Today, I was doing upper extremity exercises with a patient and they were having some slight soreness in the right shoulder. They were working with a 3 pound weight and were starting to wear out. Much to my horror I took the weight away and replaced it with a 2 pounder. This may seem like a perfectly normal thing to do as a therapist but for me this spelled disaster.
Let me explain….. I have a reputation. Yes, we all have reputations, some good and some bad but mine is rather interesting. I have a reputation for pushing people pretty hard and wearing them out so much they truly need a full days recovery. Whenever a patient would say they were done I would make them give me 5 more and then be done. On my last fieldwork assignment in school I was nicknamed the ‘Queen of Mean.’ Now, this was said lovingly (for the most part) and many of my former patients would vouch for that but quite honestly it was a repuation I was proud of. My therapy philosophy was that everyone can do a little more than they think. By pushing my patients past their limits we got results quicker and faster than we normally would have.
This reputation followed me to my new job and has been in place since I started. However, after today’s incident I’m wondering if I’m getting soft. The Queen of Mean would have never replaced that weight or even considered such a thing. I would have made them finish 5 reps with a smile on their face. Much to my dismay I think my sweet, loving and adorable patients have gotten under my skin and made me get as soft as molasses. Somehow they have managed to crack my armor and manipulate my repuation. Crap!!
Good news, I am now aware of this problem and have at least one more day this week to fix it. Mean Alecia is back and ready to rumble through the roadblocks of therapy in order to get to peak performance. So to anyone whoe reads this…. keep my poor patients in mind tomorrow cause it’s gonna be brutal!! hahahahaha 🙂
Note: Just so there is no concern…this post was made in good fun and I never ignore warning signs or severe pain during therapy. No patient was harmed in the making of this blog post!!
Wishing everyone the chance to find that little streak of mean…..