Friday, June 18, 2010
A week in the life...
With apologies to my co-bloggers, I haven't contributed much in a while. Granted, I have been on vacation 2 of the past 3 weeks (score!), but in my first week back, here are my stories. All from this week.
Today, I worked our walk-in clinic. Kind of like an urgent care for psych. Saw many, many patients for med refills/acute crises. Saw 3 guys, all African American gentlemen, from a halfway house. Two years ago, this would have scared me. Today, it was, "Yes, Boss" and "No sir", just like I was Tom Hanks in "The Green Mile". Again, these guys were all pleasant and appropriate. Not trying to be racist or anything. But they were all wearing ankle monitors (one guy because he just eloped from the halfway house and got caught). I include all of this for justification of the Lindsay Lohan pic (ankle monitor, get it?)
I have tons of patients with borderline personality disorder. One that I saw this week epitomizes this condition. 20-year old female. History of several hospitalizations for suicide attempts, always tells me about cutting, etc. She disappeared from clinic for about 6 months and came in. Said everything was going fine except boyfriend broke up with her. This was interesting, because there was a male with her int he waiting room. I asked who he was. "oh just a guy I met yesterday." I told her I was surprised that she would let him know so soon that she was seeing a psychiatrist. "Well, I can't be alone. I need to have a man."
I asked how school and work were going. "Not so good. I have to come up with $1000."
"Well I totalled my mom's Honda. I have to come up with the deductible. So I'm having to work lots of extra shifts at Hooters to get the money."
From child clinic this week. Teenager with ADHD/ODD comes in with Mom and a cousin. It's summer, so these kids are usually going okay b/c they're not in school. The cousin has a hellacious sunburn. Most of his body is tanned but his shoulders and bald head are pink and peeling off. I made a comment about how bad it had to have hurt (I am severely white-been there before). The mom said, "I let these kids go down to Louisiana to stay with their dad. These boys came back with a sunburn. Louisiana gave my daughter herpes around her mouth."
It was all I could do to not laugh or ask any further questions pertaining to that.
All I can say is this: Ladies, watch out for a guy named Louisiana.
Posted by SerenityNow at 9:04 PM