So I am in Psych rotation and LOVE it. I LOVE the clients so much. I had the best day ever and this is totally what I want to do. I wanted to take them all home with me and care for them forever. So, a few funny things happened in the milieu…
Today was kind of a shitty day, meaning that a couple of people actually shit themselves which is a bummer. At one point a client looked over at me and said, “HEY, hey…do YOU smell shit?” I answer yes because she might have thought it a hallucination as people can smell things that are not there. When I say yes she says to me in a doubtful tone, ” It smells bad, right?” I agree.
THEN the other guy that shit himself while we were all out a cheap discount store and then asks me later in the day room, “HEY, do you wear protective underwear?” I respond, “That is kind of personal, don’t you think?” He pauses and smiles and then looks down and says, “YEA. But I still want to know.”
Truly it was a magical day. Funny. Sweet. Strange. Sad and wonderful. I really love these people and find them so interesting and dear. I sat down with one gentleman who had tried a couple of times to get my attention to talk and had the nicest conversation. At one point I ask him what is the reason that he comes to this adult day care facility that I will not name here and he replies with a twinkle of doubt and surprise in his face, “Um, well, I have psychiatric issues…” The only thing missing from the end of that sentence was “DUH, bitch…why else would I be here?” So funny but we can’t assume things and it is good for the clients to tell us in their own words why and what they do there. When I asked him if he was ever hospitalized he says also with a look of…um, shouldn’t you know this? and says, “Well I heard voices and they were really loud you see so I went to the hospital.” again, I felt only , DUH.
And so now even my other guy in group, when we discussed the election and the primary elections this tuesday, remarked that he…” didn’t understand how all these damn people can spend like millions of dollars on the election and there are like a dozen of them right? and they are supposed to want to be president to help people but they are spending millions of dollars on themselves and they don’t even want to help the homeless or the hungry.” I am nodding like a maniac cause WASN’T I JUST SAYING THIS, LIKE YESTERDAY? I swear my brain went CLANGCLANGCLANG and then he looks at me and says, “And that asshole we got now he doesn’t know shit” I say amen and yes. If he smelled a little better I might have hugged him. Okay so even the mentally challenged man in the adult day care facility knows what a crock this is. OMGosh.
I am so grateful for their time and sharing today. Seriously I think this is the most fabulous thing EVER.
Am I crazy?