In this last episode in the Speechless SLP series with Vanessa Abraham, she speaks about different steps she has taken and still is, to get back to her old life, and where she’s thinking her experience of being speechless may lead in the future. You’ll hear how she has tried various natural therapies and remedies to help her recovery, taken CEUs to improve her knowledge, how she deals with PTSD, and her suggestions for resources and materials SLPs can create for patients and their families.
The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 112 The Speechless SLP Series #12: Depression and Anxiety are Real
Have you ever heard a direct perspective of what it’s like to be in an ICU bed, speechless, and then getting a Passy Muir valve?
In this episode in the Speechless SLP series, Vanessa Abraham talks specifically about how this affected her mental health. Based on her experiences, she talks about how SLPs can help patients, and their families, tend to the invisible emotional and psychological scars that nobody can see.
The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 111 The Speechless SLP Series #11: Why Nurses Make Some of the Best Friends an SLP Can Have
In this episode in the Speechless SLP series with Vanessa Abraham, we meet one of the first people to take care of her in the ICU, Shannon Cotton, RN. Care being the operative word, Shannon walks her talk. Shannon shares how she navigated and planned appropriate communication with Vanessa while she was speechless, the important role that SLPs working in ICUs play, and her suggestions for SLPs working with patients and their families.
In this episode, the tenth in the Speechless series with Vanessa Abraham, Laura shares her experiences being on the nightshift with Vanessa as a patient, awake and unable to speak. Laura also talks about how ICU nursing staff works with Speech, PT, and OTs and has some great advice for working as a team with other health professionals.
The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 109 The Speechless SLP Series #9: Unconditional Love and Unending Support
A pivotal role when a parent with young children suddenly becomes critically ill is who is going to look after the kids. In this episode of the Speechless SLP with Vanessa Abraham, we hear from her mom, Pam, on what it was like to have a daughter needing hospital care, and a young granddaughter needing to be looked after as well.
The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 108 The Speechless SLP Series #8: The Experience of Treating a Colleague
Whatever setting you work in, having an understanding of the various skills, and approach to care, of allied disciplines is important. In this eighth episode of the Speechless SLP series, Vanessa Abraham and I talk with the two Physical Therapists involved in her ICU care.
The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 107 The Speechless SLP Series #7: The Perspective of Treating One of Our Own Through Conversations with ICU and OP SLPs
It can be a daunting prospect for any health professional to have to treat a member of their own profession. In this episode, we hear from two SLPs, Danielle Torrez and Sherry Ewing. They talk about how they manage their respective roles in acute care and outpatient settings with Vanessa Abraham.
The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 106 The Speechless SLP Series #6: The Speechless Husband: How He Lost Control and Got It Back
You’ve all heard the vow, in sickness and in health. As health professionals, we very often meet and interact with a significant other or close family member right alongside our patients or clients, especially if they are speechless.
The Missing Link for SLPs Episode: 105 The Speechless SLP Series #5: The Speechless True Friend: The Gift of Paying It Forward
When you have a medical crisis, it is not just medical professionals and family that may help you pull through – your personal and professional friendships and connections may come to the fore in surprisingly helpful ways (or not)!