A Community Rehabilitation Physiotherapist tells a Tale of College Life

A recap of my life, my journey- Parul Soni
Learning Together at the college. [Image credit: Parul Soni]
Learning Together at the college. [Image credit: Parul Soni]VSPM's College of physiotherapy, nagpur

My interest in medical care started with my mother’s spinal decompression surgery. I saw many doctors come and go who made my mother walk straight again. So, I started my Premedical school exam preparation and got into physiotherapy college in 2008. I joined VSPMs college of physiotherapy under MUHS Nashik. This world was new for me, nothing like what discovery network showed us on Television. There were real mummies which came out of smelly formaldehyde solution. The bone set which we had to borrow and learn bones, was real. We learned how to use the stethoscope, how to determine blood pressure, and how to determine your own blood group. A fun way to elicit deep tendon reflexes and much more. Everything continued with new subjects and the years progressed.

I graduated in 2012 with a new goal to clear my PG entrance test.

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities- Dumbledore
Parul Soni, Community Rehabilitation Physio (A Harry Potter Fan)
Friends for Lifetime; parul soni with friends. [Image credit: Parul Soni]
Friends for Lifetime; parul soni with friends. [Image credit: Parul Soni]VSPMs college of physiotherapy [MUHS, Nashik]

I started my community rehabilitation post-graduation program at the end of the year 2012 and the next three years were the hardest days of my life. Got to understand politics, neck-to-neck competition, and deadlines, it was utter madness. I took several classes as an assistant lecturer under my guide's supervision. There were days when I thought I was drowning in rotations, out-of-college postings, and sample collections for my thesis and assignments. There were days when I was stretched as I was assisting my professor in her clinic in the evenings.

All this madness ended in 2015, I was left empty, and my college ended which sucked out all the excitement.  I never realized what I experienced after I completed my post-graduation. I started my own practice in partnership with a dynamic Orthopedic couple in Nagpur which made me learn and experience lots of exposure and fun. My private practice ended in 2017 when I got married and moved to Mumbai. I joined a startup Urban company that is Urban clap [present times], Mumbai was a good experience.

We moved to Surat when I had my first child and took a break from practice in 2018. I started practicing again and landed in COVID times. We moved again to our hometown, where my practice came to a stop with the rise of the pandemic. We faced a lot of financial issues, like everybody who struggled with their jobs. I started medical content writing, and blog writing and got many freelance opportunities. This was the time I realized I can write well enough to earn and make a living. My medical writing journey thus started!

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the lights- Dumbledore.
Parul Soni, Community Rehabilitation Physio (a bigger potter head anyone can imagine)
Learning Together at the college. [Image credit: Parul Soni]
Department of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics - Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

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