I have a patient who is active on some Internet boards who gave me enough information to find him! He's talked about Karen the therapist and how he likes her, blah blah blah, and allllll of his friends are suggesting that he get a picture of me – in a bikini. For anyone who knows me, yes it's okay if that made you throw up a little. Me too.
But there are like PAGES of them suggesting the therapist/nurse (because we all know that is the same thing ::heavy sarcasm::) in the bikini with all sorts of ideas on how to make it happen! Of course they are all just dreaming men who know better but it CRACKS ME UP! Men!
So I posted on Twitter something along the lines of “If a patient complains of clothes irritating a wound and I suggest a nudist colony, is that a bad thing?” A few minutes later I get an e-mail that NudistClubhouse is now following me on Twitter, and then I get a response of “Sounds great to us!” from them. AHAHAHAHHAAHA
I've learned more about burns in the past week than in many years combined. The key word of burn rehab as far as I can tell is officially ELONGATION. Want to do my patients right!
I feel really guilty for being so um…..deliquent with updating. Honestly I am truly exhausted almost all the time. It's all I can do to handle work most days in terms of staying awake….I nap way too much or sit passively and read articles in downtime instead of being active and updating blogs etc. And my gmail box is up to about 700 mails I haven't dealt with yet (and 50 I havent even looked at)…so I'm just uh, yeah……well….
I do love OT but I don't love insurance companies. One bit!
I'd say I have a new leaf to turn over of updating blog more often, but I am so freaking tired most of the time that it is unlikely. I constantly think about things I want to write about and just need to start writing them all out in private emial….then go back and change things around enough to eventually be able to discuss them without HIPAA violations. Instead I just am like “man, can't write about it on my blog” and then it's gone out of my brain. : Boooo.
So anyway………tomorrow is vocational rehab and maybe some outpatient. Right now I'm working 4 areas sometimes within the same week! Inpatient, voc rehab, outpatient two clinics….so lots of interesting experiences. I guess I'll stop rambling now. Love hearing from readers and if you want to write in about something, if it's appropriate I'd post it for you, re OT of course.
Today was such a weird day. The morning was filled with students learning new skills – vocational rehab – things as basic as mixing grits and water together in the microwave, putting on a sock, or making a bed independently, etc. Takes a LOT of patience and is very frustrating – but if I find it insanely frustrating I am sure its a million times harder for the students. The afternoon was evals. I read five different chapters on burns last night trying to figure out the blueprint for treating a pt with burns – unfortunately all the chapters give ideas but it's no blueprint or substitute for hands-on. I'll be talking to a burns expert, Sandy in Memphis, in next few days. Driving home today I saw a bad wreck that had just happened – I had been mad at myself for being late getting home but the accident had just happened and you always have to wonder what would ahve happened if you HADNT spent that extra few minutes doing something. My thought as I passed the wreck (it was before even emergency vehicles got there, at least 10 came flying by within about 2 minutes – but there were SO many people already pulled over there is nothing more I could have offered) – was how sad I was for whoever was in that vehicle, and the drastic changes their lives wold probably have. It's crazy how just a SECOND can change everything…..today it hit me harder than normal, after a day filled with people learning or re-learning skills or navigating a changed life……that could be me.
I've started cross training in vocational rehab which is like, I dunno, the epitome of OT, it's SO OT it hurts. It's awesome.
I also will be evaluating a burn victim soon and I am SCARED! Must. learn. asap. Am asking for advice and reading up etc, but wish I had some hands-on experience backing me up.
Am definitely going to AOTA conference, any of you readers going?! Meet-up time!!!! I promise I'm the biggest akwardest dork ever but I'm nice at least. Unless I'm stressed out and then I look a little blank.
So……um…….tommorrow will involve vocational rehab in morning, outpatient in afternoon…..