As a home care occupational therapist and someone who gives instructions and recommendations to patients to support healing and safety at home, I’m good with knowing that I do all I can to educate people about their recovery, safety, and function. I give reminders and encouragement if I notice they haven’t followed my recommendations, but I can’t make them comply. That’s up to each patient.
My mother on the other hand, follows every recommendation given. And, as it turns out, is considered a very stylish woman. We learned this at her second orthopedic follow-up visit last week when her orthopedist said “You look like a very stylish woman. I’ll bet you don’t use your cane in public.” I snickered (hope he didn’t notice) because my mother is a reasonable realist and is not moved by what the public thinks. It’s possible that she might forget her cane when she goes out, but would never avoid using it in public because of vanity. That’s not who she is. Never was.
So once again, in Mom’s “style”, she could care less what people think of her, especially at the expense and detriment of her safety and well-being.
March 22, 2014
Thank you for being such a logical, practical, rational, sensible, intelligent, and wise mother and person. Your life lessons continue to be absorbed by me. Thank you for the continued teachings, and for being such an easy roommate and “patient”.
(She reads my Blog. I’m sure she’ll agree that she’s just a “law-abiding plain-Jane”.)