This morning, I’m reviewing several nursing home patients’ medical records, prior to completing their initial psychological evaluations. I’m very thankful to be working again, even though it is just part-time. It’s very rewarding to be using my clinical assessment skills again.
I have always enjoyed working with geriatric patients. They are deeply appreciative of receiving individualized attention and support. Although I am decades younger than these residents, I can definitely personally relate to the intense losses that they’ve experienced, secondary to the development of serious medical problems.
I admit that I feel somewhat rusty in performing these initial psychological evaluations, given the length of time that has elapsed since I was last employed as a clinical psychologist (five full years). Although I feel very fatigued this morning, my recently increased MS symptoms continue to be less severe. I’m enormously grateful for not having developed a full-blown MS relapse.