Is nothing sacred? On the way out of Patti’s care facility, we were hijacked by a physical therapist.
While I found this fascinating, to Patti it may as well have been fingernails on a chalkboard. I learned that Patti is not exactly a cooperative patient. <grin> The therapist reported that Patti voices her opinions quite ‘colorfully’ and usually rolls out half way through her scheduled sessions.
What physical therapy is trying to do is relax and stretch her leg muscles. She does not fully extend them which in turn complicates transfers to and from wheelchair and bed, etc.
Fortunately, I was able to keep Patti amused for a complete session. Patti’s short term memory loss, mental confusion, and lack of attention undoubtedly complicate any therapist’s plans.
To me the physical therapy room was somewhat like a play room with the coolest toys in town. To those who need physical therapy there may as well be an arch over the door emblazoned “no pain no gain”.
Later sharing the experience with our daughter, she remarked “isn’t physical therapy kind of ahh … like waste of time with Mom?” … Megan’s brief observation is the acquired wisdom of a life time of living with Multiple Sclerosis. Megan has ONLY known Patti in a wheelchair.
While physical therapy and MS is debated, there is also the boundary of ‘need’ vs ‘want’.
There is merit to Megan’s observation especially in consideration of Patti’s progression and level of MS. On the other hand, private medical insurance, Medicare and Medicaid have formulas permitting “X” amount of PT for “Y” type conditions. Medical professionals obviously make use of those formulas to address acute concerns, for example, Patti’s recent bout of falls from out of her wheelchair.
Does it do any good? MS in general is about a short circuiting of communication between brain and body. Who knows?
Patti certainly has her opinion after over 2 decades of living with MS and it is NOT as politely delivered as in the jargon of a 20 year old, where it is “kind of ahh … like waste of time.”
Caregivingly Yours, J Patrick Leer
(also available in Blogger edition, Caregiver Blog: "Caregivingly Yours")