My homework

April 30, 2007

I’ve just posted a comment on MetaOT‘s website, which is great for my learning. I can really see the potential if all OT’s who were on the web started a blog and shared their bookmarks with the rest of the world, what a big step that could be for us! But time time time, that’s what it takes. Maybe if the few of us keep this up and do the hard work, it won’t seem like such a big deal for others to catch on. Here’s hoping, for my blog and for others.


Another day in paradise

April 23, 2007

Having someone to help you make sense of blogging really does make everything easier. Which means I’m learning more, and maybe that means writing more…

How do you do the best work you can, when there’s not enough of you, and you have to rely on other people? I dont have an answer, and even if I did, it probably wouldn’t make my job any easier, or more efficient, or even up the standard of what I do.  A lot of the time I feel as though my patients are being ripped off, missing out on important therapy. I don’t like having to comprimise, choosing one person over another, or only having enough time to do the bare minimum; working this way is as opposite as you can get when we think about the OT philosphy of ‘holistic’. Aren’t we supposed to address everything in respect to everything else? Treat the whole person? Look at the outside, the inside, the environement, the good, the not so good? My practice these days is dysfunction based, not holistic.

I sometimes wonder what patients and their families think of the occupational therapy breed. I fear they may get the wrong impression that we shower people, give them commodes, or ask them out-of-context questions when trying to work out how good their memory is.

I want to restore others faith in us and what we do. But how do I,  how do we do that, when we dont have the opportunities to prove them otherwise…?

It’s been a while

April 12, 2007

Thinking about writing an entry in my blog at times seems too hard, so I put it off, and put it off. I guess like anything it’s taking time for me to get my head around this concept, and I need to be an OT to myself that reminds me every time I do something new (ie this blog) I am reinforcing the brain pathways that will hopefully make this easier with practise.

My OT pracise seems to be a like a bunch of monkeys swinging around in my head; so many ideas and so little resources – it’s so frustrating!! So I’ll leave it there and come back to this, maybe a bit more reflection next time.

My 1st blog entry!

April 2, 2007

Welcome to my blog. This is very new and I still don’t know what I’m doing – someone is telling me where to point and click!

It is an experiement, the OT school in Dunedin NZ are doing research on how to use the web for professional development, and I’m helping them.

So, here we go, hold on…!