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OT but REALLY neat (for me)

Discussion in 'Archive' started by SharonKurland, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. SharonKurland

    SharonKurland Active Member

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    Background information: I work as an Occupational Therapist for the Visiting Nurse Association. My job is to go to peoples' houses to teach/re-teach them self-care skills (ADL's - Activities of Daily Living, like grooming, toileting, dressing, bathing, feeding, etc.) after they've been injured or sick.

    So I had been assigned a new patient, who lived a few miles north of WDW. He was in his 70's and had had a stroke that affected movement on his left side. Then before I was set to see him early last week, he was re-hospitalized...turned out he had a second stroke, this time affecting his right side. So I was ready to see a guy who had limited use of his limbs and needed a LOT of OT.

    Really nice guy...friendly, outgoing, etc. Turns out he was REALLY lucky and both of his strokes were REALLY mild. So mild, in fact, that he can still do everything for himself and he doesn't need OT.

    So as I'm filling out my paperwork for him, I make small talk and asked him what he did for a living. He said he worked for Disney. Well, that's not a really big deal around here...I've had several patients who worked for Disney in their past. So I asked him what he did. "Oh, I was a singer," he said. This piqued my interest more than the construction workers and Friendship Boat maintenance people I've met via work. "Really?," I asked, "Where did you sing?" He said, "I sang in a quartet." And I stopped writing, looked up at him and said, "Were you a Dapper Dan?" And he said he was.

    Wow. A Dapper Dan . He said he worked F/T for Disney for about 16 or 17 years. I did some research online and it looks like he started in DL in the mid-60's, and retired somewhere in the mid-late-90's, for a singing career that spanned almost 35 years (and he still sings, for pleasure, in his retirement).

    A Dapper Dan. *I* was impressed. Made my day .

    -Sharon-
     
  2. Dr. Know

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    Great story Sharon! Thanks for posting it.

    Jim :)
     
  3. DisneylandKid

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    Sharon, that's really cool experience. Thanks for sharing! :)
     
  4. micca

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    That's cool Sharon. Really cool. :)
     
  5. Jessica L

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    Wow Sharon! What a great experience - and what a wonderful profession!

    Jessica
     
  6. SharonKurland

    SharonKurland Active Member

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    Thanks guys. Yeah, it was a REALLY cool experience. I'm glad that he doesn't need me to come back, but the selfish part of me wished that I had to, just so I could talk to him more about work .

    -Sharon-
     

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