Saturday, June 6, 2015

One Quarter Done!

Well readers, I've made it 1/4 of the way through fieldwork! Time is flying by and I am learning SO MUCH. My set hours are 7am-3:30pm Monday through Friday. More often than not, I work later than that. With the wedding coming up in less than 100 days, I'm wondering how people balance a full time job with a family or anything else going on because I feel like I barely have time when I get off work to cook dinner, plan the next day's treatments (if any), try to squeeze in a workout, and shower then go to bed. I'm certainly curious to see how things will go in the future.

The facility I'm at has weekly objectives for their students, and so far I'm on track with meeting their objectives. For the upcoming week, my caseload will increase to 4 patients (since it's week 4 of fieldwork). What that means is that I am responsible for coming up with a treatment plan for each of them and progression of treatment in order for patients to make gains in therapy. And I'm also responsible for writing up documentation and billing after (or during) the session. Does it sound like a lot? Right now it is but as the weeks progress, it will be easier to come up with treatment ideas...at least that's what I'm hoping.

One of the cool things happening the first two weeks of every month is called More Power Mondays (MPM) and three people diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease come to the clinic for speech, physical, and occupational therapy. It's been interesting to work with people diagnosed with PD but also nice to see another program compared to what Creighton teaches us, which is a program called LSVT BIG. From what I've seen and learned, both programs are good but More Power seems to be more functional but I still need to learn a little more about it.

The majority of the caseload I've seen so far are patients who have suffered a stroke, otherwise known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA). Each patient is at a different stage of healing, and although they all experienced a stroke, no two patients are the same or have the same recovery process. The other cool thing going on at the facility is a monthly stroke support group that people who experienced a CVA, their family members, and caretakers can attend each month and share experiences or struggles. Pretty cool if you ask me!

Stay tuned for more exciting happenings soon!

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