Do you ever feel that life just starts going, going, going, and you are doing all you can to hold on. You can't handle one more crisis, one more activity, one more anything? You feel like standing up and just screaming at the top of your lungs, "Stop the Merry Go Round, I want to get Off". Well, maybe you should.
Today, I was once again, made aware of the fact that medical practitioners need to be clear and ensure that the patients, and/or their family/caregivers, understand what is happening with them, to them and what the plan is, AND to be a part of the team that forms the plan. So often an elderly person goes to the doctor, is evaluated, findings are reviewed and plan is made and yet when that person and his/her caregive leave the office, they are not sure what they heard.
Touch is healing, whether it be from a significant other, or a friend, or even a pet. Whenever there is touch, skin to skin stroking, hug, our body produces more of the "feel good" endorphin, oxytocin. A small pat on the back a sweet hug from someone you care about or a pat on the knee, can decrease your blood pressure, lower your heart rate, slow your respiration rate, lowers your stress levels and yet so many people are in such a hurry today, that it is the part of human contact that often gets left out.
As a physical therapist, I have had the honor and privilege to meet so many folks in my life. The best thing about doing what I do is the chance to meet folks, listen to them, hear their story and have the chance to help them regain some ability that they have lost due to illness or injury, but they help me, too. They teach me. Everyday I learn from what someone has said--it might be a life lesson or a history lesson, or geography, but everyday, I learn.
Mr. Bill is a gentleman in his mid eighties whom I have had the distinct pleasure of getting to know over the last few years. I have seen his mobility decline, but, still he tries to get on his walker and walk to the end of the driveway a couple times of day to stretch his legs. Once he gets to the end of his driveway, he will stand there and look around the neighborhood to see if there happens to be someone outside who will notice him and come over and chat a few minutes.