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Hi to all, I went for my 6 min walk test yesterday and got quite upset ( I thought that I wasnt doing it right) the nurse explained to me that no two people are the same and after we had talked for a short while, it came to light that the main cause for me getting upset was that I am under alot of stress.

This time last year my husband nearly died (he was put into a medically induced coma after something went wrong during his op) and we have now found out that he has to go back in for another op shortly. I keep telling him that everything will be fine this time but I myself am worrying.

The nurse at the PR has suggest that the OT team would be of great help to me, and my question is what can they do for me. Sorry if this is so long I just needed to get it of my chest

Take care everybody Julia xx

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HI Julia,

Sorry you are having such a bad time. If you have the chance of OT input grab it with both hands. You don't mention if your referral is for physical or psychiatric assistance. Either way they do a great job. They work closely with other medical professionals and can really get things moving. If it's a physical OT he/she will assess you for any help and alterations you may need in the home and help you with problems you may have with your manual dexterity or co-ordination. They really are there to help you. The psychiatric OT s will help you with problems that may be impacting on your mental health. They'll support and listen to you and make suggestions to help improve your life. They won't rob you of your independence they are to help you keep it. They also work alongside other agencies that can help too.They are very positive and client centred and are there for you (and not the other way around!) At a time when NHS services are being cut back I 'd say 'go for it' . if you don't like it you don't have to see them again. Good luck with that. Let us know how you get on!


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