Eight days after giving birth to a healthy baby girl, a young mother had an injury that left her paralyzed from the neck down. She was admitted to Rancho Los Amigos Intensive Care Unit, and she and her husband were of course devastated. Her OT goals were to hold her baby in bed and have a fan to cool her face down. Her OT worked hard with the team to achieve the patient’s goals. It required assertive effort with all involved and dealing with a lot of bureaucracy….and it worked. When the day arrived and the patient was able to have her newly born baby girl in her arms, the patient and her husband were relieved and happy. It was a first ray of light for the patient and it made the staff and the occupational therapist realize how going the extra mile can make our patients’ lives better one day at a time.
By: Michal Atkins, OTR/L