Tuesday, January 3, 2012
First Day of work with a Bang
Yesterday was my first day working privately with individuals in their homes. I really enjoyed it alot. I assessed two different clients with homocystinuvi and cerebral palsy. I was a bit worried about the assessment because I wasn't exactly sure what I needed to assess. I definitely felt like a newbie going in. But when I got there, all of my previous training in school and in my internship hit me and I remembered exactly what I needed to do when it came to actually seeing the clients. To build rapport, I let the clients choose several activities for us to pursue such as playing instruments, singing a song, or playing on iPad. This worked out very well in that I was able to assess almost every area of cognitive, psychosocial, physical, and communication. When I needed to continue to assess different areas that hadn't been addressed yet, I offered an intervention that I was already familiar with and knew worked with most clients. I definitely have much more to assess with these two clients within the next couple sessions before I can pin down some goals. So far I am very excited with what I am doing and I have many more clients to see this week!
On another note yesterday was a great and terrible first day of work. I did get to see two clients but on the way to my third client, I had a car accident. I can't really remember what happened because I was out of it at the time. What I remember is driving to the client's house looking at the GPS and the next minute I was stumbling out of my car about to pass out. My flight reaction told me to get out no matter how I was feeling because I was afraid the car was on fire or would explode. Luckily neither happened. But the truck I hit caught on fire under the hood. I remember being hauled into the ambulance wondering what had just happened since I didn't remember the wreck. I was so grateful to the fireman on the scene and the ambulance driver for taking good care of me when I was in a daze. And the nurses and doctors at the Emergency Room were so helpful. I will never take these people for granted again. I am so glad my husband is in school to be a nurse because I see how much they help people. Luckily now, I am completely fine. I am definitely sore and have a headache but other than that, I am in tip top shape. Here is a picture for you to see what the car looks like now: