Counting our Blessings

Happy Monday Everyone!

As many of you know I work in the mental health field as a Licensed Professional Counselor (I guess if you didn’t you know now!) This is a job that comes with many many heartaches with a few joys thrown in. I worried a lot about how I would handle the emotions when I was going to school. I tend to have a tender heart, and sometimes I’ve been told, you just have to harden it up a little bit. A supervisor I once had told me she didn’t think I would make it because I got too emotionally involved. I told her the day that I stopped caring would be the day I walk away from this profession. Well, she was right…just a little bit. I had to toughen up a little bit, not only for myself, but for the sake of my clients. This is probably one of the most rewarding and frustrating careers I’ve been in. I would like to share a recent “God Moment” that I experienced.  I have been working with this lovely lady in her late 60’s. She had been so depressed, hopeless and ready to give up. Our doc finally got her to a “manageable, but not really happy phase.” Now I am pretty sure that I have given her 101,000 different things to try and I am pretty sure she might have done one of them, then she would smile and say…”no, I didn’t, I’m sorry!” Recently I said,” I want you to call your doctor and get some blood work. Let’s make sure physically everything is ok.”  I saw her last week and the first thing she said was, “you put me in the hospital,” and the second thing she said was, “you probably saved my life.” Of the 101,000 things I have suggested she FINALLY listened to one and they did find something seriously wrong. She is being treated and now finding she is getting some hope and energy back. What a blessing. Do you suppose God whispered in her ear and told her to listen?? I like to think so!!

Very often I work with children whose parents are tearing them apart in their bitter divorce wars. I only wish they knew what they were doing to their children. I often work with soldiers who has come back from Iraq or Afghanistan with horrifying stories. It is cases like these that sometimes keep me up at night.When this happens I often think of the Bing Crosby song, “When I’m tired and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep, and I fall asleep counting my blessings. I have so much to be thankful for and sometimes I have to take the time to count all those blessings…start with the 4 blessings of my children and the 6 beautiful little blessings grandchildren. I have a wonderful, loving caring family….really I have more blessings that I can count. I encourage you to start thinking about all of the blessings in your life!




P.S. My heart is not hard and I care about each and every one of the people I meet who walks through my door!

Write it Down!

write it downHappy New Year Everyone!

With all of the holiday happenings, weather and travel I’m a bit behind on some of my post idea. As you all may know my mom was in the hospital for a week the first part of November. I want to share a tip with you that our Pastor shared with us when he came to visit. He suggested we get a notebook and take notes on everything that was going on with mom: what meds she was taking, what each doctor, nurse etc. had to say. The notebook would stay with mom and whoever happened to be there could be brought up to speed in a matter of minutes by checking the notebook. That notebook turned out to be invaluable. The doctors and nurses were all very patient as we took notes. I think they were happy to see us write stuff down as I think it cut down on some repeat questions.  We all know how stressful it can be when a loved one is ill, and sometimes all of the information coming in can be overwhelming. This is why the notebook became so important. We could also create a list of questions for the doctor when he came in. Those visits were “short and sweet” (ok…really, they weren’t sweet!!!) and having the questions ready was very helpful. So I suggest if you are caring for a loved one in or out of the hospital, the notebook could be a very useful tool for you too! We even continued to use it for awhile after she was home and took it to her after care visit with questions! Thanks Pastor Matt for a great tip!!