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Jan. 14th, 2015 | 08:44 pm

... The tough hide under a blanket.

Ordinarily I can deal with the fact that my job means that I have to deal with a lot of young people and families in crisis or difficulties. I attend a lot of child protection meetings and early help meetings. Kids tell me things that have to be referred to social services. It's the worst but it happens.

Normally I deal by talking with my manager and sort of mentally letting go. I write the reports and case notes etc. Sometimes things stick under your skin and that's one of those things.

Obviously I can't give details but I had a devastatingly sad meeting with a 12 year old today. They're so depressed and trapped by their caring role. They're painfully aware that they're missing their childhood and made a really sad disclosure. Because of the nature of the disclosure, I had to phone the parents and alert them and make a report. It's amongst the worst phone calls I've ever had to make and it's really stuck in my head.

Maybe I should have gone out tonight or done yoga or something, but frankly Im completely worn out. So I'm hiding under a blanket watching shit documentaries and snuggling the rats. Tonight I choose wuss mode.
Since doing therapy Im getting a bit better at giving myself permission to have non functioning days, as long as I dont get stuck there.

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Can't get a dime for my services

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from: fwing
date: Jan. 14th, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC)

It is absolutely okay to have those days now and again. Rest is good. Hopefully you'll feel better in the morning xox

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from: geshmally
date: Jan. 16th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)

I'm not surprised you needed some downtime! You definitely deserve it - see it as a treat to yourself. :)

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