Just before I went on holiday holiday, I did 2 sessions in Portland Ward, at Poole Hospital. (This is the Brain Rehab ward)
My job is just to talk with patients, and help them, in the Community Room in the Ward. (For those of you that don't know, the whole Ward is almost like a house, with rooms for beds, therapy, and a Community room with a kitchette)
In the first session, I just chatted away at the 2 atttending patients, one of who was going home the same day! I did not get any reaction from them, but did not expect them to trust me yet!
The following week, the beginning of March, was a Spring Session, and the patients had to make paper flowers.
The same chap from the previous week was there, and I asked him if I could help him. He grunted and shook his head, for 'no'. I watched him try to put the straw through the paper, and due to lack of coordination, he was really battling!
I quietly asked him if I could hold the straw with one hand and he grunted 'yes', then after a couple of minutes, as he as still battling, I asked him if I could hold the other end of the straw with my other hand. Again, he grunted 'yes'. He got the crepe paper through the straw, and I helped hi scrunch it, and then said, 'look at the lovely flower you have just made'
We worked together for 45 minutes, and made 7 flowers. I asked him if his mum was visiting him that weekend, to which he nodded, and I told him he now had a bouquet of flowers to give to his mum for Mothers Day. I told him that she was going to be so proud of him for making all the flowers!
Just before he went back to his room, I told him I was going on holiday, and I would not be around for 4 weeks, but would be returning!
He then looked at me, and SMILED! I nearly cried, I was so happy
When he had gone, the Occupational Therapist told me that I had done very well to get the reaction I had got, because that chap was extremely difficult to communicate with
That is what I'm trying to achieve. Some happiness and hope! If I can succeed with one person out of every fifty, I will be happy, cause I know it's not going to be easy!
Sorry, I've gone on a bit long!