You may be wondering: Shannon, what do you do in a typical day at work? You also may not give a crap, but I'm going to tell you just in case. When I get to work I put on my name tag and look at my schedule to see who I need to see first and I try to prioritize my patients. In a skilled nursing facility (or nursing home to some) patients getting therapy are put under certain levels depending on how many minutes of therapy they can tolerate or is appropriate for that person each day. Therefore, my schedule tells me how many minutes I need to see each person but not when exactly I need to see them. In this way, a SNF is different than an outpatient therapy clinic. In a way this is a big reason why I love working at a SNF. I have more control over my day and if I need to leave for an hour for an appointment it's not a big deal. In the morning I will usually complete ADLs (activities of daily living) which include things like showering, dressing, grooming/hygiene at the sink with a patient. In the late morning and afternoon I'll usually do exercise and balance activities with patients to improve their safety when completing those daily tasks. I always have lots of paperwork to do, as we are required to document what we did with each patient and what kind of progress they are making. I also give advice to support staff like the CNAs who are wondering what to do with a certain patient or who have questions. I also attend care conferences to give rehab updates to social workers, patients, and their families and help determine when the patients will be safe to go home, or what they need to do or have at home to be more safe.
So there you have it! I love love love my job. OT (and physical therapy and speech therapy) is the best!
After work I went to the post office to get much needed stamps and then to the grocery store, where I somehow spent $113. I don't buy meat so you would think my grocery bill would be a little less hefty, but for me that seems high. Those groceries will probably last me 1.5-2 weeks, but it still hurts when that price comes up on the screen at the check out! What do I usually buy, you may ask? Well here's a breakdown:
- Organic milk and butter
- String cheese and pepper jack cheese slices
- As much produce as I can get my grubby hands on! Just kidding, kinda. Today I bought strawberries, apricots, plums, peaches, Granny Smith apples, broccoli, bell peppers of 3 colors, organic carrots, a Walla Walla onion (holla Washington!), avocado, shrooms, organic pears, and red potatoes.
- Morningstar maple flavored sausage patties
- Bread products: Whole wheat buns, whole wheat bread, English muffins, and thin buns.
- Skinny cow ice cream
- Breyer's (all natural) ice cream (hey, it was on sale!)
- Yogurt (the junk kind, Yoplait light)
- Instant brown rice
- Mustard, relish, artichoke hearts.
- Orange juice
- Expensive garlic parsley fettuccine that looks amazing
Well that's all I can think of. I also got Kobe a snack, as I always do.
I then came home and put all my shiz away, let Kobe outside, made a vegetarian bratwurst to have along with my cucumber with sea salt, and watched Oprah. Tonight I will be taking a shower so I can get to a patient's apartment at 6:30 so I can help her with a shower and dressing! I also am going to watch So You Think You Can Dance which is the best "reality" show ever (besides Project Runway, Biggest Loser, Top Chef, Chopped, and Iron Chef, etc. etc.).
That's my Thursday! Ciao!