Posts tagged ‘patient’

The Days I Grew Up

As an Occupational Therapist I have worked in several different settings. For the past 7 years I have worked in Home Health, where I go to peoples’ houses to treat them when they are not sick enough to be in a hospital or a nursing home, but it would be too difficult to bring them to an Outpatient Rehab place. For a few years before that, when I lived in Tampa, I worked as a Rehab Manager for an Outpatient Place (I usually refer to them as “Their Name – That Horrible Company” – they’re the ones who demoted me on my birthday and then fired me 8 days later. I later found out that the official reason they let me go was downsizing but instead of saying that that I was downsized, they preferred to tell me that I didn’t have what it took. B@stards. Oh, and by the way, I got a new job 20 hours later. Take THAT, motherf*ckers! But I digress.). When I lived in Staten Island, I worked full-time on a Psychiatry unit of a local hospital for 11 years and for 5 of those years I also worked on an “as needed” basis, at a Home Health company. However none of those sorts of jobs were ever in my original career goals. Nope, not even close. Originally, from when I was 13 years old and decided to be an O.T., until I was almost done with college, I was going to work in Pediatrics.

But something went terribly, terribly wrong.

It took years before I was comfortable telling this story but when I was Read more…


I’ve Fallen & I Can’t Get Up!

One of my new patients, “Esther,” broke her hip for the second time, about a year and a half ago. She wound up in a nursing home but somewhere along the lines they didn’t take as good care of her as they should have and she wound up with Read more…

I Want to Sit Down

I worked on a psychiatry unit of a hospital in NY for 11 years. It was unofficially a Geriatric Psych unit because our Head of Psychiatry was a Geriatrician, so most of my patients there were senior citizens, although we’d occasionally get people in their 50’s, 40’s, 30’s and, very occasionally, 20’s and even late teens. Some of our patients were old people who were experiencing worsening of their run-of-the-mill mental illnesses like Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder but a lot of them had Dementia with “something”….agitation, depression, hallucinations or a mixture of those.

“Paul” was one of our earlier patients – I think he came through our doors in the first year we were open and he had Dementia with Agitation. He was a Read more…


Repeat Patient

I don’t remember his name but I remember exactly where his house is, every time I go past it. I remember hearing he was a healthy guy in these golden years of his life and that he was still active on the tennis court, even while he was in his mid-80’s. In fact, it was a tennis match that was Read more…


Getting My Wrist Slapped

Sometimes a person will do something and they know it’s not on the up-and-up so of course they shouldn’t be surprised when they wind up experiencing repercussions. But sometimes you do everything according to the book and Read more…


Hello, Dolly!

I got a new patient, let’s call her Dolly Napoliano, and either she’s going to be the death of me or I’m going to have to kill her. Just not sure which one is going to happen first. Either way, I figure what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.

They assigned her to me late last week so I called her to make an appointment for early this week. I explained Read more…


The Phone Call

I received a call on my cell phone yesterday afternoon. It was from my area code but I didn’t recognize the number. Spam calls are usually marked “unknown” or have a different area code than mine so I decided to pick it up. This is the conversation I had: Read more…