Friday, 31 October 2014

Dont Use Cell Phones When Driving

This post is prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist, Healing Facilitator and Author

My first position as a qualified occupational therapist was working in a teaching hospital. During the four plus years I was there I worked in several different departments covering  physical rehabilitation. Amongst my rotations were the neurosurgery and orthopoedics wards. My intervention began from the trauma unit and went through to outpatient care.

The polytrauma cases were the hardest to work with. So many accidents that mostly could have been prevented. The start of mobile phones introduced a new dimention to cause of accidents which has become worse since social networking, texting etc.

The message of the video below, speaks for itself. The heartache and suffering is tangible and could have been prevented. This message is for those driving, walking, cycling, taking a bus or train or communicating with somone via mobile phone who is doing any of these. Please value your life and the life of others.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Do you know what Occupational Therapy is?

The title Occupational Therapy is a play on words. Someone who is an occupational therapist uses occupations as a means of therapy to enable a person to function to their optimum in all aspects of their daily life. We used to divide the activities of a persons life into four main areas: 

-     personal care

-          work / school

-          social interaction 

-          leisure or recreation. 

This has been revised in recent years. Stay tuned for a post that will provide an update of the domains an OT works with.

An Occupational Therapist works with a person to help them with each of these four areas. This might include training new skills, adapting how the person carries out a task, adapting equipment or the position of equipment and organizing or re-organizing the environment.

When selecting the appropriate task / activity or occupation to use as the means of therapeutic intervention, an occupational therapist will make sure that the activity is meaningful to the person and that there is active participation. 

From the outline listed thus far, I hope it begins to show some of the work carried out by an occupational therapist. The truth is that the profession is both very exciting and very broad. It is in fact an holistic profession and was the first complementary or allied health professions to be recognized to include spirituality as part of the core of the profession.  The following two ideas from two models of the profession demonstrate how this is: 

-          One of the models of the profession identifies that by actively engaging a person in an occupation, a process takes place that we term: Doing – Being – Becoming. (Prof Ann Wilcock)

-          The Model of Human Occupation states, in part, that a person can not be healthy in the Absence of Meaningful Occupation. (Prof Gary Keilhofner)
Just from this, we get a glimpse of the possibilities and the importance of occupational therapy. So who do we work with? The truth is occupational therapists work with anyone from premature babies to the elderly and dying patient. We work with psychological, emotional, physical and sociological difficulties. The profession covers prevention, promotion and rehabilitation of health and well being of anyone wanting to improve their level or quality of living.

If you have any other questions, please post a comment or send an email.

If you live in Israel and require an Occupational Therapy Evaluation or Consulation, do be in touch or visit my website.

Friday, 10 October 2014

What is M.E. - with youtube video

I have received quite a few enquiries as to what M.E. is. M.E. is an abbreviation for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. The video below gives a brief outline of the condition.


M.E. is not isolated to the U.K. it is a world wide epidemic. 

I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, M.E. while a 3rd year student and due to circumstances had no choice but to push myself to complete my studies and go on to work. The book I am in the process of researching in order to update it and self-publish contains a compliation of my personal and professional struggle over more than 20 years with a condition most refuse to acknowledge. It contains information, tips, tools and hope. 

The greatest hope that the book offers is that one can live a meaningful life even with a chronic condition, a comment most will feel is bizzarre but once one begins to learn what life on this earth is all about, then there is both hope for a cure, and possibility to be productive even when lying in bed.

While allopathic medicine has no answers, there is a greater doctor, the Ruler of the Universe and He knows why you have this illness, what you are to gain from it and is able to Heal you even if healthcare can't. For some this means looking to alternative therapy but for all a total lifestyle change is required. The lifestyle changes required are a call for action, even when that action means resting. 

Would you like to hear more? Has this inspired your interest?

Become a partner in bringing this book into reality by making a donation. Any size donation is greatly appreciated. Smaller donations can receive a name listed either in acknowledgements or under sponsors. Larger donations can receive a mention in merit of a loved one.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Making Connections

A few days ago, on one of the FaceBook groups for M.E. / C.F.S, I noticed a psychology student is doing research related to quality of life for those suffering with M.E. They were looking for participants in a survey. When I emailed to inquire further I mentioned that over 14 years ago I had tried to do my masters on an O.T. approach to M.E. but got stuck on funding. In order to obtain the ethics approval necessary for such a survey I needed to be registered and to do so I needed the necessary funding. In order to obtain funding I needed the Ethics approval. Ho Hum, bureaucracy can hinder one. This catch 22 is partly was inspired me to write my own book. 

The Psych student responded "I’m sorry to hear that you had such a struggle to complete such research in South Africa. An OT approach would be very valuable!" (H.J)

I wonder whether her being in the UK has made all the difference. I attempted to do my research in South Africa. It was also prior to the recognition of M.E. as a neurological condition.

Perhaps one day I will still do my masters. In the meantime, much of what I have learnt is written up in this book. If you would like to contribute towards the costs to take the time to complete research to make sure the book is up-to-date, to edit it professionally and to self publish, please either be in touch or make a donation via my crowd fundraiser below.If you can share the campaign, that would be appreciated too.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Progress of my book

After a number of weeeks of sharing my fundraiser campaign with no response, I became despondent. Not for long though. A comment I noticed on one of the online M.E. support groups inspired me to pick up my manuscript and re-read it with a view to what areas require further research and updating and any editing required. Simultaneously I had a question from someone as to what M.E. is. When I explained that M.E. stands for Myalgic Encaphalomyelitis she responded with:

"I have met many people that have been diagnosed with it and I can see it is very hard for them- also some people I know also have other illness in conjunction with it..." (J.B.)

So I set aside a bit of time and began to re-read my book / manuscript. I'm happy to state that I have read 25 pages thus far. I have a list of areas to research in order to update information. 

There is a lot of re-writing required but certain sections I quite enjoyed reading. I look forward to seeing the book come to print.  It's quite a lot of work to do, to begin with I have another more than 300 pages to read not to mention research,editing costs, printing costs and more. In order to complete this I will require some funding. Since any income over basics of rent etc goes on health care or having to rest, I have not managed to save enough to devote to this important project.

If you would like to contribute towards the costs to take the time to complete research to make sure the book is up-to-date, to edit it professionally and to self publish, please either be in touch or make a donation via my crowd fundraiser below.If you can share the campaign, that would be appreciated too.

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