Packers Games and Patients
Last Sunday was my first experience of working during a Packers game. The other times I have worked on Sundays, the Packers have played at 3:00 p.m. By 3:00, I'm nearly done with my schedule and only have one or two patients left to see. With a noon game, however, there are over three hours of my workday when patients prefer to watch the game.
Three patients refused therapy sessions on Sunday. All three patients had visitors and family members in their room to watch the game. I felt like an intruder, knocking on their hospital room doors, introducing myself and offering to continue with the therapy plan. Several heads turned my way with glares that read, "How dare you interrupt our sacred Sunday tradition!" I politely excused myself, and documented my attempt to see the patient.
I can't help but think that I would likely do the same if I was the patient. If my family had driven to visit me and watch the game, I'm not sure I would opt to do some gait training. We all need time to relax, time to unwind and distract ourselves from the seriousness of being hospitalized. It's good to remember those feelings, too.