Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I just got a phone call a little while ago from our absentee Service Coordinator. She said that she received the second report from the therapist we saw again a couple weeks ago (last week??) through our insurance company for feeding evaluation. She said that Finn has now been approved for one hour a week of OT - woot! She told me that she's really been struggling with the powers-that-be to get him approved for this additional therapy and she's glad that it finally paid off. I just wanted to laugh - I think she's full of crap. Or maybe she really has been pushing to get this approved for him, but she sure hasn't communicated with me about it AT ALL. Whatever . . . now he's been approved, and I guess that's what matters.

She told me that the Occupational Therapist - a he, apparently - should be contacting me by next week to get started. Michael is scheduled for surgery next Tuesday, so I'm not sure next week will be a good time to start this, we'll have to see.

Is it weird that the OT is a he? I mean, not weird, but I just wasn't expecting that. I guess I just expect therapists who work with babies and toddlers to be women - like, what man would even want to? Michael says I'm being being biased and buying into gender stereotypes. He also said, "You're being very narrow minded. Typical for a woman."


Tara said...

Yay for OT! Michael is hilarious, btw.

I'm an OT, so of course I have an opinion. :) This is awful to say "out loud", but I've only ever worked with one male OT who is "normal". The others always seemed to have a screw loose...and I work with adults. Who knows? Maybe my experiences are the exception.

Anyway, I sure hope this guy is fabulous! After working so hard to get it, you deserve a good experience!

Tricia said...

Michael is funny! :)

Honestly, I would look forward to having a male OT...maybe even moreso with a son. I dunno. I know a lot of guys who would make good OTs.

It's a whole new world! :)

JaybirdNWA said...

I have worked with some good and bad male OT's just as I have worked with some good female OT's. I'm glad that you got the service. While she may not have been totally truthful with you, I'm sure with every state in the Union looking to save money, as I am sure California is near the top of the list, states are very "stingy" with who gets money and who doesn't.

Maureen said...

I think the majority are definitely women but both Timothy and Kenneth have had a few male therapists over the years.

Chrystal said...

HA! That last sentence cracked me up.

We haven't had any male therapists yet, but if they're good? Bring 'em on.

MaggieMae said...

Congrats on getting OT approved with an absentee service coordinator. We had one of those until 4 days after the work orders expired. Then she was ever present! We had a male PT when the boys were -4 days old until about 2 months. He left for his wedding and we mutually agreed that the replacement -- a woman -- stay on. The boys responded better to her. The first guy just didn't have the motherese and right pitch, honestly. Sorry to disagree with hubby but, there's a reason mothers are woman. As they get older I think they begin responding to men more... but early on, I believe it's all about the woman.

Karly said...

Congrats! What great news. :D

A male wouldn't bother me, but it would seem "odd" for lack of a better word...just since it's out of the "norm" that has been our experience.

Lisa said...

Congrats on OT! It's been wonderful for my Sheridan... and his new music therapist is a HE. I was really excited to add a guy to the mix... 4 women therapists is great, but I was so glad that Sheridan would get to have the same positive experience with a male therapist (hopefully it's a positive experience!).

Monica Crumley said...

I'm surprised you've had to wait so long for this service. Well, let's hope the OT turns out to be fabulous and that Finn loves to work with him. You'll know if it's right.