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In the hospital

Posted by OneGarden on May 25, 2009, at 20:57:03

I've been in the hospital for 19 days out of the last month. I've had some very life-altering losses recently. It was a nice hospital. But a problem developed while I was in there. I met a patient who was really out of it at first until they gave her prozac. The patient was herself a psychiatrist, but her life had gone downhill the last seven years, and apparently she'd had lots of trauma in her life. She had a really sad story, but something about her raised red flags for me. My intuition is very good. And staff members were hinting to me that she was trouble, and I had personally seen how destructive and devious she could be. Not that this really matters but she had scars up and down her arms from either suicide attempts or cutting. I saw her try to cut herself one time. She really glommed onto me, and stuck with me like glue. She always said how much she liked me. I've always had issues with not having enough of my own boundaries, and I felt my boundaries were really being tested. I couldn't find the strength to tell her I needed more space. I exchanged contact info with her before I left, and I've received many phone calls from her. She's still in the psych unit as far as I know. I haven't returned her phone calls. In each phone call she says how worried she is about me, and wants to know I'm okay. But I think she's just trying to pull me in, and I want to get away from her. I feel guilty about not calling her back. I don't think she has any friends. I'm torn whether I should be brave and tolerant and be friends with her, or be cautious and self-protective and not call her back. It's really been weighing on my mind. I spoke to a friend who has a lot of psychology background, and she said that the patient sounds like she has borderline features. I know that's a loose diagnosis, but in her case, it might be true.




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