You and I

  1. "You and I"

    I am a resident. You reside.
    I am admitted. You move in.
    I am aggressive. You are assertive.
    I have behavior problems. You are rude.
    I am non-compliant. You don't like being told what to do.

    When I ask you out for dinner, its an outing.
    When you ask someone out, its a date.

    I don't know how many people have read the progress notes people write
    about me. I don't even know what is in there.
    You didn't speak to your best friend for a month after they read your
    journal.

    I make mistakes during my check-writing program. Someday I might get a
    bank account. You forgot to record some withdrawls from you account. The
    bank called to remind you.

    I wanted to talk with the nice looking person behind us at the grocery
    store. I was told that it was inappropriate to talk to strangers. You met
    your spouse in the produce department. They couldn't find the bean
    sprouts.

    I celebrated my birthday yesterday with five other residents and two staff
    members. I hope my family sends a card. Your family threw you a
    surprise party. Your brother couldn't make it from out of state. It sounded
    wonderful.

    My case manager sends a report every month to my guardian.
    It says everything I did wrong and some things I did right.
    You are still mad at your sister for calling your mom after you got that
    speeding ticket.

    I am on a special diet because I am five pounds over my ideal body
    weight. Your doctor gave up telling you. I am learning household skills.
    You hate housework. I am learning leisure skills. Your shirt says you are a
    "couch potato."

    After I do my budget program tonight, I might get to go to McDonalds if I
    have enough money. You were glad the new french restaurant took your
    charge card.

    My Case Manager, Psychologist, R.N., Occupational Therapist, Physical
    Therapist, Nutritionist and house staff set goals for me for the next year.
    You haven't decided what you want out of life.

    Someday I will be discharged - maybe.
    You will move onward and upward!

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  2. 1 Comments

  3. by   Heather R.N.
    That was very touching, thanks for the reminder about how lucky we all are and what we often see past.

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