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Never know when it's going to hit And responsabilities

Oct 20, 2015 10:23 AM

May be rambling here but any feedback would be great.
Me: almost 40, married to a supportive spouse, 2 fur kids, work as a private therapist for mental health.
Sometimes I know but most of the time an increase of symptoms just happen. I have been sick the last month with bronchitis, sinus infection, and vertigo. Being sick has taken a lot out of me. I am on meds but today got really naseaus and sick.
Problem is I was in between clients and I had to reschedule my next one who was already here. I also have been having to cancel part of a day or a day over the last month because of my illness.
I am tired and broke. When I don't see clients i don't get paid. Not to mention I feel really bad
When I have to cancel. I am defeated and drained.
I am supposed to travel to my hometown that is 9 hours away to visit friends and family this weekend. I cancelled last time due to being sick and I just don't know if I have it in me to travel this weekend.
I feel the depression coming on from all of this.
What should I do with the issues of having these responsibilities and just not having the strength to deal with them?

Oct 20, 2015 11:34 AM

Yes Yes Yes the hit don't have a time or place

Oct 20, 2015 12:03 PM

Jesswoo, first of all, don't beat yourself up over it. You have to realize that even though you certainly didn't ask for these issues, you've got them just the same. It becomes an adjustment to your new "normal" and start to plan around the bad times. Keep a journal of your triggers. It will help you when you are seeing patients and may get you through the day a bit better. Just as you have understanding of your patients, they need to have the same for you. Also, when you need support for yourself, come here and chat and we will be here for you. That you can sure count on. Sending you {{{Hugs}}} for support and prayers for a better day.🌻🙏🏻

Oct 20, 2015 6:09 PM

Thanks always! You are kind and I feel better reading your words ✌️

Oct 21, 2015 12:30 AM

Jesswoo76, girl I know what you mean, when I worked as a psychiatric nurse I was working with patients who needed every bit of my attention but I also was dealing with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, sleep disorders, migraines, sleep apnea and severe depression and anxiety and more. So I just couldn't give my full attention to my patients anymore. I had to step back and take on less hours at work. It was hard financially but if I couldn't do my job and give 100% then what good was I to my patients, my family and friends and to myself. So I took a break and worked less hours and started to get me taken care of a bit better than I was before and then I went back to my regular hours but years later I was injured badly by a psychiatric patient and had to quit my job due to the major damage he did but what I'm saying is maybe you need to step back a while or at least a little bit so you can concentrate on getting your self feeling better first so you can come back full force again if you want and be able to give a 100%. If you don't take care of you, who will?? And if you are so worn down then how do you expect to be able to give of yourself and your time and energy to your patients and your family and friends? ?? Just something to think about. I send you lots of thoughts and prayers and gentle hugs and support. I'm here for you if you ever need or want someone to talk to.

Oct 21, 2015 1:22 PM

Irish gal- u make sense! I appreciate your post because it gives me permission to take a longer break than I usually take.

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