Sometimes getting someone occupational therapy services is urgent. I have stayed late to make a splint for a patient who has had a fracture. Or to start ROM exercises with a patient who just got out of surgery before scar tissue sets in. Or to teach a a patient who has had a hip replacement who is going home and straight to outpatient physical therapy how to dress with adaptive equipment and to order anything needed.
But sometimes there are paperwork emergencies. Today a patient needed an OT evaluation to go to a rehab hospital. The OT evaluation was just a formality, it all comes down to PT: can the patient walk? That is what the insurance company cares about. But they do require an OT eval.
And it was a Friday, and the inpatient therapist called out sick and so I had to go cover and do that evaluation just to get that done so he can go tomorrow. So that was the OT emergency that kept me late at work today.
Generally, it was a stressful day. I got some negative feedback at work. It was not unjustified, but it was also a freak event and I don't know how I could have handled the situation differently. It is not something likely to happen again.
Still, it hurt. But not as much as it might have. I am very sensitive to criticism. I think on the lower Zyprexa dose, I would have been more devastated. Instead, it just hurt, it stung, but I didn't get stuck in it.
I know that is what the meds do. And at times I complain that they make me numb- but the also give me freedom to live that I don't have when I am trapped in my negative emotions that arise from every day events. I think I am less inhibited on meds, which is generally a good thing.