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Jean Wendland Porter

Jean Wendland Porter

Jean Wendland Porter, PT, CCI, WCC, CKTP, CDP, TWD is the Regional Director of Therapy Operations at Diversified Health Partners in Ohio.

Most recent articles by Jean Wendland Porter

Approaching the finish line

I went to a wedding this month.   Let me rephrase that: I went to a wedding that was a three-day, in-person, 125-attendees, sitting-at-tables-for-eight, extravaganza with family I haven’t seen in nearly two years. And I didn’t  worry. Why? Because the invitation said, “We kindly request that all guests in attendance be fully  vaccinated against COVID. If…

Vaccination nation

Last week an insurance adjuster came over to scope out some storm damage.   Anyone who enters my home must be vaccinated or wear a mask (I keep clean masks at the front door. I’m nice like that). If it’s someone I don’t know, I ask their vaccination status before they enter. This insurance adjuster responded,…

Vaccine hesitancy? Or vaccine denial?

Spring has sprung and I am finally seeing my neighbors in their yards again. We’re washing cars,  watering seedlings, rototilling and playing with our dogs. I have a neighbor who is a very smart and enterprising nurse who works in a local emergency room. We recently finally got a chance to talk after all these…

Expect the unexpected

It’s a beautiful spring day in April in Northeast Ohio, and there are four inches of snow on the ground.  It’s covering the daffodils and the apple blossoms. This is not unusual nor unexpected, but it’s still  unusual and unexpected.  An event like this one makes one think of the unusual and unexpected events that…

Dear Texas: Please change your mind

The news that Gov. Greg Abbott (R) of Texas has lifted ALL precautions against COVID-19, dropped the state’s mask mandate, and opened EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE has me concerned. Depression, anxiety, ulcers and night terrors have coalesced into “concern.”  I like Texas. A lot. I have family in Texas and have visited Dallas, San Antonio and Austin…

Side effects of medicine and hope

I got the first step. The first step of the vaccine gave me a headache, a sore arm and the euphoric  feeling of hope for release from the restrictions, illness and death that have literally plagued us for  nearly a year.  I’m pleased that I had side effects. This means that even at my (advanced)…

Masks: More than just protecting others?

A friend recently told me that her co-worker doesn’t believe in vaccines. They are microbiologists. I know of someone who is a flat-earth believer. He’s an amateur pilot. We see healthcare workers wearing masks below their noses, effectively making them ineffective and useless. There is no excuse for discounting the science. For the last six…

To mask or not to mask?

Disclaimer: I know I’m preaching to the choir. But it has to be said, so I’m saying it. I keep hearing defenses against wearing a mask in public. I wear one to protect YOU. I work in a COVID-19 facility and may be carrying a virus unawares. Some say “If I die, I die. I…

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