I want to thank you again for visiting my website. This is my first of many blogs, so GET EXCITED for many more to come!! As you all may know, I am a second year PT student at LSUHSC – Shreveport. I was extremely fortunate to be able to attend CSM (Combined Sections Meeting) 2017 in San Antonio, Tx. I gained so much knowledge, but of course, that knowledge comes with a price.
Let me tell you a story. My friends and I were planning on leaving Wednesday morning at 8am, since it is a 6.5-7 hour drive from Shreveport. This, of course, did not happen because I woke up at 2:30am with a stomach virus. It wasn’t just vomiting, if you know what I mean. So about 6:30am, I got ahold of some Pepto and was taking that every 30 min. My friends and I decided that we would leave at 10am instead of 8am to see if I could get past the frequent bathroom trips. After taking 1 more dose of Pepto and 2 Imodium, we finally left Shreveport at 10:15am. Let me tell you, a 7 hour drive with an upset stomach is ROUGH, but luckily we only had to stop every 1.5-2hrs. By the time we got to San Antonio, I was running on 4 hours of sleep, no coffee, and was severely dehydrated. We checked-in to the hotel, picked up our registration packets, and went to PT Pub night, where we spent a whole 45 min. I headed to bed Wednesday night and was up Thursday morning ready to rock -and-roll at CSM. (For anyone who doesn’t know what CSM is, it is a national conference that brings PTs, PTAs, PT students, and PTA students together to learn about the current research and treatment options in all fields of PT.) I attended 8 session over the 3 days, walking about 5 miles each day to, from, and throughout the convention center. There were so many great talks and I learned SO much. Three of my favorite talks were about Pusher’s Syndrome in Patients Post-Stroke, Disorders of Consciousness, and Learning From Each Other: Sports and Neurology Section Discuss Motor Learning. While I was at CSM, I met my Smart Success PT family and my mentor Greg Todd. We all had dinner together Thursday night and got to know each other. On Saturday, CSM came to a close and we made the 7 hour drive back to Shreveport, this time it was significantly less eventful. Since I am not currently in clinic, I have not been able to apply what I learned at CSM, however, we have begun to discuss some of the topics in several of my classes. I returned to Shreveport with a rash, dehydrated, and sleep deprived, but totally worth it!