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This is very pertinent to my new job! One big part of it is that I evaluate patient's swallowing and feeding ability. XD I don't work in an acute unit though... thank goodness! The Sputum patate mold thing sounds a bit too gross for me, and I have to admit I do a great job handling gross stuff.

You might be a dysphagia therapist if...

Dysphagia is the medical term for "problems swallowing/feeding" btw.

And P.S. -- my "cornbread" is scrambled eggs. I view all scrambled eggs on a patient's food tray with much distrust and suspicion. Sure, it's "dental soft" but it's to gummy and chewy and crusty and soft that I basically think it's "advanced consistency." Grrrr!
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I have a new job! Today was the end of my first week there all on my own. I started last week-- last Monday-- but that was training. I just followed around the current speech-language pathologist (SLP) there and kinda learned the ropes.

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Sadly, I must say this is probably the last entry of these... I don't work at the primary school anymore, where I was exposed to the silly things that 5-8 year old say on a daily basis. Do enjoy the silly things the kids said during my last couple of months at the school. :)

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Me: *during imaginative play with blocks* Why is their crabby patty bigger than their house?
Child 1: Because they put ketchup on it

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Child 2: "Hair" starts with "s," right?

Me: What's something beautiful?
Child 2: You.
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Child 3: Do you have parents?
Me: Yes. Do you?
Child 3: Sure.

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I love reading these stories because it gives me some insight as to what it's like to be living with a disability or disorder, and what it's like for the family too. I want to learn and know all I can because it's my job to work with people and families to improve the areas that are challenging for them. The therapists and care team can never ever forget the powerful emotional impact of disability to individuals and families, and these books provide a lot of insight and information. :)

The following is a list of books I have read so far or am going to read soon. They're in no special order.

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I'm currently reading Brain on Fire: My month of madness by Susannah Cahalan. It tells of the endless search for a diagnosis of a rare disease of which Susannah suffers. It took one neurologist to try something unthought of and then follow the clues to the true etiology of her disease. Once the cause was found, effective treatment and recovery could begin. It's an amazing story in itself.

Reading it and reflecting on the success of the neurologist to finally figure it out, I thought about my own connection to neurology. It's kind of lengthy, but I've been thinking on it a lot lately and wanted to share it. It's impacted my life a lot in the past couple of years.

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An amazing tumblr from a boy living with cerebral palsy. Aaronverse
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Here it is! I love the one about getting furious when a kid decides to mix your play-doh. I was guilty of having this fury in grad school. I relate to so many things on that tumblr it's insane. :P
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There's this awesome website called EveryBody: An Artefact History of Disability in America put together by the Smithsonian Institute. It's so interesting! With pictures, short paragraphs, and easy navigation, it talks about so many aspects of disability and America's history of people who have different disabilities and handicaps. There's so many points within this website that could be raised for discussion and self-reflection. So fascinating!

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