Last Updated: April 19, 2020
This is going to be a very short post. To those who may be wondering if all the talk about social distancing and shelter-in place is just media hype, consider the following:Just this week, as a front line worker, I got news that a staff member died, a client's uncle died, a staff member's friend died, and a client's father is in bad shape as a result of Covid-19.
Kate Says Stay Home
Last Updated: April 11, 2020
I won't be spending Easter at home but instead will be spending a long day, 15 hours, at work as I am deemed an essential worker and we are short-handed. That said, I understand the frustration of those who may feel stuck at home during the holidays when they would prefer to getaway and spend it with loved ones. So, I hope this message from Kate will lift your spirits. Wishing everyone a happy and safe Easter/Passover.
Aunt Jemima Pancakes to The Rescue-a Report From The Front Line
Last Updated: April 2, 2020
So I was one hour into my shift, as counselor for The Office of Mental Health, when one of my clients met me in the kitchen of the residence and complained that he hadn't had much sleep because he had an anxiety attack at 1:30 in the morning. Naturally I was concerned. However, before I could say anything another client, let's call him CW, chimed in with even more disturbing news. He said, "I think my mother is going to die in her wheelchair at the nursing home with this Coronavirus going on.
When a Sneaker is More Than a Sneaker-A report from the front line
Last Updated: March 25, 2020
This is a little break from my usual message. I just want to report some inspiring news from the front line when it comes to the Coronavirus. As some of you may know, I work for the Office of Mental Health. Yesterday morning one of my clients was experiencing a lot of anxiety after listening to the latest update on the spread of the virus. He said, " I have asthma. If I get the Coronavirus it might kill me or give me a heart attack. I'm really scared."Needless to say I listened, acknowledged h
Kate and Lumbar Support
Last Updated: March 22, 2020
Here is the deal. I work for The Office of Mental Health and thus have been classfied as an "essential worker" by New York State. Not sure how I feel about that. I don't think I'm more essential than anyone else. That said, It's been a very busy week as we try to help people deal with high levels of anxiety due to the Coronavirus. I hope this comic releif can put a smile on your face if you have been having a rough time. Hang in there. You'll get through it. Just don't try to do everything your