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An experience on a hospital ward

1. Think of a recent therapy session/experience you have had with a client.

23 September 2006 4.30pm Ward 2a

2. Describe the session/experience Went to see a patient with aphasia who I had seen several times before on that ward. Wasn’t sure I was going to get to see her that day, as I had been very busy with lots of new referrals.

When I arrived at her bedside, she was obviously distressed. I asked her what was wrong.

She said something, but I could not make it out at first. Then she pointed to her bed. I saw that it was wet. I realised that she was lying in a soaking wet bed.

I told her that I would go and find someone who could change her bed linen for her. She just cried out ‘No! and held out her hand to me.

I left her and went to find a nurse or support worker, but there was no one there. I could still hear her crying out in a loud voice; ‘No!’ over and over again. I didn’t know what to do next so I left the ward and went back to the Department. There was no one there, everyone had gone home. So I went home, too.

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