Cold potato soup injections? Really?
We went to see the physiatrist yesterday. If you don’t know what that is, or don’t have one, in my humble opinion, you need to learn! A physiatrist is a doctor of rehabilitation medicine. S/he oversees physical therapists and occupational therapists, and more. The one we see is world class, people literally come from around the world to see him, an amazing man.
Luckily, Pearlsky is doing pretty well in this regard. We had her AFO’s modified a bit and he wants a full set of hip and spine x-rays. She has some minor scoliosis and he wants to keep an eye on it.
If you remember, at our last IEP, the wonderful people at school said Pearlsky did not need any PT or OT direct service, just a 15 minute a week consult with the teacher and aide. Don’t worry, I rejected that part of the IEP. I did ask the doctor, without saying anything about school, how much direct service PT and OT he thought she needed. Twice a week, forty-five minutes for PT and the same for OT. And at least sixty minutes a day in her stander. I had him write prescriptions and have already sent them to the school.
He was thrilled with her ankles, she had botox last year and the effects have lasted. He suggested that she have a round of botox for her hamstrings. Actually his wording was …
What do you think of doing botox for her hamstrings?
It instantly reminded me of my doctor when, during my last yearly physical, he said “I can offer you a rectal exam.” To which, I said, “but can you offer me a glass of wine?”
I just looked at her doctor and said …
Why don’t you tell me. Are we doing the botox?
I am guessing that Barbara may be the only one this time that “gets” the title of this post …
And if the words have meaning to you, l’shana tova (if they don’t, don’t worry).
I think I get it: the tops of the cans are puffed up which means they perhaps carry botulism?
Very clever, no?
I am so intrigued by the physiatrist thing. I feel as if I’ve neglected my daughter’s PT/Ot woefully for literally years. Do you or your doctor know of anyone in the southern CA area?
Hope you had your apples and honey. Happy and fruitful blessings for the new year.
In 1971 one of the first major food recalls … Bon Vivant Vichyssoise (cold potato soup) caused the death of one man and left his wife gravely ill … botulism poisoning. I remember it very clearly (even though I was not even born yet … 😉 ) it was on the news all the time. The company went under soon after. Ever since, the connection with even the words “Bon Vivan” or “vichyssoise” equate with death by botulism in my mind! And, as you may or may not know, Botox is the same toxin. Good catch, Elizabeth.
And Jules … thank you, and don’t forget the requisite fish head …
L’Shana Tova to you, Pearlsky and David.
L’shana Tova to you too, Pearlsky and Son, SD. May this year be better than the last.
I lit my candle, and wept… just once in a while I really wish I had a shul to visit somewhere round here.
You’re welcome SD.
“G-d shall place you as a head and not as a tail”
I was going to apologize for coming in late after the shout-out, but I’m enjoying all the holiday wishes.
On the title, I first think of the risk of botulism from honey (so no giving it to babies under 1 year). Not much vichyssoise in south Texas where I was raised and I am the same age as you (truth).
“My kingdom for a good physiatrist!” Well, many might exclaim. Actually we have several good people here in town – to whom I would refer. The problem is that they are rare and difficult to get into to see. Developmental pediatricians supplant the need here.
In truth, I feel a subtle suggestion for me to comment on the therapy situation at school. Ahem.
Standing is extremely important in my opinion. Good orthotics are a happy blessing for without them, standing can be torture. Being as important as it is, standing should be like providing meds or diaper changes – the school staff have to learn to do it properly and the therapists are the ones to teach them. No.matter.how. much.time.it.takes.
Notes and prescriptions from physicians can be influential but an IEP team is not obligated to follow instructions from an MD.