Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thanks for the Thanks

I was on call this weekend and it was rocking. I had people throwing up, stepping on nails and growing pesky fungus under pendulous breasts. Those were the daytime calls. Throughout the night and into the wee hours of the morning I heard from four different local emergency rooms. Our reputation is growing. They were all inquiry calls because there were people in the ER going through opiate withdrawal and needed some kind of help. I directed them all to our intake coordinator, so I hope she got a little sleep between calls.

When the phone rang on Sunday afternoon while I was hanging out at the lake with my family, I was a little exasperated. “Give me a break,” I’m thinking. Turns out this call was from a former patient. He was actually calling to tell me how well he was doing and to thank me and the rest of the staff for helping him get his life back together. He was recently released from prison, and he’s one of those guys who made the most out of his time there. He is going to meetings on a regular basis, and he has stopped using any kind of drug. He has enrolled in classes, he is hanging out with a whole different crowd than he’d hung with before. Next week he’ll come in for another implant.

It was so nice to hear from him. How cool is it to be part of helping a person get their life back?

Joan R. Shepherd, NP

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