Today fell apart from the get go! 1) First change at 7am when I swapped patient F for patient N. with another therapist 2) Second change my 10am patient D was taken to ER so I had an unexpected opening. 3) My 9am patient J didn’t show so I called her and she was still in bed and didn’t want to come at 10am. Another unexpected cancellation. 4) My original patient F was given back to me to fill in my 10am time slot, but at 10am he was headed to Rosary and I had to fit him in later. 5) The afternoon changed too with my 12:30 patient canceling for some reason, so I called my 2:30 patient D to come at 12:30. He could not but could come at 1:30. 6) Sixth change I contacted my 1:30pm patient I and asked if she would come at 12:30. Great. 7) 12:30 arrived and NO patient. I called patient I and she’d forgotten our conversation 2 hours prior! But she came down. 8) Final straw of the day was when my boss asked me on the way out if I could maybe change my airline ticket to leave 3 weeks later because they have too many people on vacation when I was going to Florida (to prepare for my move) and need me for coverage. WOW
All I can do is laugh! In fact this chaotic day inspired a few jokes, here is my list of ones I came up with : DISCLAIMER: Some of these are far better than others. Don’t judge me.
I had a patient who was a dairy farmer… so I gave him a calf stretch.
I had a patient who was an engineer…. so I gave him bridges.
I had a patient who likes seafood… so I gave him clamshells.
I had a patient who said he likes spiders, so I gave him the powerweb.
I had a patient who said he likes horror films… so I gave him monster walks.
I had a patient who was a K9 officer…. so I gave him the downward dog stretch.
I had a patient who told me he was a pirate… so I gave him planks.
I had a patient who said one of the other therapists took her breath away… so I gave her diaphragmatic breathing exercises.
I had a patient who said he worked at the morgue…. so I gave him deadlifts.
I had a patient who said he was a window washer… so I gave him power cleans.
I had a patient who said he worked at a restaurant… so I gave him waiter’s tips.
I had a patient who was a clock maker… so I gave him pendulums.
I had a patient who said the front desk put him on hold… so I gave him isometrics.
I had a patient who said he was an orthodontist, so I gave him abdominal bracing.
Be kind to your therapist this week and keep laughing.