m grateful all the time. It’s easy to put off expressing gratitude until it’s the “right time.” That is to say, a lot of people wait to communicate their thankfulness until Thanksgiving. But it’s important to express your gratitude whenever you feel it. You never know when you’re going to be able to tell someone you appreciate them. If you’re feeling grateful in the moment, why wait? I often think about what I’m grateful for, no matter the time of year. My husband is an absolute rock who constantly puts up with all my shenanigans. He’s an amazing part of my life. There’s also my son, who’s coming into his own as a growing human, and my mom, who still has her health! I’m also very grateful for my staff at the clinic. They’re key to the way I practice physical therapy. It was always my intention to spend a full hour with patients, and my staff ensures that happens. Of course, they do so much day to day to keep things running smoothly. I don’t know if I can express just how grateful I am for our patients. They put so much trust in us to provide care to them. This is something I think about a lot — and it’s something I don’t take for granted. The fact they feel comfortable to share such in-depth information with me is just incredible. When we work through pain together, patients often relay significant trauma, and I’ve heard some extraordinary stories. I have so much respect for the people who walk through our door looking for answers to solve their pain.

“I don’t know if I can express

just how grateful I am for our patients. They put so

much trust in us to provide care to them.”

at the same time, I’m thankful I’m in a place where I can help others through their physical pain.

These blessings are true every single day, and I can’t imagine my life any different. I’ve been very fortunate that things came together the way they did. I’m also thankful for Thanksgiving dinner with the in-laws. Since 2007, every single Thanksgiving has been spent with my husband’s family. They make the turkey, and I make the cranberry sauce. (I keep it to about four ingredients — fresh cranberries, sugar, water, and spices like cloves or cinnamon.) Over the past few years, we’ve actually had a turducken. Believe it or not, we’re not that big on turkey! It’s nice to have a little variety on the table, and a turducken certainly has that. There was one year we had a turducken stuffed with sausage right in the middle. That was an experience.

I hope you, too, have a great Thanksgiving with plenty of food, family, and good times. Just don’t eat too much!

Their stories offer perspective. I’m thankful that I haven’t experienced any major medical conditions to work through. And

–Dr. Orit Hickman • 1

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