Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Frank A's Success Story -

---Recently, Frank A., had a dilemma in his life. Frank, in case you don't know him, has a robust Irish brogue and a presence that fills a room. One of the reasons that Frank is at the hospital is that one day he acquired a fever, and lost his eyesight in the process.
---One of the ways that Frank communicates is in writing notes to his friends. Frank's dilemma was one in that, being totally blind, the writing, itself, was hard to read. He would print in big, block letters trying to be clear, but as soon as the pen left the page, the problems would begin. Being blind, he would put the pen back where he thought it belonged, but it always was NOT in the correct spot. The reader ALWAYS found reading Frank's notes a challenge, at best. Even his children.
---Frank was determined to be heard along these lines. Writing notes and communicating his ideas, were very important to him. Thankfully, Frank was heard...and was hooked up with Occupational Therapy. Gina D., as his therapist. It took a little time, but, the improvement is there. The before-and-after of his writing is, comparatively, like day-and-night. It is so much clearer and easier to read. The squeaky wheel GOT its grease. Frank's onetime dilemma, is now a Real Success. Frank was heard and, now, can leave that frustration behind. He can, again, communicate with his notes. Frank made this championship story available to us all. Take Care.

Knowing This Will IMPROVE Your Life - -

---I have been searching for a lot of years, and finally found something that we ALL seem to have in common...(other than the obvious). It is contained in these two points:
1] We ALL want (need) to be heard + taken seriously
2] We ALL want (need) to do what we enjoy doing
---Unless the first point is satisfied, we may NEVER find what we truly enjoy. Whether we are staff or resident, there is really no one who doesn't do better when both of these points are in place. Take a few minutes to examine your own life, to see if this fits or not.
---An example would be - Frank A's Success Story, above. As a reminder, Frank, who is blind, wanted to be able to write notes, clearly, to family and friends. Frank was heard and taken serious. That's why the story is a Success Story. Frank does what he enjoys. He writes clearly, now.
---You will find that this dynamic works for everyone. When the two points are in place for staff/resident or anyone at ALL, we are well on our way to finding our own voice and doing our own thinking. Take Care.

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