This is what it's all about... Thanks for sharing this @stephallen.dpt
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This morning my Dad called me, and instead of it being our normal weekly check in, he told me a story that will stick with me forever and that made my day; possibly my year. I want to share it because I'm hoping that it will do the same for a few others. Though a bit lengthy a post, I think it is well worth it.
I'll preface this by mentioning that I referred my Dad to Dr. Mike at @mynextlevelpt for chronic neck pain and he has been making great progress, but is still having pain at night and first thing in the morning.
He told Dr. Mike about this and here is how he recapped it for me on the phone: "Mike spent another 10-15min after our hour was up brainstorming ways for me to use my pillow or get a better one so that maybe the morning pain would be better. I woke up today and my neck felt the best it has in over a year. Now, I don't know how much the pillow had to do with it or just the PT itself, and I don't F'in care. The point is that I could tell that it bothered [Mike] that we hadn't gotten to make this one part better and that he was not going to let me leave until it was addressed...My point is, Steph, that it's those little extra things that make people like Mike and you and all of the others you seem to have surrounded yourself with, a little better. The passion you guys have for what you do is so apparent and people pick up on it trust me. You guys help people everyday and probably think nothing of it, so I wanted to call and remind you myself."
After my initial fighting back of tears I said thank you to my Dad and told him that what he just told me is exactly why we do what we do. PTs, trainers, coaches, whoever. If any of you in this field are having a down day today, thank my Dad for reminding you that if you truly are passionate about what you do, that shines through in all you do and does not go unnoticed. 💪👊❤️