Back to work

I had a pretty good day yesterday. I was back to work. Back volunteering on friendly call. That was good. I was happy to be back. I got picked up by my supervisor at around 1:45 PM. I had christmas presents to give her and my other colleague trish. I gave them bath stuff, which they loved. They told me I shouldnt have gotten them anything. But I think its nice to be nice. They’ve been really good to me throughout the year. Picking me up every week, bringing me to and from work, etc. Its nice to acknowledge them and acknowledge that.
We had a bit of a crisis yesterday with one of our client. One of our clients is very depressed, and anxious. She has really bad anxiety, well yesterday when I got there she was on the phone to another volunteer, she’d been on for about an hour, when we’re supposed to get off the phone after about 20 minutes max.
My supervisor told the volunteer to hang up and she told the volunteer to tell the client that she’d ring her back at 4 PM. Which she did, the client was ok, she said she’d been calling a couple other support lines, like the samaritans, the aware phone line which is for people suffering from depression etc.
So at least she had some extra support. We arent trained therapists or anything, so its good she has other people to support her too. The volunteer she’d spoken to was quite upset after coming off the call. It can be really draining if your speaking to a depressed person for a long time on the phone.
Anyway, I worked until around 5 PM. I went to mom and dads then. Ate dinner, and crashed for the evening. Started to watch something on tv, but fell asleep in the middle of it.
I have no plans for the weekend. My plan is just to relax. Not do much of anything at all.


Author: Carol Anne

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

4 thoughts on “Back to work”

  1. It’s good you enjoyed volunteering yesterday. Sorry about that very depressed client, but it’s good you guys tried to help her even though that volunteer had to talk to her for longer than usual, and I hope she did get some additional support too.

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  2. Dear Carol Anne:

    I did Samaritans for several years, when I was “between” therapies. On 9/11, scheduled call-takers could not get to the office. I lived about a mile from WTC, and about 3 blocks from Samaritans’ office, so I walked over, and took calls that night.
    You are doing hard hard work. Useful, moving work. Be very proud. Love TS


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