Category Archives: Occupational Therapy

Losing my marbled leaves (the environment of dementia)

Losing my marbled leaves
(the environment of dementia)

(Kirsty Stanley)

Another mottled, marbled leaf
detached, dropped and traced
its own vain veins in mud.

Mud squelches,
formed from leaves that fell before.
Mushy mud mind you.

Each tiny stem of the
booming, no
blooming, no
blossoming, no. Yes…blossoming
tree creates it.
Each lost leaf nurtures on, but,
there remains a leaf lost.

What causes the leaves to fall?
Age and time weaken the bough.
Ravage winds cause hidden splits,
once, landed a heavy bird,
a heavy load to bear.

Then sometimes it snaps;
Sudden and severe.
Silence in the forest,
as the tree is felled.

More often it floats away,
flying like the sycamore
on the breeze.
You see it fleeing toward
the horizon, watching it, knowing it
will disappear…

you can’t catch it
on the tip of your tongue.
Instead you poke it out and
down sinks a freezing, frosted
flake of snow that ices
the core.

The rings tell its age;
at 55 felled too soon.
It started with one
measly, mottled, marbled leaf.

This was previously shared in a more hidden way on this blog here.

Inspired to share this poem on the theme of Dementia after talking to @tommyNtour on Twitter.
Will be sharing this blog post of his with students tomorrow.
Also found out, again via Twitter (thanks @HISCfresno) about this film I’d like to see.

OT Week Challenge (UK) – #hellomynameis

If you hadn’t guessed by the banner, next week in the UK is Occupational Therapy Week. And I have a challenge for you all.

On Twitter I have recently started following @GrangerKate – Dr Kate Granger. Kate has a blog on her experience of being diagnosed with terminal cancer. On a blog post on 4th September Kate wrote about how something seemingly so small being forgotten impacted on her as a patient. Do read the post I’ve linked to and then pop back here.

Shocking, right? As Kate said this is so basic it appears many of us have forgotten it. So let’s make OT week the start of bringing this back to each of your interventions. Bravo if you already do it, keep going – but, if you’ve let it slip, then start again.

Now I’m not in clinical practice at the moment so instead, starting today I’m going to tweet this once a day for the whole of OT week.

#hellomynameis Kirsty Stanley and I’m an Occupational Therapist – Health & social care professionals share the power – share your name!

Who is with me? This is so important, I’d love to hear if you think making an effort to do this has impacted positively on your practice.

Please share your #hellomynameis comments on Kate’s blog, tweet me @kirstyes and @GrangerKate – share these posts, get colleagues involved and if you get the opportunity to follow up your introduction with a clear definition of what Occupational Therapy is do it and share those below.

Also CONGRATULATIONS to the BU OTs who are graduating on Wednesday and GOOD LUCK to the two year groups who start their placement on Monday – remember #hellomynameis.

COT 2013 Poster

The poster below will be displayed at the College of Occupational Therapists 37th Annual Conference and Exhibition between Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th June 2013.

If you have come to this page via the QR code on my poster – thank you for your interest in it. To save a PDF copy please click on the picture below and feel free to leave a comment on this post. Thanks.

Slide1To see a copy of the poster developed by the OTalk/Occhat team please click here.

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