Friday, June 7, 2013

Neglect

A hemineglect means that a patient doesn't pay attention or is unable to see half their visual field. Here's a sign that a patient has a left neglect:

Jane: "Hi, Mrs. Smith. Do you remember me?"

Mrs. Smith: "Yes, you're a..." [reads Jane's badge] "Rapist supervisor."

Jane: "NO. I'm an occupational therapist supervisor."

Mrs. Smith: "Oh."

9 comments:

  1. thanks for the morning chuckle!

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  2. Must have been one of Tobias F√ľncke's patients.

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    1. Dammit, Dr. Grumpy beat me to that joke. *shakes fist*

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    2. Me too! Darn Analrapists!
      -Dr. Alice

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  3. This would have made a great cartoon. Funny, nonetheless

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  4. I would have given just about anything to witness that happening. Pure comedy gold.

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  5. Actually, that's hard to do. When I have hemianopsia, I can't read at all. When I read I look at each word, not a whole phrase or sentence. So I would see only partial words. I also have to look directly at a digital click to tell time, so I have no idea what time it is. Makeup is easier. If I look at my left ear in the mirror, I can see the left half of my face. But reading is completely out of the question.

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    1. Unfortunately, no. Not a big deal, though, as it is intermittent. Actually I'm lucky I can't read. That's my only clue I have a visual deficit. That's how I know it's not safe to drive.

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