November 21st, 2006

Cut cuddle and be Cute

Making connections

Today my group presented in Intro To Social Work, and we presented on health care. This is a topic I'm learning about through experience, as much as research. I got to talk about ethical delemmas, which I find interesting because you can play devil's advocate for hours with those. Just to give anyone who's curious an idea of what documents I used, I used a book called "Days In The Lives of Social Workers", and the document
NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Health Care Settings (PDF File).

I also got to present briefly on what it's like to be a patient who is blind, especially the intricacies of getting access to health info and dealing with issues of confidentiality. A bit of discussion happened on some of these points, and I was glad to see that it got other students to think about these issues. They've definitely encouraged me to think about things I wasn't aware of.

I had a great conversation with one of my student-social worker-colleagues afterward. She's a nurse right now, and we got into talking about HIPAA, and then went into pain. She knows what RSD is, and I definitely saw that she's a great advocate for patients who are in pain.

Then, I got into another conversation about RSD because of this
article on a woman with RSD.
I have to admit, I'm a little confused... I know that RSD is the "old" name for it, but I wonder why I've always heard Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, until recently when I've heard Chronic or complex. And I still call it RSD because, hey, it's what I learned. Either way, I am really glad this information is getting out there, and that hopefully it will help others figure out what they have, and that they're not alone. It's also a more hopeful article than some of those I've read before. Anyway, all that to say this, it has put me in a position to explain more to others.

This whole day has really emphasized the value of stories in my life. Stories, sometimes just given in a sentence, can make a huge difference and encourage, or educate. And stories often start dialogues. I was feeling pretty bad this morning, because everything that could go wrong basically did, and yet the events springing from having a chance to share a bit of my experience and dialogues about what I'd said really did help.

Making those connections helped me figure out that things are going to work out. My little set backs this morning won't be the end of me, and BS still works to get through a presentation when your entire outline for your presentation goes up in smoke. Who knows, maybe it was better anyway. And truthfully, as a social worker, I doubt having an outline will be possible or even helpful.