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Saturday, June 26, 2010
A fabulous and informative article about a hopeful direction in Parkinson's research. I'm especially interested in this as my father suffers from it. It's funny how Parkinson's is characterized by the tremors, or as father calls it, the shakes. But when you cross the border into the land of dementia, living with someone with Parkinson's is almost like living with a part-time schizophrenic. Is it the Sinemet? Is it the Mirapex? Is it worth it? My father routinely yells at "the people" in our house, jumps out of his scooter to chase them away. I wonder if the medications give him the ability to move and the curse of seeing and hearing things that are not there. It's so hard not to respond to his hallucinations. No, they're not there. No one is here. No one is tapping the phone lines. No one cut down that tree and put it back together with metal strips. People are not jumping over the fence to get into our backyard. There is no little girl in the corner. I don't see construction workers working on our house. No one is standing by the window.
I often look for old movies to distract him. Right now, he's watching The Magnificent Seven. A great distracter.
Church tomorrow. Chocolate pudding and a good book tonight.
Monday, March 29, 2010
I'm going to pick on the "official" NBCOT exam review guide for a moment. It is an extremely expensive book that does not in any way compare to the TherapyEd guide. As a matter of fact, scattered within its pages are corrections to material presented. NBCOT glued correction cards onto the pages of its official guide after being informed by third parties of the errors contained within.
Finally, when you arrive at the TherapyEd course, you will receive an additional manual with excellent test-taking and study strategies that helped me pass the exam. It's pretty much a more in-depth recap of the entire course.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I intend to document my time as an entry-level therapist...when time permits!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
It's pretty amazing what can be made out of cardboard. I expected to see flimsy and ugly, brown things that wouldn't last long. After our powerpoint lecture at Adaptive Design and a quick demonstration of how they were built, my biases about cardboard ended. The strength and sturdiness is incredible. Depending on the layers and ply of cardboard, these mini pieces of furniture can hold up to 850 lbs. Everything is specially designed to meet the needs of the client. The product is primed, painted, and decorated. And it will last about 3 years.
The following photos show just a few of what can be found at Adaptive Design. I highly recommend this as a source for all professionals. They collaborate with OTs, PTs, family members, and just about anyone. They thrive on donations to keep the program afloat. If you're in the area, they're located on 313 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018. They, also, have volunteer nights. For more information call: (212) 904-1700.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
This article brings to light some of the struggles people with mental illness go through just to survive.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
And when class is over, you get to see Beauty up close and personal.
Kristie Koenig to receive the AOTA Roster of Fellows
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