Posts Tagged 'Healthcare Professionals'

Detours Part 1

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High Expectations

In the spring of 2010, I experienced an interruption in my defined goal of walking device- free.  I injured my upper back.   Many people with mobility impairments can experience back, arm, and shoulder injuries from over-use of repetitive motion or certain other factors.  A compensatory rotational motion that I use to move and walk, due to Spastic Cerebral Palsy, caused a herniated disc in the middle of my back.  Most often golfers or 1 out of 1000 people will sustain an injury like mine.   This injury slowed the progression of where I hoped to be by the end of the year.  My expectations for certain evidence of improvement like changes in balance or gait, or other notable sign of progression did not come.

Posted by Kerry Dec 08, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Going for A Walk-Part 5

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When Kerry is inactive or is overstimulated, her body becomes less pliable, and she loses ground much faster than people that do not have a physiologic hurdle. When the answers to my basic evaluation questions are not favorable, my goals are to assist Kerry to:

Posted by Kerry Dec 01, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Going for A Walk-Part 4

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Passion for the Work-

When someone takes on a role as a personal fitness professional, it is because they have a passion for it. The spectrum of individuals that come into the profession is as broad as the day is long, with different expertise and different goals. As a full- time occupation dedicated to helping people make changes in their lives through guidance, support, and motivation, it requires the provider to be very giving of themselves.

Posted by Kerry Nov 26, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 3 Comments

Going for a Walk-Part 3

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The Framework of Co-Leadership-

My work and collaboration with James House has been successful due to a number of factors including:

Posted by Kerry Nov 24, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 1 Comment

Who Is an Expert?

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In the 15 years that I have been working with people who have disabilities, I have continuously gained new insight and information about various conditions.  In my line of work, I interact daily with people who are living with different disabilities and conditions.  Many have the same disability and yet much like snowflakes, no two people experience their disabilities in the same way.  The question I ask today, what exactly is the definition of an expert?  Can any person really master any disability or illness to the point of calling themselves an ‘Expert’?

Posted by Elizabeth Nov 22, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Going for A Walk-Part 2

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The partnership with James began in December 2009. He made it clear to me during our workout sessions that he understands my goals and has embraced them. Together we may experiment with adaptive exercises, but I am not a specimen and James has never treated me as one. He is courteous and has a thoughtful professionalism. He periodically checks in to gain feedback for exercise progression and fatigue levels as we work.

Posted by Kerry Nov 19, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

Going for A Walk

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Like most people who have a disability, I want to be involved, active, and participate. I have always refused to be isolated and my parents constantly supported my full participation. They knew I wanted to be “in” and included, so they helped me find the methods for that to happen by means of modified equipment or a modified approach.

Posted by Kerry Nov 17, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized 4 Comments

Is Quality of Healthcare Just Luck?

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I recently had the opportunity to have lunch and good conversation with two individuals living with Fibromyalgia (among other conditions), but Fibro was their common thread.  What struck me though, was how different their experiences were not only with Fibro itself, but even more so, how different their experiences with healthcare, and specifically healthcare professionals, were.

Posted by Blythe Nov 10, 2010 Posted in Disability No Comments