this morning we met sarah the CPN. she was really nice. We were really nervous going to meet her but we neednt have been. She put us at ease from the start. She asked me when I went in if it was carol anne she was talking to. I told her it was and she said would it be ok if she called us Shirley while we were in the waiting room, and then once she called us back she’d call us by whoever was out at the time. I said that was ok with us. We used Dr. barrys office today. We went through our history and sarah had taken out our file and read up so she knew a lot about us which I thought was really great. She knew who our supports were, who we linked in with from the mental health team, what our hobbies were, a little bit about our diagnosis etc. I was able to fill her in on what she didnt know. We talked about our family and I told her our mom tries but that she isnt very accepting of our diagnosis and she isnt very supportive a lot of the time. I also told her of my dads alcoholism and how he is physically ill with UC right now and that being around him can be hard for us. She asked me about karen leaving, how I was feeling about it now. I told her I am still not over it and that I find it hard to think about it. I was so used to Karen being there, being a support for me even if I didnt use her. I was used to just being able to pick up the phone and ring her if I needed too. Sarah said if there was anything she could do for me she would, she said if I needed to bring up anything in particular during the sessions I could, I said I’d rather keep them pretty general right now, that I didnt feel there was anything in particular I’d like to work on. We decided we’d meet every two week up until christmas, so I’ll have six sessions with her. Then we’ll review it. I probably wont have any more than that though because by then Karens replacement will be after starting and I’ll be linked in with her. It was a good appointment though and I liked sarah a lot. She was warm, caring, compassionate, open, friendly and very down to earth. Just what you would need in a community psychiatric nurse.