XDogs wrote:Well, the way it was put to me was, that I should have other coping mechanisms than sarcasm. But as a whole, yes.. I was told that it isn't really helping my situation. What I probably should work on, though, is having a bit more of a filter when I run out of patience. The thing I have noticed, though, is that stupid people rarely "get" sarcasm. Soooooooo.. it IS in fact really helpful in some situations. Not that it helps their situation, or the pet's situation (these are instances where nothing will help either)... but it sure gives me a giggle for later in the night.
We also talked about getting caught up in a busy day and focusing almost exclusively on the task (taking vitals, administering meds, putting catheters in, taking rads) rather than on the patient (like taking that extra time to wait for them to relax for the radiograph, or petting them on the head and talk to them).
Amie wrote:Yeah, we talked about the "I could never do your job" comments - and I believe we've talked about it here, too. It always feels like "I love animals too much" follows that phrase - and often it does. And of course that means I can do the job because I don't love animals as much.
XDogs wrote:It does help to see that these are common feelings. It also helps to see that some of it could be worse or even harder to deal with... I know that sounds horrible.
Say, what about your co-workers? Did talking about the subject seem to help? Bond you more and understand each other better?.
greenkozi wrote:it's also awesome to have a friend like dognerd, who is doing work that's totally reltaed, but distant enough that we aren't dealing with the SAME people or the SAME animals. we get it but don't have to be mired in eachother's crap, so to speak. the issues are something we can help each other with, but we don't have to then deal with the same people that we're both frustrated about. does that make sense?
Amie wrote:We're having a group session, hosted by a different therapist, this Sunday after work. I feel like I have to give it a try, though I know I'll be going in very guarded after this seminar a week and a half ago. Work has been really miserable for me since then - two days in a row I started crying just at the thought of going in. Some changes need to be made in my life!
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