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Hi everyone,

Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Anya and I live in Boston. I work at nonprofit for kids in foster care and was teaching at school for kids with emotional and behavioral issues before that. I'm in school (one or two classes a semester) working to finish my classes to become a mental health counselor.

I'm glad I found this community!


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a  bit  about me . 

   I  have   worked  for almost  6  years (  april 15  it  will be  six )  at  a State run Mental  Hospital as a MHW.   I  worked  almost  5 and  a 1/2  with  children and teens and  in the  last  6  months  moved  to an adult  unit.   I am  so  glad  to have  found  this journal.  I  am  sure  I'll be  posting  quite a bit here  of  the things that  go on with the  clients  I work  with  and  possiably  past  experiances .

If you always watch where you're stepping you'll miss the world infront of your face.

I am a 23 year old female from Iowa. I work at a nursing home as a CNA/CMA. I love my job. I love making people smile or laugh. I think the hardest part about my job is feeling useless. When you realize there is not a thing you can do to help someone feel better. 

My youngest brother Chris (18) has cerebropalsy. He's always been my world. I've taken care of him for as long as I can remember. He's more my child than my brother because of our unique relationship. Everyone knows I'm his favorite. Until recently he has lived mostly with my dad and my step mom. They used a home health care agency to come into the house and provide care for him after school until they get home from work.

Because Chris now has a tracheostomy the rules have changed. He can only be supervised by an RN or family member and because there is severe shortage of RN's in Iowa we are screwed over. The state of Iowa has a program(CDAC) who will pay me 12/hr but no more that 70/day to provide care for him. However when school is out this summer we have no way of providing care for him as we all work full time. My parents (mom, dad, stepmom) work for the state of Iowa in a mental health institution and make very good money. So it looks like I have to either quit my job or significantly cut my hours.

I joined this community because I was looking for support or people who might be in a similiar position. We are all caregivers. I just have to say bless you all for the work you do. For the smiles on your faces when the last thing you feel like doing is smiling you all have a place in my heart for touching countless hearts in unforeseen ways. 


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My little girlie was approved for the Make-a-Wish foundation! The issue that we were scared about was that since she is almost non-verbal she had to go meet the people from the Ottawa chapter and they had to be convinced that this would be something that she would indeed wish for. WE know that she would love it - my fears were that THEY wouldn't see it. Her mom is up to her ears in paperwork - i have to sign a whole bunch of things, get a passport, and then it goes up to the board for them to make the final decision. After that? It's only a matter of time until i'm in Florida with my little girlie!

Apparently the Make-a-Wish foundation has it's own resort within Disney. We would get to stay there for the week with All-star passes and a car air-fare and meals provided. GAH! i can just picture Kayleigh there with Mickey now!

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I heard on the news yesterday that people who are on antidepressants need to be careful in extreme heat, as they are at high risk of illness from it.

I live in Ottawa, On, Canada, and we are going through a huge heatwave - 50C with the humidity - right now, and so the news has been talking a lot about high risk groups, and how to stay cool, and they mentioned this. I myself am on antidepressants, and have also always been sensitive to the heat, but in recent years even moreso. i had NEVER heard anything like this before, even from my doctor herself... so i am wondering if this is actually true or not. Needless to say... i'll be taking extra percautions

Just a heads up to you guys, in case you are working with people on anti-depressants like i do!

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