Laguna Honda Hospital Resident

Laguna Honda Hospital Resident

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Teachers Are Like Gardeners - Sir Ken Robinson

---Here is something that those who took the EDEN TRAINING can relate to...I think. We have both speaking strongly about how  the soil or student or recipient of knowledge has to be prepared properly so as to maximize on the circumstance one is attempting to create,
---Sir Ken thinks we are moving FROM a machine model to an organic cycle where everything that Hildegarde was speaking of becomes very relevant. Victoria Sweet brings the two together when she speaks of what works better when.

Friday, April 26, 2013


Different Look  CLICK

---Here is a video that I sent to members of the executive staff a few years ago. It illustrates ways that a positive viewpoint can make to the clientele that it serves. Administration is principal, the teachers are the nurses and of course the students are the residents.

---In this video we are able to easily see the impact that a little positive regard has and the change for the better it indicates. It shows that the kinds of principles we learned at the Eden Training are very successful when applied.

---Watch the first 10 minutes and see if it relates to what you may want to know. The whole video lasts 57 minutes, but give it ten if you can. You may be surprised at how similar our situations can be. It is called - ''why do these kids love school?''
This video brings Sir Ken's vision together with Dr. Bill Thomas' EDEN ALTERNATIVE PROJECT. Personally, this approach seems to address necessary needs of the clientele involved.


Staff-Resident Relationship -

---The Staff-Resident Relationship is a very symbiotic relationship. This means that one depends on the other to survive. The Resident needs the Staff to do certain things for them, so as to carry out as normal a life as possible. The Staff ''does'' for the Resident, because it is their job.
---The best relationship is one that has the Residents needs and preferences taken care of by someone willing and able to take care of them. In the hospital setting the care giver would be on the Staff.
---They, (Staff and Resident,) also, have whatever attitude they bring to the table. We must remember that each is a human being and is capable of displaying any attitude possible. Some are better together than others. Each position has unique qualities that better may fit with one over another. Any two people does not necessarily a match make. One may not fit as well as another. A personality matching.

A Resident, Sometimes, NEEDS An Inordinate Amount Of Help...To Do Ordinary Things.
Originally Published in 2007.

How To Get Students Ready For Learning!

---The ATTITUDE that is set forth immediately is the reason that success is imminent. We see and hear how becoming part of the structure that exists will reap benefits in your life. Emotion-based learning seems to be a next step after listening to many of Sir Ken Robinson vids. But...this could only be in my way of thinking. It is important to allow this material (as all the material) to wash over yourself to see where you are led.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Constance Steinkuehler - Interest Driven Learning

---I hope that you are seeing that this is much the same situation that we are seeing at the hospital. Smart people unable to find a point of entry within themselves to connect with an appendage to the world at large. The connection is much alive in the TLC realm, but these young people are as easily stuck in their heads and away from their patients at the hospital.

---The solution can be much the same - find the interest and there you will find the patient. He is in there as he has always been - waiting to be discovered. Hollywood and Vine was once popular for doing much the same thing in much earlier times.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Saturday, April 6, 2013

UPDATE: Victoria Sweet

Update: Dr. Victoria Sweet

April 3, 2013

---I had the privilege of visiting with Dr. Victoria Sweet this past week. The site was the room of Elizabeth C., on S4. A goodtime was had by all.
---She mentioned her TEDtalk on ''Slow Medicine'' that will be out at the end of April. I plan on putting it on this website. She said that they filmed it in Middlebury, Vermont during their past blizzard. She said that their was a lot of preparation for that talk. The folks from TED give people exactly 18 minutes and stop. She said that she had to practice a great deal to make things sound conversational and comfortable and she wasn’t allowed notes, etc. She said that her room, there, was much the size of the rooms at the ''new'' hospital. It was filmed in a three-story barn converted for such purposes. She said there were four others that were filmed, also.
---She, also, mentioned that the book ‘’God’s Hotel,’’ is coming out in paperback. She recorded an audio book, also, to be out at the end of April. She knew that I would be interested in that (having the eyesight that I do.) She said that that was four-six hour grueling days. They demand near perfection at those things. She hadn’t realized how difficult it would be and (I laughed at this) how many times that she used the word ‘’physician.’’ The word was like one of those tongue-twisters, after awhile. She would anticipate it coming up.
MacArthur Foundation;
---She was very interested in the concept of shifting vision of patient happiness from trickling down TO the patient to having the happiness coming FROM the patient. Have the patient happiness be top priority…all benefiting from that.
---We, also, spoke of patient happiness depending on a few key preferences - like keywords in a Google search. If one hears the patient properly…than one hears what would cause happiness to be real in his life. When provided…they mean a great deal to the patient involved…causing him to relax, be more contented and an increase in his overall (well-being) happiness takes place. It is, also, a big step in his ability to recover. When this ALL happens than the patient can get on with the business of living. Until then...the patient is concerned with ''getting'' his needs and preferences met. She said she has been contacted by Mrs. MacArthur of the MacArthur Foundation. She says that this material may be very valuable to her.
---An anecdote that she told that happened recently. She was driving down in Southern California when made a stop. She saw that the cashier had a copy of God’s Hotel opened upside down on the counter. She said to cashier after a time, ‘’oh! You’re reading God’s Hotel?’’ The cashier went on to tell her how fascinating it is and that she should get herself a copy. She said, ‘’I wrote that book’’ and showed him her picture in the book. The man was beside himself with surprise.
---It was very nice spending time with Dr. Sweet. She is very enthusiastic. But, she was always this way. I like enthusiasm. I respond to it. She is easing into her role of being an author/spokeswoman as well as being a doctor. She is a very eclectic person who basically answers any question that is thrown at her, hence wears each hat with authority. I’m glad I saw Dr. Sweet that day and hope that we meet in the future.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


---Something that I wanted to share. A bit different from the usual posting...but, I think that this is important!