(2) Good morning Justin. Yes, I'm currently trying to do an evaluation on a new patient, but I'm having difficulties with him.
What I'm Thinking: The day has just begun and I have a feeling it's going to be a busy morning. Evident from my OT level 1 fieldwork educator not being in the rehabilitation gym at 9 a.m.
(1) Good Morning H., I was told by the Director that you are in room number 123.
(1) Hello again Mr. L., this is my occupational therapy student, Justin. Do you mind if he observes our evaluation? Oh, Justin, he has difficulty hearing, and the nurse said he will only talk or do things when his son is around. He can also speak and understand English and Mandarin. *speaking loudly*
What I'm Thinking: I hope the new client is willing to complete the evaluation with H., even if the son is not here.
(3) Hi. Hi. I'm busy. Doing work. Come again later. I don't want therapy right now. My son will be here later. He is in a meeting with the rehab director and social worker *screaming*
(2) Good morning Mr. L, I'm Justin, an occupational therapy student. How are you doing? *speaking loudly
(1) Mr. L., let's try and get out of bed and do some exercises.
What I'm thinking: This is already a stressful day and we should have waited for his son. In the future, as an occupational therapist, I will ask my clients when the best time of therapy is, rather than trying to force them to participate. I want to decrease my chances of complications with them. By doing so, I can create a good therapeutic relationship. Which, I hope, shows I am a compassionate and caring therapist to my clients.
(2) GET OUT. THERAPY LATER. ONLY WHEN MY SON IS HERE. I'M BUSY YOU'RE NOT LISTENING. *screaming*
(3) H., Maybe we should try again in an hour or wait for his son to come back, so we can continue with the evaluation
Overall, I really enjoyed my time at CareOne in Livingston. I learned a lot, like how clients can surprise you with their physical and mental abilities regardless of age. Also, they can surprise you by their way of saying no to therapy. I learned how to be patient with clients, appropriate way of responding to stressful emergencies, how to use encouragement as a tool to motivate clients in therapy and to show care/compassion to our clients. Though we want to improve their occupational performance skill/s, we must also be considerate about what else is happening in their lives. Which may be affecting their view and ability to fully participate in therapy.