Vital Care PT - September 2019




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Vital Care Patients ENTER TO WIN Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call (623) 544-0300 for your chance to win a $10 GIFT CARD! CALL (623) 544-0300 Contest is for past and present Vital Care PT patients only. science-fiction shows lately. However, I have never liked science-fiction TV shows — or movies of the genre for that matter. I’m sure many of you want my head on a platter after reading that, but it’s true. Recently I’ve surprised myself by taking a serious liking to two popular sci-fi series, “Game of Thrones” (GoT) and “Stranger Things.” For as long as I can remember, my taste in TV shows has led me to prefer comedies like “Friends,” “King of Queens,” “Seinfeld,” and, of course, medical shows like “ER,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Resident,” and “The Good Doctor.” Due to our busy schedule of working, driving the kids to their volleyball practices, watching their games, and trying to fit in exercise and sleep, we have fallen behind on the latest TV shows. We have made time to sit down as a family and watch “The Goldbergs” when we get a rare night without activities. Many friends and patients have also recommended I try watching a lot of popular

If you are a GoT fan, then you’re probably ready to poke fun at me for waiting eight whole years to start a series that has topped the charts for nearly a decade. But when the show first aired, I heard the books on which it is based are filled with dragons, magic, and giants. That knowledge was enough for me to opt out of spending every Sunday night glued to HBO for nearly a decade. But, with the release of the final season this year, my team and my patients at the office

my favorite episode of all took place in the final season when all the characters are preparing for their final battle against the White Walkers. Much of the usual program shows the characters in different kingdoms, but in this episode, we finally get to see them interacting together in one place.

Because Dave and I had to wait to watch “Game of Thrones” until the kids went to bed (for obvious reasons), we knew we needed to find a show we could all enjoy together. Enter “Stranger Things.” While I couldn’t care less about the monsters from The Upside Down, I still thoroughly enjoy watching this show. The main characters are kids, and they have fun, deep, and enriching story arcs that make the show all the more engrossing. One of the best parts of “Stranger Things” is that it’s set in the ‘80s. I love getting to listen to the throwback tunes and see the awesome clothes and sets. In fact, in one of the earlier episodes, the characters talk on the phone, and my kids couldn’t believe there was a time when people used phones that had to be connected to the wall. When I told them I used to have a phone like that, they were baffled! As a lifelong critic of sci-fi, this summer has proved to be pretty interesting for me. While you won’t find me waiting in line at the next Comic-Con, you might convince me to try out a new show every once in a while. –Andrea McWhorter

were all pitching their theories for the finale, and I wanted to keep up. My husband Dave had also been watching it after I went to sleep at night and was begging me to join him. He talked me into trying at least three episodes before deciding if I liked it or not. He enjoys the show so much that he committed to re-watching all seven seasons with me this summer, and he waited to watch season eight so we could see it together. I am not going to lie — I was immediately addicted. When we went on vacation this summer, we stayed up until almost 3 a.m. every morning binge-watching our way through Westeros, the Iron Islands, Dorne, and Winterfell with our favorite characters. While I still never fully embraced the fantasy aspects of the series, I fell in love with its nuanced and rich character and story development, and I was particularly drawn to the episodes focusing on Tyrion Lannister, Tormund Giantsbane, and, of course, Jon Snow. In fact, while many aspects of the show are addicting, | 1

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