SLPs working in the trenches, this is for you.
How do I know if I am working in the trenches?
- Does it take you >10 minutes to find a clean spoon?
- Oral care suction attachments considered a luxury item?
- You are the “transport team” for Video Fluoroscopic Swallow Studies
- You are the “lift team” to get the patient to the gurney to transport him to radiology
- Your blue dye is left over blueberries
- Trachs do not downsize, patients self-decannulate
- You buy your own tongue blades at CVS
- No visual difference between Puree and Regular Solids
- Your name is “Swallow” (Well…that’s everywhere, I suppose)
- Ice chips are ice cubes
Well, no one is in the perfect clinical situation. However, I salute those amazing clinicians who are creative and innovative enough to manage your dysphagia patients minus “the extras.”
I look forward to dedicating future posts on how to navigate Dysphagia management while working in the trenches.