Judith Nitchie, CMT, LMFT

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Entries in mobility (7)

Saturday
Oct102015

What's the Message?

What's wrong with this picture?

 

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Sunday
Sep062015

Sometimes a Cigar...

When you think it's butter but it's not, it's Chiffon.
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tag line in 1970's margarine commercial 

 

  • At the end of my massage, the room is twilight-dark, my vision blurred and doubled. It's only 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Apparently I'm going blind.

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Monday
Aug242015

Oops, I did it again - Falling redux

Approaching the park I think, 'I've got this walking thing down! Time to get back to running.' Hardly a beat and I'm flying into a 'tuck and roll' on the very same piece of sidewalk that I encountered more violently 2 years ago. No blood this time, a prettier landing, and a quicker recovery. But still.

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Monday
Jun222015

Inaccessible accessibility...making it real

The perfect storm. Both north and west sidewalk ramps were blocked. A car completely obstructed access to the closest driveway. The ramp offenders, weird irony, were abandoned police and fire department vehicles. Presumably whatever incident called them to the neighborhood had been resolved. The drivers were nowhere to be seen. This man was stuck. I stayed.

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Monday
May252015

The Big 'D'

Depression, even in serious illness and near the end of life, is not normal and responds to treatment.  

Steven Pantilat, MD, Director, Palliative Care Program, UCSF 

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Monday
May182015

Unwinnable Fights

Shirley goes round and round in therapy about how her husband doesn't understand what it is like to live with constant pain; that he doesn't understand how awful it is when her legs start to spasm and she can't get herself around the kitchen; that he doesn't get it about not being able to drive, about losing big pieces of her independence. And her family, too: nobody knows what it is like to be in her body, suffering as she does. None of them has any idea what it's like for her. They just don't get it.

I finally tell her, "You are right. He doesn't. They don't. They can't."

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Sunday
Apr192015

White Canes and Wheelchairs

My new client is going blind.  He has zero peripheral vision. Retinitis Pigmentosis is a congenitally acquired disease that causes progressive vision loss. Joe keeps his white-tipped cane neatly folded up in his backpack. He has never used it, hasn't asked for training, doesn't want to learn. No, he doesn't want a guide dog either. That would be "giving in" he says. That would be "letting the disease win."

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