Monday, July 03, 2006
I have a new patient. She is 74 years old. She has difficulty walking. She had surgery in April and has been in rehab and she came home last Tuesday. I walk her twice a day from the bedroom to the living room and then back to the bedroom at night. It takes everything out of her to walk it, but she struggles to make it. And she does.
Sunday morning she couldnt make it. I knew she was disappointed in herself. She had taken a sleeping pill the night before and I think it made her lethargic in the morning. Sunday night when I went to put her to bed she walked it for me :))...we were both very happy. I am hoping this week we can start walking it three times a day.
Her family tells me I have done more work with her in the time she has been home than rehab did in a month. I find this very sad. Also when we first started she was afraid I would yell at her if she couldnt do something the right way b/c they yelled at her in rehab. I would never yell at her. I wonder what is wrong with these so called professionals who choose to work with the public but have no patience with them. Obviously, she wears a depends b/c she cannot get up and go to the bathroom by herself. The first morning she woke up at home she was wet and she was afraid I would be mad b/c at the hospital they got mad at her when she had an "accident".
This infuriates me. What the hell do these people at the hospital get paid for? I do not neccessarily think you get the best care in the hospital. Not with attitudes like that. Its all about money anymore...all they care about it what kind of insurance you have. The nurses are worked to death b/c they are understaffed. So patients do not get the best of care.
I will help her to walk again. I will never yell at her or lose my patience with her. She is paying me for my services and I will give her the best I have. When someone is paying you thats what they deserve...your best. I wonder why hospitals don't feel this way??
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