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  • Penny Wise…Pound Foolish

    It has been snowing nearly every day for the past two weeks here in the Northeast of England. The snow here is not like the stuff back in New York, it is more like hail that falls and freezes into sheets of ice. Driving and merely walking outdoors are now a considerable challenge. I've had to visit the local hospital's Accident and Emergency ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on January 6, 2010
  • Geriatrics are a Unique Population

    Earlier this evening I reserved my seat to take the GCS (geriatric clinical specialist) examination for 2010. I thought I would be excited, or maybe relieved. I'm not. It hasn't even registered yet. When it does I don't think it'll change how I feel.  I've thought of it as that test for so long I've become immune to it. None of my ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on December 29, 2009
  • Mom Fell

    Just before I left for the United Kingdom, I got a phone call from my mother's neighbor in Florida. She had taken my mother to the ER because she had fallen at home after having a dental procedure earlier in the day and way too much pain medicine afterward. She got stitched up and sent home without so much as having the wound cleaned. I spent a ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on December 16, 2009
  • U.S. Diabetes Cases to Double

    On Friday, while I was busy consuming Thanksgiving leftovers, researchers announced that U.S. diabetes cases will double by 2034--from 24 to 44 million people. Not only that, diabetes spending will triple in the same time. Direct medical costs are predicted to rise from $113 to $336 billion per year. This is expected to further strain the U.S. ...
  • A Well-Oiled Machine

    Second week with the NHS and things are moving along nicely. I've spent time with each of the relevant community health care groups. My own team is analogous to a medical ward in a hospital. Services are provided around the clock to patients who could very easily wind up in a hospital if not monitored and treated. Some patients get up to 4 visits ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on November 25, 2009
  • Wii for the World Record

    The top story on CNNhealth.com today reads, ''Seniors Wii bowl for world record and for health.'' According to the Guinness World Records, a world record was recently set in Houston, TX--for the world's largest senior citizen Wii bowling tournament! The Houston area's largest Medicare HMO--TexanPlus--put on the event, which drew 600 senior ...
  • Learning Experience

    A few nights ago I picked up an extra evaluation at the end of the day.  It was a very active 88-year old woman admitted for a GI bleed.  She volunteers weekly and is completely independent at home.  No device used.  Upon introducing myself and my purpose for visiting her, she stated she didn't need physical therapy but was ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on October 15, 2009
  • Check Out Our New Specialty Sites!

    ADVANCE is pleased to introduce our new Specialty Spotlights on our Web site!On Sept. 1 we unveiled 9 new specialty sites which highlight many of the most popular practice areas and interests in occupational therapy. Each specialty site contains information tailored exclusively to therapists working in that practice area, including targeted ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on September 23, 2009
  • Physical Impairment Doesn’t Equal Impaired Cognition

    Last Saturday, one of my patients complained to me about the nurses. He was frustrated that he was being spoken to like a child. His words to me were ''I'm not stupid.'' The man isn't stupid, but on initial presentation he could give that appearance. He uses a w/c for mobility.  He is mildly dysarthric and speaks slowly as a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 16, 2009
  • The Best Place I've Worked

    “This is the best place I’ve worked in my entire adult life.” I've been working in staff training for the past year and a half. This was my opening when I introduced myself and the company I work for, the same company that I must now leave in order to move to England. It is not just a line. It really is the best place I've ever worked. It is a ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on September 2, 2009
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