I had Burn Support group and I can’t express how thankful I am. It was asked how returning to work was for those of us who could. I spoke of learning your new normal & accepting your limited physical & mental endurance making it 8 hours. It can both be a win for accomplishing a hard goal but also depleting as you’ve delayed the rest your body desperately thirst for to recover from your burns.
Another thing is the interpersonal aspect- telling your story to co-workers, and also in my case clients at the shelter. Even well intended inquiries can be draining on an already long day. I was good at what I did and pretended the burns weren’t having a toll and went back to early. I was encouraged by letters written by clients at the shelter when I was still in the coma. (I counseled at an At-Risk youth emergency shelter.)
My favorite poem:
“Happy Thoughts Robo Cop
I see you sitting there with battle scars/
I don’t know how much it hurts, I don’t know at all/
but in my eyes Robocop you’re a superstar/
Yes I remember how you look patrolling down the hall/
Back straight eyes forward with your ears perked up/
You can hear my Gaga but she ain’t turned up/
You’re the master of Magic oh heavens this is tragic/
And to quote peter this situations shallow and pedantic/
But I’m a fanatic and I think you’re fantastic/
Superhero status with a swagger that’s drastic/
Lark Inn gotta stop with Robo-Cop on the block/
He’ll whip you into shape because his attitude is locked/
When a client get outta line, Robocopis there on time/
To save the day + I pray for your healing everyday
Yours honestly, ——“
Wow. Talk about feeling like fulfilled. It was humbling and needed. (And being class clown, I’m sure friends are surprised I ran such a tight ship)
It’s one of the reasons I say live your life in a way that leaves someone thanking you who you may never know.
I was thanked by a mother after group for sharing my story “even though it must be repetitive & painful” but it helped her understand her child & for them to talk. That is why I share & suggest sharing your story.
Someone needs it.
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