Wednesday, December 31, 2008
have a great new year everyone. my goals for the next 3 months include doing a good job on rotation, doing my professional development evaluation, studying for the boards, and going to the gym at least 4x a week and eating healthier!!!!!!!!!! Oh yeah, and figuring out where to live and work. No biggie. AHAHAHAHAHAA
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
It's a very pretty day and Mom and I are planning out the day. It probably involves going to the beach at low tide around 4pm, plus hanging out with Daddio aka Father Dearest as I like to call him, seeing Grandma+ fam one last time, and possibly some Christmas shopping. And of course packing. Which will be hard because I have to figure out how to put a special brownie pan (it only does edge pieces), a stability ball (not inflated, I'm not THAT stupid), a picture frame, and a bunch of other stuff, into my little bags!! Wish me luck.
I took over 600 pictures while I was here...most of them are bad, but I'll be putting up a few soon. :) We saw a double rainbow in our back yard!!
I start my final Level II occupational therapy fieldwork - my last 3 months out of 9 - at a psychosocial placement in middle Tennessee, on January 5th. Gotta start reviewing the ACLS v2, Mini Mental Status Exam, CPT, common geriatric issues, etc...
By the way, my cousin is now a nurse in a transitional care unit - TCU - at UCSF hospital and she said "I love the OTs because when I go in my patients rooms they are sitting up with freshly brushed teeth and hair and it's great!"
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I adore my friends that I'm staying with and so far my cat seems to be ok, but I woke up pretty stressed out. A lot to do, not a lot of energy or motivation.I'm about to check in for the flight - its about 24 hours in advance - and today I need to fix up my new room some more and pack for San Diego, and um, I still haven't gotten presents for like, anyone. And I have a hard time with changes in routine, even if everything's okay.
It's really adorable watching Lester try to make kitty friends. He is very socially awkward. He doesn't give pesonal space, he just runs up to new kitty like OMG LOVE ME PLEASE I LOVE YOU ALREADY....hmm sounds like his mommy. Anyway, Roger the cat isn't up for that, so now Lester is trying to talk to him using his special grunts instead of typical meows, and Roger is like WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU! YOU ALIEN CREATURE!
Quite intriguing. I hope it works out. Anyway. Send a few prayers my way to help me with being overwhelmed with all the upcoming changes in my life. And don't forget the awesome holiday gift of supporting a charity in honor or in memory of someone - that's what you get someone who has everything. A donation to St. Jude - hint hint - is always great. But sometimes you just have to adopt a monkey instead. That's okay too.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
And there is just so much more to share. Tomorrow is my last day. We had my goodbye lunch today at TACO BELL! Woot! It was fun. Me and six coworkers in speech/OT...
I'm going to go to bed now but check back soon for all sorts of lurid OT stories.Yeah baby.
Monday, December 15, 2008
"OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY RECOGNIZED AS A “BEST CAREER” BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT": AOTA press release
"Recession-Proof Jobs" (JIST, 2008), U.S. News & World Report named occupational therapist to its "Best Careers 2009" list. This is the second consecutive year occupational therapy has received this honor.
This year, U.S. News & World Report scored hundreds of careers on five criteria:
Average job satisfaction
Difficulty of the required training
Report card? Median natural salary was $63,900....everything else was a B except for Job outlook which was an A, baby!!
See! I'm not inappropriate with my patients when it comes to my sarcasm, I'm just an early detector of dementia!!
Based on this criteria, I think my supervisor has dementia, since she never finds my jokes funny...so I'll blame it on dementia and not my own lack of wit...hhahahahahaha
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
In a session with a woman who is herself emotionally volatile and bizarre and has apparently raised her children to be likewise:
Me: ::moving shoulders of woman while in bed, my face bent over hers::
Female Patient: You're a very pretty woman
Me: Thank you! That's very sweet of you to say.
Adult daughter standing by bedside: I'm sorry. Those pain medications make her say inappropriate things.
Me: I think it's only inappropriate if she says I'm ugly! :)
In a session with a woman on disability for mental illness, who has had a stroke:
Me: ::moves around room gathering supplies to do some bathing, talking out loud to self about towels etc::
Me: Gosh, I'm talking to myself here!
Her: That's okay, I do that sometimes too. Is that bad?
Me: I guess it depends on what you say.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I'll post any responses I get. THANKS!
Thank for the simple outline! I'm a seasoned O.T. (7 years), trying to understand and use the OTPF. Would you post an example of what you would write in an OTPF evaluation of an adult patient on one of your Level II fieldworks to demonstrate how we seasoned therapist can change our documentation to reflect all of the wonderful information attained from the patient using OTPF? This would help me understand how to apply it during my everyday practice. I've asked Level II students to do this for me in the past and they get scared thinking they need to following the way that I am used to documenting (which would be the old UT way). Help teach us seasoned therapists use the new organized way of OTPF. Thanks
Time to start thinking about AOTA conference in April...in Houston TX this year. Trying to decide if it is financially and chronologically feasible...I think from a career/networking standpoint it's an awesome opportunity and if Merrolee, famed OT of New Zealand comes, I would do my best to go...hint hint. Ooh and I bet Sam Gonzalez will be there....We'll see. Plus I have two weddings of OTS classmates in April!! Yay!!!
""The principle finding was that under certain conditions a person can perceive another body as his or her own, even if it is of an opposite gender or an artificial body.
"These findings are of fundamental importance because they identify the perceptual processes that make us feel that we own our entire body," the study said.""
My friend Arnie sent me this article! Thought it was pretty neat, especially after working with stroke patients who have a hard time finding their own bodies in space!! Studies this like one provide information to us that can one day be applied to thrapy!
Monday, December 8, 2008
I swear swear swear swear that soon my dry spell will end and I'll be in a crazy blogging blizzard catching up with all the stories!! I'm feeling relieved I got so much done today, one more night of hard work and I will be READY.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
I have sooo many stories to share! I have an inservice to give on Wednesday on cognitive assessments, I need to focus on that Tuesday, but hopefully Weds night I'll post some phys dys stories!!
Sorry for the lack of contact! Don't forget to go play on OT Connections!!