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Re: Body Odor and therapist ethics

Posted by TF on January 17, 2005, at 15:55:53

In reply to Re: Body Odor and therapist ethics TF, posted by alexandra_k on January 15, 2005, at 23:20:12

I wouldn't mind, really. I'm 99% sure that there's an odor, and I've imagined worse things being said behind my back by adults.

The only thing that bothers me right now is that I'm not sure how to handle this if it's true. I've thought about maybe getting a colonic or two, and then getting strict with myself about what I eat so it doesn't get clogged up again (IF that's the problem).

I probably should've mentioned this earlier, but I have a tendancy to forget that other people don't know the little details of my situation. While in the psyche ward, a lot of things were confirmed for me, regarding my odor.

On my last day there, I was under the blankets in my room when a couple of nurses (Or patients, I'm not sure) peeked in. One said, 'He's asleep.' Then I heard someone else say, 'He'd be cute if he got rid of that (stench).' Not 100% on what the second person said. I think it began with s, but for all I know she could've been referring to my spare tire (middle fat). Whatever.

The night before, there was an incident where something happened with the laundry washer, and they had to call environmental to clean things up with some sort of wet/dry vac. I clearly heard one nurse say, 'I'd like to use this thing on Todd (me).'

Not to mention the endless hints dropped by other patients, who, though they were really nasty at times (Which is understandable. Who wouldn't be a little cranky too if someone was making them physically ill? Some kind of saint.). During one group, we were going over the rules, and someone mentioned one regarding hygiene. One of the patients said "Yeah, some people here don't take care of their hygiene (Or something along those lines. It's not complete verbatim.)".

Another time, in the kitchen, an older lady was drinking some water by the faucet, and said, "I like water. Flushes your system." And then looked halfway in my direction.

Other comments were made that are probably too graphic to mention here. But they did leave me with the impression that my odor is feculent (is that the right word?).

As you can probably see from these examples, the signals aren't as ambiguous as I might've led you folks to believe. The only thing ambiguous in this situation is the state of my mind and ears, both of which, according to what my family and medical providers tell me, I can no longer trust. Then again, I've never told anyone about these specific situations. Maybe if I did tell my therapists and doctors about these examples, they'd be more forthcoming. It's just hard for me to concentrate enough, when I'm speaking, to form coherent sentences. I should prolly take snippets of these posts and give them to the therapist or GP.




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