This first came to mind when our current OT student intern jokingly commented that we almost lost another puzzle piece - which is justification for disaster alert at ABC Therapeutics because I kind of have
So anyway I am glad that we don't have that many missing puzzle pieces because even though it is a small thing I have the belief that it matters.
The concept was reinforced when our OT student intern was able to open the door today - she has struggled with the 'child safety cover' on the door handle for her entire fieldwork experience. This afternoon she opened up the door on the first try and at the same time we both cheered, "HOORAY!" Again, it is a small thing that matters.
I have also been thinking about one of my little friends who while swinging upside down made the side comment that the swing 'made his pee pee hurt.' Well that was an odd thing for a child to say, but it was a single small comment that I thought mattered. So, I replicated the condition when he made the statement so that he was hanging upside down from the bolster and I watched him frown and wince slightly while he struggled to maintain the supine flexion position. I told the mom to have the MD check for an inguinal hernia and sure enough he will have that repaired in a couple weeks.
My point is that small things matter and I think we do our best jobs when we are tuned in to those details.
So off I now go...